Vienna developed from early Celtic and Roman settlements into a Medieval and Baroque city, the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It played an essential role as a leading European music centre from the great age of Viennese Classicism through the early part of the 20th century. The historic centre is rich in architectural ensembles, including Baroque castles and gardens, as well as the late-19th-century Ringstrasse lined with grand buildings, monuments and parks. The historic centre is located south of the Danube Channel. Major ring roads divide the central area. In the lower part of the image, the green roofs of the Parliament building can be seen. To the north is the bright Burgtheater, opposite from Vienna's large city hall. The Hofburg and Heldenplatz can also be identified in the immediate vicinity.
The image was taken on 16 October 2006 by the Ikonos satellite and has a resolution of one metre. It covers an area of three by six kilometres.
Credit: European Space Imaging/DLR.