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Things to do in Vienna October: Albertina Museum

Things To Do In Vienna October 2020 – 7 Top Places To Go

Things to do in Vienna October 2020: While Vienna will hopefully have fought off Covid-19 by October, there much to look forward to. Surprisingly for a quiet season, you will find a string of amazing seasonal concerts, a film festival, great exhibition and the enlarged Sigmund Freud Museum.  If you are around at the end of October, join the Austrian National Day Parade!

1. Long Night Of The Museums

Things to do in Vienna October 2020. Actually, this event aims at encouraging local Viennese to visit more museums, but there is no reason you shouldn’t benefit from it. On the 5th October, you can spend a night at more than 700 Vienna Museums and galleries with one ticket only!

Specifically, the offer also includes certain guided tours, such as the Third Man Canal Tour, for a limited number of participants. On top, you will get the unique opportunity to visit places usually closed to the general public, such as lovely Palais Liechtenstein. Besides, many sites stage special events.

This year, the Austrian Broadcasting Station ORF will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its Long Night of Museums. 

Date and Time: 3rd October 2020, 6.00 pm to 1.00 am
Participating Museums: visit website
Tickets: EUR 15; tickets can be bought at the Information Point of each participating museum.

2. New Sigmund Freud Museum

Things to do in Vienna October: Sigmund Freud MuseumThings to do in Vienna October 2020. Whether you are a Freud fan or love the Fin de Siecle, tracing his life in Vienna holds the key to understanding an essential period of local history. For the first time, the newly refurbished and enlarged Sigmund Freud Museum will offer access to the Freud family’s private rooms. Freud’s waiting room will be renovated according to memories of Freud’s house maid and to old photographs. And because of the high visitor numbers, a second staircase will be constructed.

But there are many other questions to answer: What was Vienna like at the turn of the 20th century? How did the Habsburg Empire deal with Jewish intellectuals? Did Emperor Francis Joseph support Sigmund Freud’s theories? Where did Freud himself live and work, which coffeehouses did he frequent and who were his friends? When I met tour guide Gertrude she opened up a very different Vienna. Find out more about the Sigmund Freud Museum and Tour.

Location: Berggasse 19, 1090 Vienna
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, 10.00 am to 6.00 pm
Admission:  EUR 9; price included in the Vienna Pass

3. Beethoven’s 9th Symphony

Konzerthaus in ViennaThings to do in Vienna October 2020. In mid October, another highlight of this year’s grand Beethoven anniversary will shake a Viennese concert hall. When the powerful choir of Vienna’s Radio Symphony Orchestra belts out Beethoven’s Ode To Joy expect to ride on a wave of elation and unity together with the audience.

To reinforce the composer’s message of equality, freedom and brotherhood, that same concert will take place in five other countries around the globe, at different times. And because the Ode’s community spirit starts locally, conductor Marin Alsop will present newly created music from regional Austrian artists.

Concert Name: All Together. A Global Ode To Joy
Date and Time: 16th October 2020; time tba
Location: Wiener Konzerthaus, Lothringerstrasse 20, 
Tickets: tba

4. Mozart, Beethoven and Vivaldi At St. Peter’s

church St. Peter in ViennaThings to do in Vienna October 2020. On four evenings each week you can hear a fabulous classic ensemble pluck the strings. From Mozart’s Little Night Music, Haydn’s Serenadenquartett and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Beethoven’s String Quartet in C-Minor. 

As a venue, baroque Peterskirche in the center provides a gorgeous setting. And if you clap hard enough the musicians will appease you with a slice each of Mozart’s sultry Hungarian Dances and Johann Strauss’ electrifying Pizzicato Polka.

Date and Time: throughout October;
Location: Peterskirche (Church St. Charles Borromeo)
Tickets: get tickets

5. Vienna Boys Choir At The Spanish Riding School

Things to do in Vienna May : Tribute to ViennaThings to do in Vienna October 2020. Usually, you’ll have to switch places to see each the Vienna choir boys and the white lipizzaner stallions.

In October, they will come together at the baroque winter riding hall to perform. Since it started the concept has been immensely successful. Learn more about ‘A Tribute to Vienna‘ and how to get tickets.
Date: 9th and 16th October 2020

6. Austrian National Day Parade

Things to do in Vienna October: National Day ParadeThings to do in Vienna October 2020. When Austria celebrates its National Day on the 26th October we commemorate the first day of independence and political neutrality. Back in 1955, the last of the foreign troups of the post World War II Allied Forces left Austrian territory on that day.

To capture the local spirit, use this day to watch a military parade on Ringstrasse. Right at Heldenplatz in front of Hofburg Imperial Palace, competitive military exhibition will take place. After that, why not walk into the office of Austria’s State President at Hofburg?

You can also get free entrance to the Vienna Museum and the museums of the Austrian National Library. In addition, a few other state museums offer reduced ticket prices.

Date and Time: 26th October, from 9.00 am
Location: Ringstrasse, Heldenplatz, Imperial Palace, various museums

7. More Things to do in Vienna October: VIENNALE

Things to do in Vienna October: UraniaThings to do in Vienna October 2020. Ever wondered what’s going on beyond classical Vienna? At the VIENNALE festival you will win the perfect opportunity to do so. During our prime film festival, Vienna presents the most exciting, independent films of the year. Many of the recently produced films reflect the distinct political situation of their respective locations.

Major films on show are La Mort De Louis XIV (Albert Serra), Paterson (Jim Jarmusch) and Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt).  Films are mostly in original language with German or English subtitles.

Date: 22nd October to 4th November 2020
Programme: go to VIENNALE website
Locations: various

Check things to do during other months:

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