Things to do in Vienna September 2021. What to do in Vienna in September? My top 14 specials cover one-off events and typical things to do. As a matter of fact, I have taken care that you end up at quality events, and local favourites. For an insider view on music events, visit Vienna concerts.
1. Classical Tradition At The Spanish Riding School
Things to do in Vienna September 2021. You will hardly see the Lipizzaner stallions with as many springs in their steps as in September. Just back from their summer break in Styria they either practice during a Morning Exercise or do a proper perforamnce.
TIP: Combine your visit with a guided tour through the stables to learn about the Lipizzaners. My family and I did it and felt like at a celebrity backstage tour!
Location: Spanish Riding School, Michaelerplatz 1, 1010 Vienna
Dates: from 1st September (Performance); from 3rd September (Morning Exercise)
Tickets: see various options in Spanish Riding School Vienna
Things to do in Vienna September 2021. For one week every autumn and spring fine dining in the city comes at a bargain. During Austria’s largest gourmet event ‘Wiener Restaurantwoche’ you can lunch or dine at amazing restaurants across Vienna. For example, at elegant Café Landtmann, Wiener schnitzel insider tip Pichlmaier’s Zum Herkner, or contemporary Labstelle.
Date: usually first week of September (tbc)
Location: more than 70 top restaurants in Vienna and beyond
Prices: from EUR 14,50 for a two course meal, and from EUR 29,50 for a three course meal;
Bookings: make online reservation (German only)
3. Visit MQ’s Rooftop Terrace
Things to do in Vienna September 2021. Named after the shape of its main rooftop building the MQ Libelle (dragonfly) at Leopold Museum provides spectacular rooftop vistas. At the kiosk, grab a snack and drink and take in the sights of Ringstrasse boulevard, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and Hofburg Imperial Palace. The terrace is accessible only on good weather days.
Opening Hours: daily 10.00 am to 10.00 pm (last elevator up at 9.30 pm)
Locations: Museumsquartier, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna
4. Put Your Ear On The Ground
Things to do in Vienna September 2021. If you love the tunes of Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart and Schubert why not put their music into context when in Vienna? Since the Habsburg Emperors loved music and used it as an instrument of power, music pervaded almost all aspects of life.
To better understand the Capital of Music I joined a trained musician and private guide on an in-depth tour through the city. Actually, we spent a good time talking not just history but about his insight into Vienna’s classical music scene today. Find out what the tour was like in Music Tour Vienna.
5. Participate In 26th Tour De Vin
Things to do in Vienna September 2021. On the first weekend this month, wine lovers from across Austria may flock to various wine growing areas close to the Danube. For the 27th time, 69 top local vintners will open their wine cellar doors and fresh wine bottles to share their treasures and wine growing knowledge. Simply get a ‘Tour-de-Vin button’ for EUR 25 at any participating winery, which entitles you to wine tastings across all wineries.
Date: first week of May or September 2021 (tbc)
Location: 69 vintners in Traisental, Kremstal, Kamptal, Wagram, Vienna and Carnuntum, see details on website
Admission: EUR 25
Transport: to get there from Vienna and tour the vintners, either rent a car, or hire a private car and driver.
Things to do in Vienna September 2021. As a child, I strolled through the vineyards of the Vienna Woods during wine harvest. Vintner families and helpers were picking grapes and loading them onto their tractors. You can trace my foot steps if you join this local tour guide. During September and beyond, he arranges wine hiking tours.
The tour starts from Leopoldsberg in the North East of Vienna. You will hike along our ‘home mountains’ Leopoldsberg and Kahlenberg. They are great for panoramic views of Vienna and the Danube. The tour ends with a visit to a lovely winery. Check availabilities for this private wine hiking tour.
To venture out further for a day trip of hiking in Austria’s mountains check these hiking tours.
7. Celebrate The New Opera Season
Things to do in Vienna September 2021. In September, the city’s main opera houses re-open after the summer break. This year, the new opera season starts with brilliant Italian composers: Imagine listening to Verdi arias like ‘Sempre Libera’ or The Drinking Song (La Traviata) and ‘Di quella pira’ (Il Trovatore) live at the Wiener Staatsoper!
To find out what’s on stage during your trip check the calendars for operas in September at the Wiener Staatsoper.
8. Dance At The Concordia Ball
Things to do in Vienna September 2021. Usually, summer balls such as the annual Concordia Ball take place in May/June. Thanks to Covid-19 and a postponed event, September travellers will get a rare opportunity to use their ball gowns and black ties for a night of waltz and cha-cha-cha in Vienna’s City Hall. Find out more in Best Vienna Balls.
Dates: 17th September 2021
Location: Wiener Rathaus
Tickets: get tickets
Things to do in Vienna September 2021. When 400-year old horses pair up with a 500-year old boys choir you know you are in Wien. What sounds spooky is a graceful and uplifting tradition. On two days in September (and one in early October), 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 September 2021. Why concerts in a church? Actualy, before concert halls became THE thing, composers like Mozart performed at St. Stephen’s Cathedral. I do love soaking in Stephansdom’s art and architecture while classical music washes around its pillars, statues, paintings and altars.
In September and October, you can listen to Vivaldi’s epic Four Seasons as the autumn settles into Vienna. Find out more in my Stephansdom guide.
11. Summer Night Concert: LIVESTREAM ONLY
Things to do in Vienna September 2021. After the traditional May/June concert has been postponed, the concert organizers have decided to allow fans of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra to experience this annual free open air concert via livestream only. In the gardens of Schonbrunn Palace this massively popular event stages key musicians and conductors each year. For the upcoming performance under the theme LOVE, conductor Valery Gergiev and German operatic tenor Jonaus Kaufman will bring sweet opera, operetta, concert and ballet tunes from Jules Massenet to Emmerich Kálmán and Giacomo Puccini to life.
Date: May or September 2021; 8.30 pm (tbc)
Location: Schonbrunn Palace, Schonbrunner Schlossstrasse 147, 1130 Vienna;
Things to do in Vienna September 2021. To venture beyond the dirndl dress get a glitzy update at the contemporary and avant garde Vienna Fashion Week. The event represents the final of the Summer Of Fashion At Museumsquartier. Essentially, there will be dozens of fashion shows, exhibitions and pop up stores from Austrian and international designers. Most importantly, watch out for elegant fashion by Anelia Peschev, Habig, Elke Freitag, Elfenkleid and Michel Mayer. You can enter the shows 10 minutes prior to each show. Access will be granted according to capacity.
Things to do in Vienna September 2021. vienna contemporary is vibrant, bizarre and happy. This affordable art fair opens a window to the buzzing art scenes of Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, Hungary, the Caucasian Region and other European countries, on top of showcasing Austria’s best in contemporary art. Learn who is up and coming in Central, Eastern and Southern European art. You may even end up with the most sophisticated souvenir from your trip.
Date: September 2021 (tbc)
Location: Marxhalle Wien, Karl-Farkas-Gasse 19, 1030 Vienna
Programme: visit website
14. Free Things To Do In Vienna September
Things to do in Vienna September 2021. Vienna, along with Austria and Europe, opens up its top monuments at the European Heritage Days (EHD). For one day, the Federal Monument Office (Bundesdenkmalamt) will open many lesser known monuments and popular institutions in Vienna for free, among them the Academy of Visual Arts, Burgtheater’s rooms, Gustav Klimt’s villa, the Biedermeier collection of the Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Arts, and more.
Date: September 2021 (tbc)
Programme: ‘Emperors, Kings and Philosophers’ – go to website
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