Vienna is one of the most musical cities in the world. You'll experience the worlds and works of Mozart, Haydn, Strauss (both junior and senior) Schubert, Brahms and countless others here. Revel in the exquisite sounds coming from venerable music venues such as the neo-Renaissance Staatsoper, a cultural bastion with an illustrious history.
Only second to its music are Vienna's coffee houses, which feel more like second homes to the city’s residents. The culinary scene is quietly bubbling away, particularly in Beisln (bistros), which are known for their eclectic blend of homely cuisine, delicious brews and fine wines.
From Schloss Belvedere to Schloss Schönbrunn and the monumental Hofburg complex, you'll feel the city's rich legacy in many ways. One of the best displays of Vienna's imperial past can be seen at the Spanish Riding School of Vienna, where an army of powerful Lipizzaner stallions perform haute ecole movements of classical dressage. With a flick of a hoof and swish of an intricately plaited mane, the horses and their riders appear to fly across the ground. The arena itself is just as elaborate and could easily pass for a ballroom.