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Active Retirees : Active Retirees Oct-Nov 2012
Active RetireesTM | 17 Architectural offerings The Secession, designed by Josef Olbrich, sits at the modernist end of Vienna’s architectural spectrum. Vienna is home to many other modernist buildings including the Austrian Post Office Savings Bank by Otto Wagner and the Loos House by Adolf Loos. The Imperial Palace with its Gothic chapel, and the Schonbrunn Palace with golden-ochre Baroque facade and intricate interiors and gardens are also worth exploring. Visit Architekturzentrum Wien, the Vienna Architecture Museum, and take a guided walk for an overview of the city’s architectural history or, for a blast of imposing architecture and art in one place, visit the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the Art History Museum near the Imperial Palace. Inside the palatial facade, it holds the world’s largest Bruegel collection and is also hosting Klimt paintings for this year’s celebrations. Winter warmers Winter in Vienna is a chance to enjoy local specialities at the coffee houses, intimate wine bars and restaurants. If you fancy a spot of shopping to warm you up, from early December the Christmas markets swing into action in a range of venues from the Christkindlmarkt in the Rathausplatz to the Schonbrunn Palace. Here you’ll be part of the traditional Christmas market experience, wandering among stalls featuring toasted almonds, gingerbread, candied fruit and, the highlight, hot mulled wine. •• Turn over to learn to cook a classic Viennese treat. » Food and wine The Viennese love to eat and with good reason. The streets are lined with coffee houses, chocolate and pastry shops. The Viennese cuisine is one of the most interesting cuisines in Europe. Restaurants have featured in top 50 lists andyoucanevengoona culinary tour of Vienna. Vienna also has a thriving wine scene, with 230 vineyards on the city limits growing varietals including Gemischetr Satz, Gruner Vetliner and Zweigelt. To enjoy a warm traditional meal with a friend or two, the markets are a favourite meeting place to savour tafelspitz, boiled beef, Viennese-style. Other delights can be found at the Naschmarkt stalls and cafes or the markets of the Second District’s ! Vienna's Christkindlmarkt is a favourite destination to stock up on small gifts, warm up with mulled wine and, of course, soak up the magic of the Christmas season. Viennese whirl You shall go to the ball! Vienna was long known as a city of music but it was Emperor Josef ll who started the tradition of public balls, opening up the Hofburg Palace, now the Imperial Palace, to the public in 1773. The tradition lives on today. Late November sees the opening of the carnival with over 300 balls listed on the official calendar, along with some of the latest trends in ball gowns. w: www.ballkalender.info The Opera Ball in the glorious Vienna State Opera is the high society event, when debutantes dress in white, and tickets are rare. Of special interest to visitors is Le Grand Bal at the Hofburg Vienna on New Year’s Eve with dancing to waltz and jazz bands and performances by ballet and opera stars. w: www.legrandbal.at/english/ program The Ball of the Viennese Coffee Shop Owners at the Imperial Palace is largely considered one of Vienna’s most beautiful balls and usually kicks on until the early hours of the morning. w: www.kaffeesiederball.at Karmelitermarkt.
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