Vienna, the capital of Apfelstrudel, the Schnitzel, Strauss and Mozart. A beautiful city full of virile testosteronic architecture.
Home to Freud and Fritzl, The Viennese Opera House, baroque castles, horse drawn carriages and waltzes.
Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Shubert, all the Strausses.. all made music in Vienna. So you better believe it when I tell you that you simply must go to the Opera House and catch a show. If you’re going on the day of the performance, the good seats will be gone and beware of the touts who often try to pass off crappy seats as good ones.
So what you do is turn up at 6pm (shows start 7.30pm), go around the back and join the queue. For around £3 you can get a standing ticket right at the top. If you get there early it is customary to reserve your place by tying a scarf around the railings and then coming back for the performance; if you’re not so lucky then forget the view, close your eyes and let the music take you.
When that’s done, walk around the city and take as many turns and twists as you can.