Things to do in Vienna February 2020. 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 (Beethoven!) 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 2020. The first half of February is the busiest time for Vienna Balls, until the official ball season ends with Shrove Tuesday on 25th February. The Vienna Opera Ball (20th 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 2020. To celebrate this year’s Beethoven anniversary, the Wiener Staatsoper will stage his only opera Fidelio (Leonore) on five evenings in February. This is a rare opportunity to see the dusted off original version.
Other than that, the programme for the month is packed with the Italian operas. Verdi is big on the list with Othello and La Traviata (Volksoper), as are Rossini and Donizetti operas. Puccini’s Tosca, Turandot and Madame Butterfly will appear on selected dates, too. Access the opera programme for February.
Things to do in Vienna February 2020. 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 2020. 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 2020. 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 2020. 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 and clip-clop across the historic center. There are even some horse carriage tours that offer champagne and sandwiches. Alternatively, 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.
Until I tried it out, I had no idea how fantastic the chocolate spa treatment of Hotel Sacher really is. On Valentine’s Day, you can book it for two, and turn into a live chocolate dessert together with your other half. Read more about this treatment and other spas in my Vienna Spa Guide.
A sweet treat of a different kind are the local jewellery stores, just more sparkling.
Provided you and your partner 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 2020. 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 2020, get a free tour (in German) through the House of History.
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