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in Stephansdom & the Historic Centre

Dating from 1447, and frequented by Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert and Strauss among other luminaries, Vienna's oldest restaurant has vaulted rooms, wood panelling and a plant-fringed front garden that's lovely in summer. Every classic Viennese dish is on the menu, along with three daily vegetarian options.

Its warren of rooms include the oldest section, the Zither Stüberl, and the Mark Twain Zimmer (named for another former guest), inscribed with the autographs of Twain and others.

Inside the front door is a figure of Viennese minstrel Augustin trapped at the bottom of a well.