Vienna (Wien), the grand old capital of Austria has so much to offer for any traveller and is a true European must see. Given it was the former seat of power of the Habsburg dynasty since 1440 and of the Austro-Hungarian Empire from 1867 to 1918 (which collapsed following defeat at the end of World War One) the city is abundant with grand buildings, Baroque palaces, cathedrals, monuments, museums and the arts (especially classical music which has been predominate since the 16th century).
St. Stephen’s is quite something. This mighty cathedral stands on the ruins of 2 older churches with the first consecrated in 1147. The Habsburg duke, Rudolph IV laid the foundation stone for the Gothic reconstruction of the cathedral in 1359. The south tower was completed in 1433 (take a walk up the 343 steps for a great view and workout!). The vaulting of the nave took place from 1446 to 1474. Major construction ended in 1511. The cathedral has four towers with tallest being the massive south tower at 136.44 meters.
The cathedral was damaged by fire and reduced to mostly rubble at the end of World War Two in 1945 but was restored to its former glory with much work and toil in just 7 years. As you can see the work goes on to maintain it though!
In addition to all the sights of Vienna, throw in great beer and food to top your trip off. Wiener Schnitzel and sausages galore just to name a couple of tasty treats!
Despite some inclement weather during my visit to Vienna I was busy everyday. Travel there for a lifetime and you are still unlikely to see all the charms of Vienna!