Vienna

Capital of Austria, one of the great cities of Europe. After World War II, it was divided into zones like Berlin; after 1955, Austria was established as a neutral country, which made Vienna an ideal home for international institutions – groups like the UN, OPEC and the International Atomic Energy Commission have offices here, and the city’s hosted many key summits and treaty negotiations. It’s famed for its architecture. The city’s divided into 23 districts. The river Danube runs through the city.

Population

2.4 million (Slightly smaller than Chicago)

Backdrops

  • Hofburg Palace: Formerly home to the Habsburg dynasty, now the official home of the Austrian president. The sprawling palace complex also contains numerous museums, government buildings, conference venues and tourist attractions.
  • UNO City: Officially, it’s the Vienna International Centre, but most locals call it UNO city. It’s a complex of buildings north of the Danube, home to the United Nations and other international bodies. UNO City is extra-territorial, with its own police force.
  • Zentralfriedhof: One of the biggest graveyards in Europe, containing more than three million bodies. It’s an interdenominational graveyard. The Zentralfriedhof covers 2.4 square kilometers, so it’s easy to get lost amid the graves…

Vienna

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