Things to do in Vienna August 2018. August is a great month to explore Vienna’s green side. While the Film and Food Festival on Rathausplatz and the Summerstage at Danube Canal continue in the city centre, there are a few excellent corners to discover in the Vienna Woods, just at your doorstep.Wine tasting tours, boat trips on the Danube, and a segway tour through Vienna are among my favourite things to do in and around my hometown.
Boat Trips on the Vienna Danube
Things to do in Vienna August 2018. I have done boat trips both to Bratislava and in Wachau Valley, and loved them. My father took the hydrofoil from Vienna to Budapest and shared a detailed review with me. Find out if one of these boat trips is for you and read my reviews on my mini Danube cruise to Bratislava and about a one day Wachau trip with boat ride.
Spanish Riding School
Things to do in Vienna August 2018. You will hardly see the Lipizzaner stallions with as many springs in their steps as in August. Just back from their summer break in Styria you can watch them either during a Morning Exercise or a proper Performance. TIP: combine your visit with a guided tour through the stables. My family and I did it and felt like at a celebrity backstage tour, so much to see and learn.
Location: Spanish Riding School, Michaelerplatz 1, 1010 Vienna
Dates: from 7th August (Morning Exercise); from 18th August (Performance)
Tickets: get tickets for a Morning Exercise, otherwise get tickets for a Performance
Things to do in Vienna August 2018. Did you come to Vienna to see an artificial beach? Probably not. You shouldn’t miss one of the most popular summer hangouts in the city, though. Strandbar Herrmann is an urban beach that encapsulates summer in the city along the Danube Canal. It is a magic mix of a relaxed beer garden, a chic bar and restaurant, and a social meeting point with a programme ranging from live DJ music from late afternoons to Saturday brunches and kids’ ‘Punch and Judy’ shows.
Location: Herrmannpark, A-1030 Vienna (close to Urania)
Opening Times: April to October; daily 10am to 10pm; cocktail happy hour 7 to 8pm
Things to do in Vienna August 2018. Biking beneath the leafy avenue of Ringstrasse, through the alleys of the old town, and at Prater and the Danube Island takes swollen feet off summer sightseeing. There are two half day guided tours which cover different routes at different times, and can be combined. Learn which Vienna tours by bike are available.
NEW: Every Friday and Saturday you can do a wine tour along the Danube by bike. It’s fun to bike along vineyards and do wine tasting at local wineries while being in the city.
Things to do in Vienna August 2018. My city segway tour along Ringstrasse avenue and then right into the city centre was the most fun sightseeing tour I ever did. And I thoroughly refreshed my school knowledge about Viennese history.
The other segway tour I took with my 13-year old nephew through the woodlands of the Vienna Prater was delightful and not least polished my image as a ‘cool auntie’.
Learn about the best segway tours in Vienna.
Things to do in Vienna August 2018. A summer city trip doesn’t need to end up on glowing asphalt. Get on a bike and head out to UNESCO world heritage site Wachau valley, one of the Viennese’s favourite outdoor places. There is a highly appraised bike wine tasting tour that takes small groups of individuals to taste local wine and other produce at a series of wine farms and small producers.
More information about the small group wine tasting tour.
Just click on the link, type in your travel dates and find out what is on stage during your trip. Special tip for Mozart fans: the summer piano concerts at the Mozarthaus Vienna.
Popular Festival Neustift
Things to do in Vienna August 2018. Neustift am Walde in the green outskirts of Vienna is a winery paradise. Each year, it stages Austria’s largest popular festival with traditional costumes (Trachten). For four days the winery village transforms into an authentic Austrian party. Expect excellent local wines and traditional food, brass music, dirndl dresses and lederhosen.
Dates: 17th to 20th August, 11.00 am to midnight
How to get there: take metro U6 to Nussdorfer Strasse, then take bus 35A to Neustift am Walde;
Special Tip: Mozart Requiem
Things to do in Vienna August 2018. Listening to Mozart’s Requiem under the richly decorated dome of baroque Church St. Charles Borromeo is stirring, spiritual and intense. It was his last composition and seems to carry all the emotions of this genius’s short life. Expect more than 40 soloists and choir members to get under your skin.
Access further details of Mozart requiem at St. Charles Borromeo.
Watch an amateur video of the concert:
Things to do in Vienna August 2018. The Vienna Woods have those tranquil places that make even Vienna seem hectic. Heiligenkreuz Abbey from the Middle Ages is such a place. It is still run by Cistercian monks, who once entered the international music charts with their Gregorian Chorals! The valley of Helenental is not far from where I grew up. At its end is Mayerling and the Habsburg’s former hunting lodge, well known for the tragic suicide of Habsburg Crown Prince Rudolf and his bourgeois fiancee Mary Vetsera. For me, the most spectacular sight of the tour is the boat ride on Europe’s largest underground lake – see my story in Seegrotte Tour Review.
You can visit these places and more on a half day tour to the Vienna Woods and Mayerling.
Things to do in Vienna August 2018. Throughout August, the music museum House of Music (Haus der Musik) stages free classical concerts every Sunday afternoon. For 45 minutes, you can listen to a violinist and a pianist playing Wolfgang Mozart, Johann Strauss and Ludwig van Beethoven. In between the pieces, you will learn more about the composers and compositions (in German).
This is one of the few classical concert series that allows for a ‘local-type’ experience, take advantage!
Event dates: tbc
Location: Seilerstätte 30, 1010 Vienna (5 min walk from Kärntner Strasse)
Things To Do In Vienna With Kids
Are you taking your kids to Vienna and wonder how to add some fun into a classical experience? My kids and my local nephews have tried and tested a few exciting places and activities that your children may like, too. One of them is a multimedia history show (see photo) that will pave the way for sightseeing tours. Have a look into Vienna with kids.
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