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The Best of Vienna

Old and new highlights of Vienna make up the city’s modern tourist appeal

If you’ve ever wanted to attend a ball, take a trip to Vienna, where some 450 balls take place annually.
The classical and imperial style of Vienna should be certainly be appreciated, but it shouldn’t overpower the modern offerings of the city, either. These highlights of Austria’s capital represent the best of both Vienna’s old and new charm.

Vienna Boys’ Choir: One of the city’s most enduring and popular tourist attractions, the choir recently debuted a new concert venue in the Augarten park, where they (and visiting groups) will regularly perform.

Kunsthistorisches Museum: The Kunstkammer Wein exhibition, made up of Habsburg artifacts, reopened in March after a 10-year renovation and is again welcoming visitors.

Danube Canal: The many bars and restaurants along the canal host temporary art installations and live concerts during the summer.

Vienna Art Week: From November 18-24, Vienna will play host to special exhibitions, behind-the-scenes tours and open gallery events throughout the city.

Ball Season: Waltz culture takes center stage in Vienna, with around 450 balls that annually take place, particularly in the winter. In 2014, the season starts with the formal Le Grand Bal at the Hofburg Palace on New Year’s Eve. Other events include the Vienna Philharmonic Ball in January, the Opera Ball at the State Opera House in February, the for-charity Life Ball at City Hall in spring and the Rosenball, held for the city’s gay and lesbian community.

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