The primary object of our gap year was to drink White Russians in as many different countries as possible. With our priorities clear, there wasn't a great deal of lolly for, well, everything else. The Belvedere Palaces (pictured) are one of the few higher-end endeavours that made the cut, and like the rest of Vienna, are bamboozlingly beautiful. The tall, handsome, assured city is best explored by bike, and there are plenty of organised pedal tours that will keep you going in the right direction (and crucially, on the right side of the tram network). In operation since 1865, it's an absolute asset for moving round the capital, as long as you take some time to understand it. Wien's reputation for the grandest of coffee houses and unapologetically hard electronic music are two further contrasting reasons we've got love for Birmingham's latest aerial win. Starting March 26, Eurowings is offering six times weekly direct flights to Vienna. We've found one-way fares from £29.99, which pretty much equates to three good White Russians.
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