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Summer in Vienna 2019 - the city is hot

More than 50 kilometers of beach in every guise ensure that summer feeling in Vienna. Summer pools and the shoreline of Danube Island are as much a feature as the urban beaches in the Old City. Chillout areas everywhere invite people to hang out, and hip clubs to dance the night away. An evening in the open-air cinema is as much a part of Vienna's summertime lifestyle as flying visits to all manner of open-air events.

Twenty-one kilometers of sand, grass and gravel beaches, including playgrounds and BBQ areas as well as restaurants, cafés and bars make summer days on Danube Island a real experience. From the end of July, the "Vienna Major" beach volleyball tournament will be held here as part of the international series with the same name – at which the best beach volleyball players will ensure thrilling moments. The exciting combination of restaurant terraces, nostalgic beach pools and boat rentals defines the charm of the Old Danube. And on the urban beaches along the Danube Canal in the Old City, cool drinks are served by Strandbar Herrmann, Badeschiff, Tel Aviv Beach and numerous other trendy spots. The Motto am Fluss, the café and restaurant at the mooring site of the Twin City Liner, offers the best view of the colorful hustle and bustle along the Danube Canal.

The MuseumsQuartier, an art area with important exhibition houses such as the Leopold Museum and the Museum of Modern Art, once again offers a vast array of cultural events and open-air concerts in its extensive courtyards during "Summer in the MQ". Cafés, restaurants and bars as well as the MQ Furniture, the futuristic loungers on the squares in the area, offer a superb opportunity to chill out. Fans of fashion flock to the city when MQ Vienna Fashion Week hits the catwalk in September.

With the Summer Stage and the university campus in the Old AKH, Vienna has a string of other excellent spots that are ideally suited to hanging out in the open air. Before heading out to frequent open-air clubs such as the Pratersauna and Volksgarten Pavilion or to pay a visit to one of the trendy rooftop bars with a view of Vienna. And it goes without saying in Vienna that the "Schanigärten" sidewalk seating areas in front of cafés and restaurants all over the city invite everyone to find a spot and watch the world go by.

The Music Film Festival at City Hall Square presents film adaptations of outstanding operas and concerts from classical and jazz to pop from the end of June to the beginning of September - accompanied by culinary greetings from around the world at a range of food booths. Film-goers find even more open-air cinema on Karlsplatz, on the Augartenspitz, on the roof of the Main Library on the Gürtel, and in the Arena.

At ImPulsTanz, Europe's biggest contemporary dance festival, the international dancing elite meets from the middle of July to the middle of August for spectacular performances. The local pop scene celebrates the summer on Karlsplatz during the Vienna Popfest. On the Gürtel Nightwalk at the end of August you can experience a live-live cross-section of current Viennese sounds in the venues and establishments along the Gürtel. Vienna also serves up exciting exhibitions in the summer: 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 Wien Museum MUSA focuses on “Red Vienna. 1919 to 1934”.


Impressions of events in Vienna

Family in a boat on the Old Danube
Boat ride on the Old Danube
Inner courtyard of the MuseumsQuartier in the early evening hours
MuseumsQuartier Vienna
Audience in front of the big screen at City Hall Square
Music Film Festival at City Hall Square

Events in Summer

  • The Vienna Major on Danube Island, July 31 – Aug 8, 2019
  • Music Film Festival at City Hall Square, June 29 – Sept 1, 2019
  • ImpulsTanz Festival, July 12 – August 11, 2019
  • Afrika Days on Danube Island, Aug 9 – 26, 2019
  • Red Vienna. 1919 to 1934, Wien Museum MUSA, until Jan 19, 2020

Information on all Viennese events