Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Vienna, one of the world's most liveable cities

Ranked first in quality of life in 2 recent international evaluations, Vienna is a city with a long history of civility.

About 500 BC it was a Celtic center. The Celts were a diverse group of tribal societies in Iron Age Europe, says Wikipedia.

In 15 BC the local Celts were defeated by the Romans and it became an outpost of the Roman Empire.

Later it became capital of the Holy Roman Empire, a kingdom that included both Germany and Italy.

It lies on the River Danube.

The Austrian name for Vienna is Wien.

Vienna is well known for Wiener Schnitzel, a cutlet of veal that is pounded flat, coated in flour, egg and breadcrumbs, and fried in clarified butter.

Vienna has a long tradition of producing the finest cakes and desserts. These include Apfelstrudel (hot apple strudel) and Sachertorte, a dry chocolate cake with apricot jam.