Vienna - An Austrian Destination of choice

Tourists visit Schonbrunn Palace, a former imperial summer residence, in Vienna, Austria.  During the winter months, all flowers are removed from the gardens and are kept in nearby greenhouses. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Brian Wagner)

Tourists visit Schonbrunn Palace, a former imperial summer residence, in Vienna, Austria. During the winter months, all flowers are removed from the gardens and are kept in nearby greenhouses. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Brian Wagner)

Members of the Vienna Mozart Orchestra perform during a concert Oct 17, 2009 in Vienna, Austria. Many groups have formed in Vienna that are dedicated to performing Mozart's music. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Brian Wagner)

Members of the Vienna Mozart Orchestra perform during a concert Oct 17, 2009 in Vienna, Austria. Many groups have formed in Vienna that are dedicated to performing Mozart's music. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Brian Wagner)

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy -- Welcome to Vienna - An inviting capital city that allows tourists to discover Austria's long and colorful past with are endless stops for visitors looking to discover the history and beauty of this European destination.

The center of Vienna is compact, making walking the main transportation method. The Vienna Metro is your best way to travel to the outlying palaces.

There are many places to see in the city center:

Hofburg - This large complex is the centerpiece of Austrian power. The complex includes former imperial apartments, the treasury, a chapel, the Austrian National Library, a church, and many museums. One of the highlights includes a 10th century crown of the Holy Roman Empire. This crown is filled with priceless gems and is on display in the treasury.

St. Stephen's Cathedral - This church is at the heart of the city and is known for its tile roof with sky-reaching spires, the amazing gothic sculpture inside, and the elaborate tomb of Friedrich III.

St. Charles's Church - The altar of this church is the main attraction, but many visit this church just to take a photo of the exterior. A still pool of water is directly in from of the church and makes for interesting reflection photos, especially at night.

City Hall of Vienna - This gothic style city hall is a must see stop on your walk through Vienna. The building features four small and one large center tower and is positioned in front of a popular park.

Attractions that are just a metro ride away from the center of Vienna:

Belvedere Palaces - Two Baroque style palaces were built for the military commander, Prince Eugene of Savoy, in the late 18th century. The palace complex includes waterfalls and sculpture lining the gardens that connect the two palaces.

Schonbrunn Palace - This grand palace is one of the largest tourist attractions in Austria. This former imperial residence is a UNESCO World Heritage site that showcases Austrian history. The gardens stretch for almost a mile and include multiple areas that include a zoo, botanical garden, carriage museum and multiple sections of flower gardens.

Another popular thing to do is attend a Mozart concert. Various groups perform daily concerts and some even perform in traditional costumes of Mozart's time.

Visit Vienna's official tourist website at http://www.wien.info. Enjoy the city of Vienna and be sure to check out www.31fss.com for their latest trips around Europe.