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Vienna: seven reasons to stay on

You’ve visited Austria’s capital for its classical music and legendary cakes. But who would have thought its business school would become a must-see attraction? By Diane Naar-Elphee 

Klimt Villa

Gustav Klimt’s most iconic artwork, ‘The Kiss’, may attract millions of visitors every year, but his studio and last abode is off the tourist track. This beautiful villa, where he created some of his most important art nouveau canvasses and spent the last years of his life, offers a fascinating insight to his genius. Just jump on tram 58 from Westbahnhof to Verbindungsbahn. 


Vienna University of Economics and Business

For a look at what contemporary architecture has in store for the city, visit the futuristic state-of-the-art campus at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. This vibrant site is composed of five stunning departments, with a dramatic and striking centerpiece – a Zaha Hadid-designed library. 



The best place for shopping is between Kirchengasse and Josefstädter Strasse, within the Bohemian seventh and eight districts. You can also discover some local talent on Lindengasse – the heart of the Neubau creative district – at the boutiques of Austrian designers such as Tiberius or Elke Freytag.


Theater an der Wien

While the tourist throngs scramble for tickets at the Vienna State Opera, make a beeline for the lesser known and intimate neoclassical Theater an der Wien – where Beethoven once served as “composer in residence” and where Fidelio premiered in 1805.


Views to thrill

If it’s a clear day, take the elevator into the baroque cupola of Karlskirche (St Charles) and then climb the 40 or so steps into the rooftop lantern. Prefer your view with a drink? The Sofitel has a top floor bar with floor-to-ceiling windows, providing one of the best views of the city. Arrive early, or you may have to queue to get in.



Coffee houses may be an institution in Vienna, but there’s also a strong wine culture – some vineyards are even within the city limits. Nussberg, one of the hills of the northern Vienna Woods, is just 40 minutes outside the city. A vintage from the area, Gemischter Satz, has recently experienced a revival. Fancy a glass of the best? Head to Die Winzerei for a tasting.


Flosz Gasthaus

For an affordable local lunch in a homely setting, book a table at Flosz Gasthaus. The chef uses organic produce from regional suppliers to create a seasonal menu that could include anything from risotto with chanterelles to wiener schnitzel. A three-course lunch is a steal at €10.90.


British Airways flies to Vienna up to five times a day during winter