The Winter Olympics has started, and in Austria, ORF will broadcast the event. Are you an Austrian who want to stream the Winter Olympics on ORF outside Austria? Or are you a tourist in Austria who want to watch the Winter Olympics on a TV in your hotel room?
We have been waiting for the Winter Olympics for four long years, but finally the time is here. We are not that much of a Summer Olympics nation, but Austria is far better in winter sports. For that reason, we have been waiting for the Pyeongchang Olympics to start.
If you want to watch the Winter Olympics in your hotel room, just turn on your TV. ORF is the state channel in Austria, and you will for sure be able to watch the most interesting competitions on their TV channels. But, since there will be a lot of stuff happening during the Winter Olympics, you might not be able to watch exactly the competition you are interested in on the TV in your hotel room. You will need to go online!
Watch the Winter Games on ORF online
To watch the Winter Olympics on ORF, visit the ORF website. There you will see all the programs available on demand and live, and you simply select the content you are interested in. If you live outside Austria an Austrian IP address is required, and you can read more on how to get one at orf.fromabroad.org.
We hope and cheer for lots of Austrian medals during the Winter Olympics. Even though you come from somewhere else in the world, please cheer for the Austrians as well, we sure need it!
The rock-band Metallica will spend the last day of March 2018 in the beautiful city of Vienna. They will perform in the Stadthalle and the concert will start at 19.30.
Metallica will tour larger parts of Europe in 2018, and the action starts on February 1st in Lisbon. That sounds like a logical place to start such a tour because the temperature is much nicer in Lisbon in February than in for example Vienna. But, about two months later the band will come to Vienna, and by then, spring has arrived, and hopefully, the sun will be shining. If it is raining outside, want matter, because on the inside of Stadthalle on March 31st it will be a fantastic atmosphere as Metallica climb the stage.
Metallica has been to Vienna several times, and they have thousands of fans in the nation. Now the band will return, and people have been very eager to grab hold of the best tickets. If you would like to be there at the Metallica concert in Vienna on March 31st in 2018, use the ticket link beneath for more information.
Would you like to know more about Vienna? Read more about the most famous attractions, sights, programs and activities in Vienna here in our Vienna Guide.
Once Metallica leave Vienna, they will head to Budapest. The city is only 2 1/2 hours away from Budapest, meaning it will be a nice trip. If you would like to listen to Metallica once again in Budapest, then why not do a day-trip to Budapest?
Vienna might be the most beautiful city in the world to visit during the Christmas market season. It has a fantastic atmosphere, tons of Christmas markets and beautiful lights everywhere.
Those who love a city with Christmas markets, will for sure love Vienna. If you haven’t been to the city before, you just have to visit it during the Christmas market season. We have been to Christmas markets all across Europe, but nothing can compare to the city of Vienna before Christmas. It isn’t just a city with Christmas markets; it is a big Christmas market in itself. You will find stands everywhere where you can buy hot wine, there are lots of markets, and there are some unique markets entirely different from the markets you find elsewhere in Europe (for example the Spittelberg market).
Visit the beautiful Christmas markets in Vienna – By Burben / Shutterstock
The goal of this article is not to tell you about the different Christmas markets in Vienna. If you want to read more about the Christmas markets in Vienna, click the link and read that article. In this article, we will give you some recommendations and tips that will help you as you visit Vienna in November/December with the intention of checking out the Christmas markets.
Vienna Christmas market recommendations
Be ready for crowds
Vienna is fantastic before Christmas. As a consequence, you should prepare yourself for crowds everywhere, especially during the weekends. The most famous Christmas market in Vienna, the one in front of the City Hall (Rathausplatz), is the most crowded of them all. It can sometimes be hard to look at all the products at the different stands because of the amount of visitors. Some people enjoy the crowds, but if you do not particularly enjoy them, try visiting the Christmas markets during day-time on weekdays (not weekends). In the afternoon/evening, there will be crowds every single day of the week.
