Things to do in Vienna April 2017. 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 2017. 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: 1st to 17th April 2017 (Schönbrunn Palace), 31st March to 17th April 2017 (Am Hof); dates for Freyung to be announced;
Locations: Schönbrunn Palace (front); Freyung (city centre); Am Hof (city centre, 5 min from Freyung)
Things to do in Vienna April 2017. In 2017 we celebrate the 300th birthday of Empress Maria Theresia. It is worth to know more about her as Maria Theresia was a key personality in Europe’s history. When you visit Schönbrunn Palace cover the exhibition ‘A Woman In Power And Joie De Vivre‘ in the adjacent Imperial Carriage Museum. The Hapsburgs Museum of Furniture (insider tip) unrolls her wide family and her dynastic marriage policy. If you make it to Schloss Hof and Niederweiden palaces an hour east of Vienna, you can learn more about her politics.
Duration: 15th March to 29th November 2017; daily.
Mozart and Verdi Operas
Things to do in Vienna April 2017. The Vienna State Opera and the Wiener Volksoper will stage Verdi’s Masked Ball, and Mozart’s Magic Flute and Marriage of Figaro in April. Other than that, Wagner and Rossini are also on the plan. If you travel around Easter make sure you book tickets well in advance.
Easter Sunday: Vienna Boys Choir
Things to do in Vienna April 2017. Easter Sunday morning is usually quiet in Vienna. Locals search for easter eggs and visit relatives. Some 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: 16th April 2017
Location: Wiener Hofburgkapelle
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Things to do in Vienna April 2017. The best way to go beyond the guidebooks is to connect with a local. You can do that easily at the Vienna Coffeehouse Conversations, monthly social dining events in English that put you 1:1 on a table with a local Viennese, over typical Viennese meals, or just coffee and cake. Couples and small groups can join as well. This will be no ordinary conversation – check further details and registration at Vienna Coffeehouse Conversations.
Date: 27th April;
Best Vienna Bike Tours And Segway Tours
Things to do in Vienna April 2017. 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.
Things to do in Vienna April 2017. 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.
Things to do in Vienna April 2017. 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 2017
Location: passing UNO City, Vienna Prater, Ringstrasse, Schonbrunn Palace and back to Ringstrasse
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