Kempinski Blog Article
Strolling through the magnificent streets of Vienna will transport visitors back centuries to the age of the Habsburg Monarchy, when the city was the capital of one of the most influential royal dynasties in European history.
This grand heritage is evident everywhere, with immense architecture providing a glimpse into a time when Vienna was centre of the world stage. Such majesty makes the Austrian capital a truly year-round destination, but summer is a particularly magical time to visit, with a range of activities and events on offer.
Whatever your taste in music, the Viennese summer has something for you. The city has a long and unparalleled association with iconic classical composers, with Mozart and Beethoven among those to have called Vienna home. It’s title as the ‘City of Music’ is therefore quite justified, and visitors can experience the talent at one of the many concerts performed over the season.
The Summer Night Concert is a particular highlight of the calendar, with the famous Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra playing a free event to around 100,000 people outside the Schönbrunn Palace in June.
The city is a hotspot for performing arts, with huge celebrations of all forms of drama, film and dance. The Music Film Festival at City Hall Square is the largest culture and food festival on the continent, attracting nearly one million visitors every year - it showcases a variety of music and films from all kinds of genres.
Hiring a bike is a fantastic way to explore the wonders of Vienna, with over 1,000km of cycle paths running all over the city. The delightful River Danube cycle path remarkably runs through multiple countries, from Germany to Romania, but a ride along the beautiful Viennese section is a wonderful way to see the city, and the route is suitable for most ages and abilities.
For those who would rather spectate, the Argus Bike Festival in Vienna City Hall Park is a thrilling event featuring talented cyclists from all over the world. It is Europe’s biggest bike festival, and with demonstrations and workshops on offer, it is a must-visit for cycling fans visiting the city.
Nothing quite captures the imagination like a circus, and the Roncalli group are one of the world’s best, having wowed crowds for over 40 years. Towards the end of 2018, the performers will pitch their tent in Vienna’s City Hall Square and will delight the watching public with a dazzling combination of lights, acrobatics and comedy.
The beautiful location hosts a number of exciting events every year, so check out their schedule before planning a trip to the city.
Viennese cuisine at Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna
Sampling a country’s food is a huge part of embracing the culture, but actually getting involved in making the produce takes you to a whole new level.
Every first Saturday of the month, Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna runs an apple strudel baking class, revealing the secrets of making this delicious national favourite dish. The hotel’s chef inherited the recipe from his grandmother and lucky guests are able to observe, before having a go themselves – you can find out more here.
Vienna is a city bustling with life and the team at the Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna would be delighted to help plan your trip – don’t hesitate to get in touch!