Walk around on foot
As we mentioned in the introduction, Vienna is a fantastic city in the Christmas market season. There are Christmas fairs everywhere. As a result, we recommend you to discover the city center of Vienna on foot. Walk around, feel the smell of the city, and discover Christmas fairs you did not read about in our Vienna Guide or elsewhere on the Internet. Stop to taste some hot wine at a stand somewhere in the middle of nowhere. Bring a GPS (or have Google Maps ready) so that you will find your way back home after walking up and down streets in the center of Vienna because you might end up not actually knowing where you are!
A picture from the Christmas market at Karlsplatz in Vienna – By trabantos / Shutterstock
Buy a hot wine mug
As you visit the Christmas markets in Vienna, you are most likely to fall in love with the city. By the time you return home, you will be eager to plan your Christmas market trip to Vienna next year already. One of the nice traditions you can create is to buy the annual Christmas market cup at the fair in front of the City Hall. Every year they produce a new cup, and thus this can be a nice souvenir to bring with you back home.
Bring warm clothes
Do not forget that it can get quite cold in Vienna in November and December. You might not feel it at once, but if you plan on walking around the city for several hours, you might get cold feet, or your ears might get red. Bring some extra warm clothes instead, making sure that you can stay outside for hours without feeling miserable because of the cold.
Eat at the Christmas markets
You might not want to eat all your meals outside at the Christmas markets, but make sure to eat at the Christmas fairs a couple of times. There are so many interesting things to taste, and you will probably have the chance to eat some food you haven’t tasted before. Maybe you are a skeptic who only loves food you love from before, but sometimes you had to fall in love with that food as well, so why not try something new, and maybe you will fall in love once again? If you taste something you do not like, so what? You spent a couple of Euro tasting something, which makes you a few Euro poorer, but an experience richer. We think you will say that it was worth it!
Live in the heart of Vienna
There are Christmas markets everywhere in Vienna. Most of them are located in the heart of Vienna, with some exceptions, for example, the Christmas fair by Schönbrunn. Still, you will save a lot of time if you live in the heart of Vienna, which will give you immediate access to the shopping opportunities Vienna has to offer during this period. You should know that living at a hotel in Vienna is quite expensive, at least if you compare it with Budapest and Prague, but that is a part of what you need to calculate with as you plan your trip to Vienna.
We wish you a merry Christmas from Vienna – S. Borisov / Shutterstock
Be early with your bookings
It can get really crowded in Vienna during the Christmas fair season, but not only on the Christmas markets but also in restaurants. As a result, you should book your table at your favorite Vienna restaurant as soon as possible. The same is true if you want to book an airport transfer in Vienna, enjoy a concert or take part in a guided tour of some sort.
Bring your camera
You probably have a good camera on your phone, but if you want to travel back home with some fantastic pictures, you might want to bring your real camera as well. As you visit the Christmas markets you will have plenty of chances to make some awesome pictures, especially in the evenings. But, making a good photo in the evening can be a hard task, so if you have a stand for your camera, bring that with you as well.
What is your advice?
Have you been to Vienna for the Christmas markets before? Do you havesome experience or piece of advice to give? We would love for oyu to share whatever comes to your mind!
Vienna is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and before Christmas it might be the most beautiful of them all. Find out when to visit Vienna before Christmas to discover the beautiful Christmas markets.
Lots of cities in Europe have beautiful Christmas markets, but there is something special about Vienna. It isn’t just a city with a Christmas market, but the inner city feels like a giant Christmas market in itself. People drink hot wine on every street corner, there are minor markets everywhere, and then at some special locations you can also enjoy giant Christmas markets.
A picture from the Christmas market at Karlsplatz in Vienna – By trabantos / Shutterstock
Vienna Christmas market dates
You are probably wondering when this years Christmas markets in Vienna will open and close. The most popular Christmas market in front of the City Hall (Rathaus) will open on November 18th and stay open until December 26th (some booths until December 30th). We originally guessed that this market would open one week earlier, but seems like they delayed the opening of this years Christmas market with one week (compared to last year). If you arrive one week earlier, maybe you should visit the Christmas markets in Budapest which will open on November 10th instead?
