Large police presence for Vienna fair

Large police presence for Vienna fair
Visitors at last year's Neustifter Kirtag. Photo: Hans Sauerstein
A traditional Austrian wine growers fair in Dobling, Vienna, will have a heavier police presence this year after several people were brutally attacked at previous events.

Last year the son of a famous Viennese winemaker was injured in a brawl, and the young FPÖ politician Maximilian Krauss was also attacked with a glass. 

Described as Austria’s largest folk festival, the Neustifter Kirtag takes place from August 22nd to 25th. It’s scheduled to start on Friday at 5.30pm.

People are asked to come wearing their traditional national costume (Tracht) and can enjoy regional wines and food and traditional music during the four day festival, which attracts thousands of visitors each year.

Admission is free, and the area will be closed to traffic.

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