Visitors are captivated by its elegance and extravagant traditions. Known as The Imperial City, Vienna reveals striking remnants of the Habsburg era at every turn and has long been celebrated as a center for classical music. Its lavish concert halls, art museums, palaces, and wine taverns offer abundant opportunities to indulge the senses. 1 AMUSEMENT PARK Originally used as imperial hunting grounds, the Prater is the recreational hub of the city and houses one of the oldest amusement parks in the world. Generations of Austrians have enjoyed the numerous attractions and high-quality restaurants like Schweizerhaus, a rustic beer hall and garden, that Prater has to offer. Not to be missed is a ride on the 120-year-old Ferris wheel, the Riesenrad, which provides sensational city views and is open year-round. 2 DANCING AND OPERA With more than 400 galas every year and many open to the public, you can flaunt your finest attire while practicing your Waltz among Viennese society at these posh functions. The height of the season takes place from January until March, and no problem if you don’t have a date — you can hire a so-called Taxi Dancer to partner with throughout the night! The most sought-after ticket in town is the Opera Ball, held at the world-famous Vienna State Opera. If you can’t make it to the ball, there are tours of the Opera almost daily or attend one of the 70 different productions featured there every year. Individual subtitle screens during performances make it easy for even an opera novice to enjoy. 3 COFFEE HOUSES Sit down and enjoy a coffee the old-fashioned way, in what is known as the coffee house capital of the world. Travel back to 19th century Vienna, as you are surrounded by the ornate furnishings of Cafés Sperl, Central, Ritter or Landtmann. It is customary for patrons to converse with company or select a newspaper to read while they sip, instead of relying on mobile devices to pass the time. Consider trying a unique Viennese treat, such as an Einspänner — strong coffee topped with whipped cream.
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