Vienna is the capital and one of the nine states of Austria
. It is the largest city in the country as well as its cultural, economic and political centre. Vienna is host to many major international organisations such as the United Nations and OPEC. In 2001, the city centre was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Art and culture have a long tradition in Vienna, including theatre, opera, classical music and fine arts. Vienna is home to a number of opera houses, scuh as the Staatsoper and the Volksoper. Many concert venues offer concerts aimed at tourists, featuring popular highlights of Viennese music, particularly the works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss. Vienna is the last great capital of the traditional grand ball. There are over 200 significant balls per year, some featuring as many as nine live orchestras. Balls are held in the many beautiful palaces in Vienna, with the principal venue being the Hofburg Palace at Heldenplatz.
Viennese cuisine is most obvious in the cafés which often have history dating back centuries, the strong coffees, served with a glass of water and Wiener Schnitzel are served at almost every café and restaurants. The city is well known for Wiener schnitzel, a cutlet of veal, Vienna also has a long tradition of cakes and desserts, such as Apfelstrudel.
There are buses, trams and a metro service with 5 different lines running called the U-Bahn, the train system is ran by a separate section of the Verkehrsverbund Ost-Region, a transport association and OBB. Vienna International Airport is located just a 20 minute drive south east of the city centre, destinations include most major cities in Europe as well as Asia.