If you’re thinking of taking a short hop break before summer kicks in, why not treat yourself and that special person to a little style and culture in the historic Austrian capital, Vienna? It offers you just about everything from historic buildings to fabulous small designer label shops and trendy galleries, not to mention a chance to enjoy that wickedly divine Sachertorte with your afternoon tea.
If you’re looking for somewhere to stay that will set you aglow, why not try Sofitel’s first hotel in Vienna (www.sofitel.com)? Renowned for its wow factor, its design (by French architect Jean Nouvel) is based on an impressive glass and steel structure which creates areas with different moods through the ingenious use of light and shadow. The interior, a creation of Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist, is no less striking and the showpiece is glass-fronted restaurant Le Loft. Doubles start from £163 per night.
Alternatively, mix classic with modern at the Ring Hotel (www.theringhotel.com) which overlooks the Ringstrasse, the famous road which contains the city’s historic buildings such as the opera house and parliament. The décor is contemporary, but wrought-iron staircases and gilded furniture add some old-time elegance. Doubles start from £234 per night.
BA fly from London Heathrow to Vienna, but before booking, check their flight plus hotel deals. They were recently offering three nights at the Falkensteiner Hotel AM Schottenfeld, plus return flights for just £322 per person. Easy Jet (www.easyJet.com) also flies to Vienna from London Gatwick and bmi (www.flybmi.com) from London Heathrow.