The Thinking of Speaking
Issue #15 May / June 2015
Where Are You?
by Sonja Krüger
May / June 2015 | 

Our place this month is the largest city of the country, as well as its capital. With a population of over 2 million, it is the 7th largest city in the European union. It was also the largest German speaking city in the world at the end of the 19th century. Often regarded as the "City of Music", it is also renowned in the psychology field for one of its famous citizens.

The city has roots in Celtic and Roman settlements. As far back as 500 BC, the Celts founded the city and the Romans built it in a larger city a few hundred years later, to guard against Germanic tribes.

During the 10th century, the city became the centre of a huge dynasty, and it eventually became the capital of the Holy Roman Empire. It was invaded by other countries over the centuries, being occupied by Hungary and attacked by the Ottomans. It also had its population drastically ravaged by a plague in 1679.

The name of the city actually comes from Italian. Today, it is a popular tourist stop, with its rich music history and art centre. Almost equally famous are its fine cakes and desserts along with its small sausages, which are named after the city.

Can you name this city and country?

Last month's answer: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Where Are You?
Writer: Sonja Krüger
Petey: Mystery image

All images are Copyright - CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Share Alike) by their respective owners, except for Petey, which is Public Domain (PD) or unless otherwise noted.


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