What are the best things to do in Vienna in February 2021? 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
NOTE: Due to Corona virus restrictions all Vienna Balls have been cancelled for the first hals of 2021. Things to do in Vienna February 2021. The first half of February is the busiest time for Vienna Balls, until the official ball season ends with Shrove Tuesday on 16th February. The Vienna Opera Ball (11th 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 2021. From brutal and dramatic to hilariously funny and seducing, the Wiener Staatsoper will stage opera classics like Tosca, The Elixir of Love, The Marriage of Figaro and Carmen in February. On the 6th, Bizet’s opera Carmen will celebrate its premiere, with international star tenor Charles Castronovo playing Don José.
Other than that, the second half of the month brings Rossini’s Cinderella (La Cenerentola) on stage, while Vienna’s popular opera house Wiener Volksoper will stage Puccini’s Turandot. Access the opera programme for February.
3. Join A Guided Night Walk
Things to do in Vienna February 2021. 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 2021. Even if you haven’t heard about Josef Hoffmann before his groundbreaking designs represent your key to understanding Viennese Modernism. At the Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art, follow the journey of the Austrian/Czech architect and designer from Historicist buildings to rich Art Nouveau ornaments and minimalist interiors. While the exhibition itself will highlight Hoffmann’s work as the co-founder of Wiener Werkstätte crafts movement you can dig a little deeper in the onsite Wiener Werkstätte Archive in the museum’s basement.
Dates: until 18th April 2021 (closed on Mondays)
Location: Museum of Applied Arts, Stubenring 5, 1010 Vienna
Tickets: EUR 14
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. Unwind At The International Accordion Festival
Things to do in Vienna February 2021. After the 2020 event was cancelled, expect this uplifting music festival’s vibes to double in 2021. Between 20th February and 21st March, renown local art project coordinator Friedl Preisl invites dozens of established and promising accordion geniuses to celebrate the best of European folk music making. Learn more in Vienna Music Festival.
7. Take Viennese Waltz Dance Lessons
Things to do in Vienna February 2021. 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.
8. Venture Out for A Day Trip
Things to do in Vienna February 2021. 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.
9. Taste A Faschingskrapfen
Things to do in Vienna February 2021. 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.)
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 2021, the theme is ‘From Biedermeier via Historicism to Jugendstil’. To participate virtually in various free lectures and virtual tours (in German) visit the website of Vienna’s Museum for Applied Arts / Contemporary Art from 21st February 2021 (www.mak.at)
Date and Time: 21st February 2021
Meeting point: virtual event
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