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Vienna History: from Vindobona to Medieval time

Favorite thing Already in the Roman times, a village was situated along the banks of the river Donau (Danube). The Romans made a fortified town out of it in their constant struglle to keep Eastern invasions under their thumb. Vindobonum grew slowly and even when the Roman empire fell, the town became bigger and more important in the region. When the Holy Roman Empire choose Vienna to one of their capitols, the city got yet another impuls. In trade, Vienna became important as link between the Western and Eastern societies and a junction of various trading routes over land and along the Donau (Danube) as well.

Fondest memory Taking the evening ride on the Prater Giant Wheel with Irina and enjoying the springtime colours in the Stadtpark

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Nov 21, 2007

The Riesenrad

Favorite thing It's basically a big bicycle wheel, the work of British engineer Walter Bassett, who supervised its construction in 1898. The Risenrad was created for Emperor Franz Joseph's 50th Anniversary on the throne: pleasing the plebians with the thrills of modern technology. (Empress Elizabeth - "Sisi" - was assassinated in September 1898, but the celebrations went on anyway!)

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Aug 12, 2003

Go to the Prater The Prater...

Favorite thing Go to the Prater The Prater in Vienna is the expansive area (6,143,984 m²) close to the city centre where the Viennese go for recreation. Due to regulation of the Danube and extensive use of the park for recreation activities, relatively little remains of what was once a vast river basin used as the imperial hunting ground; today the area offers a wide variety of open spaces, ranging from natural landscape to city park. You can find here the Giant Ferris Wheel (Riesenrad)Its 65 m high and weights 430 t. The construction of steel is build in 1896/97 by the english engineer Walter Basset.

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Aug 25, 2002

So much architecture and...

Favorite thing So much architecture and history here, but, for me it has to be ....

Fondest memory The big wheel in Prater Park. If you've ever seen or read The Third Man you must remember the big wheel, and this is it. Superb!! Great memory, the whole park is a good afternoon out, I guess it's best at weekends.

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Aug 25, 2002
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The Giant Ferris Wheel...

Favorite thing The Giant Ferris Wheel (Riesenrad) is Vienna´s second most famous landmark next to St.Stephen´s Cathedral. During a slow, relaxing ride, one can enjoy a tremendous view of the city below.

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Aug 25, 2002

It's worthy to begin your...

Favorite thing It's worthy to begin your Vienna visit with a ride on the Big Prater wheel, I enjoyed it...
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Things To Do Near Vienna

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After passing the Vienna Secession Building we were planning on heading towards the Vienna Ring Road when we saw a rather interesting looking market area, so we went to have a look. It turned out to...
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like what I've Said, the City of Vienna has many known and hidden squares and there are even walking tours of the hidden squares of Vienna in some tour companies. One of the Largest Squares is the...
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Theater an der Wien

Go and see the Theater an der Wien. This is the theatre were Beethoven's opera 'Fidelio' went in premiere in 1805. There is a plaque on the wall to honour it. I love the opera although it is not often...
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Karlskirche - St Charles Church

Karlskirche or Charles’ Church is situated at the Karlsplatz and dedicated to Saint Charles or Cardinal Carlo Borromeo. Construction of this church started in 1716 and was accomplished by 1737. Church...
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Wien Museum Karlsplatz - Historical Museum of the City of Vienna

First of all, this museum implemented and conducts visitor friendly policy of non-barriers. It will tell you the story of Vienna from the times of Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius to the Times of...
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Wiener Staatsoper - State Opera House

One of the two most famous Opera houses in the World (La Scala in Milan, Italy) being the other one. The Opera House in Vienna is one of the many symbols in this beautiful city. We weren't able to...
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