Today, Europe’s love of music is resoundingly alive. From soul-stirring waltzes in Vienna to pop history in Stockholm, here’s where to find its greatest hits.
1. Vienna, Austria
Where to stay in Vienna: Waltz this way… Hotel Stefanie is Vienna’s oldest hotel, operating from the year 1600; well before Mozart was even conceived. Just three minutes from the city centre, it’s convenient, characterful and completely unique.
2. Dublin, Ireland
Where to stay in Dublin: Bruce Springsteen, Michael Buble and Rihanna are among many famous musicians to make Merrion Hotel home for the night. Rooms are regal, dining is double-Michelin and service is exquisite: it’s a no-brainer for those who love the alchemy of five-star comforts and historic Georgian ambience.
3. Riga, Latvia
Where to stay in Riga: In the heart of history-drenched Riga, there’s no other address quite like Metropole – the first operated hotel in the city. Today, the boutique gem boasts a labyrinth of enchanting rooms as well as world-class services. Music to our ears.
4. Stockholm, Sweden
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City Hall in Stockholm isn’t just a hotspot for architecture addicts. Abba fans flock from all over the world to see the building where Benny Andersson first ever performed (at the ripe age of six). But what really gets tourists exclaiming Mamma Mia! is Abba the Museum. As well as original costumes and gold records, some of the exhibits are astonishing. Look out for the vintage red telephone, which only the band members know the number of and will sometimes ring it to speak to museum visitors. Like magic, Benny Andersson’s old piano will spontaneously play on its own. Only it’s not magic: the piano is wirelessly connected to Benny’s own in his Stockholm studio. If it starts to play, it’s actually him tinkling the keys.
Where to stay in Stockholm: Sink-into sofas, quirky four-poster beds, alfresco dips with bubbles… Stockholm-based Smådalarö Manor delivers a new-luxe spin on 19th-century living. Musical show queen Git Gay’s summer home was right next to the manor house. Now named Gits Hus, it’s available for guests to book and enjoy themselves today.
5. Oslo, Norway
Where to stay in Oslo: Directly behind the Royal Palace, centuries-old Camilla Hus is within reach of most Oslo attractions. It might be one of Oslo’s oldest wooden buildings in Swiss-chalet style, but the ancient gem ensures guests have plenty of forward-thinking tech for a blissful stay.