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Vienna bursts into bloom – Spring 2019

It’s easy to enjoy the green of springtime in Vienna – after all, green spaces account for almost half of the urban area. These include 280 imperial parks as well as the large recreational areas in and around the city. Other than that, Vienna has all sorts of open-air pleasures to offer in spring and early summer – from the "Schanigarten" outdoor seating areas in front of cafés to the opera experience under a canopy of stars.


This is how diverse spring and early summer are in Vienna: By the end of April, the Easter markets set the mood – whether in front of Schönbrunn Palace, on Freyung or on Am Hof square in the Old City. The Volksgarten on the Ringstrasse is full of the fragrance of 400 different kinds of rose, people catch the sun on the meadow next door in the Burggarten, while others walk through the Baroque garden splendor in the parks of Schönbrunn Palace and the Belvedere.

Vienna's imperial glory can also be enjoyed to the fullest from the saddle of a bicycle – such as on one of the Citybikes that can be rented at over 121 stations. And almost 1,380 km of cycle paths invite everyone to experience the city from new perspectives. Even a part of Vienna's cultural life moves outdoors in spring. For example, the Vienna State Opera broadcasts selected performances live to the square in front of the Opera House starting in April. A special anniversary will also be celebrated there on May 26, 2019: 150 years of the opera house on the Ring. The Vienna Philharmonic gives a free open-air concert in Schönbrunn Palace Park in June.

First-class performance venues such as the Wiener Konzerthaus and the Musikverein impress music lovers with their programs. The MuseumsQuartier presents trendy artists of the Austrian electronic music scene during "Electric Spring" in April. Exciting stage performances dominate the Vienna Festival in May and June. A highlight for Musical fans will be is the concertante performance of the musical “Elisabeth” in the open air in front of Schönbrunn Palace on 5 and 6 July. From the end of June, world stars make guest appearances at the Vienna Jazz Festival.

At the beginning of June, Vienna's ball scene comes powerfully to the fore once again – with the Life Ball, one of the world's biggest AIDS charity events. From June 1 to 16, EuroPride Vienna turns Vienna into the centre of the European LGBT community with information, discussion and cultural events and parties - highlight: the rainbow parade on June 15 along Vienna’s Ringstrasse boulevard, a colorful demonstration for equality and against discrimination.

And every year in June the world’s biggest music festival is held on the Danube Island during the Danube Island Festival.


Impressions of events in Vienna

Luftaufnahme vom Donauinselfest
Danube Island Festival
A young couple lying in the grass at Burggartenf Burggarten
Burggarten Vienna
Menschen im Schönbrunner Schloßpark beim Sommernachtskonzert mit Gloriette im Hintergrund
Sommernachtskonzert der Wiener Philharmoniker vor Schloss Schönbrunn

Events in Spring

  • Genuss-Festival Stadtpark, May 10-12, 2019 
  • EuroPride Vienna, June 1- 16, 2019
  • Life Ball, June 8, 2019
  • Summer Night Concert by the Vienna Philharmonic at Schönbrunn Palace, June 20, 2019
  • Danube Island Festival, June 21 – 23, 2019
  • Jazz Festival Vienna, June 24 – July 10, 2019
  • Oskar Kokoschka as “Expressionist, Migrant, European”, April 6 – July 8, 2019, Leopold

Information on all Viennese events