Thermal baths since Roman times, an impressive musical heritage of its own, a refuge for harried Viennese.

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Spas and symphonies.

Known for its thermal baths as far back as Roman times, this Biedermeier-style spa town 30 kilometres (18 miles) from Vienna eventually became no slouch in the music department, either. In was here that Beethoven composed the Ninth Symphony, Johann Strauss gave open-air concerts, and Mozart spent long stretches (there's even a palace named after him). And the reason this was so is that Baden was in the 19th century as it is now a favoured destination of Viennese who wished to escape the rigours of urban life to take the waters or simply enjoy a slower pace for a weekend or a week. Its topnotch facilities, dining, shopping, and gracious architecture make an absolutely delightful environment to relax for a day or an overnight.

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