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Holidays & Leasure

Holidays and Festivities

1st January New Year’s Day
6th January Epiphany
26th – 28th March Easter
1st May National Holiday
5th May Ascension Day
16th May Whit Monday
26th May Corpus Christi
15th August Assumption of the Virgin Mary
26th October National Holiday
1st November All Saints‘ Day
8th December Immaculate Conception
24th – 26th December Christmas

School holidays in Vienna
Christmas holidays ~ 2 weeks
semester break 1 week
Easter holidays ~ 1 week
autumn holidays ~ 1 weeks
summer holidays 9 weeks

Festivities in Austria

Festivals for all Senses
Austria’s diverse cultural offerings include over 200 festivals, stretching from world scale events to small regional gatherings. Many of them make use of Austria’s beautiful surroundings and most of them offer an outstanding culinary menu to accompany the cultural experience.

Ball season in Vienna
If you love to waltzna, foxtrot, cha and jive you are just right in Vienna, music capital of the world and the birthplace of Viennese Waltz!

Film Festival – Rathausplatz
One of the summer highlights and an absolute must for friends of operas is the Film Festival in front of the Vienna City Hall.

Wiener Festwochen
Each year between May and June this Festival presents you theatre, music and dance productions arranged by famous artist from around the world.

Vienna City Marathon
Each year at the last weekend of May, this Marathon takes you on a 42km long sightseeing tour throughout Vienna…

Christmas in Austria – Christmas Markets
Starting at the end of November lasting till Christmas Day you can find “Christkindlmärkte” on nearly every corner of the city…

New Year’s Eve in Vienna
Every year on 31st of December Austrian people celebrate the oncoming new year with parties, fireworks, sparkling wine and waltzing at midnight.

New Year’s Concert – Neujahrskonzert
This concert of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, known for playing “serious” music, is dedicated to the Strauss family and the Waltz.


Winter time
Skiing is Austria′s national sport. There are many skiing facilities in Austria. From Vorarlberg to southern Salzburg and southern Upper Austria to southern Lower Austria you will have a hard time not finding a well-developed winter tourism infrastructure.
The most popular skiing event takes an annual part in Kitzbühel, the “Hahnenkamm-Rennen“. Some of the world’s famous actors and celebrities join the fascinating festival.

Summer time
Austrian cities offer a wide range of cultural experiences. From museums to amazing architecture – experience the diversity of Austrian culture. Looking for a relaxing, peaceful holiday? Austrian spas offer massages, thermal water and healthy, delicious food.
The country offers many sports activities like golfing, fishing and swimming in Austria`s many lakes. The landscape makes hiking an ideal leisure activity. Our mountains are made for sports like hiking and mountain biking.
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