A Luxury Collection Destination, Austria
Even before it was the Austro-Hungarian Empire’s capital, this elegant city on the Danube was renowned as a European cultural hub. From the grand edifices and expansive gardens of Schönbrunn Palace to the sounds of a Mozart opera wafting through the doors of the Staatsoper, it’s hard not to fall for Vienna.
In world-renowned artist Ai Weiwei’s first solo show in Vienna, he has recreated an ancestral temple from the Ming Dynasty in the 21er Haus exhibition space.
Every holiday season, Europe’s most famous Christmas market transforms Vienna’s City Hall Square (or, Rathausplatz) into a winter wonderland of mulled wine, artisan gifts, and festivities.
A storied icon of European arts and culture, this black-tie ball celebrates Vienna’s world-renowned arts, with orchestra and ballet performances opening the event.
Join Viennese society in kicking off the year with one of its favorite annual traditions: a classical concert by the Philharmonic Orchestra at the famous Musikverein concert hall.
Awarded their first Michelin star in 2016, sous-chef Stefan Speiser and his team focus on sustainable and locally sourced ingredients, crafting modern, light Austrian fare.
Formerly known as Korso, the Hotel Bristol’s iconic restaurant serves gourmet cuisine in the midst of historic Art Deco decor like geometric chandeliers and a magnificent open fireplace.
The Hotel Imperial has been the city’s preeminent destination for refined afternoon tea service since it was one of the first buildings in Vienna to get running water from alpine springs.
Pair afternoon tea with the Hotel Imperial’s specialty: the Imperial Torte, supposedly created for Emperor Franz Joseph in 1873.
At the Hotel Bristol, taste another of Emperor Franz Josef’s favorite treats: an indulgent blueberry pancake known as Kaiserschmarrn.
Vienna is one of the only metropolises in the world where grapes are cultivated for wine within the city borders. Heuriger wine taverns are Viennese institutions where locals and guests can enjoy live music and the owner’s homemade wine alongside traditional Viennese culinary specialties.
In addition to the unparalleled views over the Vienna State Opera and the iconic Ringstrasse, lined with musical institutions, the hotel’s rooms are named after former directors of the Staatsoper.
While much of Viennese architecture hearkens back to the earlier Habsburg era, the Hotel Bristol reflects another notable period in the city’s history as an Art Nouveau architectural icon with Art Deco interiors.
The storied hotel’s guestbook has included the links of Prince of Wales and Wallis Simpson, President Theodore Roosevelt, George Gershwin, Enrico Caruso, and Sergey Rachmaninoff, to name a few.
The hotel has been the site of many diplomatic events, including the 1879 meeting between Prince Bismarck and Count Andrássy of Hungary, and Mussolini’s 1943 escape from an Italian prison.
In keeping with Vienna’s historic salon tradition, the elegant 1873 HallenSalon Bar hosts regular live music performances to accompany its cocktails and light bites.
Designed to treat residents like royalty from the start, the Hotel Imperial was built in 1863 as a residence for the Prince of Württemberg.