Today in Austria: A round-up of the latest news on Tuesday

Find out what's going on today in Austria with The Local's short roundup of the news.

Walk in the Prater

Summer weather on Wednesday and Thursday

The next few days will see summer temperatures throughout Austria. Around 23 to 24 degrees is expected in Vienna, Graz and Klagenfurt, and temperatures could reach 25 degrees in the Inntal, Walgau and Salzach Valley. The warmest days will be Wednesday and Thursday.

The warm phase will slowly come to an end on Good Friday, and there could be a few rain showers, in places even with lightning and thunder.

However, in Tyrol,  Carinthia and Styria temperatures above 20 degrees are also forecast, broadcaster ORF’s weather forecast predicts. 

Tougher rules for people travelling to Austria

Tighter rules for people coming into Austria will came into force tomorrow at midnight.

Commuters from all non-EU and EEA countries as well as from the high incidence countries Bulgaria, Estonia, France, Italy, Malta, Poland, Sweden, Slovakia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Cyprus must show a negative PCR or antigen test no older than 72 hours.

Self-tests may not be used.

Commuters from all other EU and EEA must present a test result on entry form the past seven days or carry out a test within 24 hours.

Regular commuters are also required to register electronically using the “Pre-Travel Clearance” form, broadcaster ORF reports. 

Next step towards EU vaccination passport

Austria and twelve other EU countries – Germany, Denmark, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Slovenia, Croatia, Cyprus, Malta and Bulgaria – have agreed on the development of a “common priority list with clear criteria for the green passport for tourism”.

This list will be sent to the European Commission by Easter, according to the Austrian Tourism Minister Elisabeth Köstinger, according to Austrian press agency APA.

Seven day incidence at 260

Austria’s seven-day incidence, or the number of new infections with the coronavirus in the past seven days per 100,000 inhabitants, is 260, according to the AGES database

The number is highest in Vienna (342.9), followed by Burgenland (303.3). The value is lowest in Vorarlberg (128.2), which is the only federal state below 200.

There are currently 2,227 people in hospital treatment due to the coronavirus, 534 of them in intensive care units.

Johnson & Johnson vaccine to be delivered from 19th April

Johnson & Johnson announced on Monday it will start deliveries of its single-dose vaccine to the EU from 19th April, following the vaccine’s regulatory approval by the EMA on 11th March. 


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What’s on: Five things to do in Vienna this weekend

Vienna is full of events, places to visit and great new restaurants to try out. If you are overwhelmed with the possibilities or just wondering where you can find a cafe with a fireplace, here are some ideas.

What's on: Five things to do in Vienna this weekend

Haus der Musik

Austria and its capital Vienna are known for their connection to the world of music, from classical names to more recent rock, pop and hip hop creations. 

In Vienna, one of the best museums for all ages is the house of music, with information and many interactive experiences will teach you how sound is created and show you pieces from the city’s philharmonic. 

One of the highlights is the staircase between floors that acts as a piano allowing visitors to compose their music. 

You can find more information here.

Long night in the museum

Definitely one of the coolest events in any city. This weekend is the time to visit Viennese museums way after hours – the event is actually Austria-wide and you can check all participating institutions here.

On Saturday, the 1st of October, the “ORF Long Night of Museums” takes place. From 6 pm to 1 am, numerous museums open their doors and offer a diverse program for young and old. The regular tickets cost 15 euros, discounted tickets 12 euros and regionally limited tickets six euros. Admission is free for children up to the age of twelve.

You can find more information here.

Café Jelinek

As the weather gets colder and the weekend promises some rain, of course staying indoors is a good idea. Vienna is full of beautiful cafes to visit and enjoy, but Jelinek has a charm of its own.

The traditional coffee house not only has delicious food in a great environment, but visitors can also enjoy some warmth straight from the fireplace (no extremely high gas bills here!).

You can find more information here.

Vienna Comic Con 

This weekend, Austria’s capital is hosting the Vienna Comic Con. Comic fans can meet up and enjoy the event with some great guests. Besides famous comic artists, fantasy authors, and voice actors, there are cosplay guests and entertainment guests. One of them is Jack Gleeson, the actor who played Joeffrey in Game of Thrones. 

The comic con also has thrilling esports tournaments, free-to-play areas, and more. 

You can find more information here.

Visit a heuriger

Not ready to say goodbye to heuriger season just yet? There are many unique places still open and worth a visit before it gets too old outside. 

The classic suggestion is Heuriger Wieninger, in the 21st district. Besides the house wine, there’s a buffet with warm and cold dishes, all in the traditional ambiance of a heuriger. 

You can find more information here.

Do you know any other cool events happening in Vienna during the weekends? You can email us at [email protected] to share your tips and suggestions.