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Vienna

Annabelle's verdict:

Brimming with tradition and oozing with culture, Vienna is the place to hear Strauss, see countless works of art and be overwhelmed by pompous, imperial architecture. Even a break for coffee and cake involves stepping back in time. Ride the famous ferris wheel in the Prater and you'll be in the heart of the Hapsburgs' hunting ground.

Recommended tour operator: Kirker Holidays

ParklandsThe elegant Hotel SacherDon't miss the original Sacher TorteOne of the many palaces

Kirker Holidays says

Vienna is a city of coffee houses, of Art Nouveau, waltzes and imperial splendour, offering any visitor with an interest in the arts an array of choice.

The city’s museums and galleries are of the highest order: the Old Master Collection at the Kunsthisorisches Museum has some extraordinary works by Vermeer, Velazquez, Rembrandt and Caravaggio. The Leopold Museum with its works by Austrian artists such as Klimt and Kokoschka and the Liechtenstein Palais with its Baroque collection are also a must.

Add to this the splendour of the Hapsburg palaces, the Hofburg and Schonbrunn, and the first-rate selection of musical performances at the Vienna State Opera, the Musikverein and the beautiful Konzerthaus.The Kirker Concierge will be delighted to book tickets for any of these venues as well as the Spanish Riding School and the Vienna Boys Choir.

The famous 5-star Hotel Sacher opened in 1876 and has become renowned not only for its wealth of splendid antiques and art collection, but for its amazing chocolate cake – the Sacher – Torte which can be enjoyed in the Café Sacher.

Click here for more information and prices for breaks in Vienna.

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