Why Vienna is the place to be this summer

The thriving city of Vienna has been a cultural hub of Europe for years. From contemporary dance festivals to art exhibitions, there isn’t much the capital of Austria doesn’t have to offer the culture vultures of the travelling community. If you’re on the hunt for somewhere new and unique to visit this summer, Vienna has tonnes of events you can book tickets for over the warmer months – here are just a few…

  1. You can watch an open-air film

The summer time is when Vienna really comes alive, as the stunning flowers and trees are in bloom, and it’s the perfect place to grab a picnic basket and head for an open-air film. Luckily, that’s exactly what you’ll find here; from July through to September, there are dozens of showings in public places, creating a warm and friendly atmosphere, with everyone enjoying a variety of different performances. Music lovers might head to the Town Hall square to watch concerts on film, or in the Karlsplatz, you’ll be able to watch classic and independent films. Or, for the most beautiful views in all of Vienna, the Cinema on the Roof at the Vienna Public Library is a must-see experience.

  1. You can take in an opera and ballet

If you prefer to watch live shows instead, you’ll be pleased to know that the summer schedule is packed here with ballets, operas, classical performances and much more. For dance enthusiasts, there are plenty of Swan Lake showings, in the plush, luxurious surroundings of the Vienna State Opera, or how about the annual Nureyev Gala? If it’s Vienna opera tickets you’re looking for though, you’ll be spoilt for choice – will it be an aria from Vivaldi, Prince Igor or Elektra that you see this summer?

  1. You can enjoy the sights and sounds of Donauinsel

The Donauinsel (also known as Danube Island) is the ideal day-trip for anyone seeking an adventure this summer. From scenic biking routes to picturesque walking trails that will help you burn some calories after all that rich Viennese food, it’s the perfect place for amateur explorers. Plus, if you’re an avid festival-goer, you’ll love the summer music festival that takes place here every year; completely free, open-air and lasting for three days, Donauinselfest attracts more and more people each year, offering an incredible atmosphere for all who attend.

  1. You can take a seat at the Summer Stage

If you’re an all-rounder when it comes to entertainment, and you’re happy to try out a variety of difference performances, Summer Stage should definitely be on your summer events list this year. Offering the public everything from music and theater to cabaret and stand-up comedy, what could be a better way to spend those warm summer evenings? Held in the up-and-coming Biedermeier district of Vienna, everyone from local performers to international names grace the stage.

If you’re heading to Vienna this summer, let us know which of these events you’ll be attending.

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