What are the best things to do in Vienna in April 2023? This month kick-starts outdoor activities in Vienna. Restaurants, cafés and wineries move tables and seats outdoors, boat operators re-open their trips on the Danube, and Vienna tour operators re-start their bike and segway tours. For the best indoor classical music, find out what I recommend in Vienna concerts.
Things to do in Vienna April 2023. The most colourful way to celebrate Easter in Vienna is to attend its seasonal markets: see painted eggs and Easter decoration from Austria and neighbouring countries, Europe’s biggest egg pile (Easter Market Freyung) and snack on Austrian regional specialities.
While the Easter market and crafts on Freyung focus on traditional arts and crafts, the ornament eggs at Schönbrunn’ Palace’s easter market are great and the backdrop of the palace just fantastic. It is truly imperial style. The markets Am Hof and at Altes AKH are great for local crafts fans. You can watch a few artists at work.
Date: 24th March to 10th April 2023 (Am Hof and Freyung); 25th March to 11th April 2023 (Schönbrunn Palace);
Locations: Schönbrunn Palace (front); Freyung (city centre); Am Hof (city centre, 5 min from Freyung)
2. Visit Styria Village
Things to do in Vienna April 2023. When Styrians want Viennese to visit their province they unpack the best of their folkloric traditions and food. During a four-day programme you can watch Styrian folkloric dirndls and lederhosen, a girl ‘Schuhplattler’ dance group, learn how to bake local Krapfen (donuts) with farmers from Schladming, watch local basket weaving and black smithing, and join picnics.
By the way, Styria makes a great day trip from Vienna, such as this tour to the regional capital of Graz. For bespoke private tours to castles, wineries and an amazing chocolate factory, get in touch.
Date: 30th March to 2nd April 2023
Location: square in front of Vienna City Hall
3. Sunday Morning: Vienna Boys Choir
Things to do in Vienna April 2023. With eased lockdown restrictions still in place, pubic Easter Sunday celebrations and concerts may not take place.
As of now, there may be a chance for you to watch the Vienna Boys choir’s regular Sunday Mass celebrations just a week after Easter Sunday. They will sing at the Imperial Chapel and will be accompanied by members of the State Opera.
Dates: 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th April 2023
Location: Wiener Hofburgkapelle
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4. Easter Sunday Concert
Things to do in Vienna April 2023. As the sun sets on Easter Sunday, a breeze of romantic Viennese spring sounds will waft across the Great Hall of Vienna’s Musikverein. At the widely broadcast Springtime In Vienna concert Viennese Citizens (Ziehrer) will dance the Grande Valse Viennoise in Fairytale Pictures (Korngold) while The Bat (Strauss) enjoys Spring (Goldmark).
Dates: 17th April 2022, 7.30 pm
Location: Minoritenkirche, Minoritenplatz 1, 1010 Vienna
Tickets: book tickets
5. Experience Mozart, Wagner and Italian Operas
Things to do in Vienna April 2023. From tragic to magic: in April the Vienna State Opera and the Wiener Volksoper will stage dramatic operas such as Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, and Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. If you prefer to lighten things up consider Mozart’s somewhat lighter Marriage of Figaro and Donizetti’s Don Pasquale.
Dates: see opera calendar for April 2023
Locations: Wiener Staatsoper, Opernring, 1010 Vienna; Wiener Volksoper, Währinger Strasse, 78, 1090 Vienna
Book Tickets: get tickets for the opera and more classical events in April and beyond;
6. Go For Spring Hiking Around Vienna
Things to do in Vienna April 2023. Lush hills, illuminated forest paths, romantic ruins, Alpine peaks and sparkling waterfalls: Once you see those gorgeous landscape paintings at the Austrian National Gallery you will want to step right into them. While figuring out your own route isn’t that easy several tour guides now lead small or private groups of participants along easy to mid-level hiking paths.
Actually walking through fragrant pine woods and rocky gorges, passing caves, waterfalls and wayside shrines just adds that extra dimension that most visitors will never experience. Check the different hiking tours.
Things to do in Vienna September 2023. Have you ever jogged to classical music? At the Vienna City Marathon, more than a quarter of the track will resound to music from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Richard and Johann Strauss, Ludwig van Beethoven and others. The afternoon before, runners charge themselves with carbohydrates from our thick pancakes (Kaiserschmarrn) and pasta at a party in Vienna’s City Hall.
In parallel to the standard marathon, a half-marathon, the world’s biggest relay marathon, and two children’s races will take place.
Date: 23rd April 2023
Location: passing UNO City, Vienna Prater, Ringstrasse, Schonbrunn Palace and back to Ringstrasse
8. Explore Empress Sissi’s Hermesvilla
Things to do in Vienna April 2023. Empress Sissi’s romantic bolthole will have re-opened after its winter break. Hardly known by tourists, Hermesvilla is a beautiful countryside retreat set in the Lainz Natural Reserve, just a few kilometres from Schönbrunn Palace.
I visited the villa with my mother and the kids on a sunny Sunday afternoon, strolling off the tourist streams in a semi-wild park landscape to the villa. There is also a deer reserve and a good restaurant onsite. Learn more about Empress Sissi’s Palace of Dreams.
9. Venture Out To The Countryside
Things to do in Vienna April 2023. At hardly an hour from Vienna the scenery changes in Burgenland to Austrian countryside bliss, even more so with March’s snowbells and daffodils. I love walking and biking alongside vast Lake Neusiedl, visiting a local winery and taking my family to Medieval Forchtenstein Castle (photo). Especially if you like to explore Austria off the beaten tourist paths, a day in Burgenland gets you far beyond the usual guide books. Find out more in Burgenland-Wine-Esterhazy.
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