Vineyards around Vienna
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Vienna enchants in autumn 2020

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September and October are high season for Viennese wine. The harvest is over, and the "Junge Wiener" of the current vintage is poured in the simple 'Buschenschanken' wine taverns of the wine growing towns on the edge of the city, as is the "Wiener Gemischter Satz". This specialty, which was even awarded the DAC seal of quality in 2013, involves growing the grapes of at least three different white wine varieties and pressing them together. The delicious wines can normally be enjoyed in a wine tavern with hearty home-made food from the buffet. Just as hearty is the food at the Wiener Wiesn-Fest, which runs right next to the Giant Ferris Wheel (September/October) – with beer tent and lively dance music.

Vienna’s autumn of art invites you to come and marvel. For example, the Albertina illustrates the “Revolution of Primitivism”, among other things with works from Modigliani to Picasso, from the middle of September. In turn, the Bank Austria Kunstforum draws attention to itself with its second major show this year, dedicating a special exhibition to Gerhard Richter from October. The Orangery at the Lower Belvedere illustrates the relationship between Dalí and Freud (from October), and shows the art of the Dürer period in Austria between Late Gothic and Renaissance (from October). And while we’re on the subject of classical works: The Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna presents the art in the age of the Fugger family in its exhibition “The first Renaissance in the North”. In particular, fans of Holbein or Burgkmair will get their money’s worth here.

In the autumn, the event highlights come thick and fast: The Long Night of the Museums will also be held again this year, of course, in October. The Vienna Art Week and Art & Antique also turn Vienna into a magnet for art fans with exhibitions, presentations and studio visits in November. The domestic creative scene presents itself during Vienna Design Week and the Blickfang design fair. And finally, bookworms also get their money’s worth again with a visit to Buch Wien from the middle of November.

Above all, autumn in Vienna is rich in festivals: Contemporary classical music in all its sophisticated facets can be heard during "Wien Modern". The Vienna Jazzfloor Festival declares November the "Month of Jazz & Blues", while Voice Mania offers outstanding vocal acrobatics. Shortly before Christmas, the classical concert "Christmas in Vienna" creates a romantic mood. At the end of October/beginning of November, Vienna's Viennale film festival is highly acclaimed by cinema-goers from around the world.

People who are drawn outdoors on sunny autumn days will find many promising spots on a walk in the Lainz Game Reserve or on one of the city hiking trails in the Vienna Woods on the edge of the city. From mid-November, a skating rink and light installations in the adjacent park set the mood for the Vienna Christmas World at Rathausplatz. Thousands of lights create an atmospheric ambience as Christmas decorations in Vienna's city center and shopping streets. Romance and enjoyment come together at the Advent markets. The biggest of these is the traditional Christmas Market during the Vienna Christmas World. The Christmas markets in front of Schönbrunn Palace and the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna enchant against an imperial backdrop, while the market on Spittelberg derives its charm from the ambience of the old Biedermeier district.

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