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Vienna has been called the city of dreams.

Sigmund Freud must have thought so; he made Austria's capital his home even when he was well-known enough to live pretty much anywhere he wanted.

It won't take you much analysis, then, to determine that a post-holiday escape to a Vienna — likely carpeted in snow and gleaming like a winter wonderland — is an opportunity you'd be well-advised to accept.

Make an appointment with The Levante Parliament, a stylish boutique getaway close to the Unesco-recognized city centre. The bill for ‘escape-therapy'? That comes in at a very sane $339 for a two-night stay for two, or $449 for three nights.

Your treatment requires that you relax and allow the strains of daily life to fall from those tense shoulders, which is easy in an extremely luxurious Superior Double room, where a welcome drink awaits. All modern conveniences — including television and wi-fi — will be at your fingertips, although you may choose to limit your exposure to e-mail for maximum benefits.

Good nutrition is at the heart of good health, so naturally your escape includes daily breakfast, as well as entry to the gym and sauna. You'll also enjoy a 10% discount and apértif at Nemtoi Restaurant and Bar, located in the peaceful inner courtyard of the hotel. Check-in early and check-out late to leave behind the tyranny of the clock... for a few days, at least.

Beauty is good for the soul, and you'll find plenty to admire both within the hotel's environs and a short walk from it. The work of internationally recognized glass artist Ioan Nemtoi is woven into the very fabric of the building — notably the glass bar. If culture and history excite you, you can easily stroll to the Theater in der Josefstadt or the Burgtheater. Vienna Parliament and City Hall are even closer.

The city centre is home to Prater, a sprawling amusement park that is not only open year-round, but free to the public. As part of today’s escape you can choose to ride on Prater's delightful ferris wheel. If thrills and spills aren't your cup of tea, soak up some history with entry to Belvedere — a building complex featuring two stunning baroque palaces.

By the time your retreat in Vienna concludes, you may be surprised how well you're feeling. A few nights at The Levante Parliament is precisely what the doctor ordered.

Escape kit

  • Two- ($339) or three-night ($449) stay for two in superior double
  • Combine up to three vouchers for a total of nine nights of stay
  • Daily breakfast for two
  • Welcome drinks for two
  • Entrance to belvedere or ferris wheel ride
  • 10% discount and apéritif at Nemtoi Restaurant and Bar
  • Entrance to sauna and gym
  • Early check-in and late checkout

For details and to reserve your stay, visit LivingSocial Escapes. Then, plan your trip with our Austria travel guide.


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