Winter activities in Vienna: 10 Things, you should definitely do during the cold season!
written by: Sabine Klug, 12.12.2019
written by: Sabine Klug, 12.12.2019
Every year, starting in the middle of November, the Vienna Ice Dream attracts ice skating enthusiasts to the Rathausplatz, which in Winter magically turns into a large ice surface. By the time the Christmas market opens up at the Rathausplatz, a smaller ice rink is built in the Rathauspark. From mid-January the large ice rink with around 9000 square meters – including an ice-skating terrace – will also be available. They also cater for your physical well-being. Numerous snacks–huts around the ice rink temp with their traditional and innovative delicacies.
If you want to escape the Cold for a few hours and dream of warmer days, head straight into the “Palmenhaus”. It is located in the Parks of Schönbrunn and is the largest of its kind in Europe. Some more facts: The Palm house was commissioned by Emperor Franz Joseph in 1882 and has a floor area of about 2,500 square meters and about 4,900 square meters of glass. An incredible amount of glass panes was processed – 45,000! The palm house is divided into three climate zones and offers visitors an extensive variety of plants. The temperatures reach from eight to 17 degrees.
Vienna’s inner city shines bright every year. Starting in Mid-November the elaborate decoration of the city center will catch your eye and announces the start of the beloved Christmas season. A quick fact check: On the numerous shopping streets and historical buildings in Vienna, around 2.2 million points of light shine on a total of around 20 kilometers. But don’t worry, the festive mood is naturally spread in an environmentally friendly and energy-saving manner with LED lighting. Another highlight of the Christmas season is the 60-meter-high Christmas tree decorated with beautiful lights on the Ringturm (Schottenring), which extends to the 19th floor of the building.
Barbeque with friends. In Winter. In Vienna. Sounds impossible? In Vienna it isn’t! The fire village´s advertising slogan gets right to the point. In reality there is so much more to the concept of the Viennese fire village at the Donaukanal. You can gather your friends and rent a cozy hut with a barbeque area in the middle, you can also choose from the delicious menu and enjoy a nice evening outside with your friends. There is also a bar and ice rinks for curling right on the village for you to enjoy!
Treat yourself and take a little break from the stressful everyday life. Relax in the largest city thermal bath in Europe! The “Therme Oberlaa” offers numerous events during advent. An especially nice feature is the possibility to enjoy a warm punch directly in the brine pool or in the outdoor area of the thermal baths. From 2.30 p.m. to 9.15. p.m. you can have your punch delivered directly to the pool. By the way: Going there couldn’t be easier! Just take the U1.
Definitely wear warm clothes for this one! Pull your scarf over your nose and head out to snowy Vienna! Vienna often presents itself with muddy-gray streets in Winter, but the city can also be completely different. Dare we say: magical!
Discover the city by doing one of these activities in the cold season:
One thing Vienna is famous for is its “Kaffeehauskultur”. Numerous classic coffee houses located in historical surroundings offer the possibility of brunch. Popular locations for late breakfast are the Motto am Fluss (1010), the Haas & Haas teahaus next to the St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Café Gloriette (1130) or the Brandauer (1190) The authentic Viennese experience only arises in a traditional coffee house, because where else should a perfect day in Vienna start? And since Vienna is known for good coffee, you should already know your order because nothing makes a Viennese waiter grumpier than asking for a simple coffee. This coffee guide offers you practical help.
One last, but certainly not the least tip for a Wintery Vienna:
Every Winter – usually from the end of November until the middle of February – the Winter circus makes a guest appearance in Vienna’s Prater on the “Kaiserwiese”. Embrace your inner child and dive deep into the circus world in the heated (!) circus tent!
We wish you a lot of fun with our activities and a wonderful Winter and Christmas time in beautiful Vienna!