Vineyards around Vienna
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Vienna enchants in autumn 2018

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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 'Buschenschenken' wine taverns of the wine growing towns on the edge of the city, as is the "Wiener Gemischte 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.

The color concept of Claude Monet is the focal point of the major autumn exhibition at the Albertina (from September). The Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna presents a comprehensive show to mark the 450th anniversary of the death of Pieter Bruegel the Elder from the beginning of October. And numerous leading Viennese museums, including the Orangery in the Lower Belvedere, the MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art, the Bulgarian cultural institute "Wittgenstein House", the Bank Austria Kunstforum Wien as well as the Theatre Museum, are dedicated to the theme of the year "Vienna 2018: Beauty and the Abyss" and the artists Klimt, Schiele, Wagner and Moser, all of whom died in 1918.

The Vienna Art Week in mid-November turns Vienna into a magnet for art fans with exhibitions and presentations. The domestic creative scene presents itself during Vienna Design Week and the Blickfang design fair (end of October).

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. Musical fans make their way to the Stadthalle starting in November for the Disney hit “Beauty and the Beast”. And in the MuseumsQuartier “Heidi – The Musical” takes to the stage (in October, Hall E). And 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 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 a homey atmosphere as Christmas decorations in Vienna's Old City 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 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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