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Experiencing Vienna, Austria's Renaissance

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Photo: The café at Vienna’s Hotel Sacher

Layered with history—from Hapsburg splendor to Art Nouveau—Vienna looks to the future, remaking itself as the center of a dynamic and expanding Europe. It's still the city of Freud and Wittgenstein, Mozart, Schubert, Strauss, the Boys’ Choir, and the Lipizzaner stallions of the Spanish Riding School. But now, as Vienna’s 21st-century renaissance takes hold, its contemporary scene is as much of a draw as its favorite son, Wolfgang Amadeus. Read the article

Destinations: Vienna

Inspired by: Reinventing Vienna — by Michael Gross, Published Apr. 2008

Hotels (5)

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    Levante Parliament

    Another new hotel, the Levante Parliament, incorporates a gallery exhibiting glasswork by Romanian artist Ioan Nemto.

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    Altstadt Vienna

    Centrally located in Vienna's Spittelberg quarter, the Altstadt offers 42 unique rooms and suites in a renovated Patrician house. Colors and them

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    Do & Co Hotel

    The hotel occupies the top four floors of Haas Haus, a cylindrical, concrete-and-mirrored-glass postmodern landmark dropped into the heart of the c

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    Palais Coburg

    Built atop the old walls of Vienna in the 1840’s, the former summer residence of Ferdinand von Saxe-Coburg-Gotha was turned into a hotel in 2003. T

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    Hotel Sacher Wien

    1876 property opposite the opera house, popular for its old-world opulence, central location, and Pierre-Yves Rochon redesigned restaurant. Its Rot

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Restaurants (5)

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    Indochine 21

    Vienna’s historic Innere Stadt district is home to Indochine 21, the hotspot for trendy diners to enjoy cocktails and French-Vietnamese fusion. Che

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    Fabio’s

    Mingle with Vienna's upper crust within the glass walls of Fabio's, one of Vienna's most popular and trendiest dining spots. Opened in 2002 by Fabi

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    Do & Co Albertina

    This Stephansplatz eatery offers sushi alongside killer views of St. Stephen's cathedral.

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    Österreicher im MAK

    Owned by celebrated Steirereck alum Helmut Österreicher, this namesake restaurant is housed inside the Museum für Angewandte Kunst (MAK), or Museum

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    Meinl's Restaurant

    Julius Meinl am Graben is all about Mediterranean-Austrian fusion cuisine. Tucked behind a grandiose cheese display in his cafe of the same name is

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Activities (11)

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    Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary

    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-L

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    Schönbrunn Palace

    A prominent tourist attraction in Schlosspark since the 1960's, the former summer residence of the Hapsburgs is a true Baroque palace. Within its l

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    Natural History Museum

    Originally commissioned by Emperor Franz Josef I of Austria-Hungary to house the Habsburgs' vast art collection, the Naturhistorisches (Natural His

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    MuseumsQuartier

    The complex includes the Architekturzentrum Wien; the Leopold Museum; the Museum Moderner Kunst; the Kunsthalle Wien; and more.

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    Museum of Fine Arts Vienna

    Also known as the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts is the twin of the  Naturhistorisches Museum directly across Maria Theresien-Pl

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    Liechtenstein Museum

    Named after one of Europe's oldest noble families, Palais Liechtenstein is home to a vast, private art collection that spans six centuries. The Pri

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    Imperial Furniture Collection

    Many possessions of the Hapsburgs, as well as period rooms from two centuries of Austrian design.

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    Belvedere Museum

    Numerous works by Klimt (including his masterpiece, The Kiss), Egon Schiele, and Oskar Kokoschka.

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    Albertina

    This Neoclassical style palace-turned-art museum was built in 1744. Twenty-one Habsburg staterooms, such as the Hall of the Muses, are decorated wi

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    Academy of Fine Arts 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 pres

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    Onyx Bar

    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

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    Vienna

    Vienna is a magical European wonderland, with its amorous frenzy of architecture and coffeehouses serving up Kaffe mit schlag and cherry strudel.

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