A spring weekend in and around Vienna
It is obvious that spring has now arrived in Vienna! Not only the outdoor season has begun but spring also marks the beginning of many other highlights in the city. The mild temperatures draw the Viennese and visitors to the city outside for a picturesque stroll or to one of the many exciting events which Vienna has to offer. We have selected a few for you!
Vienna City Marathon – a marathon course with many cultural highlights
This year’s annual Vienna City Marathon takes place on 22nd April 2018. For 35 years now, the City of Vienna has been proud to hold this event, which attracts an increasing number of passionate runners as well as enthusiastic spectators.
The Vienna City Marathon begins on Wagramer Straße directly on the Reichsbrücke (literally, the Empire Bridge). From here the course continues towards the Praterstern, a major square in the Leopoldstadt district of Vienna, which features the column to Admiral Wilhelm von Tegetthof with the Riesenrad – the large ferris wheel – providing a dramatic background. Thereafter the course continues on the Ringstraße, the ring road encircling the city centre, where the marathon participants can run past the famous Vienna State Opera and the popular Naschmarkt. The next stage of the marathon is on the well-known shopping mile, Mariahilfer Straße.
The home stretch is located on the Ring, between the Burgtheater (the Court Theatre) and the Vienna City Hall, where thousands of spectators await the runners to cheer them on as they approach the finish line.
Hot tip: Due to the large number of visitors on the marathon weekend, our apartments are always quickly booked out. It pays off to be fast and not only during the marathon!
Date: 22nd April 2018
Start: Wagramer Straße (UNO building, Reichsbrücke)
Length of the course: 42.195 km
Further information on registration: http://www.vienna-marathon.com/
Art in Contrast: The Donaufestival
Once again, this year Krems an der Donau will be the international platform for new performance art and music from 27th April to 6th May 2018. It is with good reason that many Viennese make the trip to the small city in the Wachau for the Donaufestival, which offers a wide mixture of new theatre forms, film, hip hop, experimental music, to name but a few. This year’s motto is “Infinite Present”. The focus is consciously on contrasts, on that which is old-fashioned, in order to provide visitors with something which is “offline”.
This is the place for anyone interested in a special form of festival. You can easily travel by public transport from Vienna to Krems and the return journey is uncomplicated in the shuttle buses organised specifically for the festival. Because places are highly sought after, we recommend that you book a bus ticket in advance.
Date: 27th April – 6th May 2018
Shuttle bus from Krems to Vienna: Stadtpark/Ringstraße to Karlsplatz, Vienna
Tickets and shuttle bus information: https://www.donaufestival.at/
The popular Viennese open-air restaurants are back!
Finally: since 1st March, the Schanigärten – Viennese for open-air restaurants ‑ are open in Vienna!
It is therefore no surprise that the Viennese meet in the sunny gardens of the numerous cafés and restaurants in the city. And there are definitely a huge number to choose from in Vienna.
For example, a particular highlight is the sunny terrace of the Palm House where you will have a fantastic view of Vienna’s Burggarten (Court Garden). But also in the Museum Quarter or at various markets in the city, people meet to enjoy the first rays of sunshine in the city.
And for those who ask where the word “Schanigarten” actually comes from… according to one tale, the expression stems from an instruction given by an innkeeper to his waiter, Schani derived from the name Hans, who was told to “Put up the garden!”. He then dutifully obeyed the order by carrying chairs, tables and flower boxes outside. And since then comfortable, shady seating places have been made available on the streets in front of eating establishments for guests in the spring and summer months.
Address: Burggarten 1, 1010 Vienna
Monday – Friday: 10am – midnight
Saturday: 9am – midnight
Sunday, public holidays: 9am – 11pm
Traditional Diversity: Spring Party in the Lainzer Tiergarten
If you want to celebrate the beginning of spring in a truly traditional manner, you should definitely pay a visit to the Spring Party in the Lainzer Tiergarten, a 24.50 km² wildlife preserve in the southwest of Vienna, on 28th April 2018. It dates back to 1561, when Ferdinand I of Austria created it as a fenced-in hunting ground for his family to use. Since 1919, it has been open to the public. Entrance is free and you can watch the traditional Maypole being set up, accompanied by music and dance.
The programme on the day is varied and caters for visitors from both Austria and abroad – and not only in culinary terms. From midday to 6pm, young visitors can participate in an interesting and informative programme which includes handicrafts and which offers them the chance to experience the wonders of nature.
The highlight at the end of the day is the presentation of the machines and equipment which are used on a daily basis for the forestry work. Afterwards they can be looked at closely.
Address: Beim Lainzer Tor – Hermesstraße, 1130 Vienna
Date: 28th April 2018
Time: Midday – 6pm
„Ausg’steckt is“ is the phrase used in Austria to announce the opening of the traditional Heurigen (Heuriger is the name given to a tavern in Eastern Austria, where a local winemaker serves his or her new wine under a special licence in alternate months during the growing season). Spring is the perfect time for a visit to one of the many Heurigen in Vienna after a walk through the city’s vineyards.