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. If you plan to attend a concert, find out in Vienna concerts which best to choose.
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 (23rd 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. 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;
Charity Event Reading
Things to do in Vienna February 2017. This is not the typical ‘enjoy-life’ event for your vacation but I thought I’d share it with you. Have you heard of V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls? Webster, one of our private international universities, organises a benefit reading to raise funds for migrant women in Austria. Not all of them landed in a peaceful environment … A group of students will present stories from A MEMORY, A MONOLOGUE, A RANT AND A PRAYER.
Dates: 24th February at 6.00 pm and 25th February at 2.00 pm
Tickets: EUR 10; just email email@example.com in advance the number of people in your group to join;
Location: Wenkheim Palace, Praterstrasse 23, 1020 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. 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 turned into a live chocolate dessert! Keep the temperature up until you reach the jewellery stores. You can always cool down when you iceskate through the park in front of Vienna City Hall. If you want a small romantic eatery book a candlelight dinner at the separe of Kristians’ Monastiri or head for the privacy of Mezzanin 7. If you prefer public 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
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