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Vienna - the land of coffee houses. Vienna – a place where the city centre has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Vienna – the largest city and capital of Austria. Vienna – a city that offers you a perfect mix of the past and the present. It might be known for many things, but none manage to completely describe what the city has to offer.

Vienna is full of imperial era history that offers a range of old world sights and attractions to choose from. The city was once home to the Habsburg Court and its numerous empires. As a result, numerous traces of the imperial capital are present even today. Apart from its historical importance, the city also offers its tourists with a wealth of modern day pleasures such as world class museums, beautiful neighbourhoods, a lively nightlife and world class hotels and restaurants.

However, one feature that makes the city stand out is its coffee culture. Vienna is home to some of the grandest coffee houses in the planet. Palatial as these cafes might be, they still manage to offer a homely atmosphere and some of the best coffee that the world has ever seen. In between the coffee house tours and historical sights such as the Imperial Palace and Schonbrunn Palace, tourists can also choose to catch a delightful performance at the State Opera House or enjoy the tunes of classical musical instruments that can invariably be heard all over the city.

Above all, Vienna is a city that is known for its arts. Some of the greatest musical geniuses of the world such as Mozart, Brahms, Schubert, Haydn and Beethoven and some of the best artists such as Klimt, Hundertwasser and Schiele have all spent some parts of their life in Vienna – and with a good reason. There is something unique about the city that simply makes the tunes flow and thoughts pour.

Don't forget to visit the beautiful wineries and vineyards that the city has to offer. After all, Vienna is the only capital in the world that produces significant amounts of wine within its city limits.

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Vienna holidays - Top Places To Go

1. Hofburg
Innerer Burghof 1, Kaisertor
What is it? The Hofburg Palace, or Imperial Palace, was the home of the Austrian Hapsburgs for 600 years. The first fortifications were erected by King Ottakar Premyst in the 13th century and were added to by every generation until it became the monumental structure it is today. As well as housing the president's offices, the palace now encompasses 22 separate museums, the National Library, a 14th-century Augustinian church, the famous Spanish Riding School and the Royal Chapel, where every Sunday the Vienna Boy's Choir sing Mass (they have performed for the Royal Court since 1498). It will be impossible to even catch a glimpse of everything on display at the Hofburg, so visitors should be selective. The most popular of the museums is the Kaiserappartements, which takes visitors on a tour of the Kaiser's imperial apartments, the Sisi Museum, and the Imperial Silver Collection. Hours of Operation: Imperial Apartments, Sisi Museum, Silver Collection: daily 9am to 5pm (until 5.30pm in July and August) Phone:(01) 533 7570



2. Spanish Riding School
Michaelerplatz 1
What is it? The Spanish Riding School of Vienna is the oldest and last riding school in the world where classic dressage is still practised in its purest form. This Institute was founded in 1572 and named for the Lipizzaner horses, which are of Spanish origin. The Imperial Court Stud was originally situated near the village of Lipizza (hence the name of the horses) but since the collapse of the Danube Monarchy in 1920 have been bred at the Federal Stud in Styria. The horses perform their tricks in the Winter Riding School, which was commissioned by Emperor Karl VI. Performances take place between February and June, September and December but are in high demand and booked up months in advance (details on their website). The easiest way to see the horses is during their training sessions. Tickets are only available at the door, and cannot be booked in advance. Situated in the stables is the Lipizzana Museum, which displays the history of the school. Hours of Operation: Museum: daily 9am to 6pm; training sessions: Tuesday to Saturday 9am to 12pm Phone:(01) 533 9031



3. Museum of Fine Arts (Kunsthistorisches Museum)
Maria Theresien Platz
What is it? This museum was built between 1872 and 1891 to house the vast collections then owned by the Hapsburgs who were enthusiastic patrons and collectors of the arts. With its magnificent renaissance architecture and superbly decorated ceiling, the museum is a masterpiece in its own right. It is one of the richest and most important in the world; its collections range from Ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman Antiquities to the Collections of Medieval Art and the splendid Renaissance and Baroque Collections. It houses the works of Rubens, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Dürer, Raphael, Titian, Bruegel and Van Dyke, to name just a few. Hours of Operation: Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 6pm; Thursday 10am to 9pm. English guided tours from entrance hall, Tuesdays 11am, Friday and Saturday 3pm. Phone:(01) 525 240



Vienna holidays - Top Events


1. Vienna Ball Season

From 2006-12-31

To 2007-03-15

What is it? Vienna is the only city in the world where balls still dominate the social calendar during the winter season, and a Viennese ball is a unique opportunity to experience the sophisticated charm of the city and the famous Viennese waltz. The official ball season offers about 300 public balls for every taste and pocket, of which the most famous are the Opera Ball, the social elite highlight of the European ball season, the Philharmoniker Ball, and the glamorous Kaiserball (Imperial Ball) at the imperial Hofburg Palace, which is the traditional opener and is a glittering New Year's Eve celebration which attracts tourists and Viennese alike. Numerous rental services in the city specialise in ball gowns and formal wear. For more information contact Vienna Tourism on (0)1 24 555 or email [email protected] Where is it? Various



2. New Year's Day Concert

From 2007-01-01

To 2007-01-01

What is it? Performed by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the annual New Year's Day concert is seen by millions of viewers worldwide and is a traditional start to the New Year. The orchestra is considered to be one of the finest in the world and this most famous of concerts features some of the most popular waltzes by the celebrated composer, Johann Strauss. For more information, one can contact the ticket and ball office of the Vienna Philharmonic on +43 (0)1 505 6525 or consult their website. Where is it? Vienna Musikverein



3. Vienna Festival (Festwochen)

From 2007-05-11

To 2007-06-17

What is it? One of Vienna's summer highlights, the Vienna Festival is a cultural spread of art, music, dance, theatre and opera performed by top international artists at main venues around the city. There are a huge variety of events, ranging from classical to modern, with shows, concerts and exhibitions for every taste. The annual International Music Festival coincides with the Vienna Festival, traditionally opened by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Where is it? Various



4. Donau (Danube) Island Festival

From 2007-06-22

To 2007-06-24

What is it? The Danube Island Festival has become one of the largest youth parties in Europe and attracts millions from around the world to take part in a weekend of free entertainment, music and dancing. Besides local bands and DJs there are world-famous international artists, and numerous open-air performances that take place on various stages around the island. Where is it? Donauinsel (Danube Island)




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