10 Fun Facts about Vienna, Austria

1.THE WINE CAPITAL 

Vienna is the only capital city in the world to produce significant quantities of wine within its city limits.

2.THE CITY OF MUSIC

Vienna is often called The City of Music, or the World’s Capital of Music, as more famous composers have lived here than in any other city in the world.

3.THE CITY OF DREAMS

Sigmund Freud (the father of psychoanalysis) had a significant impact on the city, causing it to be known as the birthplace of psychotherapy.

4.THE IMPERIAL MENAGERIE

The Vienna Zoo, or Tiergarten Schönbrunn, is the world’s oldest and only baroque zoo. Built in the gardens of Schönbrunn Palace in 1752, the zoo was once the private menagerie of Emporer Franz Stephen and Empress Maria Theresa.

5.AUSTRIAN CROISSANTS

The famous French pastry actually has Viennese origins. They are based on the Austrian kipferl, which means crescent in German. In 1770, when Maria Antoinette of Austria married King Louis XVI of France, she introduced her favorite pastry to France. The French made a few changes, and called it a croissant.

6.THE WIENER RIESENRAD

The Wiener Riesenrad, constructed in 1897, is the oldest still operating ferris wheel in the world.

7.PEZING ALLOWED

Pez, the fun little tablet candies that we all know and love, were invented in Vienna in 1927. The dispenser was invented in 1949, designed to look like a lighter. Smoking was prohibited at that time, so the Pez slogan was “No Smoking – PEZing Allowed.”

8.THE SNOW GLOBE

The snow globe was also invented in Vienna. In 1900, Erwin Perzy, a fine instruments mechanic, was trying to improve the brightness of lightbulbs for a surgical lamp. But instead, he accidentally invented a snow globe.

9.A CITY DIVIDED

Like Berlin, Vienna was also divided into four parts after WWII, and occupied by the United States, France, the United Kingdom and the Soviet Union. The occupation, and division, of Vienna ended in 1955 with the Austrian State Treaty.

10.VIENNA – THE BEST CITY IN THE WORLD

Vienna has been voted the world’s most livable city for the last 7 years in a row.

Source: LIVE WELL TRAVEL OFTEN

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