From the 13th to 20th century, Vienna was the capital of the Hapsburg dynasty and its middle European empire.
In this series, Simon Sebag Montefiore tells the story of how the Habsburgs transformed Vienna into a multi-national city of music, culture and ideas; of palaces and churches; of coffee houses, courtesans, and conquerors.
He describes how Napoleon, Hitler, Mozart and Freud all played their part and how Vienna has become the monumental capital of Austria that it is today.
Watch Vienna on BBC Four
The three-part series starts at 9pm on Thursday 8 December on BBC Four. For more information about the series, visit the BBC's Vienna pages.
Here on OpenLearn you can explore Vienna's long history and rich culture with our interactive map of the city, a family tree of the Habsburg dynasty, personal stories of the Viennese and a guide to words and phrases in Austrian German.