The former heart of the Habsburg Empire, Austria’s lavish and sophisticated past sets the stage for its role today as the pre-eminent arts and culture destination in Europe. Here, view Klimt’s famous “Kiss” or Dürer’s “Hare”, walk through the world’s largest Bruegel collection, or get lost in the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Art History Museum), built in 1891 near the Imperial Palace to showcase the impressive collections of the imperial family. From the grand halls of Schönbrunn Palace to the medieval church of St. Stephens, the city is a living wonderland, and the former home of creative luminaries like Haydn, Schubert, Beethoven, Johann Strauss and Brahms, as well as Fritz Lang, Hedy Lamarr and Egon Schiele. Just don't forget, Vienna is a walking city, whether it's with a cup of mulled wine as you peruse the Christmas markets or a pastry as you stroll the Danube.
Definitely off-radar, ‘an insider’s boho art den’ best describes this series of lavish apartments, suites and rooms dressed in a plush melange of period styles, furnishings and artistic installations. This discrete little number is famed by writers, artists, actors and thinkers alike.read more
Femme Maison is a Vienna based brand founded in 2009 by Franziska Fürpass (*1983, Austria) and George Bezhanishvili (*1984, Georgia). George eventually dropped out, but Franziska pushed through by expanding and reinventing her label whilst studying at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna.read more
The Ankerbrotfabrik is a fabulous industrial building in what is now the edgy former worker’s 10th district of Vienna. In the spaces once used for the baking of bread right up to 10 years ago, now art has moved in and it is alive today with a renewed, cultural sense of purpose.read more
Two of our favourite cities collude – Vienna and Stockholm. Infamous Swedish design company Svenskt Tenn from Stockholm has teamed up with the artistic merits of the Hotel Altstadt in Vienna’s creative district to install a tribute to fellow Austrian, architect and master of modernism and applied arts – Joseph Frank and the new suite.