Much is made of Vienna’s nightly musical masterpieces that play out across the city. And, we can’t blame Austria for blowing this particular trumpet. After all, this is the birthplace – or final resting place, of the classical greats. But if you’re not remotely interested in music, is there still much to see? You could ignore every concerto being robustly parped from every acoustically gifted building in Vienna and still have one of the best city breaks going. Museums and galleries notch up numbers in the dozens. Coffee houses switch from being living museums to third wave nooks slinging the finest espresso. Drag bunches pop up where you’d least expect them and the Hofburg Palace is a monster of a landmark for you to explore.
No decent European city worth its salt can ignore the Christmas markets. And Vienna? It lays on dozens of stall-filled, bratwurst-strewn markets that leaves the city glowing with the buzz of thousands of fairy-lights. Summers almost take a back seat, with everyone indoors for operas and sonatas. Which is a shame, as they miss out on a gelato and a stroll along the Donaukanal. Make sure you find your way outdoors too. Vienna’s got some cracking architecture to spot.