Spring in Vienna: Events, Festivals and More!April 4, 2018 10:00 am
Make the most of your trip to Vienna and get involved in what spring 2018 has to offer.
With temperatures slowly rising, the dawn chorus, and the sudden birth of blossoms around the city – there are signs around the capital that spring has officially sprung. The alfresco season brings an array of festivals and events, plus it’s a great time to get stuck into outdoor activities. With so many choices available we have put together a guide of some of the top things happening in Vienna this spring. Whether you consider yourself a foodie, a snap-happy sightseer, a cultured kind, an active explorer, or all of the above, there is something for everyone.
Image via Genuss Festival
Food Festivals – Alfresco Foodies
Travelling to Vienna as a foodie means two things, local cuisines and alfresco dining. This spring there are a couple of festivals that cannot be missed, as far as Viennese food goes you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Genussfestival (May 11 to 13, 2018) – Located in one of Vienna’s most attractive parks, Stadtpark, the Genussfestival is a 3 day food event in its eleventh year. Whether you’re a tourist or a returning local, visitors flock there and enjoy specialty cuisines from Austria’s best food producers. You can also head on over to the ‘Origin Marquee’ and take part in tasting sessions offered by agricultural producers.
A tip for the foodies and sweet toothed people out there, the Apple Strudel Show is a great afternoon out, learn how to make Vienna’s most famous dessert so you can impress your friends when you get home. Also, by using your Vienna Pass you can get in for free saving you time and money.
Wienissimo (June 7 to 9, 2018) – Situated this year on the Am Hof Square, Vienna’s Festival of Good Taste is in its third year. It is a grand and indulgent event! Keep up to date with all the latest information about the upcoming foodie event here.
Boat Rides & Walking Tours – The Snap-Happy Sightseer
Outdoor sightseeing is far more pleasant when the weather is on your side, with spring at the ready it’s time to get exploring Vienna’s great outdoors.
Mini Danube River Cruise – What better way to see all the city has to offer in one round trip than on a boat ride down the river Danube. The Twin City Liner from Vienna to Bratislava initially boasts a very urban city feel, which is then transformed into serene oasis of greenery. Once you reach the quaint little town you can then explore the cobbled streets, beautiful town houses and charming squares lined with restaurants and boutique shops, it’s an Instagram lovers dream. With your Vienna PASS, you save 10% on the ticket price! Make sure you show the voucher from your free Vienna PASS bonus booklet.
The Danube Valley Day Trip is a sightseeing coach trip out to the Austrian countryside where you’ll be exposed to castles, forests, wine villages and towns. Followed by a scenic boat ride down the Danube, ending up at the impressive Benedictine abbey of Melk. It’s a great day out and you’ll finish the day stocked up on knowledge from your tour guide, you won’t be short on photos either! Vienna PASS holders enjoy a 15% percent discount on all Tours offered by Vienna Sightseeing Tours when booking online. For booking instructions see your the Vienna PASS Guidebook, page 154.
Walking Tours – If you’d prefer to have a day on foot then maybe a walking tour is more up your street, the Guided Walking Tour is a great chance to see all the main historic sights and landmarks, plus with the Vienna Pass you can join the tour for free.
Image via Wiener Staatsoper
Classical Music Events – The Cultured Kind
Whether opera is one of your favorite pass times or you’re a first timer and like the sound of spending your evening sipping a glass of red, sitting back and taking in the atmosphere; the Vienna State Opera opens its doors to the public this Spring.
Similar events include Mozart, Bach and Gospels and Beethoven at the Golden Hall. Enjoy fuss-free ticket booking with Vienna Ticket!
The free Opera Live on the Square event starts in April – head to Karajan square next to the Opera House and you’ll be able to see all the inside action for free. If you fancy the real experience inside the Opera House – tickets can be purchased ahead of time.
Don’t forget – your Vienna PASS includes free entry to musical hotspots around the city, including the places where famous composers and musicians lived and worked, such as Schubert’s Birth place, his Place of Death, Beethoven Pasqualatihaus, Mozarthaus Vienna and Johann Strauss Apartment.