Things to do in Vienna October 2021: As Vienna balances Covid safety measures with a core cultural offer, there is much deserved entertainment 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!
Things to do in Vienna October 2021. Actually, this event aims at encouraging local Viennese to visit more museums, but there is no reason you shouldn’t benefit from it. 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 21st anniversary of its Long Night of Museums.
Date and Time: 2nd October 2021
Participating Museums: visit website
Tickets: EUR 15; tickets can be bought at the Information Point of each participating museum.
2. Sigmund Freud Museum
Things to do in Vienna October 2021. Whether you are a Freud fan or love the Fin de Siècle, tracing his life in Vienna holds the key to understanding an essential period of local history. For the first time, the refurbished and enlarged Sigmund Freud Museum offers access to the Freud family’s private rooms. Freud’s waiting room has been renovated according to memories of Freud’s house maid and to old photographs. And because of the high visitor numbers, you are now able to use a second staircase and new elevator.
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. Quintessence Organ Festival
Things to do in Vienna October 2021. If you think Mozart music is old go back another 100 years and more and listen to the sounds of baroque music. On 1st October, the Quintessence Organ Festival stages another top music event at romantic Franciscan Church in the center of Vienna.
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Location: Franziskanerkirche, Franziskanerplatz, 1010 Vienna
Tickets: use link above
4. Opera And Ballet Highlights
Things to do in Vienna October 2021. Beaming yourself into exotic worlds of powerful tunes, alluring costumes and dramatic action is easy at the Wiener Staatsoper this October. First and foremost, Wolfgang Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio lets you follow a Spanish aristocrat to a Turkish harem, where his love is held. Second, Schiller’s drama Don Karlos unfolds amidst Verdi’s imaginative music in the eponymous famous opera. (On a contemporary note, you can’t help draw parallels to King Carlos of Spain’s very own drama culminating in the Dominican Republic…)
And third, George Balanchine’s ballet Jewels sends a group of dazzling ballerinas and dancers in ravishing costumes swirling to the music of Gabriel Fauré, Vladimir Ilyitch Tchaikovsky and Igor Stravinsky.
Things to do in Vienna October 2021. 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
Things to do in Vienna October 2021. 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?
Date and Time: 26th October, from 9.00 am
Location: Ringstrasse, Heldenplatz, Imperial Palace, various museums
Things to do in Vienna October 2021. 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 Bergman Island (Mia Hansen-Løve), Dirty Feathers (Corral Carlos Alfonso), Jadde Khaki (Panah Panahi) and Drive My Car (Hamaguchi Ryusuke). Films are mostly in original language with German or English subtitles.
Date: 21st to 31st October 2021
Programme: go to VIENNALE website
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