Classic Vienna

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A series of sculptures depicting the ancient Greek Muses in one of the Albertina's gilt and mirrored 19th-century salons (Photo: Courtesy Kate Appleton)
The famed Spanische Hofreitschule has been teaching nimble white Lipizzaner stallions to perform ballet to classical music for centuries. Tip: No photography's allowed inside the school, but horses make the quick outdoor trip between the school and stables on the half hour (Photo: Courtesy Kate Appleton)
An entrance to the imperial Hofburg Palace, the opulent winter home of the Hapsburgs from the 13th to the early 20th century. It's now the site of several museums overflowing with riches (Photo: Courtesy Kate Appleton)
A main shopping drag near the MuseumsQuartier shows off its Christmas spirit (Photo: Courtesy Kate Appleton)
Sporting their signature blue sailor suits, boys in the 500-year-old choir sing during Sunday mass each week at the Burgkapelle. For advance tickets, visit (Photo: Courtesy Austrian Tourism Board)
On New Year's Eve, the Graben, an elegant main street, is taken over by live bands, makeshift stalls doling out fruity punsch, and throngs of well-wishers (Photo: Courtesy Kate Appleton)
A view of Mozart's bedroom on the first floor of his former home, Mozarthaus, which reopened as a museum on his 250th birthday (Photo: Courtesy Kate Appleton)
The gorgeous and impeccably maintained gardens at Schönbrunn Palace, the Hapsburgs' summer residence (Photo: Courtesy Austrian Tourism Board)
The plush, opulent interior of the State Opera House (Photo: Courtesy Austrian Tourism Board)
Vienna's iconic ferris wheel at the Prater amusement park, where scenes from The Third Man and Before Sunrise were filmed (Photo: Austrian Tourism Board)

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