Vienna (German: Wien; Austro-Bavarian: Wean) is the capital of the Republic of Austria and by far its most populous city, with an urban population of 1.7 million and a metropolitan population of 2.4 million. It is by far the largest city in Austria and the country's artistic, cultural, economic and political centre. It is known for its high living standards, relaxed yet elegant lifestyle and rich musical life.
The thing about Vienna is that it not only is a large city, but that it has always been - as the former home of the Habsburg court and its various empires, it has always housed a large population and enjoyed a priviledged position, being home to many artists, especially composers including Beethoven, Haydn, Liszt, Mozart and Schubert. It has long been the largest German-speaking city in the world before being surpassed by Berlin. The large historic city centre of Vienna filled with monuments to its imperial past is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Vienna will be the host city for the Eurovision Song Contest, Europe's largest live televised event, in May 2015. §
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