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Things To Do In Vienna July 2020 – 10+ Events To Get Excited About

What are the best things to do in Vienna in July 2020? Vienna is in festival frenzy this month, from film and food to jazz and contemporary dance. Other than that, the Spanish Riding School  stages its special summer performance ‘Piber Meets Vienna’, a classical concert platform floats along the Old Danube and Wachau Valley scores top on my list of best day trips from Vienna in July.

1.Party At The Music Film Festival at Rathaus Platz

things to do in Vienna July : Rathausplatz festivalThings to do in Vienna July 2020. One of the best food fairs in Vienna and one of my seasonal highlights. Summer life in the city centres around this extremely popular annual film and food festival. For two months, the large square in front of the City Hall (Rathaus) is filled with food stalls selling warm and cold dishes from around the world and of course Vienna. From around 9-9.30 pm, you can watch opera and concert films on a large screen in the area closer to the City Hall.
Vienna Unwrapped symbolMy tip: Try the freshly prepared Viennese Kaiserschmarrn – warm fluffy thick pancakes in big chunks served with plum compote and caster sugar – prepared in a large iron pan.
Dates: July and August 2020
Location: Vienna City Hall
Admission: free, you just pay for the food and drinks you order

2. Watch the Spanish Riding School Special: Piber Meets Vienna

Things to do in Vienna July : Piber Meets ViennaThings to do in Vienna July 2020. In July until mid August, the Spanish Riding School Vienna will perform their annual summer special ‘Piber Meets Vienna’. The lipizzaner stallions will be on summer break and will be replaced by a group of mares with their amusing young foals.

These shows are very lively and informal. They showcase the young talents among the Lippizzaner stallions of the Austrian Federal Stud of Piber. Not only will see traditional horse carriage rides with coachmen in Imperial uniforms, but also loads of galoping and playing foals and mares. Access details of the shows in Piber Meets Vienna.

Dates: 30th June to 16th August 2020

3. Experience A Classical Concert

Ehrbarsaal concert venueJust click on the link, type in your travel dates and find out what is on stage during your trip. Special tip: the fabulous classical music events at St. Peter’s church. For Mozart fans: the summer piano concerts at the Mozarthaus Vienna. Luckily, also the Vivaldi – Four Seasons cycle at amazing baroque church St. Charles Borromeo will continue throughout the summer.

While its music students take a summer break, check out Vienna’s lovely Prayner Conservatory for Music and Dramatic Arts. There at historic town palace Ehrbar (photo), the Vienna Baroque Orchestra will perform Mozart, Brahms, Donizetti and others. Added benefit: you will have had an elegant local dinner before.

4. Discover the Neighborhood Charms of Summerstage

Things to do in Vienna July: SummerstageThings to do in Vienna July 2020. Not just the Vienna Danube – in certain parts – has its charms. In fact, sipping a glass of wine at Danube Canal’s Summerstage lets you discover a real neighborhood favorite. When I lived in Vienna it was my summer garden. From the seven restaurants there, the Wiener Weinpavillon wine bar is my favourite. It serves local Viennese wines (yes, we do grow them in the outskirts) and Austrian food. If you are with friends, create your own little degustation menu from the small cold and warm dishes on the menu.
Dates: 4th May to mid September 2020
Timing: Monday to Saturday 5.00 pm to 1.00 am; Sunday 3.00 pm to 1.00 am
Rossauer Lände, 1090 Vienna (take U4 metro to Rossauer Lände)

5. Go City Sightseeing by Bike

Vienna bike tour: RingstrasseThings to do in Vienna July 2020. The moment I started to pedal off on my city tour bike one hot July afternoon I knew it was the right thing to do. Catching a cool breeze during summer sightseeing was so pleasurable! Besides, we saw much more than during a walk and worked off all that patisseries and coffeehouses had to offer…

To find out more about the whole experience and whether you can still jump onto the saddle, click on my story about the city bike tour.

6. Embark On A Small Group Wine Tasting Tour To Wachau Valley

Duernstein in Wachau ValleyThings to do in Vienna July 2020. July and August are also good months to bike out to the Austrian country side. This one day wine tasting bike tour is one of the most popular in and around Vienna. It is fairly easy going: You will cycle along the mostly flat Danube bike path to UNESCO World Heritage Site Wachau Valley. The group makes regular stops at small wineries to taste wine, apricot liqueur and jam, and other local produce. Read more in small-group wine tasting tour

7. Celebrate The Light Festival On The Old Danube

Things to do in Vienna July 2020.  Each year the tranquil Old Danube switches on sound and light during its Lichterfestival. Dozens of decorated and illuminated boats float through the evening to Radio Wien’s popular tunes. This is a perfect opportunity to experience Vienna’s recreation paradise. At around 10.00 pm fireworks will light up the night sky. Rent a boat (best one of these amazing sofa boats) and watch the show from the water while you dine. Alternatively, glide amidst the fireworks on a stand up paddling tour.

Location: Old Danube
Date: 25th July 2020
Time: 7.00 pm to 11.00 pm

8. Join The Apricot Festival In Wachau Valley

Things to do in Vienna July: apricot festival in SpitzThings to do in Vienna July 2020. Since my daughter and I adore apricots we decided to celebrate them at the annual apricot festival in Wachau. Each July for the last 70 years, the tiny hillside village of Spitz goes crazy on its apricot harvest by staging a three-day festival of fresh apricots, apricot cakes, apricot dumplings, apricot danishes, apricot jam, apricot liqueur and apricot schnaps. As with every decent folk festival, brass music and socialising on long wooden benches are just part of it.

Special highlight: In 2020, expect some extra highlights to celebrate the apricot festival’s 70th anniversary.

Location: Spitz an der Donau, main square
Date: 17th to 19th July 2020
Admission: free

9. Explore The Danube Flood Plains By Boat

Danube Flood PlainsThings to do in Vienna July 2020. To get the most savage authentic stretch of the Danube, go where the cruise ships can’t. In the summer, you can take the small National Park boat from the city to the Danube National Park of Lobau. It’s so close to Vienna, yet it’s as if you are in a wetlands jungle. From the National Park Centre you can take short and long hiking and biking tours, or go deeper into the Danube’s side arms by canoo.
Dates: 2nd May to 26th October; 9.00am (return arrival at 1.30 pm)
Danube Canal at Salztorbrücke/Franz-Josefs-Kai
EUR 12 (adults) EUR 6 (children 6-15 years); you need to book in advance; [email protected];

10. Enjoy The Vibes Of Two Music Festivals

Things to do in Vienna July 2020. Each year the Vienna Jazz Festival brings together international and national jazz celebrities to shake up our grand old concert halls, for example the Vienna State Opera, which is officially closed over the summer. 

To join the premiere of an entirely new festival, head for a 19th-century race course at Prater park. During FreudeNOW, classical music fans will experience opera, operetta and a circus show with breathtaking multimedia visuals.

Vienna Jazz Festival
Dates: 25th June to 11th July 2020
see program

Dates: 4th July to 23rd August 2020
Galopprennbahn Freudenau, Freudenau 65, 1020 Vienna
from EUR 42 per ticket

Check things to do during other months:

go to things to do in June
find out about things to do in August

explore Vienna Travel Planning – When to Hire a Trip Planner and Travel Consultant

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access Vienna Concerts – My Shortlist of the best Music Events
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