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GREAT DAYS IN VIENNA




Morning
Start the day early with a visit to the huge Hofburg Complex , which includes the former Habsburg winter residence, a church, chapel, the Spanish Riding School , museums and the Austrian National Library. Take a tour of the former Habsburg State Apartments , the Sisi Museum (dedicated to Empress Elisabeth of Austria) and the Silberkammer, which houses the Imperial Silver Collection. For lunch, dine in the complex at the Café Hofburg , where traditional specialities such as Kaiserschmarren (Emperor’s Pancakes) and Rindsgulasch (beef goulash) are served.

Afternoon


 After lunch, take a trip out to the impressive Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens , the former summer residence of the Habsburgs. The “Imperial Tour” leads you through 22 of the palace’s grand state rooms, with a free audio guide providing snippets of interesting information. If you still have time after the tour, head out into the park and admire the picturesque gardens. The maze , a favourite feature of European stately homes, provides a unique outdoor adventure.

Morning



Start the day with a trip to Burggarten , a park in central Vienna that was created by the Habsburgs on land around the Hofburg. Here you can wander among the trees and view statues of Goethe, Mozart and Emperor Franz I. The park is also well known for its greenhouses, designed by the Jugendstil architect Friedrich Ohmann. Among them is the Butterfly House (Schmetterlinghaus), home to over 150 different species that fly around in a recreated rainforest environment. Next, take a lunch break at the nearby Café Mozart  on Albertinaplatz. In this historic and elegant coffeehouse, first established in 1794, you can dine on gourmet vegetarian or traditional Austrian dishes and enjoy some pastries for dessert.

Afternoon


After lunch, pay a visit to Donaupark, which was created in 1964 and is one of Vienna’s largest parks. Here you can go for a leisurely stroll or jog, or rent a bike and ride along the cycle paths. For a relaxing moment, sit down by Lake Iris, an artificial lake at the centre of the park. One of the park’s highlights is the Donauturm , a 252 m- (827 ft-) high tower with a revolving restaurant, a café and an observation deck. A lift takes visitors to the top of the tower where views of the whole Vienna metropolitan area can be enjoyed. On a clear day, the view stretches to beyond the city.

Morning


Begin your day with a visit to the Secession Building , which was designed in Jugendstil style and is now used as an exhibition hall for displays of contemporary art. Exhibitions have included work by Oswald Oberhuber and Maja Vukoje. The building is also home to Gustav Klimt’s 
famous Beethoven Frieze. After viewing the art, try nearby Kostas for a classic Greek lunch of moussaka.

Afternoon

 Having eaten, head over to the MuseumsQuartier  and, for an unforgettable experience, visit the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of the History of Art) . Here you can easily spend a whole afternoon viewing magnificent works of art and antiquities, many of which are from imperial Habsburg collections. The Picture Gallery on the first floor is especially impressive and features paintings from Giovanni Bellini, Titian, Pieter Bruegel and Diego Velázquez among others. Afterwards, stop off at Café Eiles , a typical Venetian coffeehouse and nearby in the MuseumsQuartier, for a drink and pastry, or light meal.

Morning

This day starts with a trip to the Volksprater Funfair , the oldest amusement park in the world. Take a spin on the famous Ferris wheel built in 1897. Older kids might then like to ride on the daring Volare roller coaster, while parents with smaller children might enjoy the carousel, or the 4-km (2.5-mile) miniature railway. For lunch, visit the Schweizerhaus restaurant  inside the park and try one of the tremendous-value daily specials of beef or chicken.

Afternoon

After lunch, families can rent a rickshaw (or mountain bikes, tandems or children’s bikes) from the Bicycle Rental Hochschaubahn stand, near the Hochschaubahn roller coaster. Go for a two-hour ride down the Hauptallee  in the Prater’s green area, which is a boulevard famous for jogging and cycling, or just enjoying a pleasant stroll. Return to one of the funfair’s fast-food stands for an ice-cream cone or soft drink.

GREAT DAYS IN VIENNA GREAT DAYS IN VIENNA Reviewed by MELANIE INFINITY on January 09, 2020 Rating: 5

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