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Things To Do In Vienna April 2024: Spring Music and More

[todaysdate format=”F Y”]  What are the best things to do in Vienna in April 2024? This month kick-starts outdoor activities in Vienna. Restaurants, cafés and wineries move tables and seats outdoors, boat operators re-open their trips on the Danube, and Vienna tour operators re-start their bike and segway tours. For the best indoor classical music, find out what I recommend in Vienna concerts.

1. Compare the Albertinas

Albertina MODERN in ViennaThings to do in Vienna March 2024.  Now that the traditional art museum Albertina has established its sister museum Albertina MODERN  learn to compare old and new masterpieces. While the Albertina displays 19th and early 20th century art,  the Albertina Modern continues the timeline presenting modern and contemporary artists. from Cindy Sherman and Gerhard Richter to Georg Baselitz and Friedensreich Hundertwasser.

What’s more, the Albertina’s sumptuous rococo interiors delight as much as the elegant Historicist style of recently renovated Künstlerhaus that houses the Albertina MODERN.

Locations: Albertinaplatz 1 (Albertina) / Karlsplatz 5 (Albertina Modern) 1010 Vienna, about 7 minutes walk from each other;
Opening Times: daily 10.00 am to 6.00 pm
Admissions: EUR 16,90 (Albertina); EUR 12 (Albertina Modern); combined ticket: EUR 23

2. Visit Styrian Spring Festival 

Things to do in Vienna April: Styrian SchuhplattlerThings to do in Vienna April 2024. Styria (Steiermark in German) is a federal state in the southeastern part of Austria, popular for its diverse landscapes, historical cities, and cultural attractions. When Styrians want Viennese to visit their province they unpack the best of their folkloric traditions and food.

During four days you can watch Styrian folkloric dirndls and lederhosen,  a girl ‘Schuhplattler’ dance group, learn how to bake local Krapfen (donuts) with farmers from Schladming, watch local basket weaving and forging horseshoes, and bind palm bushes.

By the way, Styria makes a great day trip from Vienna by train. Southern Styria is known for its wine production, and the region is often referred to as the “Styrian Tuscany” due to its vineyards and rolling hills. Exploring its capital Graz you can expand on your experience of Austrian cities. For bespoke private tours to castles, wineries and an amazing chocolate factory, get in touch.

Date: 4th to 7th April 2024
Location: square in front of Vienna City Hall
Admission: free

3. Classical Symphonies And Piano Concerts

Things to do in Vienna April 2024. As the days expand, a breeze of romantic Viennese spring sounds  will waft across Vienna’s grand concert halls. In the first week of April the Vienna Symphony Orchestra will perform Rachmaninov’s Symphony No 2. The following week, Musikverein will present an eclectic mix of Richard Strauss Don Juan and Till Eulenspiegel, and Antonin Dvořak’ Cello Concerto .

From mid April, choose from various romantic piano concertos and chamber music at the Wiener Konzerthaus and Musikverein.

Dates: various throughout April 2024
Location: Minoritenkirche, Minoritenplatz 1, 1010 Vienna
Tickets: book tickets

4. Experience Mozart, Wagner and Italian Operas

Things to do in Vienna April: auditorium of Vienna State OperaThings to do in Vienna April 2024. From magic to tragic: in April the Vienna State Opera and the Wiener Volksoper will stage dramatic operas such as Wagner’s Lohengrin, and Richard Strauss’ Salome. If you prefer to lighten things up consider Mozart’s somewhat lighter Abduction from the Serail and Cosí Fan Tutte

Dates: see opera calendar for April 2024
Locations: Wiener Staatsoper, Opernring, 1010 Vienna; Wiener Volksoper, Währinger Strasse, 78, 1090 Vienna
Book Tickets: get tickets for the opera and more classical events in April and beyond;

5. Celebrate Anton Bruckner’s 200th Birthday

Throughout the year, Austria celebrates another milestone anniversary of one of its major Romantic composers, Anton Bruckner. On the 10th April, the Akademie der Wissenschaften (Academy of Sciences) will host a free anniversary concert in its historic ballrooms. To start with, the Brass Chamber Music Ensemble of the local Universith of Music and Performing Arts will belt out two fanfares by Bruckner. Following that, in an arrangement for a large chamber ensemble will reach almost orchestral dimensions performing Bruckner’s Symphony No 7 in E major.

