Things to do in Vienna November 2023. The quiet pre-Christmas season in Wien is great for walks, wine, seasonal shopping, and culture. In the local parks and gardens, the autumn colours are on display: Take a leisurely stroll through the expansive gardens of Schönbrunn Palace or visit Burggarten, which offers picturesque views of the Hofburg Palace. From mid November, the first Christmas markets are open, and the first advent concerts start just a little later.
Voice Mania: Balcanto
Things to do in Vienna November 2023. Neither you nor the world have gone crazy if you hear voices between 4th and 30th November.
For three weeks, Vienna’s city centre will turn into a pop, rock, jazz, swing, world music and comedy stage when 12 vocal ensembles and solists from Austria, Germany, Central Europe and Madagaskar let their voices ring from balconies and church galleries. For example, like the members of V.O.I.C.E. – Vienna Pop & Jazz Choir Experience (see header picture). Find out more about this festival, and eight more, in my Vienna Music Festival guide.
Balcanto date: 3rd November 2023, 2pm to 5pm
Locations: Michaelerkirche (church) – Michaelerplatz 5; Rienmüller solicitors – Kohlmarkt 16; Fashion house Hämmerle – Kohlmarkt 7; Church St. Peter – Petersplatz; Scheer (bespoke shoes and bags) – Bräunerstraße 4; Johann Nestroy birth place – Bräunerstraße 3; Modeatelier Knize – Graben 13; Fashion house Liszka – Graben 12; Neuer Markt – Donnerbrunnen;
Things to do in Vienna November 2023. Thanks to local dance schools, the opening of the carnival season in Vienna represents the biggest ballroom dance in Central Europe, and probably the most fun opportunity to dance quadrille. Every year, locals from all walks of life anticipate the grand spectacle that unfolds at Vienna’s Stephansplatz. Guided by a seasoned dance master, the world’s largest quadrille comes to life, followed by the exhilarating gallop and the subsequent Viennese waltz to tunes of Johann Strauss.
Everyone is welcome to join this public dance celebration without any specific dress code. All you need is a shared passion for dancing. To sweeten the experience, all participants are treated to delicious fresh Niemetz Sweden bombs at the event’s conclusion.
Date: 11th November 2023
Location: Graben boulevard in the city centre;
Time: 11 minutes past 11.00 am
Exhibition: Monumental Tapestries
Things to do in Vienna November 2023. While Vienna’s Museum of Fine Art may already be on your bucket list set aside some time for this special exhibition: In Raffael – Gold and Silk, the city’s prime art museum explores the role of Renaissance tapestries in the history of art and craft.
If you appreciate exquisite craftsmanship and intricate detail you will love this exhibition. Following designs by the likes of Raphael skilled Renaissance weavers employed vibrant colors and luxurious materials to depict elaborate scenes of historical events, mythological stories, and pastoral landscapes. These tapestries not only served as decorative masterpieces but also as symbols of wealth, power, and cultural sophistication.
Date: 26th September 2023 to 14th January 2024
Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum, Maria-Theresien-Platz 1, 1010 Vienna
Things to do in Vienna November 2023. To do something off-path in Vienna in November, Klosterneuburg Abbey and its fantastic wine cellar excite wine and history fans. While every Viennese knows Klosterneuburg, Austria’s oldest wine estate has managed to slip past mass tourism. This photo shows a detail of the stunning Medieval Babenberg family tree in the abbey’s Imperial palace rooms.
On a misty November morning I toured the abbey’s amazing art treasures and wine cellar with local tour guide Regina. Read More. To explore my personal shortlist of other great guided walks go to Vienna walking tours.
Mozart’s Magic Flute, Marriage of Figaro And More
Things to do in Vienna November 2023. Throughout November, Vienna’s two largest opera houses stage a total of 10 brilliant operas from Mozart’s Zauberflöte (Magic Flute) and The Marriage of Figaro to Puccini’s Manon Lescot and Ligeti’s La Grande Macabre.
In The Magic Flute, Prince Tamino, guided by the birdcatcher Papageno, rescues Pamina, the daughter of the Queen of the Night, while navigating a series of trials and tests of love and enlightenment. The Marriage of Figaro is a comedic opera by Mozart that explores the complexities of love, marriage, and class dynamics through a tangled web of mistaken identities, witty dialogue, and delightful music.
While buying tickets for Wiener Volksoper is relatively easy, read my story on booking Vienna opera tickets for Wiener Staatsoper.
Dates: throughout November 2023
Location: Wiener Staatsoper, Opernplatz 2, 1010 Vienna; Wiener Volksoper, Währinger Strasse 78, 1090 Vienna
Tickets: get tickets
Wien Modern Festival
Things to do in Vienna November 2023. Lovers of modern and experimental music will look to make space in their calendars for the annual Wien Modern Festival. So much is clear for 2023: In preparation for Arnold Schönberg’s 150-year anniversary in 2024, monumental sounds from yet to be composed new pieces will burst from several event locations across the city.
Wien Modern is a renowned contemporary music festival held in Vienna, Austria, known for its commitment to presenting innovative and cutting-edge compositions and performances. It showcases a diverse range of musical styles and genres, fostering artistic experimentation and pushing the boundaries of traditional music through its dynamic and thought-provoking programming.
Find out more about Wien Modern in my Vienna Music Festival guide.
More Things To Do In Vienna November: Campus Market
Things to do in Vienna November 2023. At the Christmas village at university campus Altes AKH, there is enough space to enjoy the Christmas season in a carefree way, this year. While due to Covid-19 there will be no stage programme the ice curling lanes are still open. Not to speak of the many food and drink stalls and arts and crafts tents.
Location: Altes AKH (university campus), Hof 1; Alser Strasse/Spitalgasse; A-1090 Vienna;
Date and Time: 11th November to 23rd December 2023; further information in my Vienna Christmas market guide;
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