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Vienna (Austria)

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Vienna (Austria)

Vienna (Austria)

    This statue of the goddess Athena is an example of the Greek influence on Vienna's public architecture.

     The Austrian capital of Vienna Wien?, with a population of more

    than 1.6 million is a city forever implanted into the international imagination as a dreamy place of cream-filled pastries?奶油馅饼?and

    angelic choir boys of prancing white horses and swirling Strauss waltzes. It is a city where legend overrules reality —— the Danube River?多

    瑙河?, which flows through Vienna may not be true blue yet the

    "Blue Danube" waltz?蓝色多瑙河华尔兹?has permanently painted the

    waterway that hue in the mind's eye.

     The imperial seat of the Habsburg court since the 17th century Vienna

    was one of the world's most powerful cities both culturally and

    politically until World War I when the dissolution of the

    Hungarian Empire?奥匈帝国?left it humbled by the redefinition Austro-

    of Europe's political structure. Despite having the power plug pulled

    the city has retained its cultural cache?文化蕴藏地?。This statue of

    the goddess Athena is an example of the Greek influence on Vienna's public architecture.

     The world-famous Vienna Boys Choir

     Music is the soul of Vienna —— the great composers of Europe from

    Mozart to Beethoven Haydn to Schubert Strauss to Mahler called the

    city home. And at every opportunity from the grand Opera Ball to the smallest of musical gatherings Viennese swoon?陶醉?together in the

    city's famously romantic waltz. Or they gather for dramatic musical stagings?上演的节目?at the Staatsopera State Opera House?, one of

    the world's great opera venues.

     Vienna celebrates its well-composed heritage with numerous festivals and concerts as well as well-preserved landmarks such as Schubert's birthplace and the homes of Mozart and Beethoven. Another noteworthy Viennese note-taker Sigmund Freud is honored at a museum devoted to his life and work as the father of psychotherapy?精神疗法,心理疗法?。

     Kunsthistorisches Museum Museum of Fine Art contains some of the

    world's greatest art.

     Art and architecture are also Viennese trademarks and with 90

    museums many devoted to art the city is awash in great works. Art

Nouveau known locally as "Jungendstil" or Young Style took hold here

    born of the Vienna Secession which straddled?跨越,横跨?the turn of the

    20th century. The movement's most famous member was Viennese painter Gustav Klimt and his work as well as that of other secessionists

    is showcased at the Secession Pavilion designed by Josef Maria Olbrich.

    Vienna's most famous art museum however is the Kunsthistorisches

    housing works by such greats as the Dutch master Pieter Brueghel the Elder.

     As for Vienna's other cultural icons they still thrive from the

    Spanish Riding School home of the world-famous high-stepping Royal

    Lipizzaner Stallions to the dulcet-toned Vienna Boy's Choir?维也纳

    男童合唱团?, which tours the globe when not singing morning mass at the Hofburgkapelle during the summer months.

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