The Christmas market by Schönbrunn will open on November 18th as well and stay open until December 26th. But, from December 27th it will be re-opened, but then as a New Years market which will remain open until January 1st.
There will be several other Christmas markets in Vienna, but these are the most important and famous markets. We wish you a fantastic Christmas celebration.
Are you going to have a one-day stop in Vienna? Do you have 12 hours in which you want to discover as much as possible? Here is our suggestion for a 12-hour program in Vienna.
You can discover large parts of Vienna in 12 hours if you have a well-planned program. You can jump on a hop-on hop-off bus, and within a few hours, you will have seen the most significant places. Do you want to discover Vienna on your own in 12 hours using nothing but your feet and public transportation? Here are some suggestions from us on how to discover Vienna in 12-hours.
Why 12-hours and not 24-hours? You will often meet articles on how to discover Vienna in one day or 24-hours. The reality is however that most people sleep quite a lot, meaning that you do not spend 24 hours discovering the city, but rather 12-hours. For that reason, our guide is on how to discover Vienna in 12-hours.
Vienna in 12-hours
Discover the city center at first
We will recommend starting the tour from the State Opera in Vienna. The building in itself is a real beauty, and from here, you can walk into the city center of Vienna. Start your walk in the Kärntner Strasse, and just keep walking. This part of the walk will show you the famous shopping street of Vienna, and after some minutes (depending on your speed), you will end up at the Stephansplatz. Here you can look at the Stephansdom (and maybe even visit it), and even eat a little piece of cake before you move on.
Start your 12-hour tour in Vienna from the State Opera – By Noppasin / Shutterstock
As you finish your business at the Stephansplatz, walk back to the end of Kärntner Strasse, and walk left. You will then walk in Graben, another beautiful street. Here you can marvel at the beautiful architecture, the big squares, and a beautiful inner city.
At the end of Graben turn left. You will then walk along the Kohlmarkt. At the end of the street, you will discover the entrance to Hofburg. We do however recommend a stop at the famous Confectionary Demel, located on your right-hand side as you walk towards the Hofburg entrance (in Graben). Be aware of the fact that Demel is often full, so you might have to spend quite some minutes waiting to order.
Walk across the Michaelerplatz and enter into the Hofburg complex. This is yet another architectural beauty. Here you can find the riding school, the Royal palace, fantastic outdoor areas, and so much more. Walk around, sip in of the air, and continue straight ahead until you leave the Hofburg area, and continue your walk on the big ring in Vienna.
Hofburg in Vienna – By UKRID / Shutterstock
Now is the time to visit a museum if you want to
As you leave Hofburg, you will look straight onto the Maria-Theresien Platz. Here you will find the two most famous museums in Vienna, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Natural History Museum. These are both fantastic museums, so if you want to visit a museum during your 12 active hours in Vienna, now is the time.
As you leave Hofburg and look towards the Maria-Theresien Platz, turn right. Walk along the Burgring, and as the ring starts turning right, you will soon discover the Austrian Parliament. Make a few photos, and then walk on, because you are just about to discover the magnificent City Hall (Rathaus). The Rathausplatz is the location of the most famous Christmas market in Vienna. As you keep on walking, you will see a university next to the City Hall, and after this, you get to the metro station named Schottentor.
Here we would jump on the metro and travel with the metro to Karlsplatz. There you change lines for the red line and travel to VIC (Vienna International Center). From there you either walk or travel by bus 20A to get to the Danube Tower. Travel to the restaurant floor where you grab yourself an something to eat while enjoying the view from the tower towards the city of Vienna.
You are not finished discovering Vienna
Time is flying, meaning that you do not have so many hours left in Vienna. But, before finishing the day, you need to get back to the metro. You are now going to visit the other Palace of the Austrian Emperor back in the days, Schonbrunn. Get back to the Karlsplatz metro station, and travel with the green line to the Schönbrunn stop. Leave the underground, and walk for a few minutes until you get to the Schönbrunn entrance.
