Being inspired by Eric Weiner’s book The Geography of Bliss I picked up his next book right before my trip to Vienna, The Geography of Genius: A Search for the World’s Most Creative Places from Ancient Athens to Silicon Valley. The title itself is self-descriptive, so trying to not spoil anything will just tell that the author travels the world to find out how the places of genius were born – Athens in around 400BC, Florence during the Renaissance, Edinburgh in 18th century, Silicon Valley nowadays, and some more. But Vienna… Vienna was featured 2 times in the book, as unlike other places, Vienna had 2 periods of genius – the golden age of classical music coming with Haydn, Mozart, Schubert and Beethoven, and the next one hitting the city with science & arts – Freud and Klimt being the prominent representatives.
The city itself smells like music, pure and ingenious classical music. It’s in the air, it’s soaked in the buildings of Vienna, in its people, in its food. Feels like the city is constantly giving a concert, the orchestra never stops, and the audience keeps admiring. Vienna still has the spirit of the great composers who lived and composed here centuries ago.
Christmas in Vienna? That’s another story! The Holiday spirit just floods the city, the Christmas markets are everywhere, joy and happiness surrounds Vienna despite the cold and dark weather. People get together, celebrate life, create that amazing contagious mood, wait for something magical to happen.
I’m not Catholic myself, in fact not a religious person at all, but I like the way people celebrate Christmas in Europe. Maybe the Christmas we experience nowadays is far from its true meaning, maybe it’s more commercial now than pure religious, maybe it has been modified throughout centuries to survive in modern world, but I like its spirit anyway. It connects people, it reunites families, it brings joy to everyone. It also adds so many lights to the cities! I’m sure summertime Vienna would be as magical as it is in Christmas time, but the extra lights and the nice decorations add so much charm to the city.
Hopefully I’ll be back to the city of genuine music, the city that praises it like nothing else, the city that has its charm in every season. In my heart Vienna will always be associated with majesty, royalty, and of course with the Christmas magic 🙂
St. Charles’s Church and the Christmas market around
Schönbrunn Palace with its big Christmas tree
Vienna Art History Museum
Modern looks of Vienna
The sunrise from Danube tower. The river, the rising sun, and yet another Viennese morning
The house of Hundertwasser – Austrian artist and architect. His buildings are so different and so colorful, just adorable. He reminded me Gaudí, in fact I would call him Gaudí of Vienna
Rathaus Vienna full of lights
Christmas decorations from one of the Christmas markets
Lights over the Art History Museum
Mumok Vienna – museum of modern art
Night walks in Vienna
Ok, let’s end this in a colorful mood! 🙂