Boulevard of beautiful dreams

Mar 09, 2015, 06:50 IST | Dhara Vora

Austria's capital Vienna is all set to celebrate the 150th anniversary of its popular boulevard Vienna Ringstrasse (ringroad). the guide invites readers to take a photographic journey of this charming, historic route

Art and History MuseumA Cafe at the Art & History Museum in Vienna. pic courtesy/Vienna Tourism Photo by Peter Rigaud

The Wiener RiesenradThe Wiener Riesenrad or the Viennese giant wheel stands at the entrance of Prater amusement park, and is also known to serve as a backdrop for weddings. pic courtesy/Vienna Tourism Photo by Christian Stemper

The Hofburg Palace or the Imperial Palace on Ringstrasse seen from the roof of the Natural History Museum, Vienna.This imposing structure was built in the 13th century and today, the offices of the Federal President are located in the building. Pic courtesy/Vienna Tourism photo by Manfred Horvath

Tourists strolling from Heldenplatz through Äußeres Burgtor Tourists strolling from Heldenplatz through Außeres Burgtor (outer gate of the Imperial Palace, facing Ringstrasse) to the Museum of Natural History situated along the road

A Classical music-lover’s delight, over 50 operas and 20 ballets are performed at the Vienna State Opera for 300 days in the year. The Neo-Renaissance style structure opened in 1869 with Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Seen here, a statue of Mozart in Burggarten that is situated along the Ringstrasse.

The Ringstrasse The Ringstrasse was opened by Emperor Kaiser Franz Joseph on May 1, 1865. Built over 50 years, the ring road is lined by over 800 buildings built in Renaissance, Baroque and Gothic style. The 220 ft-wide, five-km long road has lanes for cars, buses, trams and cyclists too.

Schonbrunn PalaceSchönbrunn Palace on Vienna’s Ringstrasse is said to be Austria’s most visited site and is one of the most impressive Baroque style structures in the world. The palace also has a separate museum for children. pic courtesy/Vienna Tourism Photo by Manfred Horvath

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Recently, Vienna was chosen as the nicest city in the world to live in (best quality of life) according to Mercer’s Quality of Living Rankings 2015. In the report covering 230 cities, Baghdad comes in last while Mumbai ranks 152.

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