21 Interesting And Fun Facts About Vienna, Austria [Explained]

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From its world-class museums to its legendary coffeehouse culture, Vienna offers an experience like no other city does. It has been Europe’s cultural hub for several centuries now, and you can imagine there are plenty of interesting facts about Vienna. 

Known as the City of Dreams, Vienna has nurtured some of the greatest composers, thinkers, and artists throughout history. Whether you are looking for the oldest Ferris wheel or you want to visit the world’s oldest snow globe shop, you can find it all in Vienna.

The baroque architecture and delicious Viennese cuisine are all going to make your visit worthwhile. If you are planning a trip, these fun facts about Vienna are going to give you a glimpse into how charming the city is.

Historical Facts About Vienna

The Austrian capital is a beautiful city with a very rich history. Here are some important historical facts about Vienna.

Vienna Was Divided After The Second World War

Everyone knows about the Berlin Wall and how Germany was divided into East and West Germany for several decades. However, there was another capital which was divided into even more parts. 

Vienna was divided into four parts between the UK, USA, France, and the Soviet Union. The 1955 Austrian State Treaty ended this, and Vienna was once again united. 

It was Once The Capital Of The Holy Roman Empire

If you look at the history of our world, you will find a lot of powerful empires; however, there have been very few that have left an influence like that of the Holy Roman Empire. 

The HRE did not have a fixed capital as each emperor preferred a seat in their own city, and then that city was named the capital. 

During its 1006 years, the empire had nine capitals, and Vienna was one of them. In fact, Vienna was the only city to be selected as the capital twice. 

In 1913 Several Political Leaders Lived In Vienna At The Same time

Vienna is known for being the place where many political leaders, scientists, artists, and other famous people lived at one moment in their lives. 

Political leaders like Joseph Stalin, Josip Broz, Leon Trotsky, Adolph Hitler, and Sigmund Freud all lived in the city of Vienna at the same time in the year 1913. 

Birthplace of Modern Psychotherapy

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Sigmund Freud was, without a doubt, one of the most popular neurologists from Austria. Even though he was born in Freiberg, he spent most of his life in Vienna. 

Freud studied and worked there and is known to be the reason that Vienna is known as the birthplace of modern psychotherapy. The Vienna Psychoanalytic Society is the oldest psychoanalytic society in the world.

Mozart Found Success In Vienna

Even if you don’t like to listen to music, there is a high chance that you have heard the name Mozart. 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was an Austrian Music composer who was born in Salzburg. He toured all over Europe, trying to find success; however, he failed. It was when he shifted to Vienna that he started gaining notoriety. 

Another music composer who spent a major part of his life in Vienna was Beethoven.

Cultural Facts About Vienna

Vienna is culturally one of the most significant cities in Europe. The following interesting facts about Vienna will offer you insights into the culture of the city. 

The Viennese Coffee House Is An Intangible Cultural Heritage

The Viennese Coffee House is more than just a place to drink coffee; it is an institution deeply rooted in Viennese culture. The coffee houses in Vienna are known for their unique atmosphere, where people can spend hours leisurely sipping coffee, reading newspapers, having intellectual discussions, or simply enjoying the ambiance. 

Due to all this, the Viennese Coffee House was included in UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list.

Vienna Loves Its Wine

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Viennese wine is known to be one of the best in the world. The city has more than 1700 acres of vineyards and over 300 vintners. Vienna produces around 20000 hectoliters of wine every year, which is the most by any capital in the world.

Austrian National Dish Wiener Schnitzel Is Part Of The Viennese Cuisine

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Austria’s national dish is the Wiener Schnitzel which translates to Viennese Cutlet. Vienna celebrates the National Wiener Schnitzel Day on September 9th every year. 

If you are ever in Vienna, you should try the original Wiener schnitzel and make sure not to eat it with any type of sauce. This is one of the most famous Austrian food around, although there has been debates about its origins.

Wien Is Vienna

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Another useful fact about Vienna that you should know if you are visiting Austria is that the locals usually call it Wien instead of Vienna, so don’t get confused by that. When you are booking train/bus tickets online, you might have to search for Wien instead of Vienna, in the origin/destination slot.

Simple Facts About Vienna For Kids

Austria is famous for many fascinating things and the capital has a fair share of them. Let’s take a look at some fun facts about Vienna that kids would enjoy learning about. 

The Oldest Ferris Wheel

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Who doesn’t like Theme parks? One of the most popular rides in all theme parks is the Ferris wheel. Vienna holds the record for the oldest operating Ferris world in the entire world. 

It was constructed back in 1897 by an Englishman, Walter Bassett. The Ferris wheel was also shown in the British movie The Third Man.

