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Another neglected cultural capital, this is where I am headed for my city break this month. It’s a great time to visit the Austrian capital, which is marking the centenaries of the deaths of two of its greatest artists – Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele – and its finest architect, Otto Wagner. There are major exhibitions in the Wien Museum (until Oct 7, wienmuseum.at) and the Leopold Museum (until Nov 4, leopoldmuseum.org). Meanwhile, a landmark Brueghel exhibition opens on Oct 2 at the Kunsthistorisches Museum (khm.at), and there’s a Monet retrospective at the Albertina from Sept 21 (albertina.at).
Our recommendations telegraph. co.uk/tt-milanhotels Autumn for anyone who likes a country walk is the perfect season. Neither too hot nor too cold, the trees are gloriously colourful and you can pull your wellies back on and amuse yourself for hours crunching down on the crisp fallen leaves.