What’s On Vienna

Schönbrunn Palace

Summer Toboggan Run

Speedy dash or leisurely ride: Vienna’s 850-metre long summer toboggan run at the Hohe Wand offers an experience for the whole family. The ride to the top end of the hill is totally automated: a special hoist can carry up to 25 tobogganers up the hill. From the top you whiz straight down the track at a speed of up to 40 kilometres per hour. 14 bends in the track offer fun and excitement on the summer toboggan run, which encompasses an altitude drop of around 100 metres. And to add another dash of fun: a jump just before the end will make the tobogganers’ hearts and stomachs leap even higher. Anyone who wants a more leisurely ride or has a small passenger with them can adjust the speed using the brake. The food area offers healthy and delicious fare, from large meals to small snacks. And the comfortable chill-out terraces are the perfect place to relax.

WHEN? This runs from 28 April to 1 October, 2017.

Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert

The Vienna Philharmonic, conductor Christoph Eschenbach and soprano Renée Fleming invite you to enjoy musical delights in Schönbrunn Palace. At the Summer Night Concert, the Vienna Philharmonic play open-air in Schönbrunn Palace park and to the familiar high standard. What is unusual is that they play this concert, held each year since 2004, with free admission: it is a way for the famous ensemble to give around 100,000 visitors and the global TV audience a special experience. Like every year, the guest conductor and soloists grace the concert with their participation. The baton for the 2017 Summer Night Concert is held by the German conductor and pianist Christoph Eschenbach.  At his side for the Summer Night Concert in Schönbrunn: the internationally successful American soprano and opera diva Renée Fleming. Admission is free!

WHEN? 25 May, 2017.

The Danube Island Festival

Europe’s largest, free open-air party, with more than three million visitors a year. An impressive 4 miles in length, the festival site features around 25 concession stands and numerous stages offering an eclectic mix of genres from rock, rap, to electronic. Previous headline acts have included international performers such as Sean Paul and Bob Geldof.

WHEN? This meg-party is set for June 23 to 25, 2017.

The Vienna Escargot Festival

The festival revives the long tradition of snail farming in Vienna, which is considered a delicacy among gourmets all around the world. Ambitious chefs bring Viennese escargot onto the menu of countless top restaurants. For example, the Viennese farmer Andreas Gugumuck has been breeding Viennese snails for several years and supplies the best Austrian gastronomic locations with his tasty delicacies. This year Gugumuck himself is organising the Vienna Escargot Festival where each chef from the participating restaurants has to come up with a special snail dish and showcases their offerings to the public. Festival-goers can also look forward to a guided tour at Andreas Gugumuck’s snail farm on October 1 where his Viennese snails can be sampled in the farm bistro or at the ‘snail factory’. If they take your fancy the chef serves up an exclusive 6-course menu based around the snail on three Fridays of each month.

WHEN? This event runs from September 26 to 2 October, 2017. Prices are €19 per person.

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