Vienna

Travel Destination: Vienna

Vienna is Austria’s most populous and intriguing city, located in central Europe. Rated number 19 in the Human Development Index, the bustling city is best known for it’s amazing natural scenery and rich culture dating back to the pre-Roman empire.

Don’t miss a few of these magical destinations the next time you find yourself in Vienna, or are planning a trip to Austria.

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Stay: Hollmann Beletage Design and Boutique Hotel

Kollnerhofgasse 6, 1010 Vienna

A short train ride from the city centre is one of Vienna’s up-and-coming hotels. The Hollman Beletage features modern sophistication for a fraction of the cost, and is perfect for anyone who loves a quirky place to stay while they’re enjoying their holiday. Rooms are extremely spacious, which are perfect if you’re planning to entertain before heading out to one of the many bars around town.

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Feeling Peckish: Café Central

Strauchgasse/Herrengasse, 1010 Vienna

A traditional Viennese coffee house which boasts a charming interior and 19th century architecture to match. The entertainment starts at 5pm sharp where a grand piano is played for all to enjoy and dance the night away.

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Shop: Wilhelm Jungmann and Neffe

Albertinaplatz 3, 1010 Vienna

This quaint store is home to classic mens and women’s fashion which has been supplying clothes to the public for over 125 years. Their specialty is menswear, especially crisp button-down shirts which are tailor-made on site.

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Visit: Hofburg Palace

Michaelerkuppel, 1010 Vienna

Home to some of the most powerful Austrian ancestry including teen-queen Marie Antoinette, Hofburg has been completely restored in the vision of it’s former glory. There are more than 10 wings of the palace, all of which can be visited under strict supervision.

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Drink: Do & Co (Onyx Bar)

Stephansplatz 12, 1010 Vienna

Enjoy exquisite cocktails and world-class views of the city from Onyx Bar in Vienna’s city centre. The exclusive bar is a hotspot for politicians and locals of interest, so remember to dress smart and stay on your best behaviour.

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December 4, 2014

Best Christmas Markets in Europe

When it comes to Christmas markets, Europe has the rest of the world beat. If you’re in the region this Christmas, drop by these places for the ultimate holiday experience.

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Strasbourg, France

The first even Christmas market is said to have originated in Strasbourg. The market sits among picturesque wooden houses, canals and the local Notre Dame church. Ice skate, listen to carol-singers or just stroll through the markets with a mulled wine (in a boot cup, of course).

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Vienna, Austria

The Christmas experience in Vienna is unmatched. Over 20 markets operate in town squares all over the city. The favorite is the markets at the base of the beautifully-decorated Rathuas (pictured) where around 3 million people flock each year to by their little glass ornaments or wooden toys. Because you are in the classical music capital of the world,  see one of the many special concerts held in the Rathaus over each weekend of the holiday season.

Best Christmas Markets in Europe

Dresden, Germany

It is estimated that Germany has around 5,000 Christmas markets – so anywhere you go, you will find something to please you. But the markets in Dresden date back to 1434 and are the oldest in the country – perhaps on the continent. Dresden sits on the picturesque river Elbe, and despite being destroyed during World War II, has been restored to its glorious historic aesthetic.

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Prague, Czech Republic

Shop Bohemian crystal, hand-made marionettes and decorations in one of Prague’s adorable Christmas markets. The best is probably in the old town square, surrounded by gothic architecture, and of course, the famous clock tower. Prague is magical any time of year, but the Christmas spirit brings new life to this usually dark and mysterious marvel.

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Brussels, Belgium

Brussel’s relatively young market spans a two kilometre course through the city’s historic centre. There will be rides for the kids, 18,000 lights, an ice-skating rink, and over 240 stalls for you to browse. Don’t miss out on the local cuisine – mussels, fries, chocolate and waffles!

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December 3, 2014