The magnificent Schonnbrunn Castle – By Muellek Josef / Shutterstock
When you get to Schönbrunn, there are several exciting programs available. If you travel with kids, they will for sure be happy to visit the zoo by now. If you want to visit the building itself, do a castle tour. If you want a nice overview of the area, jump on one of the sightseeing “trains” taking you around the entire area. You can of course just walk around on your own to see the area and the park as well!
Would you like to do some more shopping?
If you still have some energy left after Schönbrunn, head back to the metro and travel to the stop Langenfeldgasse. Change for the brown metro line and travel to Westbahnhof. Now you leave the metro system, and you are now at the end of the super-famous Mariahilferstrasse. This is a giant shopping street in Vienna. Walk down Mariahilferstrasse, and as you get to the end of the street, you will arrive at the Maria-Theresien Platz again, in the heart of the city of Vienna.
Did you enjoy your 12 hours in Vienna?
You might do all these activities in 6-7-8 hours, but most people will probably find 12 hours to be too little for all these activities. Try it, then come back and tell us what you think!
Are there any other places, attractions or activities you would add to this list? Use the comment field beneath and let us know.
On March 24th Andrea Bocelli will sing from the stage in Wiener Stadthalle. Would you like to be there to listen? It is 100% possible.
While other artists like Coldplay, U2 and Bruno Mars have five concerts a week during their tours, Andrea Bocelli is taking it in a much nicer pace. In 2018 he will celebrate his 60th birthday on September 22nd, and probably not for that reason, but he still does his tour with about one concert a week. Sometimes even less, because when he comes to Vienna on March 24th, his former concert was in Zagreb exactly two weeks earlier.
Andrea Bocelli is one of the most influential singers of our time, and he has recorded more than 15 albums. He was born with poor sight, but unfortunately his sight was totally lost at the age of 12 after a football accident.
Would you like to be there in Wiener Stadthalle on the concert on March 24th in 2018? It can be done. Use the ticket link beneath to grab hold of your tickets.
If you visit the ticket link, do a quick search for Andrea Bocelli. You can then look through all sorts of Andrea Bocelli tickets and buy whatever you want to. If you do a search for Vienna, you will find a list of other events and concerts in Vienna, and can choose freely for yourself what you want to do while in the Austrian capital.
Would you rather like to know more about the Austrian capital? Stay here in our Vienna Guide to read more about the attractions, restaurants, hotels and activities in the beautiful city.
Did you know that the Museum of Fine Arts (Kunsthistorisches museum) owns more than 40 works by Peter Paul Rubens and his workshop? From October 2017 you can see these and even more paintings on a special Rubens exhibition in the museum.
Peter Paul Rubens is without a doubt one of the greatest Flemish painters in history. If you come to the Museum of Fine Arts in Vienna to discover the greatness of the painter you will not only see famous Rubens works, but you can also see how he developed and changed throughout his lifetime, and also influenced by others. To see how he was influenced you can also see minor works from Titian or Caravaggio at the exhibition.
The exhibition in the Museum of Fine Arts in Vienna will open at October 21st and stay available till January 21st. This means that Christmas market visitors coming to discover the beautiful Christmas markets of Vienna, also can enjoy some hours inside the museum to get warm and learn more about the amazing Rubens.
The museum is open from Tuesday till Sunday in this period of the year, with opening at 10.00 and open till 18.00. On Thursday evenings the museum has prolonged opening time and will remain open till 21.00.
For more information about other exhibitions and events in Vienna, look around in our Vienna Guide. You can read more about the exhibition itself right here.
Are you coming to Vienna and considering opportunities for different day excursions? Can a day-trip to Zagreb be arranged from Vienna?
Vienna is a beautiful city, but if you have been there a couple of times, then you might consider visiting other cities and places not so far from Vienna. Can Zagreb be an example of such a destination? Maybe you have been inspired by the fact that Zagreb was just recommended as the number one destination to visit in Europe in 2017 by Lonely Planet?
