Wiener Neustadt is located south of Vienna in the state of Lower Austria.
It is a self-governed city and the seat of the district administration of Wiener Neustadt-Bezirk.
State: Lower Austria
County town: Wiener Neustadt
Area: 60.96 km²
Population density: 60.969.689 m²
Elevation: 265 m
Postal code: 2700
Dialing code: 02622
Location: 47°49' N 16°15' E
Car designation: WN
Arrangement of the city: 1 Katastralgemeinde
Address of the city administration: 1-3 Hauptplatz Wiener Neustadt 2700
The city was founded by the Babenberger Duke Leopold V in 1194, who financed the construction of the city with the ransom paid for the English king Richard the Lionheart, who had previosuly been held as a hostage in Austria at Dürnstein.
Wiener Neustadt, meaning more or less New Vienna, first served as a fortress to defend against Turkish invasion.
Important privileges were given to the city in order to enable it to prosper.
In the 15th century, Wiener Neustadt experienced a population boom, when Emperor Friedrick III took up his residence here and in Graz.
The Wappenwand (coat of arms wall) at the local castle displays the coats of arms of his possessions in the middle.
His son Maximilian I maintained his court in Wiener Neustadt and is buried there in the St. George's Cathedral.
King Matthias Corvinus of Hungary conquered the city in August of 1487 after having laid siege to it for two years.
He dedicated the Corvinus Cup to the inhabitants.
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In 2005 Hui Chin and I returned to Wiener Neustadt,
because we have very fond memories of this place.
Here I would like to repeat our 2003 experience in this lovely city.
"In 2003 Hui Chin and I missed our train from Linz, Austria to Györ (Hungary) by 2 minutes.
After some thinking and enquiries we found out that, if we can get from one Vienna station to another one quickly enough, we can go to Sopron (Hungary), that night.
Hui Chin was desperate to get to Hungary and nice food, after travelling around Europe by rail for nearly four weeks.
We did get to Vienna and we smartly changed stations, just to see our train slip away under our nose, after waiting about ten minutes for it.
While we sat at one end of the platform, the train stopped at the other end.
Without us realising it was our train, the departing train changed tracks half way along the platform, hence stopping at the other end and going without us.
I rushed back to the station's Information Office for further instructions and was told that there was a train to Wiener Neustadt, near Sopron, just about right now.
We were desperate, but I was nearly 2 minutes from the departing train.
We did manage to catch the train this time.
On the way to the train I saw a small board and I just managed to read enough German to understand the warning on the board about the Sopron train departing from the far end of the Platform.
On the train I tried to ask the conductor to get the Station Master to put the warning in English and Hungarian, so people like us can see it more easily.
(The train was going to Hungary, so there would be Hungarians travelling on it.)
To our amazement the Conductor offered to drop us off at Sopron, as he was driving home to a town in Austria not far from Sopron.
Hui Chin and I will never forget Erwin R's spontenous generosity."
We visited Wiener Neustadt again during our escapades in 2006, still as beautiful and friendly as ever.
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