10 Incredible Things to do in Vienna this January

By Megan Millisky

Vienna, Austria is known for its Imperial palaces, cozy taverns, and Baroque architechture. In January, Vienna tends to be cold and have about two hours of sunlight a day. Luckily, it's a city brimming with culture and fun, even on the coldest of days! Read on to learn about the best festivals, fairs, and concerts to make your vacation a trip to remember.

1. Paradise Winter Festival

January 24-25, book a ticket for Paradise Winter Festival. This popular concert is a dance haven! Dozens of popular DJs and musicians attend the festival each year.

Address: Gutheil-Schoder-Gasse 9, 1100 Wien, Austria

2. Vienna Symphony Orchestra

Get a taste of Vienna’s classical music scene in the Great Hall of Wiener Konzerthaus. The Vienna Symphony Orchestra will be performing alongside the Vienna Singing Academy. The rendition of Beethoven’s Symphony #9 begins at 8 PM on January 1.

Address: LothringerstraĂźe 20, 1030 Wien, Austria

3. International Fair for Holidays Travel and Leisure

Vienna’s Holiday Fair is one of the most popular trade fairs in Austria! Thousands of people each year flock to the fair for live entertainment on two stages and programs for children. In addition, the Fair also features lectures and film presentations about travel. Check it out from January 16-19.

Address: Messeplatz 1, 1021 Wien, Austria

4. Trau Dich Vienna

The largest wedding fair in Austria takes place January 24-26. Check out the most fashionable suits and dresses at the daily fashion shows. Vendors will be showcasing products for every aspect of wedding planning.

Address: 6C85+W2 Vienna, Austria

5. TU Ball

Dance until 5AM at this cool event that combines technology and music! January 30, wear your finest evening gowns or tuxedos to this classy dance night. Head to Hofburg Vienna for this popular night.

Address: Michaelerkuppel, 1010 Wien, Austria

6. Vienna City Tour

Get to know Vienna with a sight-seeing tour on January 1. This 3.5-hour tour passes famous Austrian landmarks like Parliament, the Hofburg, and Belevedere Palace. The ticket price includes entry to Schönbrunn Palace.

Address: Opernring 2, 1010 Wien, Austria

7. The Bat

An Austrian tradition is to watch Die Fledermaus (The Bat), an operetta by Johann Strauss. Operetta characters speak their dialogue instead of singing it, like in traditional operas. This makes the show accessible to younger audiences or people who are new to operas. Don’t miss this show on January 1.

Address: Währinger Str. 78, 1090 Wien, Austria

8. Auto Fair

Car enthusiasts won’t want to miss the Vienna Auto Show. The show attracts a big crowd eager to see new car models. Concept and show cars fill the space. Don’t miss this entertaining fair, which you can visit from January 16-19.

Address: Messeplatz 1, 1021 Wien, Austria

9. Sparkling Wine Tasting and Tour

Take a tour of Vienna’s 300-year-old sparkling wine cellars at Schlumberger Cellar World! Learn champagne terminology and see how the drink is created. There is a 50-minute audio tour, and your journey ends with a sampling of five sparkling wines.

Address: Heiligenstädter Str. 41, 1190 Wien, Austria

10. Visit Therme Wein

Therme Wein is known as one of the best most relaxing places in Austria. Take a soothing dip in a warm swimming pool or relax at a spa session. Hop in the jacuzzi and warm up here through January.

Address: KurbadstraĂźe 14, 1100 Wien, Austria

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