Zagreb is a truly beautiful city. But, maybe a bit to far away from Vienna for a day trip… By Dreamer4787 / Shutterstock
Facts about the trip between Vienna and Zagreb
If you do the trip with a flight, it can be expected to last for about 50 minutes. It is a short travel when you go straight, but if you decide to go with a car instead the fastest road is totally 373km. On a day when traffic goes as normal and there are no special accidents or lines, then you should be able to cover this distance in about 4 hours. If you ask us, then 4 hours is a bit to much for a day-trip to Zagreb, and thus we would not recommend a day-trip to Zagreb from Vienna.
Where should you go on a day trip from Vienna then?
There are lots of destinations that can be reached on a day trip from Vienna much easier than Zagreb. What about Bratislava in Slovakia? The capital is less than an hour away from Vienna with car and can easily be reached. You can even travel with boat if you are lucky.
If you want to travel some more than a day trip to Salzburg can also be arranged quite easily, and if you want to go to the east, then Budapest is a capital only 250km from Vienna. Traveling on the highway you can reach Budapest in about 2,5 hours of driving if there are no trouble on the road.
What do you think? Where would you like to go on a day trip from Vienna?
Robbie Williams will be shouting and singing at the Ernst Happel Stadium in Vienna on August 26th in 2017. Would you like to be there to sing along with him?
As Robbie Williams arrive to Vienna from Budapest on August 26th he is almost finished with his concert tour in 2017. He has by then visited beautiful cities all across Europe, but many will say that his London concert and his Prague concert might be among the highlights on his tour which is called the “Heavy Entertainment Tour.”
After the Robbie Williams concert in Vienna this British gentleman will travel to Klagenfurt, to Zurich, to St Petersburg and to Moscow. Once he is finished in the Russian capital his tour will be over, and it is time to take a break at home in England again.
If you want to be there at the Robbie Williams concert in Vienna, then you just buy your tickets using the Viagogo link further down.
The Ernst Happel Stadium in Vienna is a magnificent stadium with space for more than 60,000 people. It is located quite centrally in Vienna, meaning that you can just travel to Prater and from there you can either walk, or jump on this small “train” that takes you around in the park. This is a very nice ride, so a cool thing to do to get to the Ernst Happel Stadium. This is also the stadium used by Austria to play their football matches as the national team tries to qualify for the World Cup 2018.
For more information about Vienna and events, concerts, programs, transportation, attractions and the weather in the city, read around in our Vienna Guide!
A few days after the Bruno Mars concerts in Budapest and in Frankfurt, the same guy will enter the stage in Wiener Stadthalle.
On June 3rd at 20.00 it is time for Peter Hernandez (the real name of Bruno Mars) to enter the stage in Stadthalle in Vienna. This is an incredible concert venue, and it is used for concerts all year around. It has even hosted a Eurovision Song Contest, but on June 3rd in 2017 everything will be about Bruno Mars.
If you would like to be there at the Bruno Mars concert in Wiener Stadthalle, then it is easy to get there. You can easily get to the Stadthalle using the underground (metro). To do so you need to travel with Metro 3 to Schweglerstrasse and use the Märzstraße exit, or you can travel with metro line 6 to Burggasse-Stadthalle and use the Urban-Loritz-Platz exit. Now, that shouldn’t be so hard, should it? You can even find more information on how to use the public transportation in Vienna here in our Vienna Guide.
Bruno Mars concert in Vienna in 2017
Now June 3rd is quite far away from Christmas, but if you come to town you will for sure fall in love with Vienna, and as you do, you will for sure want to plan your Christmas market trip to Vienna in 2017 already. The Christmas markets in Vienna are among the most beautiful in the world, so plan your Bruno Mars concert in Vienna and the Christmas market visit to Vienna already.
You can buy tickets for the Bruno Mars concert in Vienna using the link above. Once Bruno Mars is finished in Vienna he will travel onto Paris where he will perform three times in the AccorHotels Arena. You can read more about the different concerts and programs in Paris in the Paris Guide.