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Vienna, Austria

The streets of Vienna held a certain charm for a string famed classical musicians. Wandering through the centre with the tower of St Stephansplatz in sight, you will certainly understand the magic that it held for the likes of Mozart and Gluck.

Impressive buildings dominate every street, the extraordinary baroque stylings of which make for a fascinating town centre. Quite frankly, you'll be under the impression that you've somehow stumbled into a Disney film. Everything has a polished look, no matter how old it is.

Start by wandering the wide, high streets, listening to street musicians and perhaps seeking out some tasty bratwurst. The cuisine in Austria contains many influences, perhaps most notably from Germany, Hungary and Italy. But Viennese gastronomy is distinctively different from the rest of the country, carrying distinct tastes such as the Wiener schnitzel, Tafelspitz and Beuschel. If you spot any of these on the menu, you know you're in for a treat.

Once you've filled your stomach, it's time to get some sightseeing in. Be sure not to miss out on the incredible Schonbrunn Palace, the buttery walls of which housed the Slovakian monarchy for centuries before they were ousted. Equally as stunning are the structures of the Hofburg Palace, the Opera House and the Rathaus.

Speaking of opera, this is possibly your best opportunity to appreciate Vienna's superb musical heritage. The Wiener Staatsoper venue offers standing seats for between three and four euros every performance. You'll need to start queuing two hours before the curtain goes up - even longer if you're waiting for a popular one - but a vibrant and exciting programme of opera ensures that it's more than worth the wait.

Particularly excellent times to travel including during Advent at Christmas when the streets are full of markets, and during the summer when the gardens of the Schonbrunn Palace are at their best.

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