PEZ Candy Was First Introduced in Vienna

PEZ candy, known for its iconic dispenser and colorful candy tablets, was started in Vienna, Austria. The company was founded by Eduard Haas in 1927. 

The name “PEZ” comes from the German word for peppermint, “PfeffErminZ.” The first PEZ products were small and rectangular peppermint tablets.

The Snow Globe Was Invented In Vienna

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Snow Globes are an amazing item to gift to others or to keep as a decoration item in your home or office. We can thank a Viennese instrument mechanic by the name of Erwin Perzy, who accidentally invented the snow globe while working on lightbulbs. 

Erwin then opened a snow globe shop with his brother, and even after 100 years, that shop is still operational.

Useful Vienna Facts For Travelers

If you are planning a trip, these Vienna facts will be helpful in improving your travel experience. 

The Oldest Preserved House In Vienna Is As Old As the 13th Century

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The old houses weren’t built with advanced construction techniques that we see in the modern world today. So it is very surprising to see that there is a house in Vienna that is withstood the test of time. This house was built in the 13th century. 

For perspective, the Magna Carta was created in the 13th century. This was way back when the Mongol Empire was founded by Genghis Khan; Marco Polo explored Asia; the big Crusades ended, and the first war of Scottish Independence began.

You Can Live In The Habsburgs Residence

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There are many landmarks in Vienna but Schönbrunn Palace is one of the most significant sites in the city. Schönbrunn Palace is a summer palace of the Habsburg dynasty. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Vienna. 

While it is primarily a historical and cultural site, it also offers accommodations within the palace grounds. The accommodation costs from just over $600 to around $1800.

The World’s Oldest Zoo

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Kids love zoos, but the Zoo in Vienna isn’t just a great place for kids but also for history buffs. Vienna holds the distinction of having the oldest operational zoo in the world. It was built in 1752 in the garden of Schönbrunn Palace and has over 700 different species of animals. 

The Museum Quarters In Vienna

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When it comes to historical landmarks in Austria, nothing comes close to the Museum Quarters in Vienna. In fact, the Austrian capital has the largest museum quarters in the world. 

Spread over an enormous area of 90000 m2; the museum quarter has around 6 cultural centers and institutions. If you are an art and history lover, then visiting the museum quarters in Vienna can be a dream come true for you.

Common Facts About Vienna

Over 450 Balls Take Place In Vienna Every Year

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Vienna was once known as the cultural capital of the world, and its remnants can still be seen today in the form of Opera, Orchestral performances, and balls. 

If you are a person of culture, then you should definitely check out one of these balls on your visit to Vienna. There’s a whopping 450+ to choose from and they span across all seasons of the year.

The Sacher Cake Is Famous All Over The World

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In 1932, A famous Austrian diplomat by the name of Prince Metternich wanted his chef to make him a new dessert that no one had ever tried before. The chef got sick, and the task of making the new dessert fell on the young shoulders of Franz Sacher, who was the apprentice of Prince Metternich’s main chef. 

Franz Sacher took the opportunity and invented the Sacher cake, which is a chocolate and apricot dessert eaten in Austria and all over the world to this day. However, the authentic Sacher cake can only be found in Hotel Sacher in Vienna.

Other Interesting Facts About Vienna

Apart from being rich in history and culture, the Austrian city has a lot of fascinating things to offer. Here are some more interesting Vienna facts.

Croissants Aren’t Actually French

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When it comes to French breakfast, the croissants seem like a staple item to have on the menu. However, many people would be shocked to know that the croissant actually also has its origins rooted in Vienna. And it is as much a popular choice for breakfast in Austria, as is in France.

The name croissant is based on the Austrian Kipferl, which means Crescent. So from now onwards whenever you eat a croissant, you should know that you are actually also eating a classic Austrian pastry, not just a French one. 

Vienna Is One Of Three Cities To Have A UN Office

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The United Nations headquarters is in New York, but the organization also has three main offices in 3 cities around the world. One of those Offices is located in Vienna. The other two are Geneva and Nairobi. Certainly one of the proud facts of Austria to play host to a globally acclaimed oragnization.

There Is A Micronation Within Vienna

You might have heard about regions like Vatican City or Lesotho which are independent nations located within other cities. There is also a micronation located inside Vienna. This region is known as the Republic of Kugelmugel. 

Edwin Lipburger, an Austrian artist, was in dispute with the Austrian authorities over the design of his house. The artist declared independence as a result of the dispute. After Edwin’s death in 2015, his region was turned into a tourist attraction.

Discovering More Fun Facts About Vienna

When you are in Vienna, prepare yourself for an adventure like never before. If you are someone who loves art and history and enjoys seeing different cultures, then Vienna is a great destination for you. You are bound to uncover more exciting facts about Vienna as you experience the local culture firsthand.


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