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boat trip on Austrian Danube
photo: Ahoi Wachau

Things To Do In Vienna August 2020: What’s REALLY Going On

Things to do in Vienna August 2020. 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.

NOTE: While the events and activities below are scheduled to take place please check when booking or shortly before you plan to attend.

1. Film and Food Festival on Rathausplatz

film festival on Rathausplatz in ViennaThings to do in Vienna August 2020. While the city’s popular outdoor festival goes into its second month with much the same setting as in July, the free film program holds a few new highlights in store. Most films start at 9.00 pm. This year, the festival seating will grant more privacy and social distancing than in the photo, in line with Covid-19 rules.

1st August: I am from Austria (musical)

2nd August: Lang Lang live in Berlin featuring Herbie Hancock (classic/jazz)

3rd August: Beethoven and Schumann concert

4th August: La Bohème (opera)

5th August: 1001 Nights (ballet)

6th August: STS – Herzverbunden (Austro pop)

7th August: With Reason and Heart (modern dance)

8th August: Tosca (opera)

9th August: Mozart Requiem (concert)

see the event website for the full program.

2. Boat Trips on the Vienna Danube

Wachau boat ride in a ZilleThings to do in Vienna August 2020. Over the past few years I have done boat trips both to Bratislava and in Wachau Valley, and loved them. Definitely the most exciting and new boat ride is a ride in a traditional Zille (see photo).

During a tour along villages and castle ruins you can even taste the local wines that Wachau is so famous for.

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.

3. Urban Beach: Strandbar Herrmann

Things to do in Vienna August: Strandbar HerrmannThings to do in Vienna August 2020. 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: since 15th May; daily 10am to 10pm; cocktail happy hour 7 to 8pm

4. Bike Tours Through Vienna

Things to do in Vienna August: city bike tourThings to do in Vienna August 2020. 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.

5. Segway Tours Through Vienna

Things to do in Vienna August: segway tourThings to do in Vienna August 2020. 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 knowledge about Viennese history.

The other segway tour I took with my 13-year old nephew took us through the woodlands of the Vienna Prater. Driving all along broad Prater Hauptallee we joined weekend bikers  and runners while enjoying ample space. At historic Lusthaus pavilion at the other end we rewarded ourselves with hot chocolate and cream before returning back.
Learn about the best segway tours in Vienna.

6. Small Group Wine Tasting Tour – Wachau Valley

things to do in Vienna August: Wachau Valley wine tourThings to do in Vienna August 2020. 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.

7. Classical Concert Calendar in August

Grafenegg summer concertThings to do in Vienna August 2020. 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 violin and piano sonatas at St. Peter’s crypt. For an off-path experience in classical music hear the marvellous musicians at baroque St. Peter’s.

And if you are searching for a reason to venture out into Lower Austria’s lush countryside, why not head for renown Grafenegg classical music festival? It actually never ceases to amaze me how this quiet picture book castle manages to attract such a plethora of amazing musicians from all over the world. In this photo you can see the contemporary open air stage Cloud Tower lending its amazing acoustics to a classical orchestra. Learn more about a day trip to Grafenegg castle.

8. Historic Outdoor Pool Neuwaldegg

Things to do in Vienna August: Neuwaldegger BadThings to do in Vienna August 2020. Feel like exploring history in your swimsuit? There is nothing like plunging into the fresh waters of a 1920s outdoor pool in Vienna. Just where the Vienna Woods start, at the terminal of tramway 43, a private vintage pool has been attracting locals since 1925.

Established in the typical Vienna Woods style, the small complex tells a story of Austrian bathing culture, our love for nature and a contemplative lifestyle. Find out more in Vienna Swimming Pool.

9. Enjoy Vistas From New Rooftop Terrace

MQ Libelle rooftop in ViennaThings to do in Vienna August 2020. Just a few months after the opening of 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 planned opening weekend at the end of August 2020 you’ll be able to join free guided tours, workshops, walking concerts and a light and sound installation.

Planned Opening Date: end of August 2020 (date tbc)
Locations: Museumsquartier, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna
Admission: free

10. Special Tip: Mozart Requiem

Things to do in Vienna August 2020. 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’ 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:

11. Vienna Woods and Mayerling

Things to do in Vienna August: Heiligenkreuz AbbeyThings to do in Vienna August 2020. The Vienna Woods have those tranquil places that make even Vienna seem hectic. The Cistercian Abbey of  Heiligenkreuz 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.

12. Things To Do In Vienna With Kids

Things to do in Vienna August: multimedia history showThings to do in Vienna August 2020. 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.

Check things to do during other months:

June: Things to do in June
July: Things to do in July
September: Things to do in September

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