It was the first time the country has qualified for the Championship on the field since 1964, although they have played before when they hosted the competition in 2008. Understandably, Austrians are very excited and things are already heating up in the country.
Here are a few excellent public viewing spots in Vienna where you can catch the matches between June 10th and July 10th.
1. Altes AKH, 1090
The large open courtyard of the old hospital and now university campus is often used for public screenings of big sporting or entertainment events. Being a student hotspot, it’s recommended to get there as early as you can to get a spot that is not blocked by a tree. You could also try to get a seat at the Stiegl-Ambulanz bar in the campus, which will have screens as well.
2. WUK, 1090
If you can’t get see the football for the trees in Altes AKH, you could always dash to WUK just around the corner. With this being the HQ for FM4’s Euro coverage, the beautiful surroundings of the former factory and activist community will host discussion events with fans and experts as well as show the football. There will also be the obligatory sausage stand inside the courtyard (with vegan food alternatives).
3. Rathausplatz, 1010
This popular public viewing spot is near the center of Vienna, on the Ringstrasse in front of the gothic town hall. The huge square is often used for public events – in fact there are only 6 weeks a year when it isn’t – and the football is no exception. Expect crowds, and a fair number of tourists, but there will be lots of food and drink stalls lining the sides.
4. Donau Canal
Photo: Strandbar Hermann
There will be a couple of places along the canal where you can grab a beer in the – fingers crossed – sunshine and watch the footies. At Flex (Augartenbrücke) games will be screened in the outdoor area on a huge LED wall and there will also be TVs in the cafe if the weather changes for the worst. The Summer Stage (U4 Rossauer Lände) will also be broadcasting all European Championship games on several screens which can be seen easily from every table. A favourite spot will also be the Strandbar Hermann (Donaukanal-Urania) where loungers and tables will provide space for 2,000 football fans.
5. Seestadt Aspern, 1220
An artists impression of the public viewing screens at Aspern Nord.
In this big open space at U2 station Aspern Nord, the Euro games will be broadcast for the first time on 3 LED walls so bar any ridiculously tall people or large hats you are almost guaranteed to be able to see a screen. It’s a bit further out, but there will also be tons of food trucks to keep the munchies at bay.
If none of these takes your fancy, here are some other public spaces also showing the footie:
- Campus WU
- Hohe Warte
- Lugner Kino