Highlights in September and October in Vienna

Vienna in late summer has much to offer.

When the leaves are slowly beginning to change colour, you will find one highlight after the other in Vienna. From the Africa Days to the Vienna Photo Marathon and the Vienna Wine Hike, there is something for everyone. Here you can find a summary of our personal favourites. If these aren’t reasons to spontaneously book a break in Vienna …


Africa Days – A touch of Africa on Vienna’s Danube Island


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This year the Africa Days will once again be held on the Danube Island. From 9th August until 26th August, the African spirit prevails. Dance to music from numerous international artists, haggle like you would at a bazar and enjoy the African delicacies. On the charity days, (12th, 19th and 26th August 2019) there is no entrance fee and instead the organisers ask for voluntary donations, all of which will be passed on to aid organisations which work in this area. Under the motto: “Austria for Africa”.

Africa Days Vienna:
Date: 09.08.2019 – 26.08.2019
Charity-Days: 12.08. / 19.08. / 26.08.2019
Address: Danube Island, Floridsdorfer Brücke, 1210 Vienna
Website: www.wien.afrika-tage.de
Opening hours:

Monday – Friday: 2pm – midnight
Saturday and Sunday: 11am – midnight


Also in late summer, the Viennese love a race

An event for the whole family will be held on 15th September in the Prater Hauptallee (the main alley in the Prater). Under the motto, “Ready, steady, smile!” a day of fun awaits you at the Rote Nasen Run, Vienna. Every participant counts and the clowns, runners and organisers have a common objective: to bring a smile to the faces of patients of all ages. Definitely a late summer highlight for one and all.

Rote Nasen Run Vienna Wien
Date: 15.09.2019
Address: Prater Hauptallee, Meiereistraße, 1020 Vienna
Website: www.rotenasenlauf.at
Time: 9am – 3pm


On 5th September 2019 around 1,000 runners will once again meet at the Wien Energie Business Run to race for their companies. The teams start their 4.1 km run from Meiereistraße in front of the Ernst Happel Stadium. An absolute must for many Austrian companies.

Wien Energie Business Run
Date: 05.09.2019
Address: Meiereistraße 7, 1020 Vienna
Website: www.businessrun.at/
Block starts, every 5 minutes: 6pm – 8pm


Vienna Photo Marathon – the largest photo competition worldwide


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The Vienna Photo Marathon gives you an excellent opportunity to discover the city from a totally different perspective. On 28th September – the last Saturday in September – the largest photo competition worldwide takes place once again. Regardless of whether you are a professional, amateur or beginner, everyone is welcome to take part in either the individual, creative, youth or mobile competitions. You can explore the streets of the city with 1,000 others with a passion for photography, in search of the perfect snapshot.

Wiener Fotomarathon
Date: 28.09.2019
Website: www.fotomarathon.at
Time: 9am


World Press Photo Ausstellung 2019 – Wiener Westlicht


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The World Press Photo Exhibition is an annual event which is very popular with the Viennese. The exhibition is held in Westlicht in the Westbahnstraße in Vienna’s seventh district and shows prize-winning press photos from 2019, which were selected by a jury. This year’s winning photo is a symbol of the US restrictive immigration policy under President Trump. It was taken by the American photographer John Moore.

From 9th September until 20th October the touring exhibition will make a stop in Vienna. It is well worth arriving early as, at the last weekends of the exhibition in particular, there can be longer waiting times.

Date: 09.09.2019 – 20.10.2019
Address: Westbahnstraße 40, 1070 Vienna
Website: http://www.westlicht.com/ausstellungen/world-press-photo-19/
Opening hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 2pm – 7pm
Thursday: 2pm – 9pm
Saturday – Sunday, public days: 11am – 7pm


Vienna Wine Hiking Day – A culinary highlight in autumn


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On 28th and 29th September the city of Vienna is hosting the Vienna Wine Hiking Day in the Viennese vineyards. The perfect opportunity to make use of the last warm days for a short hike in the wine region. You can choose from three alternative routes over a total of 25 km, stopping at one of the vintners to try out their wine. A highlight which anyone with a passion for wine should not miss!

Spend a cosy evening in one of the many Heurigen (a traditional tavern where local winemakers sell their wine and Austrian delicacies) to end your day. Reservations are necessary on these two days!

Here you will find an overview of the possible routes.
Route 1: Neustift – Nussdorf
Start: Neustift am Walde (no. 35A bus)

Route 2: Strebersdorf – Stammersdorf
Start: Strebersdorf (no. 32A bus, no. 26 tram)

Route 3: Ottakring
Start and finish: Schloss Wilhelminenberg (no. 46A, no. 46B bus)

You can find further details here:


Experience the Austrian lifestyle


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A very special highlight in Vienna will take place from 26th September to 13th October: the Vienna Oktoberfest! Following the example of the Munich Oktoberfest, you can now also celebrate traditionally and exuberantly in Vienna. Because here, on the Kaiserwiese of the Vienna Prater, you can experience the real, original and traditional Austria and in the evening, there is a truly party atmosphere in the tents!

The event is rounded off with traditional cuisine, craftsmanship and folk music. The many bands, celebrities and events guarantee an unforgettable experience and wonderful holiday memories.

Our tip: The best way to visit the festival is in Austrian traditional costumes – Dirndl and Lederhose. Expereince and enjoy the event like the local Viennese

Wiener Wiesn Fest
Date: 26.9.2019 – 13.10.2019
Kaiserwiese, 1020 Vienna
Website: https://www.wienerwiesnfest.at/
Opening hours:
Monday – Sunday: from 11:30am


The wine region in and around Vienna is particularly idyllic in autumn. When the weather is good, the  Buschenschank (a tavern which offers food and drinks which it has produced itself) Mayer at Nussberg is particularly worth a visit and you can take in the breath-taking views of Vienna there while enjoying the Heurigen delicacies and wine.  A true highlight when the leaves are slowly beginning to change colour in autumn. (http://www.mayeramnussberg.at/)


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