Things to do in Vienna February 2018. 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, exhibitions and operas to the best Faschingskrapfen. See also my tips for the seasonal best day trips from Vienna. If you plan to attend a concert, find out in Vienna concerts which best to choose.
Things to do in Vienna February 2018. The first half of February is the busiest time for Vienna Balls, until the official ball season ends with Shrove Tuesday on 13th February. The Vienna Opera Ball (8thFebruary), 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 2018. The Vienna State Opera’s programme for the month is packed with the Italian operas. Donizetti is big on the list, as are Rossini and Verdi operas. If your travel dates allow, explore Wiener Volksoper, our popular opera house off the beaten tourist track, that will stage hilarious operetta The Opera Ball and great classical works with a modern twist, such as Donizetti’s La Mamma. Access opera programme for February.
Things to do in Vienna February 2018. He was probably the most controversial artist of the Vienna Modernism. Like a slap in my face I felt many pieces of his artwork that express the torments of the early 1900s. In 2018, Vienna commemorates his 100th death anniversary with a special exhibition at the Leopold Museum, aka Egon Schiele Museum. For the first time you will be able to explore Schiele’s paintings and drawings together with his poems, photographs and some personal objects: An amazing opportunity to get behind the psyche of a key era of European history.
Dates: 23rd February to 4th November 2018
Opening hours: daily 10.00 am to 6.00 pm, Thursdays until 9.00 pm
Location: Leopold Museum at Museumsquartier, Museumsplatz 1, 1010 Vienna;
Things to do in Vienna February 2018. 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.
Things to do in Vienna February 2018. Why should only local residents get great food for a bargain? Austria’s largest gourmet event ‘Wiener Restaurantwoche’ is almost exclusively promoted to Viennese. Hence their website is in German only but works for getting the names of the participating restaurants.
Date: 19th to 25th February 2018
Location: more than 70 top restaurants in Vienna and beyond
Prices: from EUR 29,50 for a three course meal, and from EUR 14,50 for a two course meal.
Day Trips in February
Things to do in Vienna February 2018. 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 2018. My hometown is scoring high on romantic terms, with its music, baroque swirls, palaces, cakes and charming streets. Treat your other half to Imperial cakes in the palatial yet intimate atmosphere of Gerstner’s Salon Privé.
If it’s not too icy and you don’t mind a tourist attraction, board a Fiaker horse carriage at St. Stephen’s Cathedral and head towards Prater amusement park. Book a ride in the Giant Ferris Wheel or even better – rent a cabin for a candlelight dinner. Even if no Viennese ball is taking place, get into ballroom dancing during a private waltz dance lesson in a Viennese palace.
Something that has long been on my bucket list is Hotel Sacher’s Chocolate Spa Treatment for two. You will basically be turned into a live chocolate dessert! A sweet treat of a different kind are the local jewellery stores, just more sparkling. Provided you and your other half enjoy sporty fun, just ice skate along the many winding paths of the park in front of Vienna City Hall. If you want a small romantic eatery head for the privacy of Mezzanin 7. For a generous dose of public glamour, visit the Vienna Casino and its fab gourmet restaurant.
Things to do in Vienna February 2018. 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 2018, get a free tour (in German) through the new Weltmuseum.
Date and Time: 18th February 2018, 10.00am to 4.00pm
Meeting point: Weltmuseum Wien on Heldenplatz
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