Things to do in Vienna May 2019: 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 2019. For three days, Vienna’s Stadtpark will turn into Austria’s biggest food fair. The more than 190 stalls are a good opportunity to eat your way through Austrian food, from my beloved Austrian sourdough bread to Viennese potato gulash, cheese Knöpfle from Vorarlberg, and sweet poppy seed gnocchi from Waldviertel.
Apart from that, you can watch a chef create themed tasters of Austrian regional dishes. At the ‘origins tent’, Austrian farmers and bakers show their work traditions.
Location: Stadtpark, Parkring 1010 Vienna
Vienna Boys Choir At The Spanish Riding School
Things to do in Vienna May 2019. It just happens seven times a year that the Vienna Boys Choir joins up with the Spanish Riding School. In May, they will stage their exceptional program ‘A Tribute to Vienna’ twice in the grand baroque winter riding hall.
Learn more about ‘A Tribute to Vienna‘.
Date: 3rd and 31st May 2019
Top Concerts In The Golden Hall
Things to do in Vienna May 2019. 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 experience top quality concerts there, along with other local music fans. You can choose between harmonious Haydn/Shostakovich/Weill and Mahler’s Ascension Symphony with powerful vocal soloists and a choir.
For more concert options in Vienna, check out Vienna Concerts.
Things to do in Vienna May 2019. 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.
Things to do in Vienna May 2019. We may share the same experience here but I think off-path activities and encounters with ‘natives’ always feel special: Perhaps because they add authenticity to a holiday.
In my home city, you can connect with a group of Viennese foodies by cooking and dining with them at their own homes. (That’s actually me on the left in the photo, with two of the hobby cooks.) Find out more in Vienna cooking classes with private dining.
Things to do in Vienna May 2019. Austria’s Christian churches invite to their annual free ‘open night’ event’Long Night of the Churches’. You can visit free church concerts and theatre plays, join local tours (mostly in German) and exhibitions, and climb up domes and church towers in 188 Viennese churches.
My personal favourite: hearing the monks of Heiligenkreuz Abbey chant Gregorian Chorals at the Bernardi chapel in Heiligenkreuzerhof (tbc). See the full program on the event website (German only).
Date: 24th May 2019
Vienna State Opera Jubilee Concert
Things to do in Vienna May 2019. To celebrate its 150-year anniversary with everyone the Vienna State Opera will take its soloists, choir, and orchestras outside for a spectacular concert. Unusually, the open air stage will not just cover the square next to the opera, but all the space around the building. Prepare for some fun surprises!
Date: 26th May 2019 (25th May – jubilee opera premiere of R Strauss’ The Woman Without Shadow); time tba
Location: Vienna State Opera, Opernring, 1010 Vienna
Things to do in Vienna May 2019. 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: 10th May to 16th June 2019
Locations: various across Vienna
Tickets: from EUR 40
Things to do in Vienna May 2019. While you will enjoy the city of Salzburg whatever the season there are activities in the surroundings that are only open in the warmer months.
Just take the lake district, Salzkammergut, for example. Boat rides on its most famous lakes like Hallstaetter See, Wolfgangsee or Attersee are mostly possible between mid April and October. Likewise, a visit to the Giant Ice Caves at Werfen is only doable between May and October. Find out more about day trips from Vienna to Salzburg in Vienna Tours to Salzburg.
Things to do in Vienna May 2019. 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 2019. 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 catamaran 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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