The magnificent Kunsthistorisches Museum is said to be one of the best art galleries in the world. Under-19s get free entry (this is one way to grow a culture-loving population) and inside there are old masters and piles of Habsburg treasures. Book ahead for the gourmet evening on Thursdays, when the museum is open until 9pm. Feast on the world’s largest collection of Bruegels between courses, with a Belgian chocolate fountain to finish. The restaurant and cafe – in the museum’s Cupola Hall – is a fine place to take a break from gallery gallivanting any time.
The Habsburgs of Wien
Of the many palaces and museums of Vienna that celebrate the reign of Emperor Franz Joseph I, my pick is the Sisi Museum and adjoining Imperial Apartments of the Hofburg right in the heart of the city. An excellent audio guide begins with a tour of the gobsmacking Silver Collection and then tells the story of Empress Elisabeth’s (Sisi) life as you walk through the apartments. From her exercise room to the hard-working emperor’s audience chamber, it’s completely fascinating.