Things to do in Vienna February 2017. Part of February in Vienna is pretty much dominated by dance balls. If you are not into dancing, there are enough ‘escape programmes’ that month, from concerts and conversations with Viennese to the best Faschingskrapfen. See also my tips for the seasonal best day trips from Vienna.
Things to do in Vienna February 2017. The first half of February is the busiest time for Vienna Balls, until the official ball season ends with Shrove Tuesday on 23th February. The Vienna Opera Ball (4th February), Europe’s most glamorous and top socialite ball, will be the society and international highlight of the ball season. Read more about the Vienna Opera Ball. For further information on other February balls, visit best Vienna balls.
Things to do in Vienna February 2017. The Vienna State Opera’s programme for the month is packed with the Italian operas. Verdi is big on the list, as are Donizetti and Rossini operas. If your travel dates allow, do consider exploring Wiener Volksoper, our popular opera house off the beaten tourist track, that will stage great classical works with a slightly modern twist, such as Donizetti’s La Mamma. Access opera programme for February.
Things to do in Vienna February 2017. Take your travel partner for a dinner that will change the way you think about Vienna and its people. My popular Vienna Coffeehouse Conversations let you dine with a Viennese while sharing your views and perspectives over a menu of inspiring questions. Since its start, it has been attracting an interesting crowd from 18 to 72 years of age; from artists, journalists and international NGO workers to musicians and diplomats. Learn more about the Vienna Coffeehouse Conversations.
Date: 23rd February 2017
Things to do in Vienna February 2017. The first major exhibition to commemorate Habsburg Empress Maria Theresia’s 300th anniversary will open mid February. The Great Hall of the Austrian National Library will trace an outstanding Austrian personality using paintings, drawings, documents and other objects. I personally hope the exhibition will show the whole spectrum of the reformist, integrative, absolutistic and antisemitic Empress.
Dates: 17th February to 5th June 2017
Opening hours: Tuesdays to Sundays, 10.00 am to 6.00pm, Thursdays until 9.00 pm
Location: Austrian National Library, Josefsplatz 1, 1010 Vienna;
Things to do in Vienna February 2017. Even if you don’t attend a Vienna ball, waltz dancing is fun, a great acitivity to do with your other half, and a skill that you can use at other dancing events such as wedding parties or dance teas. There are English language dance instructors who can teach you the basic waltz steps in just one hour.
Read more in Viennese waltz dance lessons.
Day Trips in February
Things to do in Vienna February 2017. The best Day Trips from Vienna in the winter are those to neighbouring cities such as Bratislava, Salzburg, Budapest and Prague. If you are lucky they will wear a light blanket of snow which makes a walk through their city centres special. All four of them are also full of museums, castles and palaces, and cosy cafes, so you have a vast choice of indoor activities.
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Things to do in Vienna February 2017. My hometown is scoring high on romantic terms, with its music, baroque swirls, palaces, cakes and charming streets. Among the snuggest Viennese coffeehouses are Café Diglas and Café Tirolerhof (close to the State Opera). Most popular is going by Fiaker horse carriage to Prater and then take a ride in the Giant Ferris Wheel. On my personal to do list for Valentine’s Day: adding a Viennese touch to my Portuguese husband through a private waltz dance lesson in a Viennese palace, followed by a Chocolate Spa Treatment for two at Hotel Sacher. I’d rather get him to waltz than to ice skate at Wiener Eistraum in front of the Vienna City Hall, though that’s a great idea, too. I’d definitely want to lead him past one of those jewellery stores. If you want a small romantic eatery book a candlelight dinner at the separe of Kristians’ Monastiri. For added glamour, visit the Vienna Casino and its fab gourmet restaurant.
Things to do in Vienna February 2017. Our carnival doughnuts (Faschingskrapfen) are a treasured tradition. You will find them in all good local bakeries. They are filled with apricot jam or custard. The best are fluffy with a crispy surface and have a well visible injection hole on the side. (Connoisseurs localise it first and bite straight into it to avoid jam disasters.)
The officially best Faschingskrapfen are produced by bakery chains Groissböck, Felber, and Mann – watch out for those.
Free Things to do in Vienna February
During one day in February, you can participate in free tours and lectures (including in English). The initiative by the Austrian Tour Guides takes place to celebrate International Tourist Guide Day. In 2017, get a free tour through the magnificent baroque State Hall of Nationalbibliothek with its more than 200,000 precious books.
Date and Time: 19th February 2017
Meeting point: Austrian National Library
Check what to do during other months:
Things to do in Vienna, January
Things to do in Vienna, March
Things to do in Vienna, April
Things to do in Vienna, May
Things to do in Vienna, June
Things to do in Vienna, July
Things to do in Vienna, August
Things to do in Vienna, September
Things to do in Vienna, October
Things to do in Vienna, November
Things to do in Vienna, December