is the eccentric 1980s Hundertwasser House close to the Danube Canal, a expressionist riot of colour, bendy lines and tree limbs poking through the windows. The city's architectural history is described in the MuseumsQuartier's Architecture Centre.
A visit to the recently revamped Jewish Museum is essential for anyone wanting to understand the central place Vienna's 200,000-strong Jewish population played in the city before it was wiped out in the Nazi Holocaust. As well as documenting the Jews' often grim history, the museum also celebrates the rebuilding of contemporary Jewish life in the city.
For many, Vienna is above all the city of Strauss waltzes. Tickets for the Vienna Philharmonic's schmaltzy New Year's Concert are sold months ahead of time by lottery but for those with more adventurous musical tastes there is plenty on offer. The world-class Vienna State Opera, housed in one of the city's landmark buildings on the elegant inner ring road, hosts world-class stars and also offers tours of its marble and red-plush interior. Front-row tickets in the boxes come with discreet sub-title screens at every seat.
For something more sophisticated, head to the rooftop bar Le Loft at the Sofitel at sunset for a magnificent view over the rooftops and Prater park.
Live music is a staple at Rhiz http://rhiz.org/, a club in the 8th District where DJs start around midnight. It is one of several joints tucked under the arches of the U6 metro line that runs along the Guertel outer ring road, once the centre of prostitution in Vienna that has now shifted into the Prater.
If you like football hooligans, you will love the neighbourhood called the Bermuda Triangle. A quiet neighbourhood by day whose synagogue and kosher restaurants reflect its history as a Jewish quarter, the area near Schwedenplatz transforms at night into a series of watering holes. The drinking age is 16, so brace for a young crowd.
The 1,300-square-km Wienerwald (Vienna Woods) offers a huge block of intact nature just a skip and a jump from the metropolis. Many hiking paths pass taverns for thirsty walkers.
The Prater public park in the 2nd District, donated by