Vienna Travel Tips For November 2016
Things to do in Vienna November 2016. The quiet pre-Christmas season is great for walks, wine, seasonal shopping, and culture. It does have a few excellent entertainment events, too, though. Top concerts, operas and operettas take it up with any grey day. The first Christmas markets are open from mid November, and the first advent concerts start at the end of November.
Things to do in Vienna November 2016. Catch the last days of this anniversary exhibition marking the 100 year anniversary of Habsburg Emperor Francis Joseph’s death on 21st November. Four Imperial locations showcase Empress Sissi’s husband as an individual and as a ruler, exhibit pompous clothes and carriages, and portray his modest life versus his glittering appearance to the outside world. Visit exhibition website for further information.
Locations: Schönbrunn Palace, Imperial Coach Collection (part of Schönbrunn), Hapsburgs Museum of Furniture (Imperial Furniture Collection), Niederweiden Castle (outside Vienna)
Dates: 16th March to 27th November 2016
Admission: EUR 25 (combined ticket for all four exhibitions)
Special: Hare With Amber Eyes At Museum of Fine Arts
Things to do in Vienna November 2016. Edmund de Waal, who wrote his Viennese family memoir The Hare With The Amber Eyes, will stage an exhibition at Kunsthistorisches Museum. Read more.
Voice Mania: Balcanto (4th November)
Things to do in Vienna November 2016. Neither you nor the world has gone crazy if you hear voices on the 6th November. 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. The free event will introduce the International A Cappella Festival ‘Voice Mania’. It will take place in various theatres across Vienna with special concerts.
Opening Performance: from 2.00 pm; access programme for the full four event weeks on event website;
Vienna Boys Choir Backstage (11th November)
Things to do in Vienna November 2016. Use the Choir Boys annual Open Day event to experience them backstage. Visit them at their boarding school at baroque Augarten palace for an afternoon. As you pass different ‘play stations’ you will not only learn about their singing but also about the Vienna Boys Choir’s lives on tour. (They regularly perform international tours throughout the year.) At the end, the choir boys will give a free concert at their own concert hall MuTh next to the palace.
Location: Augarten Palace
Time: 2.00 pm to 5.30 pm
Things to do in Vienna November 2016. The opening of the carnival season in Vienna is the biggest ballroom dance in Central Europe, and probably the most fun opportunity to dance Vienna waltz.
The Association of Viennese Dance School Instructors, who sponsors the event, also invites participants to Austria’s biggest quadrille dancing. If you don’t know how to dance, don’t worry. Two of Vienna’s best dance instructors will demonstrate every step and turn.
Location: Graben boulevard in the city centre;
Time: 11 minutes past 11am
Things to do in Vienna November 2016. A good precaution to grey November days is letting waves of inspiring music swap over you in a beautiful setting. Viennese do that regularly. That month will allow you to see a dozen world operas, among them Mozart’s Magic Flute and The Marriage of Figaro, La Bohème by Puccini, Rossini’s Barber of Seville and La Cenerentola, and more. Access opera calendar for November.
Things to do in Vienna November 2016. Klosterneuburg Abbey and its fantastic wine cellar are just about to reach out to international visitors. While every Viennese knows Klosterneuburg, Austria’s oldest wine estate has managed to slip past mass tourism. The photo shows a detail of the stunning Medieval Babenberg family tree in the abbey’s Imperial palace rooms.
I toured the abbey’s amazing art treasures and wine cellar with local tour guide Regina. Read More.
Things to do in Vienna November 2016. If you are in Vienna on a Saturday, this night walk is a must. Vienna is so much more dramatic when street lanterns light up its architecture with sharp shadows. The winter months are ideal for this walk as the sun sets early.
This tour highlights Vienna’s dark side. We have lots of dramatic looking places, stories and legends that just come out so much better at night. You’ll learn about the flip side of key landmarks like the Imperial Palace and explore hidden alleys like Blutgasse (‘blood alley’) in the city centre.
Find out more about the Vienna Night Walk.
Wien Modern Festival (3rd to 30th November)
Things to do in Vienna November 2016. Lovers of modern and experimental music will look to make space in their calendars for the annual Wien Modern Festival. The 2015 programme will be available from the summer. Visit website for further information.
More Things To Do In Vienna November: Alpine Perchtenlauf
Things to do in Vienna November 2016. At the Christmas village at Altes AKH you can watch an eerie Alpine tradition come to life: A group of horned individuals in horrible monster costumes (‘Perchten’) will chase away winter’s bad spirits. Watch out that you don’t cross their paths, they love to scare off guests. The Perchtenlauf is a super fun tradition, but can be a little gruesome for small kids.
Location: Altes AKH (university campus), Hof 1; Alser Strasse/Spitalgasse; A-1090 Vienna;
Date and Time: end of November, (date to be confirmed by autumn 2016);
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