What are the best things to do in Vienna in April 2021? 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.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: Due to the Austrian government’s current restrictions certain events may not take place. Please check back with the event organizer before booking.
Things to do in Vienna April 2021. 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: 19th March to 5th April 2021 (Am Hof and Freyung); 20th March to 6th April 2021 (Schönbrunn Palace);
Locations: Schönbrunn Palace (front); Freyung (city centre); Am Hof (city centre, 5 min from Freyung)
2. Visit Styria Village – CANCELLED
Things to do in Vienna April 2021. 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: early April 2022 (tbc)
Location: square in front of Vienna City Hall
3. Easter Sunday Morning: Vienna Boys Choir
Things to do in Vienna April 2021. 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: 4th April 2021
Location: Wiener Hofburgkapelle
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5. Easter Sunday Evening Concert
Things to do in Vienna April 2021. As the sun sets on Easter Sunday, a baroque sound cloud of Corelli, 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.
Because the concert organizer knows most of my readers love classical music you will receive a 10% discount. Just use the code unwrapped in your shopping cart, after clicking on Add to Cart, where it says ‘Apply Discount Code’.
Dates: 4th April 2021, 7.30 pm
Location: Minoritenkirche, Minoritenplatz 1, 1010 Vienna
Tickets: tba (don’t forget to use your discount code unwrapped in your shopping cart)
6. Experience Mozart, Wagner and Italian Operas
Things to do in Vienna April 2021. From tragic to magic: in April the Vienna State Opera and the Wiener Volksoper will stage dramatic operas such as Wagner’s Parsifal and The Valkyrie, and Gounod’s Faust. If you prefer to lighten things up consider Mozart’s somewhat lighter Magic Flute, Rossini’s Barber of Seville, and Puccini’s Turandot.
Dates: see opera calendar for April 2021
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;
7. Go For Spring Hiking Around Vienna
Things to do in Vienna April 2021. 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.
8. Explore Empress Sissi’s Hermesvilla
Things to do in Vienna April 2021. 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 2021. 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 2021. 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: 18th April 2021
Location: passing UNO City, Vienna Prater, Ringstrasse, Schonbrunn Palace and back to Ringstrasse
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