This city of Vienna has a reputation as one of Europe’s premier locations for luxury holidays and it isn’t difficult to see why. Spring could well be the best time to visit this historic region as many of its main attractions start to wake from their winter slumber and really thrive. We have collated just some of our favourite things to do in Vienna in March when on a luxury Austrian holiday.
Luxury Viennese Restaurants & Courtyards
Vienna boasts some of the best food you can find, having created many of the most iconic dishes on contemporary menus around the word. Austria’s largest gourmet event Wiener Restaurantwoche is almost exclusively comprised of Viennese dishes and really comes to life in the spring months. The beauty of the weather picking up in spring is that this food can be enjoyed either in one of the many superb restaurants, but also in the unmistakable Vienna courtyards. There are in excess of a dozen courtyards many of which date back to the 16th Century called Pawlatschen. These courtyards not only offer fine food and drink and sublime views, but the stories behind them are enthralling to say the least.
Vienna State Opera in Spring
When in Austria during spring, why not take in a world-renowned opera. Although many people would head to locations such as Italy for the Opera, the choices available in Vienna during the spring are extensive. The Vienna State Opera simply has to be visited and once you have been there once, it will most likely leave you wanting to see more Operas around the world; although they may not live up to this quite excellent European venue. Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Edita Gruberova both play in Austria during the spring and are not to be missed. Hvorostovsky sings unplugged from complex opera plots, which makes for a truly contemporary opera performance. Whereas Gruberova performs more legendary opera role accompanied by an acclaimed pianist. Viennese music in the spring isn’t reserved purely for Opera either. Each year, the Vienna Symphonic Orchestra performs its Spring in Vienna concert. Mozart, Beethoven, Strauss and other such aficionados are all covered and all under the backdrop of the epic Golden Hall of Wiener Musikverein, another absolute must-see when visiting Vienna in March.
Embrace Viennese Cultures
If you like to speak to locals when you travel and really get underneath the surface of their cultures and customs, then the Vienna Coffeehouse Conversations could be a great port of call on your visit. Even on luxury Austrian holidays, afternoon like these can be a fascinating insight into how Austrians live and enjoy the best of their culture. You will share a table with a local Viennese in a traditional café and talk about whatever you would like to, and also offer the Viennese an insight into your own culture. These events take place at the Café Ministerium, Georg-Coch-Platz.
Our final suggestion when looking for things to do in Vienna in March and also April is the Vienna Woods. The woods will be starting to bloom emphatically by this time of year and you can explore a diverse range of sites such as Crown Prince Rudolph’s hunting lodge in Mayerling, the Helenental valley, historic Heiligenkreuz Abbey and a spectacular large underground lake. Spring is undoubtedly the perfect time to head to Austria to sample these delights and see them in all their glory.
As you can see, spring really is a magical time to visit Austria, and in particular its capital Vienna. With fine cuisine, beers and wines, more culture than you could imagine and fun days out in the Vienna woods, it ticks all the boxes and all of this is steeped in sophistication.