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Vienna enchants in autumn

From walks and hikes in the autumnal Vienna Woods, visits to wine taverns and music events, to a magical world of lights at the Vienna Christmas World on Rathausplatz – that's how diverse the city on the Danube can be in autumn and early winter. Exhibitions, festivals and Advent markets do what they know best to thrill bon vivants in Vienna.

Vienna and wine

September and October are high season for Viennese wine. The harvest is over, and the "Junge Wiener" of the current vintage is poured in the simple 'Buschenschanken' wine taverns of the wine growing towns on the edge of the city, as is the "Wiener Gemischter Satz". This specialty, which was even awarded the DAC seal of quality in 2013, involves growing the grapes of at least three different white wine varieties and pressing them together. The delicious wines can normally be enjoyed in a wine tavern with hearty home-made food from the buffet.

Vienna's unique vineyards can be explored every year in the autumn on the wine hiking day – with lots of opportunities to sample good wines and enjoy the view of the city and the Danube.

Art wherever you look...

Vienna will be brimming with art this fall: highlights from the contemporary art scene await at the viennacontemporary and Parallel Vienna fairs and the curated by festival. Other events such as the Long Night of Museums, Open House Wien and many more besides make for a packed art calendar.

An extensive show on Albrecht Dürer starts at the Albertina in September, dedicated mainly to the master’s drawings, as does a comprehensive retrospective on Maria Lassnig to mark the 100th birthday of this important Austrian painter. The Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna focuses on the brilliant Renaissance artists Caravaggio and Bernini (from mid-October). The Leopold Museum presents Richard Gerstl from the end of September and German Expressionism from mid-November.


Above all, autumn in Vienna is rich in festivals: Contemporary classical music in all its sophisticated facets can be heard during "Wien Modern". The Vienna Jazzfloor Festival declares November the "Month of Jazz & Blues", while Voice Mania offers outstanding vocal acrobatics. Shortly before Christmas, the classical concert "Christmas in Vienna" creates a romantic mood. Fans of musicals also entertain themselves at the Ronacher with the hit musical "Cats".


From mid-November, a skating rink and light installations in the adjacent park set the mood for the Vienna Christmas World at Rathausplatz. Thousands of lights create an atmospheric ambience as Christmas decorations in Vienna's Old City and shopping streets. Romance and enjoyment come together at the Advent markets. The biggest of these is the traditional Christmas Market during the Vienna Christmas World. The Christmas markets in front of Schönbrunn Palace and the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna enchant against an imperial backdrop, while the market on Spittelberg derives its charm from the ambience of the old Biedermeier district.


Events in Autumn

  • Vienna Wine Hiking Day, Sept. 28 - 29, 2019
  • Albrecht Dürer, Sept. 20, 2019 - Jan. 6, 2020, Albertina
  • Maria Lassnig - Ways of Being, Sept. 9 - Dec. 1, 2019, Albertina
  • Caravaggio &  Bernini, Oct. 15, 2019 – Jan. 1, 2020, Kunsthistorisches Museum
  • Vienna Jazz Floor-Festival, Nov 1 -30, 2019 
  • Wien Modern 32, 28.10.–30.11.2019, various locations
  • Long Night of Museums, Oct. 5, 2019
  • Christmas Markets in Vienna starting Mid November, 2019     

Information on all Viennese events

Impressions of Vienna

In a vineyard with a view of Vienna and the Danube
Winery Wieninger at Nussberg
Musical Cats - three Cats sitting on a bank
Musical Cats
Christmas Market in front of Vienna City Hall
Vienna Christmas World on Rathausplatz