48 hours in... Vienna

C&IT suggests an itinerary for the Austrian capital that will leave visitors exhausted but exhilarated

DAY 1

8am: Start the day with breakfast at the Sparks restaurant in the Hilton Vienna, in the heart of the historic city. The hotel has 579 rooms, including 82 executive bedrooms.

9am: Ideal for a morning meeting, the hotel is also Austria's biggest conference hotel. It offers a wide range of spaces, from meeting rooms flooded with natural light to the multi-functional Park Congress Centre, which can accommodate up to 840 delegates.

12pm: Visit the Cafe Sacher Wien, a traditional coffee house in Vienna's first district. The cafe is home to the world's most famous chocolate cake, the Sacher-Torte.

1.30pm: Take part in an organised treasure rally through the old city. For the rally, which can be arranged by Himbere PR and Events, teams have to answer tricky questions and overcome obstacles as they make their way across Vienna.

3.30pm: Enjoy an exclusive guided tour of the Vienna State Opera, rounded off with a cocktail or coffee in the opera house itself or at the Gerstner Beletage restaurant at the neo-Renaissance Palais Todesco building, a must-see attraction.

6pm: Return to the hotel to freshen up before heading out to the Hansen restaurant, which can cater for groups of up to 110 people. The restaurant is situated in the basement of Vienna's stock exchange building, in the heart of Vienna's historic downtown. Enjoy Mediterranean-inspired cuisine surrounded by greenhouse-style decor.

10pm: Drop by Prater Dome, Austria's largest disco, which has four dance floors and 12 themed bars. Those still awake can enjoy the venue's laser show at midnight.

DAY 2

9.30am: After checking out, it's time for a quick workout at one of Vienna's best-known dance schools, Elmayer Dancing School. Up to 100 delegates can learn to dance the Viennese Waltz.

12pm: Enjoy lunch at the award-winning restaurant Le Ciel, which has a spectacular view over the city. It is located on the seventh floor of the Grand Hotel Wien, and is known as one of Vienna's best gourmet restaurants.

2pm: After lunch, visit the new Madame Tussauds Vienna, located in the historic Prater public park. The attraction will be open from early 2011, featuring historic Austrian figures such as Freud, Einstein, Mozart, Hayden and Strauss. Delegates will also find contemporary celebrities such as California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and actor Brad Pitt.

4pm: Leave for the train station, and step aboard the Majestic Imperator Train de Luxe, which will take delegates back in time to the age of the Austrian Emperor Franz Josef. The train travels through the Danube valley to Spitz an der Donau, one of the prettiest villages in the Wachau, where delegates can walk through the Durnstein monastery, where the English king Richard I was held prisoner. They can enjoy a four-course dinner during the journey, before flying home from Vienna International Airport.

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