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Vienna enchants in autumn 2018

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's museums present outstanding artists in the autumn: The color concept of Claude Monet is the focal point of the major autumn exhibition at the Albertina. The Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna presents a comprehensive show to mark the 450th anniversary of the death of Pieter Bruegel the Elder from the beginning of October. And numerous leading Viennese museums, including the Orangery in the Lower Belvedere, the MAK, the Bank Austria Kunstforum Wien, the Leopold Museum, the Jewish Museum Vienna, the Grillparzerhaus/Austrian National Archive, the Theatre Museum, the Klimt Villa as well as the Austrian Friedrich and Lillian Kiesler Private Foundation are dedicated to the theme of the year "Vienna 2018: Beauty and the Abyss" and the artists Klimt, Schiele, Wagner and Moser, all of whom died in 1918.

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. Musical fans make their way to the Ronacher for "Bodyguard" and to the Raimund Theater for “I Am From Austria”; the Disney hit "Beauty and the Beast" comes to the Wiener Stadthalle and "Flashdance" to Hall E in the MuseumsQuartier in November. At the end of October/beginning of November, Vienna's Viennale film festival is highly acclaimed by cinema-goers from around the world.

People who are drawn outdoors on sunny autumn days will find many promising spots on a walk in the Lainz Game Reserve or on one of the city hiking trails in the Vienna Woods on the edge of the city. 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.

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Events in Autumn

  • Claude Monet, Albertina, September 21, 2018 to January 6, 2019
  • Bruegel, Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, October 2, 2018 to January 13, 2019
  • Wien Modern 31, October 28 to November 30, 2018
  • Vienna Christmas World on Rathausplatz, November 16 - December 26, 2018

Information on all Viennese events

Impressions of events in Vienna

Otto Wagner Pavillion - Underground station
Museum Albertina in der Dämmerung hell beleuchtet
Albertina Museum Vienna
Bunt beleuchteter Weihnachtsmarkt mit dem Wiener Rathaus im Hintergrund
Vienna Christmas World at Rathausplatz