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Several surprises were in store for me at Vienna. As I approached the city by way of the Danube, a day's sail upon which is as fascinating and full of historic reminiscences as a trip up the Rhine, I began to wonder whether a certain "waltz king" were not the victim of achromatopsia; for the "beautiful blue Danube" is most emphatically a bilious brown in tint. Again when I discovered that the capital of Austria is not on the Danube but a long way back from it on a very muddy canal and a very much muddier creek, my confidence in the veracity of a certain old schoolmaster received a rude shock. To this insignificant creek, the Wien, does the proud city of the Hapsburgs owe its name. Once more to my utter astonishment I found that the great city of Vienna, the real Vienna, is only about a mile
METTLER LH. MEDICAL VIENNA AND HEIDELBERG. NOTES FROM MY SKETCHBOOK. JAMA. 1896;XXVII(20):1056–1061. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430980028001j
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