Things to do in Vienna February 2019. 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 2019. 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 (28th February), Europe’s most glamorous and top socialite ball, will be the society and international highlight of the ball season.
Things to do in Vienna February 2019. The Vienna State Opera’s programme for the month is packed with the Italian operas. Donizetti is big on the list with Lucia di Lammermoor, as are Rossini and Verdi operas. Puccini’s Tosca will appear on selected dates, too.
If your travel with kids, explore Wiener Volksoper, our popular opera house off the beaten tourist track, that will stage dramatic and funny Hansel and Gretel, as well as Pinocchio. Access opera programme for February.
Things to do in Vienna February 2019. What has the Principality of Liechtenstein to do with Vienna? In fact, the Princes of Liechtenstein lived here at Liechtenstein Palace and Albertina for many decades until 1938. And exactly 300 years ago, Habsburg Emperor Charles VI (Maria Theresa’s father) created the Principality of Liechtenstein.
To celebrate the occasion, you will be able to see the most precious pieces of the Princes’ amazing art collection at the Liechtenstein’s former home at Albertina Vienna museum.
Dates: 16th February to 10th June 2019
Opening hours: daily 10.00 am to 6.00 pm, Thursdays until 9.00 pm
Location: Albertina Vienna, Albertinaplatz 1, 1010 Vienna;
Things to do in Vienna February 2019. If you are in Vienna on a Saturday, this night walk is a must. Vienna is so much more dramatic when street lanterns light up its architecture with sharp shadows. The winter months are ideal for this walk as the sun sets early.
This tour highlights Vienna’s dark side. We have lots of dramatic looking places, stories and legends that just come out so much better at night. You’ll learn about the flip side of key landmarks like the Imperial Palace and explore hidden alleys like Blutgasse (‘blood alley’) in the city centre.
Find out more about the Vienna Night Walk.
Things to do in Vienna February 2019. 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 2019. 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.
Learn more about day trips from Vienna.
Things to do in Vienna February 2019. 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 cafe/restaurant.
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, do some ice skating along the many winding paths of the park in front of Vienna City Hall.
Things to do in Vienna February 2019. 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 2019, get a free tour (in German) through the new House of History.
Date and Time: 17th February 2019, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
Meeting point: Weltmuseum Wien on Heldenplatz
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