Date: 10th April 2024
Locations: Wiener Akademie der Wissenschaften, Dr. Ignaz-Seipel-Platz 2, 1010 Vienna
Admission: free

6. Go For  Spring Hiking Around Vienna

Things to do in Vienna April: Vienna Woods hiking path, GumpoldskirchenThings to do in Vienna April 2024. Lush hills, illuminated forest paths, romantic ruins, Alpine peaks and sparkling waterfalls: Once you see those gorgeous landscape paintings at the Austrian National Gallery you will want to step right into them. While figuring out your own route isn’t that easy several tour guides now lead small or private groups of participants along easy to mid-level hiking paths.

Actually walking through fragrant pine woods and rocky gorges, passing caves, waterfalls and wayside shrines just adds that extra dimension that most visitors will never experience. This picture shows one of 12 religious shrines on the Kalvarienberg path near Renaissance vintner village Gumpoldskirchen, where I walk most summers. Check this Vienna Woods wine tasting and hiking tour.

7.Vienna City Marathon

Things to do in Vienna April: Marathon

Things to do in Vienna April 2024. Have you ever jogged to classical music? At the Vienna City Marathon, more than a quarter of the track will resound to music from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Richard and Johann Strauss, Ludwig van Beethoven and others. The afternoon before, runners charge themselves with carbohydrates from our thick pancakes (Kaiserschmarrn) and pasta at a party in Vienna’s City Hall.
In parallel to the standard marathon, a half-marathon, the world’s biggest relay marathon, and two children’s races will take place.
Date: 21st April 2024
Location: passing UNO City, Vienna PraterRingstrasseSchonbrunn Palace and back to Ringstrasse

8. Explore  Empress Sissi’s Hermesvilla

Things to do in Vienna April: HermesvillaThings to do in Vienna April 2024. Empress Sissi’s romantic bolthole will have re-opened after its winter break. Hardly known by tourists, Hermesvilla is a beautiful countryside retreat set in the Lainz Natural Reserve, just a few kilometres from Schönbrunn Palace. In the late 19th century, Emperor Francis Joseph had commissioned the summer residence for Empress Elisabeth. The elegant interiors boast precious paintings and sculptures, offering insights into the lifestyle of the Habsburgs during that period.

On a sunny Sunday afternoon I re-visited the villa with my mother and the kids, strolling off the tourist streams in a semi-wild park landscape to the villa. Beyond the villa itself, the Lainzer Tiergarten with its deer and wild boar is a delightful destination for hiking and exploring. Learn more about Empress Sissi’s Palace of Dreams.

9. Vienna Symphonic Orchestra: Beisl Concerts

Things to do in Vienna April 2024. Bringing their classical music closer to residents, the world renown Vienna Symphonic Orchstra will perform 10 concerts in 10 restaurants, bars and shops free of charge in Vienna’s lovely Serviten quarter. Expect a wild variety of classical tunes, world music, funk, jazz and pop.

Date: 30th April 2024; 6.30pm, 7.30pm and 8.30pm
Locations: Schauspielhaus, Porzellangasse 19; D’Landsknecht, Porzellangasse 13; Café Freud, Berggasse 17; Xocolat, Servitengasse 5, Café Luxor, Grünentorgasse 9B; Freunderlwirtschaft, Grünentorgasse 21; Spezialitätenkönig, Servitengasse 6; Café Porzellanlounge, Servitengasse 2; Plain, Berggasse 25; Zum Roten Bären, Berggasse 39;
Admission: free

10. Venture Out To The  Countryside

Things to do in Vienna April: Forchtenstein CastleThings to do in Vienna April 2024. At hardly an hour from Vienna the scenery changes in Burgenland to Austrian countryside bliss, even more so with March’s snowbells and daffodils. I love walking and biking alongside vast Lake Neusiedl, visiting a local winery and taking my family to Medieval Forchtenstein Castle (photo). Especially if you like to explore Austria off the beaten tourist paths, a day in Burgenland gets you far beyond the usual guide books. Find out more in Burgenland-Wine-Esterhazy.

Check things to do during other months:

March: Things to do in Vienna, March
May: Things to do in Vienna, May

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