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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Skip the Schnitzel in Vienna


5. Oddball Day

Try your hand at curling in the MuseumsQuartier.  

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.

Published on Nov 19, 2009 as a web exclusive.

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