Things to do in Vienna May 2017: May has rare opportunities for music and outdoor lovers in store. If you need additional tips for classical music events, check my tips in Vienna concerts.
Genussfestival Food Fair
Things to do in Vienna May 2017. For three days, Vienna’s Stadtpark will turn into Austria’s biggest food fair. The more than 160 stalls are a good opportunity to eat your way through Austrian food, from my much missed Austrian sourdough bread to cheese, ham and jam to elaborate creations like blackthorn chutney, lavender and wine jelly, to Alpine salmon caviar wraps. Apart from that, you can meet the chefs of some of Vienna’s Michelin star restaurants who will create tasters of Austrian regional dishes.
Dates 2017: 12
Location: Stadtpark (city park), Parkring 1010 Vienna
Top Concerts In The Golden Hall
Things to do in Vienna May 2017. You may know the Musikverein’s Golden Hall from the Vienna New Year’s Concert that is broadcast worldwide each year. May will get you the opportunity to go off mainstream and experience a top quality concert there, along with other local music fans. You can choose between Tchaikovsky, Austrian composer Haydn and Shostakovich symphonies and violin concertos, and romantic Austrian composer Anton Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony (‘The Unfinished’).
Date: 7th and 9th May 2017 (Tchaikovsky, Haydn, Shostakovich); 20th and 21st May 2017 (Bruckner)
Location: Wiener Musikverein; Musikvereinsplatz 1, 1010 Vienna;
Tickets: get tickets for Tchaikovsky a.o. and Bruckner
Things to do in Vienna May 2017. When you travel with a friend or your other half, liaising with locals can get even more difficult. My event partner Eugene solves this problem elegantly at our Vienna Coffeehouse Conversations: HE pairs up travellers with locals at random, 1:1. The conversation partners each share their views on the world (and Vienna), a bit like at a Vienna 1900 coffeehouse debate. Find out more.
Date: 11th May 2017
Location: Café Ministerium
Things to do in Vienna May 2017. 400-year old Lipizzaner horses pair up with 500-year old Vienna Boys Choir. What sounds spooky is graceful and uplifting tradition. On two days in May, you can listen to the angelical voices of the choir boys at the Spanish Riding School in the Imperial Palace. The Lipizzaner performances will alternate with the choir performances.
Date: 5th and 26th May 2017
Location: Spanische Hofreitschule Wien, A-1010;
Tickets: get tickets
Things to do in Vienna May 2017. Each weekend, Viennese flock to their ‘house mountains’ Kahlenberg and Leopoldsberg. They are packed with lush vineyards, woods, panorama views, historic buildings and a good dozen of wineries. Equally popular is the Danube Island.
I’m not a great biker but joined a similar tour in the summer of 2016. Since then I have become an e-bike fan. This easy e-bike tour is the best outdoor fun in the Vienna Woods and Danube Island . Read more.
Wienissimo Food Festival
Things to do in Vienna May 2017. During these fairly new festival you can join local Viennese on a 60 metre long table right in front of Vienna City Hall. Who delivers the meals and drinks? Some of the best local taverns, cake shops, bakeries and vintners. On the 23rd May, you can take part in a fun Viennese breakfast there, including giant ‘Eierspeis’ (scrambled eggs).
Dates: 22nd to 24th May 2017
Locations: square in front of Vienna City Hall along Ringstrasse boulevard
Highlights: 22nd, 7.00 pm opening with long table; 23rd from 10.00 am: Viennese Breakfast, from 1.00 pm: Long Table, 23rd to 24th May: Vienna Food Festival – street food from burgers and Viennese crepes to ham and Viennese snail specialities;
Tickets: donations in favour of local social charity ‘Wiener Tafel’;
Things to do in Vienna May 2017. The annual Wiener Festwochen, the city’s largest cultural festival, celebrates almost six weeks of music and performing arts. Expect fresh approaches to world classics performed by top orchestras, conductors, theatre producers and singers. The highlight is the grand opening of the festival with a huge show in front of Vienna City Hall (free admission).
Dates: 12th May to 18th June 2017
Locations: various across Vienna
Tickets: from EUR 35
Things to do in Vienna May 2017. The annual free open air concert by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in the gardens of Schonbrunn Palace. This massively popular event stages key musicians and conductors each year, such as Chinese star pianist Lang Lang.
To grab a place in the seating area in front, make sure you arrive well before the official entrance at 6.30pm. For further information visit Summer Night Concert.
Date: 25th May 2017; 8.30 pm
Things to do in Vienna May 2017. The Danube Valley of Wachau, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a boat ride from Spitz to Duernstein was one of the first trips I took my husband on to show him the best of my home country. This well conceptualised tour covers all that we had seen. The highlight is definitely the extended boat ride from Spitz to Melk, and the fantastic baroque abbey of Melk which towers over the Danube. Many villages and towns like Krems date back to the Middle Ages (1305), boasting houses with coats of arms and metre-thick walls, big city gates and watchtowers.
Access details of the Danube Valley Day Trip.
More Things to do in Vienna May: Bratislava By Boat
Things to do in Vienna May 2017. Many readers ask me about my thoughts on a boatride on the Vienna Danube… and I always come up with Bratislava. The stretch of the Danube between these two cities is picturesque and green. I travelled from Central Vienna in just over an hour by high speed catamran and had the whole day to see a gem of a European capital. You can find the full story and travel details in my review of our mini Danube cruise.
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