Things to do in Vienna for Easter WeekendApril 2, 2015 4:07 pm
If you’re in Vienna over Easter then lucky you! Whether you’re with the kids, or if it’s just two of you, there’s lots going on in the city and outskirts over the long weekend. To make sure you don’t miss out, here are some things to do in Vienna and some inspiration should you be looking for something authentic and with local flair and flavour.
Viennese Easter Markets
If you want to be anywhere for a good traditional Easter market, it’s Vienna. With four notable markets in and around the city, it’s hard to know what to choose. We’d definitely recommend heading out to Schönbrunn Palace, the old Imperial summer residence. It’s one of the most picturesque locations for an Easter market and annually one of the most popular destinations for Easter weekend. Set in the courtyard in front of the palace the market is full of arts and crafts and is a great place to go if you’re after a unique souvenir and keepsake.
Many independent food stalls head there too so go with an empty stomach, you’ll want to try every delicacy served, not to mention the Easter eggs. Or if you fancy your hand at something a bit more creative, there are various egg painting stalls and workshops to take part in too if you want to make something really special. If you’ve got your kids with you, Schönbrunn is a must as together with the Children’s Museum the kids can take part in a Easter Egg hunt and even meet some real life bunnies! Open over Easter Weekend, from 10.00 am to 6.30 pm.
If you want to stay central, another one of Vienna’s most famous markets is at Freyung in the Old Town. If you recognise the name it might be because of its reputation for building the highest tower of Easter Eggs in Europe! Not just Vienna, but the whole EU! This market (and its tower of 40,000 Easter eggs) is worth visiting and offers delicious and traditional street food such as succulent lamb, Osterpinze Easter bread as well as bright and bold flowers. Even if it’s a wet weekend. Open daily from 10.00 am to 7.30pm.
If you’re staying central there are other Easter market options in Prater, where you can see the Giant Ferris wheel and Madame Tussauds, as well as the Am Hof Square market famed for its beautiful artisanal stalls.
Vienna in Bloom
Vienna in spring is arguably one of the best months to visit as the city is covered in a multi-coloured blanket as its parks fill with new bulbs and blossoms and the rose gardens and Orangeries open for the new season. If you want to find yourself a quiet park to bring a picnic and DIY your own Easter egg hunt, Vienna can offer a host of green spaces in and around the city centre. One of the most recognised is Stadtpark where lies the famous memorial to Johann Strauss, among others. The Volksgarten is also another picturesque park if you’re a fan of imperial history which is home to the Empress Sisi monument as well as 400 varieties roses which, when they’re in bloom, make this park one of the most beautiful in the whole of Vienna.
Thanks to the launch of the new Grey Line on the hop on hop off bus tour, you can even go all the way out to Imperial Palace Schloss Hof to visit its stunning Baroque garden, as well as take your kids to the petting zoo.
One of the most unique things to do in Vienna over Easter weekend, and from spring until summer, is visit the Vienna Opera House, which hosts its annual outdoor concerts. They’re some of the most anticipated performances in the year and set against the iconic and historic backdrop of the mid-19th century building its Baroque-esque style lit up in lights when the sun goes down is worth seeing regardless! Over Easter there are a number of performances on, but make sure you pre-book as tickets are limited. Please visit their website for more information.
Easter weekend schedule:
Saturday 4th April: Elektra by Richard Strauss, 8pm start
Sunday 5th April: Parsifal by Richard Wagner, 5pm start
Monday 6th April: Der Rosenkavalier, by Richard Strauss, 6pm start