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Destination Guide: Vienna

Opulent cafés and grand parks amid imperial splendour
Wander the tree-fringed boulevards of Austria's capital, once home to Habsburg emperors, Mozart and Strauss. Climb Steffl, the gothic tower of St. Stephen's Cathedral, then rest your feet at a cosy coffee house.

Food and Drink

Rich cakes and foaming beer. Savour the grandeur of Vienna at the chandelier-lit Café Sacher, where locals linger over strong coffee and legendary Sachertorte chocolate cake. Dine beneath the palms at the Art Nouveau Palmenhaus conservatory, or enjoy an ice-cold beer in medieval Innere Stadt's wood-panelled restaurants.

Sightseeing and relaxation

Palaces, big wheels and art through the ages. Immerse yourself in cutting-edge art at the Museums Quartier, or glory in Hundertwasser's bold colours and mosaics at KunstHaus Wien. The glory of the Habsburg Empire captivates at the Hofburg Palace and at the baroque Schönbrunn Palace. Get a bird's-eye view over Vienna from Prater's iconic Ferris wheel.

Shopping

Splurge on designer shoes or crystal and porcelain at elegant shopping arcades. Exclusive shops sit next to souvenir vendors in the Innere Stadt, displaying glistening jewellery and silk scarves alongside picture postcards. Make suitcase space for Vienna's favourite candied violets, hand-made at Demel.

Nightlife and Entertainment

Waltz in imperial style or dance till dawn. Hear the revered Philharmonic Orchestra perform at the 19th-century Vienna State Opera or dance to techno until the sun rises over the Danube at cult clubs like Flex. Locals sip decadent cocktails in trendy Mariahilf bars.