Five things to do in Vienna this weekend

Vienna is full of events, places to visit and great new restaurants to try out. If you are overwhelmed with the possibilities or just wondering where you can find a cool English-speaking event, here are some ideas.

Five things to do in Vienna this weekend
Karlskirche, or St. Charles Church, in Vienna (Copyright: © WienTourismus/Christian Stemper)

Karlsplatz and Karlskirche

The Karlsplatz is a town square in the fourth district of Vienna (right by the first district) where the famous Karlskirche is (or the St. Charles Church). 

Visiting the square and the body of water under the church is a great way to spend a summer afternoon in Vienna. However, the church’s baroque interior and its exhibits are also worth the visit. During the evening, the Karlskircheis also the stage for church concerts (including Vivaldi’s Four Seasons).

This weekend, though, the square is hosting the Popfest am Karlsplatz, a pop music festival taking place again in full after two pandemic years.

You can check out more information here.

Kino am Dach

If you haven’t visited this open-air cinema in Vienna yet, then you are in luck! The structure was supposed to close for the season but has been extended with several programmes until August 21st.

The open-air cinema on the rooftop of Vienna’s main library (Urban-Loritz-Platz, 1070, Wien) is a great way to spend your evening and enjoy the movie and a great view of the city. This weekend, the films playing are Thor: Love and thunder, Everything Everywhere All at Once, and Preview: Rubikon. In addition, there are movie showings every day of the week.

The tickets cost €10. The entrance opens at 8pm, and arriving early is good because there is a free choice of seats. Films are shown in the original version with German subtitles (unless the film is in German, then there are no subtitles).

You can check out more information here.

Hiro Restaurant

For fans of Japanese food (particularly sushi), Hiro Restaurant is a great place to check out. It’s “all you can eat”, but you order it “a la carte”, choosing your dishes and asking for them as many times as you want for a fixed price.

The tasty food is only one of the attractions of this restaurant, located in Vienna’s 21st district. The tech side of Hiro is also something that brings in many visitors. You can order your food using a phone app and might get it served by one of the “waiters”, a robot.

During lunch, the all-you-can-eat buffet will cost €14.50. During weekends and dinners, adults pay €21.90. Children will pay less, depending on the day and how old they are.

You can check out more information here.

English-speaking stand-up comedy

This Saturday evening, British-born comedian Jack Holmes brings his stand-up act to Vienna, talking about dating, “expat life”, culture shocks and growing older.

The event from 8pm (entrance at 7:30 pm) to 10pm takes place at the Sheebeen International Pub, on 45 Lerchenfelder Straße, 1070. Online tickets cost €12, and the door price is €15.

Jack’s new touring show, Emotional Distancing, is a relatable deep dive into the healing process the world currently finds itself in. A first-hand look at adult relationships, travel, identity, ageing and the struggle to become a better person, he says.

You can check out more information here.

Mayer am Nussberg

One of the Viennese’s favourite Buschenschank is Mayer am Nussberg, with a beautiful outdoor area overviewing the vineyards.

By the way, do you know the difference between a Heuriger and a Buschenschank? While a Heurigen offers cold and hot dishes, Viennese wine and other beverages, only cold delicacies are served at a Buschenschank (though this is changing and more of them also have warm plates). And, most importantly, wine and beverages may only be from own production at the latter.

The Buschenschank is also not open all year round, so enjoy them while it’s the season. Mayer am Nussberg only opens when nice weather allows people to enjoy the surroundings properly.

A glass of wine starts at €2.30, and a cheese board costs €11.90. There are some (but not many) vegan options as well. Getting there is part of the fun. Since it’s located by the vineyard, at Kahlenberger Str. 213, 1190, you can hike there from the station Kahlenberg and Nußdorf or take the Heurigen Express circular train.

You can check out more information here.

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What’s on: Five things to do in Vienna this weekend

Vienna is full of events, places to visit and great new restaurants to try out. If you are overwhelmed with the possibilities or wondering where to find a date with Mozart, here are some ideas.

What's on: Five things to do in Vienna this weekend

Vienna’s Rathausplatz Christmas Market is opening

Vienna’s Christmas Market in front of the town hall is perhaps the most famous in the country. The winter wonderland, or “Viennese Christmas Dream” (Wiener Weihnachtstraum) opens for visitors this Saturday at 10 am.

In addition to familiar and popular offerings such as ice skating, Ferris wheel and merry-go-round rides, the traditional arts and crafts, mulled wine and food stalls, there are numerous new elements to discover. In 2022, there is a Kids Pavillion with a specific programme for children, new nativity scenes and a “heart tree” decorated with glowing hearts.

You can find more information here.

Hidden Mozart

A unique musical experience in the house of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Vienna. In this residence, Mozart enjoyed one of the most fruitful periods of his life, composing most of his significant works.

Through an interactive and intimate concert, Hidden Mozart invites visitors to discover the genius and enter the soul of one of the greatest composers in history. The whole thing is in English and a string quartet plays some of Mozart’s most iconic compositions.

You can find more information here.

Mi Barrio

If you want Latin American food, from burritos to arepas and churros, Mi Barrio is the place. The lovely restaurant serves delicious food that vegetarians and vegans will also enjoy. Traditional drinks, such as sangria and caipirinhas, are also part of the menu.

Plus, they host a series of events, from stand-up comedy nights to bachata evenings.

You can find more information here.

International Queer and Minorities Film Festival

It’s the final days for Vienna’s Queer & Minorities Film festivals, which this year takes place in a “hybrid” fashion, with cinema viewings and streaming. The organisers screen a carefully curated selection of features and documentaries depicting various sexual orientations, identities, and body norms.

There are screenings on Thursday (at 4 pm, 6 pm, 8 pm and 10 pm), Friday (5 pm, 7 pm, 9 pm, and 11 pm), Saturday (4 pm, 6 pm, 8 pm and 10 pm) and Sunday (3 pm, 5 pm, 7 pm, 9 pm).

You can find more information here.

Wiener Rotkreuz Ball

The ball season is open. The Vienna Red Cross Ball takes place on November 18th to start the waltzing season. It will take place in the Vienna City Hall at 8:30 pm, with presentations from duo Rudi Roubinek and Porschat Madani, as well as Drag Queen Grazia Patricia.

Donations for the institution are open this year as always – and ticket earnings will also be donated to Red Cross and its partner’s projects.

You can find more information here.

Do you know any other cool events happening in Vienna during the weekends? You can email us at [email protected] to share your tips and suggestions.