What are the best things to do in Vienna in February 2020? To be honest, this chilly month is pretty much dominated by dance balls. However, 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.
1. Dance At Vienna Balls
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.
2. Attend Elegant Classical Operas
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.
3. Join A Guided Night Walk
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. Somehow, the Habsburg Emperors and Hitler seem to conquer all our knowledge about Austrian history. But what happened in between?
How did Austria cope with losing a vast Empire, and how was it possible for Adolf Hitler to rise to power here? To gain thorough insight into what happened in Austria after 1918, do visit the exhibition Into the Unknown – Austria since 1918.
Dates: until 17th May 2020 (closed on Mondays)
Location: Haus der Geschichte, Neue Burg, Heldenplatz, 1010 Vienna
Tickets: EUR 8
5. Spend A Fabulous Valentine’s Day
Whether you choose a chocolate massage, a sparkly bubbly horse carriage ride or laughing your socks off at amazing illusions of yourselves. Or simply find a hidden bolthole for a lovely Austrian dinner in stylish privacy.
Find out how to utterly impress and have a memorable time in What To Do In Vienna For Valentine’s Day.
6. Take Viennese Waltz Dance Lessons
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.
7. Venture Out for A Day Trip
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.
8. Taste A Faschingskrapfen
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.
9. Celebrate At Musikverein’s Open Day
Things to do in Vienna February 2020. To celebrate its 150th anniversary, illustrious Musikverein opens its doors on the 29th February. In eight different concert halls of the home of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra artists will perform and interact with the visitors. By the way, the Vienna Boys Choir will join, too! Apart from workshops, lectures and presentations (in German) you can also participate in guided tours through the house.
While entrance is free you will need to secure a scorecard to enter. From 10th February 2020, email firstname.lastname@example.org. You will need to pick up your scorecard from the box office until 29th February at 1.00 pm.
Address: Musikverein, Musikvereinsplatz 1, 1010 Vienna
Date: 29th February 2020
Time: 2.00 pm to 6.30 pm
10. Other 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, participate in various free themed tours (in German) through the Vienna’s bohemian fourth district and Naschmarkt location Wieden.
Date and Time: 16th February 2020, 10.00 am to 4.30 pm
Meeting point: Haus der Wirtschaftskammer Österreich, Wiedner Hauptstraße 63, 1040 Wien
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