Thinking of taking a short hop spring break? Why not take advantage of a super British Airways offer to Vienna, a wonderful city to visit at any time of year but especially brilliant in spring? BA are offering three nights at the Falkensteiner Hotel AM Schottenfeld, plus return flights from London Heathrow to Vienna for just £322 per person. The stylish contemporary and comfortable hotel is perfectly situated near the museum quarter and the Mariahilfer Strasse shops.
Visit the monumental Stephansdom Cathedral in the town centre, the former imperial summer residence of Schönbrunn (www.schoenbrunn.at) and the Ringstrasse, the famous road which contains the city’s historic buildings such as the opera house and parliament.
Off the tourist track, the fifth and sixth districts have some fabulous small designer label shops and art lovers can visit the galleries on Eschenbachgasse and Seilerstätte in the first district. There’s also a small romantic park in the fourteenth district, the Dehnepark, if you want to escape the crowds.
You can’t visit Vienna without paying tribute to that taste-bud-blowing invention, the Sachertorte, fist devoured in 1832 and still available at the Sacher Hotel, which gave it its name. But break new ground too by starting your day at the Breakfast Club in Schleifmühlgasse in the fourth district. It’s open until 2pm for 10 varieties of breakfast and if you’re travelling with the kids, they’ll love the fact that there’s not only a special menu, but a special bar too, just for them.
Visit www.ba.com/vienna for more details.