Things to do in Vienna May 2018: 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 2018. 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.
Location: Stadtpark (city park), Parkring 1010 Vienna
Top Concerts In The Golden Hall
Things to do in Vienna May 2018. 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 Mahler/Bernstein and Beethoven- performed by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra itself! – and Bernstein/Shostakovich.
Date: 5th and 6th May 2018; 12th and 13th May 2018 (Beethoven)
Location: Wiener Musikverein; Musikvereinsplatz 1, 1010 Vienna;
Tickets: get tickets for Mahler/Bernstein, Beethoven and Bernstein/Shostakovitch
Things to do in Vienna May 2018. 400-year old Lipizzaner horses pair up with 500-year old Vienna Boys Choir. What sounds spooky is a 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.
Things to do in Vienna May 2018. 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 2018. 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: end of May 2018 (tba)
Locations: square in front of Vienna City Hall along Ringstrasse boulevard
Highlights: day 1: 7.00 pm opening with long table; 23rd from 10.00 am: Viennese Breakfast, from 1.00 pm: Long Table, day 2 and 3: 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 2018. 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.
The Church of St. Ruprecht, the oldest church in Vienna in the city centre, for example, will stage a concert of Old Music (tba;), the Church of St. Peter (just off Graben boulevard) will host a choir concert of ‘choeur de soleil’ (tba), and the Hofburgkapelle (chapel of the Imperial Palace) will perform an organ concert (tba).
Date: 25th May 2018
Things to do in Vienna May 2018. 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: 11th May to 17th June 2018
Locations: various across Vienna
Tickets: from EUR 40
Things to do in Vienna May 2018. 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. In 2018, expect star conductor Valery Gergiev to embrace Viennese classics.
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: 31st May 2018; 8.30 pm
Things to do in Vienna May 2018. 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 2018. 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 2018. 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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