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Regional grub prepared with fresh ingredients and a pinch of love draw regulars to nouveau-rustic Die Metzgerei. Snag a cosy booth to tuck into bang on the money Austrian classics like onion beef... read more
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Slightly off the beaten track but worth the taxi ride, The Hill is having something of a moment. With caramel-chocolate tones, wood floors and chandeliers, the look is urban smart with a nod to the... read more
Take a mishmash of vintage furnishings, throw in a cool, easy-going crowd and toss in a lifetime supply of board games and - hey presto! - you have Café Brot & Spiele. This Josefstadt haunt... read more
If you're into electro and an alternative scene, head on over to Grelle Forelle, a relative newcomer to the Danube Canal's nightlife scene. The dancefloors are rammed at weekends, with DJs spinning... read more
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Do: Nothing could be more Viennese than a coffee house - the best place to warm up in winter. Bypass obvious choices in favour of old-school Café Hawelka, a wonderfully dark, moody number, with wood-panelled, picture-plastered walls. An artists' haunt since the 1930s, Warhol and Hundertwasser used to hang out here.
Sightseeing: Housed in a grand former Hapsburg palace, the Albertina's world-class art collection includes Picasso and Monet originals. The gallery shows Vienna-inspired works by Hans Robert Pippal from 22 January to 28 March.
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BABY ON BOARD
Location Small, perfectly formed and largely pedestrianised, this city is easy to explore and buggy-friendly.
Attractions The Children's Museum (nationalmuseet.dk) lets kids play with the exhibits, while the petting area at København Zoo (zoo.dk), the delights of Tivoli Gardens (tivoli.dk) and, if you can stand the pester power, the giant LEGO store (37 Vimmelskaftet) are all wonderful for under-eights.
Stay Avenue Hotel (avenuehotel.dk) has excellent family rooms, gardens, sandpit, toys and mini library.
KIDS IN TOW
Location Canal tours, museums and indoor activities make this the perfect city for kids, even on rainy days.
Attractions Check out the Gordon the Warden trail at the Rijksmuseum (rijksmuseum.nl), designed specifically for six to nines, then hit the TunFun Speelpark (tunfun.nl) for indoor active play, or let them take charge of cooking at The Kinderkookkafe (Children's Cook Café, kinderkookkafe.nl) in the city's green Vondelpark.
Stay Forget landlubbing - kids will love the novelty of a stay on the canals, so choose a houseboat (houseboathotel.nl).
TRAVEL WITH TEENS
Location A combination of outdoor tours and off-kilter museums mean this smart, stylish city will hold teens' goldfish-like attention span.
Attractions Segway is the way to sightsee with teens this year (segway-vienna.at). Take them to the Spanish Riding School (srs.at), visit the Bestattungsmuseum (Funeral Museum, bestattungwien.at) or, for in-line skating, head to Donauinsel (Danube Island, wien-vienna.com).
Stay They'll love the quirky, retro-mixed- with-modern design of 25 Hours Hotel Spectacle (25hours-hotel.com).
January: Acclaimed 1949 British film noir The Third Man is tied to Vienna to such an extent that in recent years a dedicated Third Man Museum has opened. The private museum is open on Saturday afternoons only - visit 3mpc.net for details.
October: Fans of truly odd museums have embraced the Arnold Schwarzenegger Museum, dedicated to the former governor of California and action-movie star, and set up in Arnie's childhood home in the village of Thal, near Graz.
July: Eccentric artist Friedresnreich Hundertwasser was noted for expounding his architectural manifesto in the nude. He took no charge for designing his fantastical Viennese masterpiece, the Hundertwasser House, as he believed it was for the general good.