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Vienna, Austria

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A High Baroque church to the right, a techno club to the left and an old lady in a fur coat in the middle – Vienna encapsulates a feeling of both old and new without jeopardizing either. Further down the street there may be a park, one which helps to make up fifty percent of the city’s land, or you may hear the notes of Brahms or Strauss seeping through the walls of one of the many symphony halls.

The architecture lining Vienna’s streets embodies the theme of the old coexisting with the new, a conglomeration of work from the Romanesque Ruprechtskirche, classicist, Art Nouveau, and modern periods. Vienna’s historic heart lies within the Hofburg, where the Habsburg rulers lived, yet just down the road there are cafes and bars which squirm with youth culture. An air of imperial longing floats above the heads of both the elderly and the young, allowing a modern city to sprout from the sturdy stems of the old city.

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Things to do in Vienna: After St. Stephans, visit the Hofburg, where the Hapsburgs lived - an amazing palace in the centre of the city. The Spanish Riding School is there, too, and tickets are not hard to get. Friday mornings, queue up for tickets to hear the Vienna Boys Choir sing in a Sunday mass. (all that is at the Hofburg). Nearby is the MOST AMAZING library - with books about as old as the Book of Kells. That is a must see. The museums quartier is great for a laid back lunch and a peek at modern art. They house the Leopold Museum, which has the largest collection of Schieles and Klimts. Also interesting are the MUMOK, (Museum of Modern Art) and Kunsthalle, which has contemporary art and also dance space. The Bellevue palace is a short tram ride (two or three stops, I would guess). Beautiful gardens and home to Klimt's The Kiss. Sigmund Freud's house is in the 3rd district on Berggasse. The Secession Building, a fine example of Art Nouveau, is near the Naschmarkt, where you can find anything in the world to eat. On Saturdays, the Naschmarkt also hosts a flea market. Otto Wagner, an Art Nouveau architect, designed the Post Office, which is now a great museum. He also designed the city's public transportation line. For one of many examples, check out his Karlsplatz tram stop. The stop at Josefstrasse is now under renovation. Finally, for the macabre: Vienna is the only city in Europe (the worlds?) with a funeral museum.

When I went Vienna last time, there was a lot of things which I did there. Vienna offers much more than what we expect. It is a city living off its past. I knew about the culture, tradition, festival of Vienna. Viennale film festival and the Vienna Festival Weeks are most interesting events which I enjoyed a lot. Staying at some of the world's grandest hotels; viewing the sites and get seats to listen to one of the world's greatest orchestras, playing in one of the world's leading opera houses are most adventures things to do.

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What did you hear/ see at the opera House? Was it difficult to get tickets? Do you need to book in advance?

Stunning Buildings

What a great city, full of grand buildings, with a history way grander than most European cities. Highly recommend heading out to Grinzing to some of the 'Heuriger' - wine restuarants where they often make their own wine on the premises.

Good pensione

Anyone know a good pensione near the Cathedral? I was once recommended one but have now forgotten the name.

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There's a place called Pension Nossek right across from St Stephens. See www.pension-nossek.at - run by two eccentric ladies, mother and daughter if I remember right

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