Vienna is a city with a high quality of life which is appreciated by all visitors. Vienna is not only the capital but also the largest city of Austria and is the centre of the cultural, economic and political activity in Austria. Until the beginning of the 20th century, it was the largest German-speaking city in the world, and before the splitting of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in World War I the city had 2 million inhabitants. In 2001, the city center was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The historic center of Vienna is rich in architectural ensembles, including Baroque castles and gardens to Gothic churches, museums and the late-19th-century Ringstraße lined with grand buildings, monuments and parks. Vienna is a stunning city that lives up to its impressive reputation which makes it an ideal choice for couples looking for a romantic escape to a city that is full of character, elegance, beauty and charm.