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The capital of Austria is also one of the nine federal states and, with around 1.9 million inhabitants, the most populous and, at 415 square kilometres, the largest city in the country. Until 1986, Vienna was also the capital of the largest federal state, Lower Austria, when it was replaced by St. Pölten. The city is crossed from north to south-east over a length of more than 20 kilometres by the Danube, on whose banks other wine-growing areas of the country are located. With almost 600 hectares of vineyards, Vienna is the city with the largest wine production worldwide.

Wine taverns in Vienna

The fact that Vienna and wine are inseparable is also manifested by the fact that the two words are formed from the same letters. In the Middle Ages, German dialects (e.g. Lower Rhine) referred to the city as "Weyn". The well-known wine writer Hugh Johnson (from whom the pun originates) writes that no city is as full of wine bliss as Vienna. The Viennese Heuriger is known worldwide and many guests come to Vienna (also) because of it. In the 180 Heurigen establishments, the sale of high-quality bottled wines by the glass has also become established. Heurige can be found in Döbling (including Grinzing, Heiligenstadt, Neustift am Walde, Nußdorf, Sievering), Mauer, Oberlaa, Stammersdorf and Strebersdorf.

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