There’s so much more out there in the world than what’s outside your window. And while it’s a phrase thrown around a lot, it’s not something I truly understood until I started traveling and seeing more of the world.
My hope with the “10 things you might not know about” series is that you’ll learn something new about a foreign city, and ultimately, that it will inspire you to plan some travels of your own! If you missed them, be sure to check out the posts I did on Munich and Salzburg, and stay tuned for many more to come! But for today, let’s continue onward with 10 things you might not know about Vienna!
- The world’s oldest zoo, built in 1752, is located in Vienna on the grounds of the Schönbrunn Palace.
- Vienna holds the #1 spot on the list of best cities in the world for quality of life.
- The original PEZ candy (peppermint flavored) was invented in the 1920s here, the dispenser in the 40s, and then made its way to the U.S. in 1952.
- French Queen Marie Antoinette was one of Vienna’s/Hapsburg Empire’s Empress Maria Theresa 16 children.
- Almost every Austrian city has a trademark cake. The most famous is the Sachertorte and was invented in Vienna!
- The Habsburg Monarchy (dating back to the Holy Roman Empire time) ruled here for centuries, when they had claim to most of the land in Europe.
- 300+ balls take place in Vienna each year. Which means lots of dancing!
- Sigmund Frued (you might remember this name from your psych class) lived and worked here for many years, psychoanalysis.
- Europe’s second largest cemetery is located here and has 2.5+ MILLION tombs and graves – almost double the city’s living population.
- Vienna is the birthplace of the original snow globe, which was created in an attempt to improve the lightbulb in 1900.