We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Reasons to visit Vienna: Coffee, pastries, horses, the Belvedere and the Kunsthistoriches.
You can't "do" the latter any more than you can do the Prado. It's like the Metropolitan in NYC, but Vienna has the best collection of northern European art (thanks to the Hapsburgs). We went there to see the Breughels, and that was enough. Mind-boggling.
Vienna was in many ways a disappointment to us., we thought the coffee was bitter and undrinkable, and the pastries bland. We did enjoy the horses although we hardly understood what we were going to see until we were inside packed like sardines in a can, huge columns blocking the views, and no idea what was going on. About the time we managed to worm our way to a plCe we could see from the practice was over and we were all turned out to make room for a new group. Unless you book opera seats a year in advance the only thing available will be standing room where you may not even be able to see the stage. We left after 15 minutes.
The food 3asuniformily poor, seemingly always some form or variation of what we would call a hot dog. My wife got a recommended ham dish that was a chunk of Spam like meat with barbecue sauce. She ate one bite.
The coffee is brewed with the assumption that the preparer will add cream and/or sugar, so when drunk black it is very bitter. It's better to order one of the mixed coffee drinks.
My wife and I found plenty of restaurants with more than sausages within easy walking distance of our hotel. A good bet is to get the Wienerschnitzel ("Vienna cutlet"), a thin veal cutlet which is breaded and fried.
We got opera tickets far less than a year ahead, but more than a couple of months ahead.
I second the recommendation of the Breughals. I also recommend the museum of Roman Vienna.
The museums are one of the things i still miss after 20+ years away from NYC. Although here in Israel there is a wealth of antiquities, much of it still in situ or at least in context.
We keep planning a grand tour of europe now that we are on this side of the pond, but i am not sure i want to go there now. In my student days i bristled when my hosts in London told me to wear a cap instead of a yarmulke. Now it is 10 times worse.