Vienna owes its appeal as a tourist destination to an exciting blend of nostalgic flair for the imperial era coupled with a highly creative cultural scene which offers up the latest trends while carefully maintaining a precious cultural heritage and well-loved traditions. The architecture from the period of the Danube Monarchy shapes the city’s imposing appearance. Splendid edifices from the Baroque, Historicism (‘Ring Road style’) and Art Nouveau periods as well as the city’s spacious overall layout belie the fact that this is the capital city of the Republic of Austria with its population of just 8.4 million citizens, whisking visitors away to a romantic imperial city. It’s not just the many buildings from the imperial period that make Vienna a city steeped in art and beauty: world-class museums, collections and works of art can be seen here. Among others, these include the Kunsthistorische Museum, the Belvedere, the Albertina and the Leopold Museum in the Museum Quarter. And sights such as St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Hofburg and Schönbrunn Palace invite visitors to get out and explore the city. Vienna also enjoys an international reputation as the City of Music. More world-class musicians have lived here than anywhere else in the world. In addition to those who were born here, including Schubert, Strauss and Schönberg, Vienna was also the adopted home of Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms.