My favourite place: Vienna, Austria

The latest in our historical holiday series sees Nigel Jones explore the rich artistic and intellectual history of the Austrian capital

Vienna's magnificent city hall, built between 1872 and 1883, can be found in the heart of the city. (Picture by Moment/Getty Images)

This article was first published in the October 2018 edition of BBC History Magazine

I view Vienna not through a visitor’s eyes, but those of a former resident. I spent four years there as a journalist in the 1990s, have a Viennese son, and often revisit the city. Therefore, if not exactly my favourite place, I certainly know Vienna well enough to pronounce it near the top of European cities for its quality of life, its culture and, of course, its history!

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