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Vienna Tourism Calendar 2020 For Non-Tourists

Vienna tourism calendar. While it is hard to get lost in Vienna, you CAN lose yourself in its cultural offer. To help you focus, this month-by-month calendar lists the top highlights: from operas and concerts, music and food festivals and top museum exhibitions to the best seasonal tours and popular neighborhood events. By clicking on each month you will find relevant dates, addresses, opening times and booking options. In fact, many Vienna Unwrapped readers use these data as a key building block for their trip planning.

Things To Do In January

Vienna Tourism Calendar: Vienna BallVienna tourism calendar. January is a quiet tourism season in Vienna, while there are lots of things to do, from ice-skating through the park of Vienna City Hall to Mozart operas and concerts, and Johann Strauss operettas. The busy ball season is also an opportunity to take waltz dance lessons in a city where learning to waltz is part of growing up for many. I have also picked Vienna tours that will keep you warm.

Things to do in January

Things To Do In February

Vienna Tourism Calendar: Museum of Fine ArtsVienna tourism calendar. Apart from everything else, February is loaded with Vienna dance balls, including the Vienna Opera Ball, a national and international socialite must. The month is good for museums, classical concerts, and taking dance lessons, and all other things that keep you warm. I have also included a few ‘best of’ tips of what you can do on Valentine’s Day.

Things to do in February

Things To Do In March

Vienna tourism calendar: Vienna WoodsVienna tourism calendar. I love March in Vienna, when people inspect the parks for the first flowers, the number of street musicians grows, and restaurants run their ‘wild garlic and asparagus weeks’. In March, a range of special art exhibitions will take off. Musikverein’s Golden Hall will host a number of top quality concerts while the Vienna Woods lure with the first snow bells, daffodils and fresh moss.

Read more in things to do in March.

Things To Do In April

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Vienna tourism calendar. Spring in Vienna is celebrated with music festivals, the re-opening of streetside cafés and some summer attractions such as Hermesvilla. In short, April is THE  month to kick off Vienna’s outdoor season. Tour operators re-introduce bike and segway tours, and most boat operators re-open their trip itineraries to locations like Bratislava (see photo), Budapest, and the Wachau Valley.

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Things To Do In May

Vienna tourism calendar: Wachau ValleyVienna tourism calendar. At the start and end of May, two spectacular open air concerts will mesmerise thousands of classics fans in Schonbrunn Palace and at Heldenplatz square. In early May, prepare for the Tour de Vin along the Danube, and the Long Night of the Churches. Another rare event will see the Vienna Boys Choir team up again with the Spanish Riding School for A Tribute To Vienna.

A food festival and the international urban festival ‘Wiener Festwochen’ will give your Vienna programme a little edge. Besides that, May is a great month to venture out to UNESCO World Heritage Site Wachau Valley (photo).

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Things To Do In June

Vienna Tourism Calendar: Fete ImperialeVienna tourism calendar. June is a great time to ship across the Danube, and even better if you do it during Summer Solstice at Wachau Valley. The month also holds  my hometown’s best summer ball (Fête Impériale). And if you are a fan of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, make sure you can attend their free annual open air concert. 

More on these and other tips in things to do in June.

Things To Do In July

Vienna Tourism Calendar: Danube Flood PlainsVienna tourism calendar. A few official cultural institutions take a summer break, creating space in our calendars for festivals of music and food.

Bike tours, Mozart music at baroque churches, a spectacular concert with José Carreras, special events at the Spanish Riding School, and possibly a visit to the ‘Lobau’ Danube Flood Plains in Vienna (photo) are just some of the other best things to do in and around town.

Get more travel tips for the month in things to do in July.

Things To Do In August

Vienna tourism calendar: city bike tourVienna tourism calendar. Get out in Vienna as much as you can, explore its green surroundings, but don’t miss socialising with the locals. My August tips for things to do in Vienna include the best boat trips on the Vienna Danube, bike and segway tours through town, a tranquil day in the Vienna Woods, things to do in Vienna with kids, and re-inventing the Vienna coffeehouse culture by making friends with a local resident.

Access my tips for things to do in August

Things To Do In September

Spanish Riding SchoolVienna tourism calendar. Come September and Vienna is back to its regular cultural calendar. The Vienna State Opera, the Spanish Riding School and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra are back from the summer break.

On top there are nice specials to do, such as doing a private wine tour during the harvest season, getting an update on Austrian fashion at our annual fashion show, or joining local folk dress freaks at Vienna’s answer to the Oktoberfest.

Visit things to do in September for further details.

Things To Do In October

Vienna tourism calendar: State OperaVienna tourism calendar. Just as the nights grow longer in October, operas get dramatic at the Vienna State Opera, and the annual Long Night of the Museums rings in. A special day to celebrate together with the Viennese is Austrian National day on the 26th. If you are into films, don’t miss Vienna’s largest film festival Viennale. Other picks for a great October in Vienna are Sigmund Freud tours and Vienna Boys Choir concerts.

Find out more in things to do in October.

Things To Do In November

Hofburg Palace by nightVienna tourism calendar. Despite November being a weird time to go outdoor again, there is a lot going on beyond snug coffeehouse benches:  People waltzing along Graben boulevard to celebrate the start of carnival, singers belting out arias from public balconies, evening tours past the city’s illuminated landmarks, and an Alpine Perchtenlauf.

To find out more on what to see and do in November, go to things to do in November

Things To Do In December: Christmas and New Year

Vienna tourism calendar: Christmas marketVienna tourism calendar. Christmas in Vienna is almost all about seasonal markets, mulled wine and advent concerts. My tour map of the Top 8 Christmas markets in Vienna will help you to find your way round. And if you don’t know what to do on Christmas Eve, think of an evening in a Renaissance Castle in the spa town of Baden in the Vienna Woods.

New Year’s Eve has a quite dense offer of street festivals, new year’s eve concerts and other cultural events.

See what New Years Eve concerts are on in 2018;
Get the ‘special edition’ of how to spend New Years Eve in Vienna.

How To Pick And Choose 

Trip planning appVienna tourism calendar. While I’ve tried not to throw too many things at you chances are you will be short on time.

If you are not sure which and how many attractions, walks, special events, concerts and tours will make a great itinerary for you, I can help. Find out more in Vienna travel planning.

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