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One day in Vienna
Start your day with a visit to a cafe - cafes are the soul of the city. Depending on where you are, try either the Café Hawelka (Dorotheergasse 6, www.hawelka.at) or the Cafe Pruckel (Stubenring 24). The first was a famous watering hole for writers and artists after the Second World War. The interior has barely changed, and even the unavoidable tourists who flock here cannot take away from the Hawelka's charm. The Pruckel has a 1950s interior. Coming here has become a ritual for many Viennese. The lampshades are at the proper height for the leisurely reading of a newspaper.

If you have breakfast at the Pruckel, you should definitely visit the Museum of Applied Art, the oldest such museum in Europe. The museum's shop is a fabulous place to look for unusual Christmas gifts - a real pearl, the shop is by far the best museum shop in the city.

Continue on to the renowned Albertina (Albertinaplatz 1; www.albertina.at), a splendid museum located in the Hofburg palace. A former residence of the Habsburgs, its now known for housing the largest collection of graphic art in the world. There's an extensive retrospective of art by the surrealist classic Magritte on view until February 26th. At Do&Co ALbertina you can sip your second coffee and get a delicious snack.

The Museum Quarter, unveiled in the Habsburgs' stables a decade ago, is the eighth largest cultural space on earth. Among its many institutions, there are two located in contrasting cubes. In the white one, you'll find the Leopold Museum (Museumsplatz 1, www.leopoldmuseum.org). It has a superb collection of 19th and 20th century Viennese modernist and Austrian expressionist art. In the black monolith you'll find MUMOK, the museum of contemporary art. The Leopold Museum has an excellent place for lunch once you're sated with culture.

If you still have some strength left, head for the Naschmarkt, one of largest markets in the world. It's been here for over a century and is often referred to as Vienna's stomach. Here you will see an unvarnished Vienna. (Wienzeile; open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays 8 to 5)

It's well worth attending a performance at the Burgtheater. The second oldest national theatre in Europe, the building itself is stunning - early work by Klimt adorns the ceiling. The painting depicting the final scene in Romeo and Juliet should be a destination in itself (Dr. Karl-Lueger Ring 2). The Burgtheater takes great pride in its actors, and past legends can be seen in photographs in the lobby.

There is no better way to end an ideal day in Vienna then by having a drink at the Loos Bar (Kaertner Durchgang 10). Designed by the brilliant Adolf Loos in 1908, its full name is the Loos American Bar. It's tiny - a mere 27 square metres - but the interior is a true modernist gem. The tables are lit from within, glowing in the otherwise dark bar.

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