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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 international event, here are some ideas.

Five things to do in Vienna this weekend
The Prater amusement park in Vienna, on a sunny day. (Photo by Shery Arturova on Unsplash)

Visit the Prater

The Wiener Prater is a place that most people who live in Vienna have visited at least once. It’s also well worth the ride. The amusement park has options for children, adrenaline junkies, and all those in between.

It’s also a great place to get some cold drinks and delicious meals. But, of course, if it gets too hot, you can always head to the surrounding park, with endless trees providing shade.

You can check out more information here.

Calle Libre festival

The street art festival Calle Libre has its final days this weekend, so there is still time to see the international artists in Vienna’s Nordwestbahnhof.

Besides the colourful arts spread on the 400-metre warehouse, you can enjoy music, refreshments, workshops and installations. The festival also promotes guided walking tours in Vienna.

You can check out more information here.

Restaurant Akropolis

You might not be spending your weekend on a beautiful Greek beach, but perhaps you could get close to the feeling by going to a delicious Greek restaurant in Vienna.

Restaurant Akropolis in the 21st district has an impressive 4.6 rating on Google Maps (with over 1,300 reviews), has been around for almost 30 years in Austria and is recommended by many Greeks. What more can you ask?

You can check out more information here.

Learn more about Austria by attending an information session

The City of Vienna’s Integration and Diversity department is holding several workshops on Saturday at its VHS Favoriten location.

For free, you can attend information sessions on living and work in Austria in Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Farsi, Russian, Arabic, English, Turkish, Chinese, or Hindi/Punjabi. There is no need to pre-register.

You can check out more information here.

Go for a visit to the Schönbrunn zoo

Vienna’s zoo has just celebrated its 270th anniversary on July 31st, so why not pay it a visit? The zoo, located in the gardens of the beautiful Schönbrunn palace, offers a habitat for around 8,000 animals from about 700 species on an area of ​​17 hectares.

The zoo is open daily from 09 am to 6:30 pm in the summer, and the tickets are €14 (people with disabilities, children and young people) or €24 (adults). Kids under six do not pay.

You can check out more information here.

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ENERGY

Energy costs: Vienna to support 200,000 households with up to €500

The City of Vienna is expanding its group of homes that can receive an energy cost voucher by the end of the year. Here's what you need to know.

Energy costs: Vienna to support 200,000 households with up to €500

Austria’s capital Vienna is expanding a program to subsidise part of the energy bills of around 200,000 eligible households, the City said in a press release.

“Energy costs are difficult for many Viennese to cope with in the current situation. We are helping those who need the support most urgently – and we are doing so in a targeted manner by settling outstanding bills with energy providers”, City Councillor for Social Affairs Peter Hacker said.

The City has already agreed with state-run energy company Wien Energie that, from December 2022 to February 2023, no electricity, gas or heat shutdowns will happen – regardless of any payment issues.

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Now, a group of more vulnerable people can apply for Energy Support Plus to get up to €500 in aid with their energy bills.

The following people can apply online at wien.gv.at for Energy Support Plus: Recipients of Vienna minimum income (Bezieher*innen von Wiener Mindestsicherung), housing assistance (Wohnbeihilfe), AIVG benefits (AIVGLeistungen), a compensatory or supplementary allowance (einer Ausgleichs- oder Ergänzungszulage), GIS-exempt persons and low-income earners (GIS-Befreite und Geringverdienende) who are covered by the cost cap of the Renewable Expansion Act, those entitled to sickness benefit (Krankengeld), rehabilitation benefit (Rehabilitationsgeld), reintegration benefit (Wiedereingliederungsgeld) or transitional allowance (Übergangsgeld).

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Applications can be submitted until December 31st, 2022. The maximum subsidy amount is €500 per household.

The service telephone of the Department for Social Affairs, Social and Health Law, is available at 01/4000-8040 for information and assistance with applications. Wien Energie’s customer service also offers personal assistance with the application process at Spittelau.

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