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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 Austria's largest street food festival, here are some ideas.

Five things to do in Vienna this weekend
Vienna's Ferris wheel at Prater (Photo by Tim Simon on Unsplash)

Tourism classic: Prater

Prater is an amusement park in Vienna, great for enjoying the warmer days and going on some rides. In addition to having one of the oldest Ferris wheels in the world, it is a perfect place to take the kids to have fun too.

The amusement park is actually called the Wurstelprater and if you haven’t visited yet, this is a great opportunity. It’s free entrance, but you pay for each ride. Its famous Ferris wheel offers a great view of the Austrian capital.

You can find more information here.

Bauernmarkt unter Palmen

A pop-up market with a farmer’s market in one of Vienna’s most beautiful locations (the Palmenhaus Burggarten). This weekend you can meet up to 30 family and small producers that offer handmade products and are happy to talk about their work, urban farming, biodiversity and agriculture.

Of course, you can also look forward to freshly harvested vegetable specialities, refreshing beer from Lower Austria, high-quality fish specialities from the Mürzer Oberland Nature Park and more.

You can find more information here.

Mamamon Thai Eatery

If you miss authentic Thai food in Austria, Mamamon Thai Eatery, in the 8th district, is an excellent option for the weekend. The restaurant specialises in Thai street food and the dishes are freshly prepared in front of the guest.

It’s a small palace with a nice outdoor seating area and a chill vibe. Food can also be prepared vegan.

You can find more information here.

IKEA Festival

The IKEA branch at the Westbahnhof is celebrating its first birthday with a Saturday of events at the store, located in the city’s 15th district. You can expect a day full of food tastings, workshops, DJ tunes, plant advice and much more.

The event will also be live-streamed so you can experience the activities from home.

You can find more information here.

Veganmania

This weekend, one of Austria’s largest streetfood-festival is taking place again on the Danube island. The Veganmedia is a summer festival with free entrance and lots of delicious food and musical attractions. You can also find stands with vegan and sustainable products.

The child and family-friendly (also dog-friendly) festival is a lot of fun, the food is delicious and it’s worth it even for non-vegans.

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.

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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).

READ MORE: EXPLAINED: How to keep energy bills down in Austria

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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