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Vienna

Things to do in Vienna

Founded in 1692 by court painter Peter Strudl (who would later become Baron of Austria), the Academy of Fine Arts remains one of Vienna's most prestigious schools. Over 900 students attend the academy, where they are immersed in a variety of art disciplines in a research-oriented environment.

Although world famous, the Riesenrad isn't the only thing consistently drawing crowds to Vienna's amusement park.

Tickets for the New Year's concert are awarded by lottery a year in advance.

The first in Vienna to offer wines by the glass (a Riedl glass, anyone?) this tiny yet groundbreaking wine bar is well known among locals and yet could easily be overlooked by the average passerby. Though tucked in a passageway near St.

Centrally located in Vienna's Innere Stadt district, the Wiener Staatsoper is one of the city's most photographed structures. Completed in 1869, the ornate opera house was designed in the Neo-Renaissance style with sweeping ceilings and gilded moldings.

Founded in 2002 in Vienna's First District by Francesca von Habsburg and run by the fourth generation of art collectors in the prominent Habsburg-Lorraine family, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary is not a prototypical museum.

Helmuth Unger's unpretentious wine store and bar started out strictly as bottle shop. Today, wine connoisseurs head to Vienna's textile quarter to enjoy their varietal of choice and an array of food items like antipasti, cheeses, and the house signature smoked salami.

The city of Haydn and Strauss invites choirs from around the world—more than three-dozen Advent season concerts—to perform Christmas music in the Rathaus every weekend (Friday to Sunday) from late November to Dec. 24 as part of the festival.

A prominent tourist attraction in Schlosspark since the 1960's, the former summer residence of the Hapsburgs is a true Baroque palace. Within its lacquered and gilded walls are 1,441 rooms filled with priceless artifacts of Austria's longest reigning royal family.

Situated on the sixth floor of the Do & Co Hotel, the space has windows about 30 feet high looking straight across Stephansplatz at the tiled roof and towers of the Gothic St. Stephen's Cathedral.

What to Expect:Vienna's venerable Christkindlmarkt on Rathausplatz flings open its stall shutters in mid-November, and three million visitors flock here each year for beeswax candles, wooden toys, and glass ornaments.

Originally commissioned by Emperor Franz Josef I of Austria-Hungary to house the Habsburgs' vast art collection, the Naturhistorisches (Natural History Museum) is one of the most prominent museums in the world. Like its identical twin opposite Maria-Theresien Platz, the Museum of Fine Ar