Vienna isn't only one of the most liveable cities in the world – it is also one of the most interesting places to discover! The summer is in particular one of the best seasons to experience the variety the city in the heart of Europe has to offer. In this week’s blog, we tell you about the unique, laid-back and refreshing summer activities to enjoy in the Austrian capital.
#1 VIENNA FILM FESTIVAL ON RATHAUSPLATZ
Sixty-five days packed with music, opera and dance on the big screen: that’s the Vienna Film Festival, held every summer on Rathausplatz. Every day, top productions from around the world await, ready to be enjoyed in the open air – with entrance to screenings free. And a wide range of food trucks packed with international snacks and dishes ensures your physical well-being is catered to at all times.
The Film Festival is held from end-June until early September.
Summerstage, on the Danube Canal, feels like the largest terrace in the country. You can round off a perfect day here with a cool drink (or possibly two), and culinary delicacies. And of course, there’s all that live music to perfectly accompany the delicious food and drinks.
You can visit Summerstage from mid-April to mid-September.
#3 YOGA IN THE PARK
Yoga in the studio is getting a shade dull for you? Would you rather practice your yogic flying (or similar) out in the open air, in the bosom of nature? If so, then the Yoga in the Park initiative has got your name on it! YINP provides a platform for numerous yogis to meet up in parks across Vienna and practice their movement and positive energy together, out in the fresh air. It also provides a means of collecting donations, by the way, which are then channelled into a range of different projects.
#4 GO HEURIGER-HOPPING IN GRINZING
The Heurige, or wine taverns, in the district of Grinzing offer a pleasant and wide-ranging programme that is the perfect way of leaving behind the hustle and bustle of the city behind you. Their cool inner courtyards and terraces are a great place to let yourselves be pampered with regional delights. The loveliest Heurige in this part of the 19th District include Heuriger Maly, Buschenschank Andreas Wagner and Heuriger Zum Berger.
#5 GO UNDERGROUND – INTO THE CATACOMBS
When the hottest days of the year are upon us, we recommend you go underground to escape the burning sun – down into the city’s cool, historic passageways. The Third Man Tour takes you by the hand through subterranean Vienna, and is a huge highlight, especially for film fans.
These tours are held from May to October, from Thursday to Sunday, and cost €10 per person. You’ll need to register in advance to join a tour.
#6 GO STAND-UP PADDLING
Stand up and be counted – because the trendy sport of SUP has arrived in Vienna! You can paddle at a leisurely pace in the water, and if you’re getting too hot, just let yourself drop into the cool waters. Best locations? The Freibad Gänsehäufel open-air pool, and Vienna City Beach Club.
#7 FEAST ON ICE CREAM
There’s ice cream – and there’s ice cream from Eis Greissler. The two dairy farmers in the Bucklige Welt region of Lower Austria have produced more than one hundred different varieties of the sweet, cold pudding already. You can try the delicious organic varieties at a huge range of locations across Austria, and in Vienna itself, of course. Perfect for all the family!
#8 GET TO KNOW VIENNA’S CULINARY SIDE
Austrian cuisine is full of pleasures. So if you’re visiting Vienna in the summer, be sure not to miss out on the following open-air restaurants, indoor dining and terraces:
- Das Bootshaus: Located right by the Old Danube, Das Bootshaus is the perfect place to watch the sun go down while also enjoying the delicious dishes.
- Hildebrandt Café: The Museum of Popular Art in the 8th District is not just a great place to admire extensive collections of art; it also boasts a charming museum café, complete with garden.
- Florentin 1090: This uber-fashionable café has styled itself as “Food Meets Lifestyle”, and recreates the artistic, airy and free-thinking atmosphere of the loveliest district of Tel Aviv in Vienna.
#9 VIENNA MAJOR ON THE DANUBE ISLAND
There’s a whole lot of serving and spiking going on, but basically just a good mood all round. That’s the best way to sum up the Vienna Major beach volleyball championships. Even before and after the event, however, you can play beach volleyball with your friends at any one of seven different locations across Vienna.
#10 REFRESHMENT WITH THE BEST VIEWS
By far the loveliest open-air swimming pool in Vienna is the Krapfenwaldbad, in the city’s 19th District. And while you’re cooling off in the pool, you can enjoy one of the best views out across the city at the same time.
#11 GO SURFING IN THE CITY: CITY WAVE
You don’t have to live by the sea or schlepp to the nearest lake with a lift system if you want to satisfy your passion for surfing nowadays. For some years now, City Wave has been there to fill the gap: water sports lovers can meet here in the large pool, with its wave facility, to surf. If you’ve never stood upright on a surfboard before, then you can register for a beginner session as well.
There's so much to experience in Vienna, so plan your city trip to the Austrian capital. One thing is certain: Vienna is worth a trip at any time of the year.