Austria's capital city is a veritable Viennese strudel of culture, cafes and choir boys. Its historic heart encircled by the Ringstrasse, The city of Strauss is a mix of narrow medieval lanes, chic shopping streets and monumental architecture redolent of its great Imperial past.

See the Gothic cathedral (Stephansdom), then take in the Habsburg’s former summer home at Schönbrunn Palace – a 1,400 room Baroque blockbuster. From here, you can visit the Habsburg tombs, where the infamous Empress Maria Theresa is buried.

Also not to be missed is the sprawling Museumsquartier – a vast modern arts centre that includes a big collection of Egon Schiele’s works, and Hundertwasser Haus – the world-famous housing complex that’s all curves, mosaics and vivid colours. You can see the sleek Lipizzaner stallions put through their paces at the Spanish Riding School, or visit the former home of Sigmund Freud.

Vienna is also the world’s classical music capital. Mozart’s adopted city has some sumptuous concert venues and you can listen to music here every day of the week. Fans of the composer should also pop into the Mozart Museum at the aptly named Figarohaus.

If the pace gets too much, do what the Viennese do and chill in one of the city’s famous coffee houses for Kaffee mit Kuchen (an indulgent coffee-and-cake interlude) and polish off a slice of chocolate-y Sachertorte.



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