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Things To Do In Vienna January 2019: My Top List

Things to do in Vienna January 2019. January is a quiet tourism season (except for ball travellers). This means more space for you and the locals. Watch the New Year’s Concert for free, roam the new Koloman Moser (Wiener Werkstätte) exhibition, join a Vienna ball, or do some ice skating.

New Year’s Concert (1st January)

Things to do in Vienna January: New Year's ConcertThings to do in Vienna January 2019. The New Year’s Concert by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is Vienna’s top cultural export. It is also the ultimate glamour treat for any lover of classical music.

Location: Vienna Musikverein
Time: 11.15 am to 1.45 pm
Tickets: Chances to get regular tickets drawn through ballots are 1 percent. If you really dream about attending the New Year’s concert and were not successful, consider a serious third party ticket seller. Alternatively, watch the free live streaming of the New Year’s Concert outside the Vienna State Opera along Karntner Strasse. There will be limited seats available. Wrap up warmly.

Wiener Werkstätte: Koloman Moser Exhibition

Things to do in Vienna January 2019.  Some say he is the first ever graphic designer. What’s for sure is if you like 20th century design there is no way around Koloman Moser: More a universal artist, he revolutionised everyday life by bringing aesthetics into the home: from paintings, beautifully patterned fabrics and ceramics to glass and furniture. Commemorating his death 100 years ago, the Museum for Applied Arts will showcase his best works.
Dates: from 19th December 2018 to 22nd April 2019
Location: Museum fur Angewandte Kunst (MAK), Stubenring 5, 1010 Vienna
Tickets: EUR 12 (EUR 5 on Tuesdays between 6.00 pm and 10.00 pm)

Johann Strauss Operetta ‘The Bat’

Things to do in Vienna January: Strauss operettaThings to do in Vienna January 2019. New Year’s Day is  quiet in Vienna. But not everything is bordered up after the midday New Year’s concert. If you have missed Johann Strauss’ most loved operetta Die Fledermaus (‘The Bat’) the night before you can usually enjoy it in the first few days of the new year.

Essentially, the operetta portrays 19th century Vienna with its waltz tunes, merry songs and beautiful costumes. Luckily, at both the Vienna State Opera and Volksoper you will follow brilliant English surtitles, so no guessing game.

Location: Vienna State Opera or Volksoper Vienna
Tickets: get tickets

Food Tour With Local Chef

Things to do in Vienna January: artisan vinegar on NaschmarktThings to do in Vienna January 2019.  With the seasonal hustle and bustle gone, touring market stalls, wine and artisan food shops, and coffeehouses becomes attractive again. There is a local Viennese chef who regularly takes a small group of travelers with him on a highly praised tasting tour.

The beautiful thing about this fun and insightful experience: what you’ll smell, bite into and sip will add much more to your story about Vienna than filling up on an empty stomach. Find out more about the tour.

Slippery Things To Do In Vienna January: Wiener Eistraum

Things to do in Vienna January: Ice rinkThings to do in Vienna January 2019. The ‘Wiener Eistraum’ (Vienna Icedream) skating rink is placed right in front of Vienna City Hall. You can actually continue your sightseeing while skating as you are surrounded by the neogothic City Hall, Ringstrasse boulevard and the Burgtheater, and the University of Vienna.

There is a total of four skating rinks (7,000 square metres). The largest one is connected with a long skating path that meanders through Rathauspark.

Dates: 19th January to 4th March 2019 (tbc)
Opening hours: 10.00am to 10pm, except opening day 19th January (5.00pm to 10.00pm)
You can borrow your skating shoes on site.

Curling On The Canal

Things to do in Vienna January: curling on Danube CanalThings to do in Vienna January 2018.  Curling has a long tradition in Austria and is a fun winter pastime. This year, Vienna’s leisure boat Badeschiff will let you curl right in its on-deck swimming pool. The pool is 25 metres long and will have two curling lanes. Another lane is available on the shore. The upper deck hosts punch and mulled wine booths with a view across the Danube Canal.

Dates: November 2017 to 15th March 2018 (tbc)
Opening hours: 12.00 pm to 10.00 pm
Bookings: lanes can be booked for 30 min between noon and 4.00 pm (EUR 25) and between 4.00 pm and 10.00 pm (EUR 45). Call 0043 660 312 47 03 to book.

Best Coffeehouse Stopovers

Things to do in Vienna January: Cafe LandtmannThings to do in Vienna January 2019. I won’t lie about average temperatures in January. On certain days, when I walk for more than one hour, I use my mental coffeehouse map to find the best places to warm up over a Melange or tea. Even better, some coffee specialities include shots of delicious liqueurs to help fight wintery chills.

You can access my list of favourite Vienna coffeehouses to integrate a few warm stopovers in your itinerary.

Vienna Philharmonic Ball

Things to do in Vienna January 2019. The Vienna Philharmonic Ball is my top Vienna travel tip for January. For me, it is the most beautiful and most authentic Vienna ball, taking place in the sumptuous halls of the Vienna Musikverein. It is hardly found in mainstream Vienna event packages and considered an insider tip among Vienna travellers. For further information, go to Vienna Philharmonic Ball.
Other Vienna Balls in 2018/19.
Date: 24th January 2019

Viennese Waltz Dance Lessons

Things to do in Vienna January: waltz dance lessonsThings to do in Vienna January 2019. While the ball season is raging, take the opportunity to learn or freshen up your waltz dancing skills together with your other half.

An English dance instructor will teach you the basic waltz steps to music of Vienna waltz kings Johann Strauss, Josef Lanner and Michael Ziehrer in just one hour. The skills you learn there will take you through any wedding, dance tea or ball. Learn more about Viennese Waltz Dance Lessons.

Best Classical Events in January

Things to do in Vienna January 2019. The Vienna State Opera calendar for January 2019 holds six of the best operas in store. It shouldn’t really matter which day you are free to go if you love the tunes of Rossini (The Barber of Seville), Mozart (Don Giovanni), Wagner (The Valkyrie, Siegfried, Gotterdammerung), Puccini (Tosca, Der Mantel) or Verdi (Falstaff, La Traviata). Book tickets.

As for Vienna concerts, I would likely go for Vivaldi’s Four Season’s at baroque church St. Charles Borromeo (Karlskirche). Vivaldi lived his last year in Vienna, and is actually buried underneath the Technical University a few meters from Karlskirche.

Check what to do during other months:
Things to do in Vienna, February
Things to do in Vienna, March

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