Virtuoso Voyages Directory - 2017-2018 - 120
Clockwise from top: Rainbow over St. Stephen's Cathedral;
View from Danube River; Town hall and park at Christmas.
A beautiful waltz: Vienna's imperial
grandeur and coffeehouse culture
Vienna, situated on the banks of Europe's famous Danube River, is a study in contrasts
- it brilliantly balances an imperial history with vibrant modernity. Most of what you will
be interested in is conveniently located around the city's Ringstrasse, which encircles
the city center in a grand three-mile loop.
Make sure these only-in-Vienna experiences are on your list: enjoying original
Sachertorte (one of the world's most famous chocolate cakes) at Café Sacher, visiting
the Spanish Riding School to see the Lippizan horses, admiring the incredible Hofburg
and Schönbrunn palaces, whiling away a couple of hours at a typical Viennese café
(try Café Central, Café Landtmann, or Café Sperl), and exploring the Naschmarkt for
Many museums are clustered in the MuseumsQuartier and are well worth a visit. Find a
fascinating collection of Egon Schiele work at the Leopold and brilliant contemporary
art by Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns at the Museum of Modern Art (aka mumok).