On the banks of the Danube River is the capital city of Austria, Vienna. It is Austria’s biggest city and has a rich cultural history. Known for having an excellent quality of life, the city has been voted the world’s most liveable city and also Europe’s best city to study in. It has a vibrant music scene, and its illustrious coffee houses are a must-do activity. In the winter, there are plenty of opportunities for sports such as skiing and ice skating, while in the summer it is a great time to go mountain biking or trekking. The city is served by a very good public transportation system and high-speed rail links to other countries. Vienna’s history dates back to the first post-Christian century when the Romans established the military camp of Vindobona. Today’s cityscape is characterized by the abundance of Baroque buildings, created mostly under the rule of Empress Maria Theresia (1740–1780) and Franz Joseph (1848–1916), who was largely responsible for the monumental architecture around the Ringstraße. In Vienna, traditional coffee houses, rustic wine taverns, and the beloved sausage stand (Wuerstelstand) exist alongside top restaurants and shops. Time-honored events, such as the Vienna Ball Season, create a unique and very special ambiance. Another special feature of Vienna is its many green spaces and recreational areas, such as the Wienerwald, the Prater, and the Donauinsel.