Exceptional Experiences: Vienna

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Vienna's oldest and biggest ferris wheel.

Viennese Verities

From Kaiserball to Kaffeehaus

Traditional Viennese coffee house.
Hofburg Palace.

Waltzing in the New Year
A private waltzing lesson at the world-famous Elmayer dancing school has you ready for your fairy-tale evening at Kaiserball on New Year’s Eve. Glide from one glittering stateroom to the next in Hofburg Palace as you enjoy an exquisite gala dinner, followed by performances from the Vienna State Opera and Ballet Association. The strike of midnight brings a spellbinding fireworks display and the traditional Blue Danube Waltz.
Spanish Riding School
Watching the famous Lipizzaner stallions perform
in step is a must for any visitor to Vienna. Located on the Imperial Palace grounds, the Spanish Riding School has been in operation for more than 430 years. Witness the unparalleled harmony between rider and horse during a private performance.
Romance on the Ferris Wheel
Gaze into that special someone’s eyes
as you float over the rooftops of Vienna during your candlelight dinner on the city’s giant ferris wheel. Built in 1897, the wheel offers incomparable views across Old Town; soak in the scenery while you enjoy a delightful meal and a glass of wine in your private wagon.
The Buzz on Coffeehouses
Get in the Viennese state of mind
as you explore the kaffeehaus culture on a private guided walking tour. You’ll learn about Vienna’s rich tradition of delicious coffee and dessert while sampling a variety of coffee blends and the famous Sacher torte. Then you’ll see another side of the city on a horse-drawn-carriage ride through Old Town.
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Originally appeared in Virtuoso Best of the Best: 2014 Guide to the World's Best Hotel Experiences.

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Lipizzaner horse and rider.