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Things To Do In Vienna January 2017: My top tips

Ballet at Vienna State Opera

Things to do in Vienna January 2017. 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 a baroque theatre exhibition, join a Vienna ball, or do some ice skating.

Beethoven’s 9th Symphony (1st January)

Things to do in Vienna January: KonzerthausThings to do in Vienna January 2017. Don’t despair if you didn’t win the ballots for the New Year’s Concert. Savvy locals and shrewd travellers will gather at Vienna’s beautiful Art Déco Konzerthaus to receive an exquisite dose of Beethoven: His 9th symphony is one of the greatest compositions in the Western world. Expect a brilliant performance by the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and the choir of Wiener Singakademie.
My tip: Visit Gustav Klimt’s Beethovenfrieze at Vienna Secession first. It is visualising Beethoven’s 9th.
Dates: 30th and 31st December 2016 (8.00 pm and 7.00 pm), 1st January 2017, 8.00 pm
Location: Wiener Konzerthaus, Lothringer Strasse 3, 1010 Vienna
Tickets: secure tickets

New Year’s Concert (1st January)

Things to do in Vienna January: New Year's ConcertThings to do in Vienna January 2017. 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
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 video of the New Year’s Concert at Rathausplatz, in front of Vienna City Hall, along with warm snacks. Wrap up warmly.

Exhibition: Vienna’s Biedermeier

Things to do in Vienna: Biedermeier painting at BelvedereThings to do in Vienna January 2017.  What was life in Vienna and the Empire like in the 19th century? Romantic! Biedermeier artists painted bucolic landscapes, beautiful people, colourful still lifes and harmonious families with absolute mastery. And they built precious furniture using shiny woods and bold fabrics for the new middle class. This exhibition showcases a popular Viennese perspective on life some 170 years ago. A good opportunity to learn about well known 19th century painter Georg Ferdinand Waldmüller.
Dates: until 12th February 2017
Location: Lower Belvedere, Rennweg 6
Tickets: EUR 12 (kids unter 18 go free)

Johann Strauss Operetta ‘The Bat’ (1st January)

Things to do in Vienna January 2017. 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 enjoy it at the first evening of the new year. The operetta portrays 19th century Vienna with its waltz tunes, merry songs and beautiful costumes.
Location: Vienna State Opera
Tickets: get tickets

Exhibition: Baroque Extravaganzas

Things to do in Vienna January: Theater MuseumThings to do in Vienna January 2017. Listen to my Viennese mum and you’ll realize our love for drama. At the Spettacolo Barocco! exhibition you can trace its roots in outstanding baroque show effects. Emperors loved grandiose festivities, opulent parades and operas, and glamorous horse ballets, The Vienna Theatre Museum showcases extraordinary artefacts from baroque show theatre, many of them rare originals. By the way, the museum is housed in splendid baroque Lobkowitz palace.
Dates: until 30th January 2017
Location: Wiener Theatermuseum, Lobkowitzplatz 1; 1010
Tickets: EUR 8 (EUR 7 with Vienna Travel Card)

The Congress Dances

Things to do in Vienna January: Volksoper WienThings to do in Vienna January 2017.  The Congress of Vienna thoroughly changed Europe’s political landscape. During nine months between 1814 and 1815 Vienna became the centre of European politics. We love the eponymous 1930s black and white film. In January, you’ll be able to join the Viennese at their popular opera house Volksoper for the hilariously funny operetta.

Dates: 13th, 18th and 25th January 2017
Location: Volksoper Vienna
Book Tickets: order tickets online

Slippery Things To Do In Vienna January: Wiener Eistraum

Things to do in Vienna January: ice skatingThings to do in Vienna January 2017. 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, the 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: 21st January to 6th March 2016
Opening hours: 9am to 10pm
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 2017.  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 2016 to 15th March 2017
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.

Vienna Philharmonic Ball

Things to do in Vienna January 2017. 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 2017.
Date: 19th January 2017

Viennese Waltz Dance Lessons

Things to do in Vienna January: waltz dance lessonsThings to do in Vienna January 2017. 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 2017. The Vienna State Opera calendar for January 2017 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 Verdi (Masked Ball, Rigoletto), Rossini (The Barber of Seville), Mozart (The Magic Flute), and Richard Strauss (Arabela, Salome). 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.

Access the overall calendar of classical events in January for more things to do in Vienna in January.

Check what to do during other months:
Things to do in Vienna, February
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
Things to do in Vienna, September
Things to do in Vienna, October
Things to do in Vienna, November
Things to do in Vienna, December

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