Area: 414 sqkm
Number of districts: 23
Population: about 2 million
Altitude: 171 m above sea level
Vienna, a city with about two million inhabitants, is situated at the heart of Europe. Due to its unique geographic and geopolitical location, Vienna has become a centre of international events as well as a popular conference venue. Vienna hosts one of the United Nations headquarters and is home to a number of other international organisations.
Vienna’s ever-changing history has left an indelible mark on the city, a mark also manifest in a rich cultural heritage. The city’s ultimate fascination stems from merging imperial grandeur with cosmopolitan spirit, a combination which emerged after the break-up of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. Viennese writers, musicians, artists, and scientists have influenced many aspects of our modern world. Vienna has taken part in all major political developments of the 20th century. Shaped over the centuries when it served as capital of a huge empire, Vienna will always arouse a feeling of nostalgia.
Today, Vienna offers old historical palaces and modern shopping centres, traditional hotels, Austrian food and haute cuisine, typical Viennese coffee houses and restaurants, outstanding opera performances, classical concerts and open-air festivals, antique shops and elegant boutiques – all joined together in incomparable Viennese harmony. In 2001, the city centre was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Also, Vienna is clean, green and save. This fact was mirrored by the Mercer Survey 2010 where Vienna was ranked first as the city with best quality of living worldwide.