To start the day, take a stroll down Kaerntnerstrasse and explore the Golden Quarter, Vienna's 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
In 2016, the international Management Consulting Firm Mercer ranked Vienna as the city with the highest quality of life for the seventh time in a row. Decisive for this top position once again was the diverse cultural offerings, the well-developed health care system, the recreation areas, the low crime rate and the moderate real estate prices, when compared to other cities.
Some Facts and Figures
Vienna is the capital of Austria and the smallest of its nine provinces. The metropolian area is subdivided into 23 districts and has a population of around 1.8 million. Vienna is located in the heart of Europe on the banks of the Danube. A large stretch of the city's limits is defined by the Vienna Woods providing fresh air for its inhabitants. Over 45 percent of the city’s area is accounted for by gardens, parks, forests, and woodland, another 15 percent is farmland and 5 percent water. 35 percent of all journeys in the city are by public transportation – a European record. Vienna is also the only major capital with a significant wine-growing industry – cultivating mainly white wines on some 700 hectares – within the city limits.
Vienna has around 700 hectares of vineyards
Vienna is the only major world capital with an extensive winegrowing industry operating within its city limits. Around 700 hectares of vineyards shape the cityscape, among which there are a few very special ones. Vienna's smallest vineyard, measuring just a few square meters, can be found near the hotel at Schwarzenbergplatz 2. Every year, the mayor of Vienna harvests the grapes in person. The 50 or so bottles of Wiener Gemischter Satz field blend in each vintage are auctioned off for charity.