If you like wine, and gentle hiking, head to the beautiful Wienerwald region just outside of Vienna. Around 80 wine producers will be participating in an annual event known as the Genussmeile. It doesn’t cost anything to participate, and there will be free wine tastings, and beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. Some of the warmest temperatures are forecast for this area, so be sure to take a sunhat and drink plenty of water!
Alte Donau, Greifenstein. Photo: R Waites
Go for a swim
It could be the last opportunity to do some open water swimming or boating over the weekend – so why not head to one of Austria’s beautiful lakes or rivers and take advantage of the warm weather? Plus, many of Austria’s open air swimming pools close on Sunday 11th – so this really is your last chance to top up the tan and get in some laps.
Open House Vienna
If swimming or wine doesn’t appeal, and you’re in Vienna, check out the annual Open House event. On Saturday and Sunday you can join an exclusive free tour of more than 80 buildings around the city which are usually closed to the public – including private homes, schools and universities, and industry and trade buildings. More information here:
Another fun event in the capital promises to be the Vienna Busking Festival – featuring acrobats, clowns and musicians from across Central Europe. All performances take place in front of the Karlskirche on Karlsplatz. It starts on Friday at 2pm. Check out the program here:
Classical music outdoors
Something for classical music fans: It’s the last weekend of the Grafenegg music festival, which is being held at Grafenegg Castle in the Wachau Valley, about an hour west of Vienna. The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra will perform two open air concerts featuring works for piano and orchestra by Beethoven. For more information see: http://www.grafenegg.com/en?set_language=en
Art and Design
If you’re in Linz it’s worth paying a visit to the Ars Electronica festival, organised by the forward thinking Ars Electronica Center. It’s open until Monday and features innovative technology, art, music, and all things digital at venues throughout the city. The theme this year is ‘RADICAL ATOMS – and the alchemists of our time’.