Experience the grandeur of Vienna for a beautiful European city break. For a one of a kind experience head to the Spanish Riding School to see stunning displays of classical equitation and famous Lipizzan ballet. Visitors are treated to riding skills of the highest order. If shopping is your thing, meander the Golden Quarter for the ultimate luxury experience with flagship stores such as Louis Vuitton, Emporio Armani, Miu Miu, Roberto Cavalli, Prada and Saint Laurent.
Take in the city by foot to appreciate the grand architecture such as Belvedere Palace, home to the world’s largest collection of paintings by Klimt, with stunning Baroque interiors and gardens. Karlskirche or 'St Charles Church' is well worth a visit, with a stunning dome and towers and exquisite Baroque detail, it is one of the cities finer landmarks. When you're all walked out, stop by a patisserie for a Viennese torte and coffee. To admire the city view from above, venture up Austria's tallest building, the DC Tower. Here you will find the 57 Restaurant & Lounge, where you can enjoy a panoramic view.
Of course, Vienna offers much to fans of the arts, with an array of classical music talents such as opera and symphony orchestra. The city streets are steeped in musical history, you can recount stories of many famous composers such as Beethoven, Mozart, Brahms, Strauss and Bruckner. If contemporary music is more your style, Vienna will host the 60th Eurovision Song Contest in May 2015.
Vienna lies at the geographic heart of Europe. A compact city, Vienna manages to fit plenty of treats for visitors inside and along its inner ring. Around its midpoint – St Stephen's Cathedral – you'll find the Hofburg Palace of the Habsburg dynasty, as well as the Museums Quarter, Austrian Parliament Building, Rathaus (City Hall), Vienna State Opera and Mozarthaus. You can see them all within an hour's walk.
If you can brave the low temperatures of winter in Vienna then you’re in for a treat of clear blue skies and fresh snow. Enjoy the beauty winter brings in a cosy nearby cafe before heading to the Imperial Butterfly House for a tropical adventure with stunning art-nouveau surroundings. The Christmas markets offer a stunning festive scene against the backdrop of the city hall.
Travelling further outside of the city gives you a just-as-impressive range of options for all tastes. Kids of all ages will love the Wurstelprater theme park on the north side of the Danube, which doubles up as a Christmas market in winter. If you go south instead, you'll have the chance to experience Schönbrunn Palace – a spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site that combines beautiful buildings with extensive landscaped gardens. Hundertwasserhaus, in the east, offers a completely new experience for modern art fans.
Airlines and schedules
25th - 27th November 2016