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Vienna is the capital and the largest city of Austria. For its great location, history and impressing architecture, the city is also called Danube metropolis. In 2001, the historical centre of Vienna was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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The name of Vienna is derived from the Celtic word "Vedunia", meaning forest stream. The importance of Vienna increased in the Middle Ages, when it became the seat of the Babenberg dynasty. In 1440, it became the residence of the Habsburg dynasty and the capital of the Habsburg monarchy for more than seven centuries.

The city centre - Innere Stadt was in past surrounded by walls. The most famous boulevard - Ringstrasse was built in place of the former walls. The newest parts of the city, including the Vienna International Centre, are located behind the river. The Baroque museum zone (Museumsquartier) is one of the most extended cultural areas in Europe.

Balanced price/quality ratio is traditionally offered on Mariahilferstraße, located between Museumsquartier and Gürtel. The most popular shopping centres include for example HUMA Vienna, Shopping City Süd (SCS), Shopping Centre Nord, DonauZentrum, Millennium City or Wiener Gasometer.

FK Austria Vienna is an Austrian football club based in Vienna and playing in the Austrian Bundesliga. It plays domestic matches on the stadium Franz-Horr-Stadion in Laaer Berg. BA-CA TennisTrophy is a men's tennis tournament held in Vienna. The tournament is included in International Series Gold and belongs to ATP Tour.

The city is situated at the foothills of the Vienna Forest ("Wiener Wald"). Vienna is divided by the rivers Danube and New Danube and connected by 12 bridges. The highest point of Vienna is Hermannskogel (543 masl) and the lowest point is Lobau (151 masl).

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