Weekend Breaks to Vienna
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Top 10 Things in Vienna on a Short Break
This impressive grand building in the heart of Vienna is the home of the Austrian Presidents office, but has a long history as the center of the powerful Habsburg Empire, which ruled an area stretching far outside the present borders of Austria. Well you could spend a long weekend just here, as there are various museums in the Hofburg including Volkerkundemuseum, theatermuseum, nationabibliothek, lippizanermuseum and the Kaiserappartments.
The original building was erected in the 13th century and has undergone many renovations and a new palace was added in the early 20th century.
More info can be found at the Austrian web site: www.vienna.at
Take the train to Volkstheater to discover what was once a suburb of Vienna and now an area of 18th and 19th century buildings, separated by quaint cobbled streets and exquisitely preserved. A craft market is held here on Saturdays and you will enjoy a pleasant stroll (most streets are pedestrianised) around these ancient ways any time, why not stop at one of the many coffee shops for a cup of coffee and the cake made famous by the city.
The interesting site of, www.virtualvienna.net has more info.
This vibrant dance festival is held every summer all over the city including the Akademietheater, Museumsquarter and the Volkstheater who host a feast of modern dance that is earmarked as a must for some of the worlds top dance troupes who hold workshops, street parties and lectures. Be swept off your feet by the amazing vibe of this event and come in a party mood.
To find out venues, times and admission prices go to the web site, www.impulstanz.com
You will not have to look far for this fine traditional Austrian restaurant that is located between Wollzeile and Backergasse opposite St Stephanï¿½s Cathedral. The gothic vaulted arches and authentic dï¿½cor lends atmosphere to this popular establishment. Try the massive wiener schnitzels whose recipe is a closely guarded secret. No beer in the house, but more than made up for in the home brewed wines.
You can book a meal at their web site, www.figlmuller.at
The official shop producing this world famous cake is on the Karntner Ring in the heart of Vienna. The cook whom the cake is named after had to take the confectioner Demel to court to reserve the name (I suppose that Demeltorte would have caught on). At this wonderful shop situated in a grand old building, one can purchase the Sacher cookbook and have the cake specially sent around the world. WARNING ï¿½ too much of this can harm your figure, but just enjoy a slice or two.
If you enjoy a night out on the town then look no further than this bar/disco that is next door to Viennaï¿½s oldest church of St Ruprecht a short walk from the station of Schwedenplatz in the center of town. One of the hottest places in the city (literally in the summer) where the locals mix freely with visitors. DJs play all the latest hits that get bodies on the large dance floor. Large beer garden for the summer and big screen sports complete the picture for a memorable night.
You will find this fascinating art nouveau palm house in Burggarten Park, which is a short walk from the Hofburg Palace. The greenhouse was built in 1901 and is constantly heated to 26c it houses one of the worlds most abundant collection of common and rare butterflies. When its ice cold outside you can walk through a tropical rain forest atmosphere with exotic butterflies fluttering all around.
Find out more by visiting the web site, www.schmetterlingshaus.at
World famous event organized every year by the great tenor Placido Domingo and takes place in the Vienna Concert House, since itï¿½s inception in 1992 some of the worlds top performers have graced the event. Why not combine this with the traditional New Years concert at Musikverein to hear the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra on January 1st.
Tickets are hard to come by so if you log in to www.konzerthaus.at and try to book ahead.
Handelskai 269, well no visitor to Vienna should leave without a trip down the renowned Danube or in this case at least having a meal or drink overlooking the water. Situated right next to the Austria Centre on the waterfront and boasting world class facilities for the guests and a couple of top restaurants such as the Melody Cafï¿½ and the Symphony Restaurant for Austrian and International style breakfasts, lunches and dinners. If you are lucky enough to stay here you are sure to be pampered.
Undoubtedly one of the top attractions in Vienna is this 12th century gothic structure in Stephensplatz. Renovated in the following century and finally redesigned in 1579.
St Stephens is well worth a lingering few hours to discover the largely baroque style interior with its high ceilings and many stone carvings. The well-known bell weighs 21 tons and is now only used on New Year, weddings and bar mitzvahs (not Really).
A good Vienna guide can be found on the website, www.austria-tourism.at
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