What are the best things to do in Vienna in April 2020? 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 2020. 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: 27th March to 13th April 2020 (Am Hof and Freyung); 28th March to 14th April 2020 (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 2020. 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: 2nd to 5th April 2020
Location: square in front of Vienna City Hall
3. Good Friday Concert: Spectacular Italian Baroque
Things to do in Vienna April 2020. As the Easter week reaches Good Friday, distinct Italian baroque tunes will expand Vienna’s mighty Minorite church. In an utterly moving interplay, the Mozart Boys Choir, together with a soprano and an alto soloist, perform Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater. For additional power and grandeur, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra will support this medieval poem about the essence of Christianity.
In fact, you may also recognise some melodies from movies such as Smilla’s Sense of Snow or Amadeus.
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Dates: 10th April 2020
Locations: Minoritenkirche, Minoritenplatz, 1010 Vienna
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4. Easter Sunday Morning: Vienna Boys Choir
Things to do in Vienna April 2020. Easter Sunday morning is usually quiet in Vienna. In fact, most local families will search for easter eggs and visit relatives. Some will attend Easter mass in their communities. Before watching the world’s largest egg pile on Freyung, listen to some angelical voices. The Vienna Boys choir will sing at the Imperial Chapel and will be accompanied by members of the State Opera.
Dates: 12th April 2020
Location: Wiener Hofburgkapelle
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5. Easter Sunday Afternoon: Giant Organ Inauguration
Things to do in Vienna April 2020. Right on Easter Sunday, our landmark St. Stephen’s Cathedral will inaugurate its refurbished Giant Organ. After 25 years, the new organ’s 10,000 pipes are expected produce an unheard of sound experience. Because of elaborated electronics, the organ will connect with all other church organs to unite 180 organ stops.
At 10.00 am on the same day, arch bishop and cardinal Christoph Schönborn will consecrate the new organ in a solemn mass.
Date: 12th April 2020, 3.30 pm (entrance from 3.00 pm)
Location: Stephansdom, Stephansplatz 1, 1010 Vienna
Things to do in Vienna April 2020. As the sun sets on Easter Sunday, a baroque sound cloud of Albinoni, Paganini and Vivaldi will waft across Minorite Church. As blessed violinist Mario Hossen slips into the roles of the Italian string virtuosos, he and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra will lift classical music fans to cloud nine.
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Dates: 12th April 2020, 7.30 pm
Location: Minoritenkirche, Minoritenplatz 1, 1010 Vienna
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7. Enjoy Vistas From New Rooftop Terrace
Things to do in Vienna April 2020. Just a few weeks after Albertina Modern, a huge dragonfly will have landed on the roof of Leopold Museum. Named after the shape of its main new rooftop building the MQ Libelle (dragonfly) will not only host new cultural projects but also provide spectacular rooftop vistas. Among the highlights to see will be Ringstrasse boulevard, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and Hofburg Imperial Palace. Therefore, factor in some extra time on good weather days when you visit Museumsquartier.
During the opening weekend from 24th to 26th April 2020 you’ll be able to join free guided tours, workshops, walking concerts and a light and sound installation.
Planned Opening Date: 24th April 2020
Locations: Museumsquartier, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna
8. Experience Mozart, Wagner and Italian Operas
Things to do in Vienna April 2020. From tragic to magic: in April the Vienna State Opera and the Wiener Volksoper will stage dramatic operas such as Wagner’s Parsifal and Saint Saens’ Samson and Delilah. If you prefer to lighten things up consider Mozart’s somewhat lighter The Marriage of Figaro, Strauss’ The Knight of the Rose, and Beethoven’s only opera Fidelio.
If you prefer more entertaining plots altogether, head for popular Wiener Volksoper to watch Verdi’s Rigoletto.
Dates: see opera calendar for April 2020
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;
9. Pay Tribute To Beethoven’s Anniversary
Things to do in Vienna April 2020. Did you know that Beethoven lived in Vienna for longer than Mozart? This makes him about as Viennese as Salzburg-born Wolfgang Amadeus. (In fact, Beethoven first came to Vienna to study with Mozart.) This and his 250th anniversary are ever more reason to listen to his Symphony I and violin concertos.
Then, Musikverein’s Golden Hall will resonate with the romantic tunes of Austrian composer Anton Bruckner. His 4th symphony chases hunters through the wood, records a medieval city at day break and joins a folkloric festival. In addition, Richard Strauss’ Don Quixote will add some fun notes to your evening.
Dates: 19th and 21st April 2020 (Bruckner and Strauss); 20th and 21st April (Beethoven Symphony I); 26th April (Beethoven, Shostakovitch a.o.)
Location: Musikverein, Musikvereinsplatz 1, 1010 Vienna; Konzerthaus, Lothringerstrasse 20, 1030 Vienna
Admission: get tickets for Beethoven, available 2 months before the event (Symphony I and violin concerti); get tickets for Beethoven and others, available from 9th March 2020 (Vieni Amore, Appassionata); get tickets for Bruckner and Strauss;
10. Go For Spring Hiking Around Vienna
Things to do in Vienna April 2020. 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 April 2020. I keep saying it but exploring Vienna by bike is so great. You can easily explore most of Vienna’s landmarks by bike. The two best Vienna tours by bike cover classical Vienna (morning tour) and the area around the Danube Island including sights of the Vienna Ringstrasse boulevard. They are great for orientating yourself. Besides, you will stop frequently to hear stories of landmarks you pass.
An e-bike tour can take you much further. Last year, I joined an e-bike group up Vienna’s rolling hills and vineyards. Read the full story about my electric Vienna bicycle tour.
I have also done two segway tours in Vienna and loved them both. The first was a classical sightseeing tour along the Ringstrasse boulevard and across the historic city centre.
The second was a fun tour through the lush woodlands close to the Vienna Prater amusement park. Read my tour reviews in Vienna tours by segway.
12. Explore Empress Sissi’s Hermesvilla
Things to do in Vienna April 2020. 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.
13. Venture Out To The Countryside
Things to do in Vienna April 2020. 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.
Things to do in Vienna April 2020. 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: 19th April 2020
Location: passing UNO City, Vienna Prater, Ringstrasse, Schonbrunn Palace and back to Ringstrasse
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