There is something impossibly elegant about a city that still throws lavish balls. This is Vienna, the City of Music, defined by a refined heritage and imperial past. Here, a European dynasty ruled from an imposing palace, Mozart and Beethoven composed their masterpieces, and Sigmund Freud idled in coffee houses. Be dazzled by the many museums, and wind down at rustic restaurants serving up hearty Austrian dishes.
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Fly to the finer things! Find a city tour and waltz over to the top Vienna tourist attractions. For imperial history, check out the Hofpburg Imperial Palace and the Schönbrunn Palace. The Vienna State Opera is a must-see, as is the MuseumsQuartier, housing the best art museums. Check our Central Europe packages for guided tours, flight and hotel packages, and more.
German and a regional Viennese dialect (wienerisch).
WHAT TO EATWiener schnitzel (breaded and fried veal), tafelspitz (boiled beef and vegetables), Austrian goulash and sachertorte (chocolate cake) or apfelstrudel (apple strudel) for dessert.
WHAT TO BRING BACKManner wafers, Augarten porcelain, Staud’s jams, Empress Sisi or Gustav Klimt-related souvenirs and musical mementos like a mini Beethoven bust or mozartkugel (marzipan-filled chocolates with Mozart’s face on the wrapping).
FUN FACTAre you packing your black-tie attire? You might want to if you’re venturing to Vienna during winter, aka ball season. From November to March, over 450 balls take place here, with ladies and gents waltzing in tuxedoes and floor-length gowns in various elegant venues. For grand opulence, sweep into the Opera Ball or for more informal fun, try the Bonbon Ball.
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