YOU CAN’T GET MUCH GREENER THAN THIS
Vienna is one of the greenest cities in the world: almost half of the city consists of parks, meadows, forests, vineyards and...
Vienna has its own jungle! Yes, really – the Lobau! In eastern Vienna (approx. 20 min. by car/40 min. by public transport), you’ll find the ‘Wasserwald’, which measures 2,300 hectares and makes up almost a quarter of the Danube-Auen National Park. Go for a hike or a cycle in this area and, with a bit of luck, you might spot a sea eagle, a beaver or a kingfisher... Or you can explore the area by water: the National Park boat travels directly along the Vienna Danube canal and into the jungle (advance booking required).
The 21 km long Donauinsel is not just Vienna’s most popular recreational area, it’s also an oasis for tourists to cool off or do some exercise. You can travel to the island from the city centre in just a few minutes via the U1 or U6 underground lines. Its extensive network of trails are great for hiking, jogging, cycling or skating. The swimming bays are perfect spots to relax, with all sorts of fun activities on offer, such as a trampoline site, a climbing park, a white water route and boats for hire – needless to say, you’re spoilt for choice!
The Prater public park covers 6 million m2 – and there are so many different ways to explore it! On foot, by rickshaw, on the Liliputbahn, by bicycle… And to round off your trip, why not have a ride on the world-famous Giant Ferris Wheel?
Grinzing, located in Vienna’s 19th district, has retained all its original charm of a traditional wine village to this day and, with its stunning landscape and historical buildings from the 12th to 18th centuries, it’s a popular destination for both locals and tourists. A walk in the vineyards followed by a drink in one of the many ‘Heuriger’ wine taverns – that’s classic Vienna (approx. 20 min. by car/approx. 40 min. by public transport)!
THERE’S ALWAYS SOMETHING GOING ON
Stopping at a coffee house for a ‘Melange’ coffee, served with a generous helping of pure ‘Schmäh’, the sarcastic Viennese sense of humour, is an absolute must. But this summer, there’s even more to discover:
Donauinselfest – until 20 September 2020. With an 80-day summer tour through the WHOLE OF VIENNA and two festival days on Danube Island, Donauinselfest 2020 will be the longest ever. The #dif20 summer tour will bring the festival’s entire, wonderfully varied programme, featuring a total of 100 acts in 240 pop-up concerts, to all 23 districts in Vienna.
Kultursommer ‘Wien dreht auf’– until the end of August: 2,000 artists, 800 acts spanning a range of genres, 25 venues and locations. For the month of August, the whole city will essentially become a massive stage for its first ‘Kultursommer’ event, with a hugely varied programme – from concerts to cabaret! There are shows on every week from Thursday to Sunday (except for Public Moves, which is on every day!). Admission is free. Click here to view the programme.
The Art of Banksy – until 4 October 2020: This exhibition, held in the Sofiensaal concert hall, displays 100 works by the artist – photographs and prints, some of them produced specially for the exhibition. There’s also a video documentary providing an insight into the artist’s life and work.
Summerstage 2020 – until the end of September: Come on down to this hub of cultural and culinary delights (Roßauer Lände/U4) and round off a balmy summer’s evening with a glass of wine and some great music, right by the water – and yet in the heart of the city.
Filmfestival 2020 #soWIENie – until 6 September: Every summer for 30 years now, the city of Vienna has hosted a programme of free cultural events on the Rathausplatz square. For 65 days, visitors can enjoy a wide range of musical performances, from opera to modern dance, along with some delicious food – all under an open sky. Click here to view the programme.