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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 cool English-speaking event, here are some ideas.

Heldenplatz and Museums
Heldenplatz and Museums in Vienna. (Copyright: © WienTourismus/Christian Stemper)

Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna

There are so many beautiful places to visit in Vienna that even locals sometimes don’t get a chance to see them all. So this weekend is an excellent opportunity for you to (re)visit the beautiful Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna.

In it, you can find an astonishing collection of art and artefacts, but the building itself is also a jewel: a massive neoclassical and breathtaking construction worth the visit by itself.

You can check out more here.

Summerstage Wien

Summer is definitely one of the times when the city is alive, with events and spaces opening up just for the warmer months. One example is the famous among locals Summerstage, in the Roßauer Lände, just by the Donaukanal.

The area is open until the end of September. It offers many events, including this Sunday’s reading by Linz-born writer Stefan Kutzenberger, ongoing exhibitions such as a sculpture garden, and plenty of sports activities.

All of that is set by the beautiful green area near the water at Donaukanal. There are many restaurants with outdoor seating and you can find a varied selection of meals: from Austrian specialities to French pastries, Latin dishes and Creole cuisine.

You can check out more here.

Lisboa Lounge

Comida boa alert. If you enjoy Portuguese food and want to feel like you are in a lovely restaurant in Lisbon, then Lisboa Lounge, in the fourth district, is the place to go.

There, you can have some authentic Portuguese food, wines and tapas, from Portuguese cheese and Iberian ham to seafood specialities and Port wine.

To finish the delicious meal, you can’t go wrong when trying the pastel de nata and a strong black coffee.

You can check out more here.

English stand-up comedy at Shebeen International Pub

Tamas Vamos, a half Hungarian, half South-African comedian, brings immigrants a great laugh with his show with lots of cultural and cross-cultural comparisons.

There are plenty of jokes on anything from politics to living in Western Europe, a Hungarian and some dark comedy that will leave you in high spirits.

You can check out more here.

Wild herbs tour in Schönbrunn

On Sunday, you can take a hike at the Schönbrunn Palace Park and learn all about wild herbs and medicinal plants that can be found in the region. The tour lasts about two hours, starting at the entrance of the garden’s maze at 10 am.

The guided tour with specialist Michael Zisses costs €24 for adults and €12 for children from six to 18 years.

You can check out more here.

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Vienna forced to dim street lighting and cancel some Christmas illuminations

Christmas illuminations in Vienna will also be scaled back this year as part of the city's energy saving measures.

Vienna forced to dim street lighting and cancel some Christmas illuminations

Vienna, a city known for its Christmas markets and its New Year concert, is cutting back on public lighting in the face of soaring energy prices.

“There will be no Christmas illuminations this year on the Ring,” the famous boulevard that encircles the centre of the Austrian capital, city spokeswoman Roberta Kraft told AFP.

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And the lights at the Christmas market in the square in front of the city hall would only be switched on at night and not at dusk, as in previous years, “which is to say about an hour later, on average, every day”, she said.

The city authorities said they had not calculated exactly how much they would save, but the move comes after energy prices have skyrocketed following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and its response to Western sanctions.

Last Friday, the Austrian Energy Agency announced that its electricity price index for September rose by more than 256 percent year-on-year.

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Austria, with its population of nine million, is very dependent on tourism and its end-of-year celebrations are a major motor of the economy.

Before the Covid-19 pandemic shut down much international travel, more than four million people visited Vienna’s famous Christmas markets in 2019.

In 2021, around 30 of Vienna’s shopping streets were lit up for seven hours a day, from November 12 until early January.