Vienna

  • 1 Discover the magic of Europe's top ten Christmas markets
    Find the magic of Christmas in one of Europe's top ten Christmas markets. Shop for trinkets and handcrafted goods in quaint wooden huts, or sit beneath the cascading starry lights and take...

  • 2 Austria prepares to celebrate the festive season with Christmas markets
    With 'Views to Kill', its no wonder the former Bond actor, Sir Roger Moore couldn't resist attending the opening of the Christmas market in Henndorf, Austria, with his wife Christina...

  • 3 Vienna Opera Ball: a once-in-a-lifetime event
    Protocol for the event is, of course, strict: women must wear floor-length evening gowns and men tuxedo and tails. Then scenery, dress and music all combine to ensure that, year...

  • 4 Authentically urban
    So often, the most reasonable city-centre hotels are international chains with the same functional decor and the same anonymous utilitarian style in all their properties. Once you've gone up in...

  • 5 Travel highlights for 2012
    London Olympics With three and a half million tickets sold and a build up that has been headline news for the last year or more, it would be hard to...

  • 6 Christmas carols and concerts in Vienna
    In Vienna, it's Advent rather than simply Christmas, that is celebrated with a pure magical passion. First there are all the little markets selling crafts and knick-knacks and home-baked goodies...

  • 7 Austrian castles and palaces
    Each of the castles and palaces dotted across Austria has its own particular story and its own particular points of interest. Whether it surveys the city below from atop a...

  • 8 Dazzling and dancing in Vienna
    The annual Life Ball has been raising funds for the fight against AIDS since 1993 and is, as the name suggests, an exuberant celebration that has gone a long way...

  • 9 Vienna for the family
    For the active
On hot days, the Island in the Danube is a 42-kilometre open-air paradise where you can swim, skate, climb, cycle, waterski or play beach volleyball. The lively Copa...

  • 10 Europe dons white for winter
    All across Europe, from Bruges to Copenhagen to Zurich, snow and ice are the protagonists, and white is being worn by cities, towns and villages. Picturesque scenes from the fairytale...

  • 11

    Europe gets ready to greet 2011

    Forget the world recession and other worries. The night of December 31st is a time to dream; it's a time to focus on the positive and the world of possibilities...

  • 12

    Vienna gets into the Christmas spirit

    At this time of year, there's nothing better than to mooch around the stalls of a traditional market, mulled wine in hand, picking out a few last minute gifts and...

  • 13

    Spanish horses dance at the Viennese Palace

    Set on the banks of the Danube, the Hofburg Palace is not simply the most magnificent castle in Vienna, it's also a veritable box of delights. The documented seat of...