Before you read don’t forget to take a look at the previous Interesting facts about Vienna. Did you know that…
1. The most frequently photographed place in Vienna is Johann Strauss Monument in Stadtpark.
2. The world’s oldest carousel is located at the Prater.
3. There is no line U5 in the Vienna metro network. Currently, there are 5 lines: U1, U2, U3, U4, and U6.
4. The shortest distance between two metro stations is 340 meters from Museumsquartier to Volkstheater U2, while the longest is 1 590 meters between Spittelau and Heiligenstadt U4.
5. There is a Peace Pagoda in Vienna. Located on the shore of Danube river Friedenspagode Wien was the first pagoda in continental Europe.
6. Hermannskoges hill with its 542 meters above sea level is the highest natural point in the city of Vienna, the lowest area is Lobau located at 151 meters above sea level.
7. Vienna has its own island. The Donauinsel was constructed when the new bed for the Danube was dug to prevent flooding. Most of the excavated soil was heaped up to form an island which is 21 km long and only about 200 m broad, and because of its shape is often called the Spaghetti Island.
8. The Wiener Zeitung, which was started in 1703, is considered to be the oldest surviving daily newspaper in the world.
9. Located at the Kärntner Ring 16, Hotel Imperial has been voted the world’s best hotel twice. During one night Michael Jackson wrote here his famous hit ‘Earth Song’.
10. Before the Vienna City Hall was built, Emperor Franz Joseph I ordered that it cannot be higher than the Votive Church which measures 99 meters, so an ambitious architect Friedrich von Schmidt designed the building that was 97.9 m high and then located at the top of the tower 5.4 m knight sculpture which is called by Viennese The Rathausmann. Finally, Rathaus with its 103.3 m is higher that the Votivkirche.
Może jednak to miasto zasługuje na odkrycie:)
The most interesting facts for me are the one about The Wiener Zeitung & Hotel Imperial, especially that I really like the music of Michael Jackson;-).
What happened to U5 line?
It has been planned for a long time (70’s) but always something interrupted it, a kind of fate. But last month when I was in Vienna I saw they have already started digging and if everything goes well there will be U5 line opened at 2023.
Just 7 more years to go… 😉
Interesting… 🙂 I loved the fountains in Vienna.
My mum took me to Vienna when I was a kid. I remember heaps of fountains and eating delicious ice cream 🙂