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The 7 things you have to do in Vienna this spring

Amanda Previdelli
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The 7 things you have to do in Vienna this spring
Cherry blossoms seen against a blue sky in spring in the Austrian capital of Vienna. Photo by Matias Tapia on Unsplash

Austria's capital Vienna is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, but even more so once it comes alive in spring after the long winter months. What else would you add to this list?


Spring in Vienna will start on March 20th, and even though the weather can vary tremendously (with April famously being a "stubborn" month), Austrians look forward to the sun and milder temperatures after months of short and cold winter days.

The city springs back to life, with more people on the streets, occupying park benches, the outdoor seating areas of bars and restaurants being fully used again and ice cream shops reopening. 

The Austrian capital blooms with colour again, be it on the cherry blossom trees, the tiny Frühblüher, or the carefully planted tulips. There is much to do (and much to make up for after winter hibernation) over spring. 

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Here are some of the best things to do in spring in Vienna, if we've missed anything obvious let us know in the comments section below.

Spend time in beautiful Wiener Wald

Wiener Wald, also known as the Vienna Woods, is a great place to visit during spring.

If you enjoy nature but do not want to travel far form the city, this is the place to go. Wiener Wald is one of the largest
forested areas in Austria and a perfect spot for outdoor sports such as biking, hiking and climbing. And if you do not feel like doing sports, you can also just enjoy a walk or a picnic while taking in the great views from one the many hills overlooking the city. Another good idea is to visit one of the wine taverns (Heuriger) in the area where you can enjoy local wine and food.


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Enjoy the city’s many markets

Vienna has a lot of markets where you buy everything from food to handicrafts. During springtime, this is a perfect meeting point for many, especially on Saturdays, which is known to be the day when most stalls are open at the markets.

When spring arrives, many people like to enjoy a coffee in the sun at one of the market squares. This is a great place during this time of the year, as the atmosphere tends to be more open and friendly, likely due to the fact that most people in the city seem happier when spring arrives.

Many of Vienna’s markets also often offer live music and different activities. Some of the most popular markets are Brunnenmarkt, Naschmarkt, and Karmelitermarkt.

Enjoy the flowers

Vienna goes all-in when it comes to its flora in springtime. There are many places where you can enjoy the sight of dozens of magnolia and cherry trees and planted roses and tulips. 

Schönbrunn Palace gardens are certainly among the best places to visit during spring. The well-cared-for imperial gardens carry all sorts of colours and shapes. The magnolia trees and blooming ivy are some of the main attractions. 

All city parks are good choices for those looking for that Instagrammable pic. The Stadtpark has beautiful cherry blossoms that look stunning with the park's elegant settings. The Augarten also has plenty of beautiful trees, as well as lovely spots for picnics.


During spring, a trendy place is the Setagayapark, where cherry blossoms and magnolia trees bloom over Japanese-style ponds. Unfortunately, the site is not so big, and it can get very crowded during weekends.

Another popular setting for those who like to see the blooming trees - and take that Instagram pic - is the Sigmund-Freud-Park, where a pink magnolia tree makes the perfect frame for the gothic Votivkirche.

Is springtime Vienna's most beautiful season? Image: Amanda Previdelli

Flowers blooming in the Austrian springtime. Image: Amanda Previdelli

It's hard not to find beautiful spots. Still, other areas with the much sought-after blooming trees include, but are not limited to, Burggarten, Türkenschanzpark, Karlsplatz, the streets of the 13th district, and in all honesty, perhaps the small park just around the corner of your apartment.

In the 4.5 kilometres Prater-Hauptallee, you can see thousands of blooming chestnut trees - and drop by Vienna's Prater amusement park for a ride or two. Another famous street filled with blooms is Hainburger Weg, where cherry trees from each side of the pedestrian path touch and hide the skies.


And the prominent flower garden Hirschstetten in the 22nd district is open again for spring, with more than 69,000 spring flowers, a new 3,000 sq metre green area (with seating options) and 15 Japanese cherry trees. 

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Ice cream shops and outdoor areas

You know spring has arrived when you start seeing long lines outside of ice cream shops in Vienna. 

Don't try to fight it; just go for it. Buy a take away ice cream cone or sit down in one of the beautiful parlours for ice cream-shaped like pasta (yes, that's a thing), and try some delicious vegan options out there too.

And speaking of sitting down… Austria's outdoor sitting and eating areas, including the famous Schanigärten, are back too. While winter brought Austrian life to indoor places, the summer sun (even on colder days) invites residents outside for a meal, or a Spritzer. 


Try all the wine!

Spring is also the time when some of Austria's major wine festivals take place. From April to June, the new wines are celebrated. In addition, people can visit wine cellars, participate in hikes through Vienna's wine regions, and enjoy the season in one of the great Heurigers surrounding the capital.

Though the traditional Weinwandertag, the official hiking day(s), only takes place in September, the paths and beautiful hiking trails are open and blooming in spring.

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Vienna City Marathon

The city's annual marathon takes place in late April (April 21st 2024), and thousands of people, from professionals to amateur joggers, participate.

If the winter months have left you in less than fit, there's also the possibility of running half a marathon.

On Saturday, there is also a 5K run, as well as children's and inclusion runs. 

Is springtime Vienna's most beautiful season? Image: Amanda Previdelli

Is springtime Vienna's most beautiful season? Image: Amanda Previdelli

Donaukanal and and Donauinsel

Spring is also the perfect time - not too crowded, not too hot - to enjoy walks and picnics all over the city, but especially on the Donaukanal, enjoying the sun, seeing all the graffiti, and taking pics by the river. 

The bars are open, and there are plenty of options around. You can ride along with a bike or go for a run with your dog, or you can walk further and spend a day in the Donauinsel, where blooms are also easy to find. 

Don't be surprised if you see naked people around town. Of course, there are specific places for the freikorper kultur, but that won't stop some of its main supporters. Sunbathing in parks and by the river - with or without tops - is also a very Austrian activity as temperatures rise. 


Useful vocabulary

Frühling - Spring

Frühblüher - early bloomer

Frühlingsgefühle - the feeling of happiness with the upcoming spring



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