Euro 2020 – taking place of course in 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic – kicks off this Friday.
It’s a momentous occasion in Austria, with this being the second time in history that the Austrian side have qualified for the event (Austria co-hosted in 2008 and therefore did not need to qualify).
As a result, the Austrian government have extended the curfew from 10pm to midnight to allow people to watch the games at bars or beer gardens around the country.
Led by Bayern Munich and now Real Madrid superstar David Alaba, Austria will be hoping to do what no other Austrian side have done and make it out of the group.
Austria have three group games. The first takes place on the 13th of June at 6pm against North Macedonia, followed by the crucial clash with the Netherlands at 9pm on the 17th.
The final group game – which is likely to determine who will finish second in the group – will take place at 6pm on June 21st.
Here’s what you need to know.
There are many places to watch the football in Vienna’s enormous Prater park. Close to the Prater Hauptallee the sports platform Laola1 and the Feuerdorf have teamed up to offer enough space for up to 650 football fans.
Shade and food trucks are promised. Admission opens one hour before the start of the match, and seats can be reserved on site. Other options along the Hauptallee include Der Garten and the sports park Spenadlwiese. Reservation is recommended.
Josefstadt and Alsergrund
The Chelsea close to the Lerchenfelder Gürtel in the 8th District is recommended by Radio Wien as a great spot to watch England play Croatia. All games can be seen both in the restaurant in all four arcs on four large screens and screens and in the pub garden on four flat screens.
Other options in the 9th District include the WUK cafe in Währinger Straße 59, where all games will be broadcast live and in HD in the courtyard. You must wear a mask except at the seat for which a reservation is required.
Another great option is the beach in the old AKH in the 9th District, where the operators of the Salettl have put in a bar and palm trees.
If you want to find Portugal fans head to the Portuguese restaurant Senhor Vinho in Schwarzhorngasse 8 on June 15th for Hungary vs Portugal. The Gasthaus zum Liebe Augustin in Reinprechtsdorfer Straße 47, and the Cafe Siebenbrunnen at Reinprechtsdorfer Straße 27 also plan to show the games.
Head to the 12th District to watch the games at the Gasthaus Alt Wien at Kofler Gasse 26, at Strasser Bräu at Schönbrunner Strasse 253/25 or at Gasthaus Maria at Wolfganggasse 16. A good choice for the Netherlands against Austria game on June 17th is the Hotel Orangerie at Grieshofgasse 11, according to Radio Wien – or at Biergasthof Otto at Altmannsdorfer Straße 101.
In the Hawidere at Ullmannstrasse 31 in Rudolfsheim-Fünfhaus, it’s possible to watch the games in an air-conditioned room, which might be a good idea with a heatwave due to hit Austria next week.