Vienna is the imperial jewel in Austria's crown. You'll see the fruits of the city's status everywhere, from the treasures of the cosmopolitan Ringstrasse (Ring Road) to the Hofburg, Emperor Franz Josef's palace. Though this splendor was designed to impress subjects back in the old days, today it makes Vienna a tourist-friendly city overstuffed with baroque buildings and cozy cafés.
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- Innere Stadt, Vienna's medieval heart, is an ideal place to spend an afternoon. Explore the town's twisting streets. Here you'll find the iconic Stefansdom Cathedral, originally constructed in the 10th century, and the shops lining the pedestrian-only Graben.
- Coffee and pastries are centerpieces of the culture here; stop and have some at Café Central, one of the cities more famous coffeehouses. It was home to Trotsky before the Russian Revolution.
- The Ringstrasse, a grand circular boulevard built in 1857, envelops Innere Stadt. It is home to some of Vienna's most famous sights, including the MuseumsQuartier complex, City Hall (the Rathaus) and the Opera House (Staatsoper).
- The Christmas Market lasts from early November into the New Year.
- May through June is festival season, when most events in the city take place.
- Visit one of the thermal baths in Baden-Baden, at the eastern edge of the Viennese woods.
- Drink your way through the Wine District (Weinviertel), which specializes in young wine that goes down smooth.