Discovering Austria’s Vienna

  • Hayden is among the seven Viennese maestros celebrated in the Great Composers exhibition at the Haus der Musik.

    Hayden is among the seven Viennese maestros celebrated in the Great Composers exhibition at the Haus der Musik.

  • Design inspiratin at Lena Hoschek's fashion boutique in the 7th District.

    Design inspiratin at Lena Hoschek's fashion boutique in the 7th District.

  • Twilight in the courtyard of Vienna's MuseumsQuartier.

    Twilight in the courtyard of Vienna's MuseumsQuartier.

  • Guest quarters at the 33-room Hotel Topazz come, quite literally, with window seats.

    Guest quarters at the 33-room Hotel Topazz come, quite literally, with window seats.

  • The Knize tailor shop's Adolf Loos-designed interior.

    The Knize tailor shop's Adolf Loos-designed interior.

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THE DETAILS

Getting There
Fly Qatar Airways via Doha.

Where to Stay
Built in 1863, the Hotel Imperial (16 Kärntner Ring; 43-1/501-100; doubles from US$550) is the city’s grande dame of choice. For something more contemporary, try the Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom (1 Prater- strasse; 43-1/906-160; doubles from US$320) or Hotel Topazz (3 Lichtensteg; 43-1/5322- 2500; doubles from US$200). 25hours Hotel Vienna (1-3 Lerchenfelder Strasse; 43-1/521-510; doubles from US$132) offers good value near the MuseumsQuartier.

Where to Eat and Sip
Café Sperl (11 Gumpendorferstrasse; 43-1/586-4158)
Café Hawelka (6 Dorotheergasse; 43-1/512-8230)
Onyx Bar (12 Stephansplatz; 43-1/24188)

What to See
MuseumsQuartier (1-5 Museumsplatz; 43-1/523-5881)
Haus der Musik (30 Seilerstätte 30; 43-1/513-4850)
Kunstkammer Wien, Kunsthistorisches Museum (1A Maria-Theresien-Platz; 43-1/5252-45202)
Augarten Porcelain (1 Obere Augartenstrasse; 43-1/2112-4201)

This article originally appeared in the October/November 2013 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“Vienna With Verve”)

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