Burn off some calories by partaking in Vienna's favorite winter pastimes, starting with a mid-morning skate around the Wiener Eislauf-Verein. Located in the city center, the world's largest open-air skating rink is open from October to mid-April (7 euros). Refuel at sleek café Die Halle in the nearby MuseumsQuartier for light fare like grilled calamari with rose hips. Afterward, grab a broom at the MuseumsQuartier’s ice curling rink, where for a half-hour you can rent equipment and glean tips from the rinkside members of the Vienna Curling Association for $52 (or just pay $3 for five solo shots). At dusk, descend to the subterranean wine bar in the three-story Julius Mein am Graben gourmet food market to sip local vintages from one of the 1,700 acres of vineyards located within the city's limits.
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