To start the day, take a stroll down Kaerntnerstrasse and explore the Golden Quarter, Vienna's new premier shopping area. Stop off at the Demel Coffee House - one of the most traditional coffee houses of imperial Vienna - and enjoy a coffee and pastry in its lavish Rococo and Art Deco interior. Afterwards, make your way to the Imperial Palace to see the horses of the Spanish Riding School in training. This is the only riding school in the world where classic dressage is still practised in its purest form. Then, take a walk through the historic and imposing Heldenplatz (Heroes' Square), arriving at the Museum Quarter.
Spend some time exploring the wealth of art in the immense Natural Art and Fine Art museums. The latter also houses Kunstkammer - the cradle of the museum - where you can experience a world of beauty and wit, curiosities and wonder. Kunstkammer is the most important collection of its kind in the world. Alternatively you could visit the Museum Quarter and pop into the Leopold Museum, the world's largest showcase of works by the Austrian expressionist Egon Schiele. Lovers of contemporary art should visit MUMOK (the Museum of Modern Art), and families might want to have a look at the ZOOM children museum. For a fabulous lunch you should stop at Glacis Beisl with its beautiful sidewalk cafe.
To finish your day in Vienna, a musical performance is a must. For opera, check what's on at the famous Vienna State Opera or the Volksoper. In the famous Musikverein or Konzerthaus there are outstanding classical concerts performed by the Vienna Philharmonic and Vienna Symphonic orchestras. The Concierge can give you advice and book tickets for you.
Vienna is the World's Most Livable City
Each year the international consulting firm Mercer does a survey to evaluate the quality of living in 221 cities around the world. For the fifth time in a row, the survey results gave Vienna top grades, ranking Austria's capital as the WORLD'S MOST LIVABLE CITY 2014. The survey compares the political, social and economic climate, medical care, education, and infrastructural conditions such as public transporation, power and water supply. It also takes info consideration recreational offers such as restaurants, theaters, cinemas, sports facility, the availability of all kinds of consumer goods, as well as environmental conditions - from green space to air pollution