An Editor's Guide
We are more or less halfway through summer but there is no need to count down the days already. The weather is (still) amazing and so are the possibilities of what to do. In Vienna especially, we are very spoiled with a rich and diverse summer program. From a burger festival to an open-air art gallery – there is a lot to do and see.
Here is our editor’s list of where to go to…
…HAVE AN ICE CREAM
They only opened two years ago but are already famous for their extraordinary (amazing) flavors!
There is a reason why this place is still overrun at 11 pm… Try “Ginger Cookies”!
Oldie, but Goldie: One of the best and original Ice Cream shops in Vienna. It’s hard to choose between the uncountable flavors.
It’s definitely fancier than most of the other public pools in Vienna, but to try it once it is absolutely worth the 13 Euros. Especially for those looking for a quiet and not too overcrowded lawn to sunbathe on a deck chair after swimming some laps.
Close to the Ubahn stop, this Alte Donau bath has everything we need for a day at the river: A nice beach with a huge, cool gangplank, a Buffet for snacks, fries, ice cream and drinks; and convenient facilities that makes the Donau-experience more ‘luxurious’, which means showers, toilets and cabins.
In the center of the city, the Badeschiff is for most the closest place to go for a quick jump into the (really) cold water. We highly recommend it for an after work swim on a hot day spent in the office.
…CHILL IN A PARK
This garden is so big, that it’s hard not to lose yourself in it. Therefore it’s perfect for losing oneself in thought there.
The Museumsquartier is the best place to break from an exhausting (cultural) program in the city. Even though it’s not a park, one can lie down on one of the big Enzis or get an iced Americano at one of the cafés.
A classic amongst young Viennese people is the Burggarten. They go there to sunbathe, have picnics or read a book.
…BROADEN YOUR HORIZON (OR YOUR BELLY)
There are plenty of open air cinemas like Kino wie noch nie or Kino am Dach, but the screenings in the Belvedere Garden are very extraordinary and highly recommended for fans of the Baroque period. Until August 20 every evening a movie is screened that covers the pompous age.
On the weekend from August 18-20, the Traktorfabrik will be turned into a giant fast food heaven. At the Burger Festival, every Burger dream comes true – from pulled-pork to vegan!
Another food –focused event is coming to Vienna already the weekend after: At the Food Festival in MQ you can try street food snacks, meals, and drinks from all over the world.
Each year, one special event marks the end of summer in Vienna: The Gürtel Night Walk. On August 26 various bars along the Gürtel set up outdoor facilities so that they all sort of merge together. The party will for sure last until
…ESCAPE THE CITY
The thermal bath of Bad Vöslau is charming for its beautiful location that reminds of an Arthur Schnitzler play but also for its proximity to Vienna.
There is hardly a better location to fade away summer than at one of the Heurigen at Vienna’s Kahlenberg. Watching the sundown from the hills is amazing and the atmosphere (and the wine) is as well.