Embrace the art and culture of Vienna this autumn with a city break in the elegant and historic Austrian capital. Here we guide you through the top attractions and events to explore during the autumn season, including the annual Viennale Vienna Film Festival.
Visit a Viennese wine tavern
Toast the autumn season with a glass of Austrian wine at a heuriger – winemaker’s tavern – which serves the latest offerings from local vineyards. Enjoy an evening sampling a range of dry, sweet and full-bodied red and white wine, and be sure to tantalise your taste buds too with traditional Austrian food, including a range of meats, cheese and freshly baked bread.
Viennale – 19 October to 2 November
One of Vienna’s biggest attractions, the Viennale Vienna International Film Festival was founded in 1960 and takes place every autumn. The 2017 event plays host to 200 premieres from Austrian and international film-makers. As well as feature films, the festival also focuses on independent documentaries, short cinematography and experimental films, and is a must-visit during your stay in this cultural city.
Vienna Evening Walking Tour – until 30 October
Explore Vienna’s old town with a two-hour guided walking tour through the city’s medieval streets, central squares and historic landmarks. During the tour, visitors will learn about Vienna’s history and famous locations such as the Staatsoper opera house, Spanischen Hofreitschule (Spanish Riding School), Domkirche St Stephan (St Stephen’s Cathedral) and the renowned Graben luxury shopping street.
Wien Modern – 31 October to 1 December
Enjoy new and contemporary music at the Wien Modern music festival in the heart of the city. Now in its 30th year, the festival celebrates the sound and art of Austrian musicians with a programme featuring everything from orchestras to choirs, ensembles and over 70 premieres. This year, visitors will also be taken on a visual journey as part of the festival’s theme of Truly Great Cinema.
Viennese Christmas market – 18 November to 30 December
Be sure to time your visit to coincide with the Christkindlmarkt, one of Vienna’s biggest and most popular Christmas markets, which takes in the heart of the city in the Rathausplatz – city hall square. Opening this year on 18 November, the market offers unique arts, crafts and souvenir shopping as well as food and Christmas-themed entertainment for the whole family. Browse seasonal gifts and trinkets, and enjoy food stalls laden with gourmet Austrian delights and traditional Christmas punch. End your visit with a spot of ice skating in the surrounding park areas, where brightly lit trees illuminate the magical market square.