Vienna is different – and ranked among the top cities worldwide for quality of living. For centuries, Vienna was the imperial capital and residential city of the Hapsburg and has two UNESCO World Heritage sites: the historical city centre and Schönbrunn Palace. Beyond that, museums and art collections testify the impressive history of the city; classical composers like Mozart, Beethoven, Johann Strauss and Gustav Mahler highly influenced the Viennese art scene.
Moreover the Viennese waltz is known all over the world, a cultural highlight is the ball season in January and February with over 450 events.
A notable fact of local tradition is the coffee house culture. Coffee houses invite people to enjoy coffee and conversations or read the papers at their leisure. The food served consists mainly of snacks like pastries, cakes and cookies. The close vicinity to Hungary, Bohemia and Moravia influences the Viennese cuisine with dishes like strudel and palatschinken or goulash, potato dumplings and pork roasts.