"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years." - Abraham Lincoln

Posted on October 7, 2016 by Sioux under General
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From Munich, Austria was next on my list. My maternal ancestral lineage is also from that part of the world, so a visit was a must. So far the weather had played on my side, with only a few rainy days, and it was to continue. I had the best of weather during my 2 days in Vienna.

My hotel was fair, not as bad as Paris and not as good as Munich, but it was only for two days. I dumped my luggage and headed for a walk-about to explore the area. I would do the hop on-hop off bus the next day. 

Vienna is the capital and largest city

of Austria, and houses nearly one

third of Austria’s population; as well

as being its cultural, economic, and

political centre. Until the beginning

of the 20th century, it was the largest

German-speaking city in the world, and before the splitting of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in World War I, the city had 2 million inhabitants. Today, it has the second largest number of German speakers after Berlin. Vienna is host to many major international organizations, including the United Nations and OPEC. The city is located in the eastern part of Austria and is close to the borders of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary. In 2001, the city centre was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

 

Sadly, another European city where many of the walls

were defaced by grafitti. This one amused me.

Apart from being regarded as the City of Music because of its musical legacy, Vienna is also said to be “The City of Dreams” because it was home to the world’s first psycho-analyst – Sigmund Freud. The city’s roots lie in early Celtic and Roman settlements that transformed into a Medieval and Baroque city, and then the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It is well known for having played an essential role as a leading European music centre, from the great age of Viennese Classicism through the early part of the 20th century. The historic centre of Vienna is rich in architectural ensembles, including Baroque castles and gardens, and the late-19th-century Ringstraße lined with grand buildings, monuments and parks.   

 

Trams are still very much in

existence in Vienna, along

with bicycles, cars, horse

drawn carriages and

Segway two-wheeled,

self-balancing,

battery-powered electric

vehicles.

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Karlskirche (St. Charles’s Church) is a baroque church located on the south side of Karlsplatz in Vienna, Austria. Widely considered the most outstanding baroque church in Vienna, as well as one of the city’s greatest buildings, Karlskirche is dedicated to Saint Charles Borromeo, one of the great counter-reformers of the sixteenth century. 

During my walkabout I saw a massive concrete structure in a park and had to go to investigate. Turns out it was one of three flak towers – large, above-ground, anti-aircraft gun blockhouse towers constructed by Nazi Germany in the cities of Berlin, Hamburg and Vienna from 1940 onwards.

 

Other cities that used flak towers included Stuttgart and Frankfurt. Smaller single-purpose flak towers were built at key outlying German strongpoints, such as at Angers, France and Helgoland, Germany. The towers were used by the Luftwaffe to defend against Allied air raids against these cities during World War II.

 

They also served as air-raid shelters for tens of thousands of local civilians. Each tower had a radar installation with a retractable radar dish (the dish was retracted behind a thick concrete and steel dome in order to prevent damage in an air raid).

Military History Museum 

 Tegetthof Denkmal

Beethoven Monument

This bronze plaque, set permanently into the sidewalk, is a stark reminder of the havoc that reigned in the area.  

 

2 responses to “Vienna – the city of music”

  1. Pauline Smith says:

    wow – that looks so lovely.

  2. Derrick Baney says:

    Looking good girl – love th info

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