@ emily: re Buffet: Not going because of the food; It seems to me like it would be sort of a magical ambiance - at night, surrounded by art, in a lovely building, talking about art with people who are also there to talk about the loveliness of Vienna, the magic moment of sitting down to eat, to commune, to drink some wine - - it really called to me. I am fluent in German, but I think I'll probably be talking in English to tourists from Kansas City, or from Tokyo, but they are there to share all these things, too. You live every single day in one of the world's grandest cities, with cathedrals, Beethoven, important art museums, gardens, palaces. I live every single day in a small, hot, dusty town, so imagine how grand I will feel, sitting at the Champagne Art Buffet at the Kunsthistorisches! I'm really excited about it, actually! And when I come home and share this story with my two teenagers, maybe they'll understand why travel is important to me, if not to them. Regarding the food, though - I will be trying out several of your restaurant suggestions!
@Fred - OK, I'll book the Staatsoper tour too. I love feeding off your enthusiasm for Vienna. Although I have been there once before, I can't remember it well. I will really be seeing it with my own eyes this time.