Sam­ple schnitzel in a horse-drawn car­riage in Vi­enna

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From the Baroque ex­u­ber­ance of the Hof­burg Palace to the 19th-cen­tury grandeur of the Ringstrasse, a walk in cen­tral Vi­enna feels like step­ping back in time. Heighten the il­lu­sion by join­ing one of Rid­ing Din­ner’s food ex­pe­ri­ences on a tra­di­tional Fi­aker horse­drawn car­riage (rid­ingdin­ner.com) with your own white-gloved but­ler. Opt for 90-minute Culi­nary Sight­see­ing (from £130pp) with an aper­i­tif, wine and three-course meal in­clud­ing schnitzel and ap­ple strudel, or the 40-minute Sparkling Sight­see­ing (from £65pp) with pe­tits fours and sand­wiches from Zum Sch­warzen Kameel, one of the city’s old­est restau­rants. Ex­tend the pe­riod theme by see­ing a show at the gilt-and-mir­rors State Opera House and eat­ing cake in the cham­ber +31'!Ƥ̭**#"Ơ !& ,"#*'#0#" $¹ #,20 *Ɵ AR­RIVE Aus­trian Air­lines flies direct from Heathrow and Manch­ester (from £125; aus­trian.com). STAY Ec­cen­tri­cally dec­o­rated 25Hours at Mu­se­um­sQuartier has a spa in the base­ment and a roof ter­race with one of the city’s best views (from £110; 25hours-ho­tels.com).

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