1) Schloβ Belvedere: This absolutely gorgeous palatial complex is definitely not to be missed while in Vienna. The former palace has been converted into an art gallery and now houses some of the most coveted international artwork. Stroll through the impeccably-maintained gardens. Visit the art galleries. Marvel at the beautiful Baroque architectural facades of the palace. Learn more about Austrian history at one of the museums. You won’t run out of things to do or see.
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2) Opera: Vienna’s relationship with music is legendary and is widely celebrated around the world. Opt for a night of culture with an opera performance at the world-renowned Vienna Opera House (Wiener Staatsoper). If you’re looking for deals, either buy your ticket way in advance or risk your luck and wait for the day of the performance. Also look out for student, children, and senior citizen specials.
3) Opera or Imperial Ball: Not only is music an important part of Austrian life, but ballroom dancing also shares a special place in the heart of Austrians. The annual Imperial Ball used to be reserved for high-society aristocrats, but over time, it has garnered widespread appeal and popularity. It takes place on New Year’s Eve at Hofburg Palace and welcomes visitors from all over the world. The venue used to be the winter residence of the Austrian Emperor. Ring in the New Year with grandeur and glamour!
4) Lange Nacht der Musik/Museen (Long Night of Music/Museums): Every year, a wide range of museums and art galleries are open until the wee hours of the morning. It’s typically in the beginning of fall, around the first week of October. Admission is around €13 and people are usually out until 2 or 3 in the morning. The ticket gives you admission into about 650 museums. It’s a great activity for the culture vultures, as well as night owls.
5) Christmas Markets: Starting in November, the beautiful Christmas markets are sprawled throughout the city, marking the beginning of the festive season. They usually last until right before Christmas or just a little after. You can buy local delicacies, small arts and crafts from local artisans, and consume gallons of gluehwein. It’s definitely worth a visit and a great way to get into the holiday spirit!
Hotel in Vienna
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