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Things to Do in Vienna in Spring

26. April 2018

Spring is one of the best times to travel to Vienna. The city is in full bloom, locals flock the parks and the cafés open their terraces which are perfect for people watching. Here are my favourite things to do in Vienna in springtime:

Vienna Spring Burggarten Cherry Blossoms

Chill in the Parks

As soon as the sun comes out, Austrians make use of every opportunity to be outdoors. Winters are quite long and dark. Hence, we love to maximize our time in the sun.

Vienna Spring Burggarten Nationalbibliothek

In the city centre, parks like Burggarten or Stadtpark are a perfect spot not only for sunbathing but also for meeting your friends, picnics or studying.

Vienna Spring Altes AKH

This is not limited to these two parks. Basically every green area in Vienna is turned into a happening place in spring  – from the parks inside the university campus at Altes AKH, to Tuerkenschanzpark in Waehring district, to Lainzer Tiergarten in Vienna’s West.

Vienna Spring Votive Church Lilacs

Cherry Blossoms at Setagaya Park

It is really tough to choose the top pictures during springtime in Austria and not to overcrowd this website or Instagram profile. There are just too many beautiful spots I wanted to capture. One of the highlights is the cherry blossom season at Setagaya Park in the Northern district of Doebling. Check out my post for more details.

Ice Cream

Even though some ice cream parlours are open all year round, the real start of the gelato season in Austria is in March. A lot of Italian families who run the places spend the winter in Italy and return to Austria in spring.

Vienna Spring Ice Cream

There is a broad range of ice cream places to choose from but one of my favourites is the Eissalon Tuchlauben (Tuchlauben 15). Try the Kaffeecrème (coffee creme) or Nougat-Spezialeis (their nougat special ice cream). I also love the wild strawberry ice cream which is only available during the wild strawberry season.

Vienna Spring Votive Church

Enjoy Coffee and Dine Outside

Most of the restaurants and cafés have outdoor seating areas. At the above-mentioned Burggarten, the Palmenaus has a big terrace where you can enjoy your coffee and lunch in the sun.

Vienna Spring Kameel

Even though it is a bit touristy, Café Landtmann has a beautiful outdoor seating area as well with a view of the city hall, the parliament and the Burgtheater. Another great spot in spring is Motto am Fluss with a deck above the Wien Kanal. If you want to be among Vienna’s who-is-who, Zum Schwarzen Kameel is the place. Check out my favourite coffee places in Vienna here.

Vienna Spring Kleines Cafe

Walk through the City

Spring is the best time to walk through Vienna and explore. It is not freezing anymore and not too hot yet. I really enjoy wandering the small streets and see where I end up. I compiled a Quick Guide for you with my favourite walking route which covers all the major sights in the city centre.

Vienna Spring Hofburg

And if It Rains…

… visit one of the many museums and exhibitions. This spring, there are the Man Ray exhibition at BA-CA Kunstforum (review coming soon) or the Keith Haring exhibition at the Albertina, just to name a few.

Vienna Spring Universitaet

Furthermore, the Kunsthistorisches Museum (KHM, Art History Museum) is always a good idea. Their permanent collection involves works from the most famous artists in history (such as Raffael, Rubens or Brueghel). These classics are currently paired with “contemporary” artworks (from the 20th century onwards). Furthermore, you can see the Klimt paintings up close in the main staircase. I am currently working on a post about this as well, stay tuned! 🙂

Vienna Spring Volksgarten

Day Trips

Within a 30 to 60 minute drive radius, there are a lot of places which are perfect for a (half-)day trip. I recently visited Laxenburg Palace (find my Laxenburg post here). Alternatively, you can also drive to the “Adriatic Sea for the Viennese”, ie. Lake Neusiedl and visit the beautiful towns of Rust and Moerbisch and watch the storks coming back from the winter homes. Near Rust, there is another small town called Eisenstadt which used to be the home of the composer Joseph Haydn and the beautiful Esterházy Palace. For architecture fans, I highly recommend a quick trip to Brunn am Gebirge, which is about 20 minutes from Vienna and hosts a street of residential houses in the typical Austrian Jugenstil architecture style. (You can find the article here.)

Vienna Spring Votive Church Back

For more information about Vienna, check out my Ultimate Guide and area-specific “Graetzl” Guides (Gumpendorfer Strasse and Lindengasse).

Vienna Spring Mirror

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13 Comments

  • Reply Nam 28. April 2018 at 18:30

    I wouldn’t mind dining outside in spring in Vienna! A lovely list!

    • Reply Liz 29. April 2018 at 14:10

      It is really lovely to enjoy good food outside!

  • Reply Sara D 3. May 2018 at 8:14

    The photo’s look so beautiful! I haven’t been to Vienna, and was considering going in December for the Christmas markets. However, after reading this and seeing the photos, I might wait until next spring instead!

  • Reply Joanna 3. May 2018 at 9:08

    Vienna is so pretty, in each season. And it has some really gorgeous parks where is a pleasure to walk through when the trees are blossoming.

  • Reply Hayley 3. May 2018 at 9:55

    Vienna looks so pretty during Spring! I’ve never been but it’s definately on my radar! The Cherry Blossoms at Time Setagaya Park sound beautiful! I love Spring!

  • Reply Amy 3. May 2018 at 9:57

    Wow, the last time I went to Vienna was almost 20 years ago! I didn’t know that they had cherry blossom trees there. I noticed the park’s name was Japanese – would those cherry blossoms be from Japan by chance?

  • Reply Eva 3. May 2018 at 10:26

    I am in loveof all these blossoms!! I visited Vienna in the spring a few years ago, but it was not in bloom yet. Beautiful city, but now that I see your photos with the flowers I realized I have totally missed out on a feature that would have made it even more beautiful to me! Well I guess I’ll have to go back… 😀

  • Reply Mayi 3. May 2018 at 15:01

    You had such a great weather! I have not been to Vienna yet but it’s definitely a place I would like to go to. Specially seeing your pictures, spring might be just the right time.

  • Reply Unta 3. May 2018 at 19:05

    I already have my 2 favourites, parks and ice cream. 🙂 Vienna has an awesome vibe, I was there several times and can’t wait to go back again.

  • Reply Kasia 3. May 2018 at 19:30

    I have visited Vienna once and only during a layover. It was so fascinating. This city amazed me and now I want to visit again, but probably I should take my husband with me this time 🙂

  • Reply Suzy 4. May 2018 at 0:46

    What incredible architecture in Vienna, it has such a clean aesthetic! I love the look of that ice cream too! Visiting in spring sounds like my kinda trip 🙂

  • Reply Sunami 5. May 2018 at 8:05

    Omg! Such stunning pictures. I do plan to visit Vienna someday and now I’m convinced I’m going to do it in the spring season 🙂

    • Reply Liz 6. May 2018 at 5:18

      Spring is definitely a great time to visit! I think with all the flowers the architecture is even more stunning!

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