By Dani Alonso
Vienna is one of the most interesting cities in Europe from all perspectives. Its 20 centuries of intense history have place on it the spiritual and optical image of the old “Imperial City”. To the great monumental richness of the city it comes together the loveliness of a lifestyle that, without covering its modern dynamism, keeps a part of their past traditions.
In Vienna it is possible to contemplate the stones dating back from the romans time, vestiges of their art, Gothic architecture and baroque palaces, which all together make this amazing mixture characteristic of the city. To all this, you need to sum up the contribution of their famous forests, the fabulous castle with the wonderful park of Schönbrunn, the little vineyards, the roses from Volksgarten and the unique atmosphere of the cafes dating back from the XIX century.
The city has really its own style, in which you can encounter the harmony between the Austrian people old spirit together with the modern urban reality. A style in which you can appryleeciate the melodies composed by Mozart, Liszt, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert or Brahms, a st that claims for its golden age of waltz and the operas written by Lanner, Ziehrer or Strauss. And still today their numerous museums are full of artistic treasures.
Saint Steven constitutes the neuralgic center of the city. The stylish tower of the Gothic cathedral can symbolize the spirituality of a city that has been during many centuries a reference for the whole occidental civilization.
Not far away from Saint Steven, you can find the Michaelerplatz, following the busy streets of Graben and Kohlmarkt. A label in this square reminds that there it lived Joseph Haydn, upstairs in a little room in the middle of XVII century. He was one of the great musical talents of this country, that so many great musicians has given to the world.
This square is one of the most interesting spots of the city. Here it is also placed the church under the same name, an old sanctuary of the imperial army and also a beautiful temple from XVIII century.
Do never visit Vienna taking a ride on a touristic bus as you will never get the magic of it. You need to walk the streets, you need to get immersed into the vibrant past that the city offers, into its unique culture. Close your eyes and try to go back some centuries. The feeling of the past is still alive in Vienna, and you will get the most out of it if you manage to feel it.
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