If all the dancing balls are not enough
Vienna is a fascinating European capital, from its royal heritage to its musical portfolio. Its summer is full of tourists and its winter of Christmas markets – which makes fall the best time to visit.
Cities like the Austrian capital are tourist magnets. Offering classy refuge in castles, palaces and museums during hot summer days and warm punch once the snow prepares to fall, the city is constantly surrounded by curious eyes. But if you want to visit Vienna and avoid the crowds, drop by during autumn. You don’t even have to sacrifice the usual attractions because the city is still vibrant as the rusty leaves fall to the ground. These are your five reasons to visit Vienna this fall:
1. Viennacontemporary | 22 – 25 Sept
If you happen to be a cultural traveller, you can sample a large palette of art at the end of September, during the four days of Viennacontemporary. As the name suggests, the event brings together contemporary art from galleries all over the word, particularly local and Eastern European. You will find established artists but also be introduced to exciting new creators.
This year, over 100 galleries are represented in the line-up, making it the largest art fair in the area. If it sounds intriguing, visit its venue in the third district, the imposing Marx Halle building.
2. Vienna Design Week | 30 Sept – 9 Oct
A bit later in the month, the country’s biggest design festival opens its doors in different venues around the city. If you choose to visit Vienna during Design Week, you will be able to attend the tenth anniversary edition of the fair, which shows the way design influences our culture, our aesthetics and our daily life.
Every year the festival focuses on one area of Vienna that is highlighted through design and which hosts most of the exhibitions and lectures. 2016 puts the focus on Margereten, the city’s fifth district. If you want to explore the area, there are shuttle buses linking relevant venues.
3. Viennale | 20 Oct – 2 Nov
Needing little introduction, the Vienna International Film Festival is a hallmark in the German speaking cinema world, taking place in the beautiful cinemas scattered around the historical buildings of the old city. What you can watch if you visit Vienna during the Viennale is a selection of hundreds or films that contest the conventional and experiment with themes and techniques – nothing mainstream makes the cut. And don’t worry about it all being in German because the selection includes worldwide entries as well.
Besides the actual viewing experience, you can attend gala screenings, interviews, audience discussions, meet guests and actors, attend special events and parties – a film-lover’s dream.
4. Blickfang | 28 – 30 Oct
Mixing design week with fashion week, Blickfang is a unique event taking place in several German-speaking cities, with Vienna being its Austrian stop. A handful of people manage to bring together around five hundred design brands, whether it’s fashion designers, furniture designers or jewellery creators.
If you’re constantly on the lookout for the best and most innovative design, visit Vienna in late October to personally meet a selection of fantastic creators. The 2016 edition has a strong focus on fashion and accessories, with plenty of stylish brands on display, but also unique home products – the sort you will only find on Instagram.
5. Wien Modern | 30 Oct – 30 Nov
If you wish to prepare yourself for ballroom dancing season, why not start with the music? Visit Vienna anytime during November to experience the 29th edition of Wien Modern. The full program is yet to be revealed but you can expect performances from the Vienna Philharmonic, the Wiener Symphoniker, the Company of Music, JACK Quartet from New York and several other artists performing eleven world and Austrian premieres.
The aim of the festival has always been to preserve and revitalize the traditional musical scene of Vienna, presenting new major works every year. In time, Wien Modern embraced other forms of performing arts, from dance and film to electronic music.
And while you’re there in late autumn, why not stay over for the Opera Ball, the Christmas markets and all the little touristic jewels that make us visit Vienna. Not sure what those are? Pay attention to our upcoming release of the Vienna Glam Guide – all the best things to do in Vienna in one place.