A spring escape to Vienna

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Vienna, the capital of Austria is home to the Viennese waltz, beautiful architecture and intellectual legacies that were shaped by residents including Sigmund Freud, Beethoven and Mozart. It’s a city of wonder and beauty and the perfect place for a spring city break. To help inspire you, we’ve listed the top things to see and do.

1. Take a private waltz lesson

You can’t go to Vienna and not learn the waltz. Whether you’re a beginner or a professional, in a couple or with friends and family, it’s the perfect way to learn a new skill and embrace the musical beauty of Vienna. There are many places that offer both group and private lessons, with most lasting around 45 minutes.

2. Visit Mozart

This is Mozart’s only Viennese residence that still remains today and it was reopened in 2006 as a museum. It’s known to the locals as the Figarohaus. The museum provides a well-documented portrayal of Mozart’s time in Vienna, featuring numerous paintings and drawings of the clan, musical instruments, original sheet music, letters and a host of interactive audiovisuals. If you really want to indulge in Mozart’s wonderful music, there are many venues around Vienna which will host dinners and live orchestra music featuring his best pieces.

3. Experience chocolate heaven

Head to Xocolat, the chocolate emporium in the stone arches of the Ferstel passage. Chocolate lovers rejoice: you will not be disappointed or left hungry. Located in the ninth district, Xocolat-Manufaktur is not only a chocolate shop but a workshop too, where you can inhale the delicious smells and watch talented chocolatiers at work. If you fancy giving it a try yourself, you can experience private workshops led by a top chocolate chef.

Before you head off on a spring escape to Vienna, don’t forget about your European Health Insurance Card. It will allow you peace of mind on your trip. Don’t worry if you’re due a renewal, there is still time and our online application in quick and easy. For more Austrian inspiration, check out the top ski resorts Austria has to offer.

Photo: Vienna, Austria by szeke licensed under Creative commons 2