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Art, culture and science:
Based in Vienna are the Austrian Academy of Sciences (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften), as well as the University of Vienna (Universität Wien); the Vienna University of Technology (Technische Universität Wien); the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences (Universität für Bodenkultur); the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna (Veterinärmedizinische Universität Wien); the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration (Wirtschaftsuniversität); the Academy of Fine Arts (Akademie der bildenden Künste); the University of Music and Dramatic Arts (Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst) and the University of Applied Arts (Hochschule für angewandte Kunst; Kunsthochschulen). Great importance is also given to adult education (Verband Wiener Volksbildung). In addition to the Austrian National Library (Österreichische Nationalbibliothek), Vienna holds the University Libraries (Universitätsbilbiotheken), the Vienna City Library (Wiener Stadt- und Landesbibliothek), the Akademie- und Amtsbibliotheken, the Pädagogische Zentralbücherei and many more.
Staatsoper - © Oliver Thomann - FOTOLIA
Image: State Opera
Viennese theatre is part and parcel of the town’s cultural life: Burgtheater, Akademietheater, Theater in der Josefstadt, Theater an der Wien, Volkstheater, Raimundtheater, Ronacher, cabaret. – Vienna’s reputation as City of Music (Musik) is sustained by the Staatsoper, the Wiener Philharmoniker and the Wiener Symphoniker, while the Volksoper cultivates the classic Viennese operetta. Other traditionally classic venues for music are the Konzerthaus (Konzerthausgesellschaft) and the Musikverein (Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde). Artistic new blood is provided by the Musiklehranstalten der Stadt Wien (Konservatorium). Theatre, music and cultural events culminate in the Wiener Festwochen. Vienna holds film studios and – after an obvious decline in the past – 97 cinema screens (as of late 1995).
Museumsquartier Haupthof © Leopold Museum
Image: The Leopold Museum in the MuseumsQuarter in Vienna
The ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Service) is sectioned in sound broadcasting (Hörfunkzentrale) and the ORF-Zentrum for television on the Küniglberg. Complementing the prominence of fine arts in Vienna (architecture, sculpture, painting), Vienna’s museums are of international standing and they rank among the main tourist attractions: Albertina, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Österreichische Galerie (Belvedere), Naturhistorisches Museum, Heeresgeschichtliches Museum, Museum für Völkerkunde, Österreichisches Museum für angewandte Kunst, Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Technisches Museum Wien, Historisches Museum der Stadt Wien and more.

Bild: Naturhistorisches Museum Wien

Image: Natural History Museum Vienna
The fine arts are particularly promoted and sponsored by Vienna’s local authorities (scholarships, acquisitions, subsidies, awards etc.). Private galleries are also an important factor. – The achievements of Vienna’s writers have at all times occupied a central position in Austrian literature.

As a result of the historical development, the city centre features an extraordinary multitude of historic sites (Innere Stadt). Outside the former city wall, most of the buildings fell victim to the Siege and Battle of Vienna (Türkenbelagerung). Since then, architecture in these districts has recovered greatly (see details at individual districts).
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