Introducing The Museum District & Neubau
The Museum District and Neubau walk a fine line between Habsburg history and modernity. The baroque imperial stables have been sent cantering into the 21st century with their transformation into the MuseumsQuartier, a colossal complex of on-the-pulse bars, cafes, boutiques and museums, including the Leopold, the proud holder of the world's largest Schiele collection. Hang out in the courtyards here in summer and you can almost taste the creativity in the air.
Just around the corner on Maria-Theresien-Platz is the Kunsthistorisches Museum, an epic and exhilarating journey through art, where Rubens originals star alongside Giza treasures. Its architectural twin is the neoclassical Naturhistorisches Museum opposite.
When you've had your fill of art and culture, keep tabs on Vienna's ever-evolving fashion and design scene with a mosey around Neubau's backstreet studios and boutiques. After dark, the live-wire clubs and bars tucked under the Gürtel arches, slightly west, are where the young Viennese go to party.