Roses in the Volksgarten
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Vienna bursts into bloom – Spring 2019

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This is how diverse spring and early summer are in Vienna: By the end of April, the Easter markets set the mood – whether in front of Schönbrunn Palace, on Freyung or on Am Hof square in the Old City. The Volksgarten on the Ringstrasse is full of the fragrance of 400 different kinds of rose, people catch the sun on the meadow next door in the Burggarten, while others walk through the Baroque garden splendor in the parks of Schönbrunn Palace and the Belvedere. The vast Vienna Woods on the edge of the city as well as the Prater, six million square meters of forest and water meadows within the city limits, invite local and visitors alike to go on long walks and take part in all sorts of sporting activities. As does Danube Island with its many beaches. The world’s biggest music festival is held here every year in June during the Danube Island Festival.

People also enjoy the sun at Vienna's markets. At the exotic Naschmarkt and the multicultural Brunnenmarkt, at the little Karmelitermarkt and the lively Rochusmarkt, the stands offer fresh delicacies. And the street cafés and restaurants around the markets are packed with vibrant hustle and bustle. In the middle of May, the Genussfestival in the Stadtpark presents selected culinary specialties from across Austria.

A big attraction for spectators and runners alike at the beginning of April is the Vienna City Marathon, whose route is lined with the city's most impressive sights. Vienna's imperial glory can also be enjoyed to the fullest from the saddle of a bicycle – such as on one of the Citybikes that can be rented at over 121 locations. And almost 1,379 km of cycle paths invite everyone to experience the city from new perspectives. Even a part of Vienna's cultural life moves outdoors in spring. For example, the Vienna State Opera broadcasts selected performances live to the square in front of the Opera House starting in April. A special anniversary will also be celebrated there on May 26, 2019: 150 years of the opera house on the Ring. The Vienna Philharmonic gives a free open-air concert in Schönbrunn Palace Park in June.

First-class performance venues such as the Wiener Konzerthaus and the Musikverein impress music lovers with their programs. The MuseumsQuartier presents trendy artists of the Austrian electronic music scene during "Electric Spring" in April. Exciting stage performances dominate the Vienna Festival in May and June. Musical fans go to the Raimund Theater for “I Am From Austria”, the Ronacher for “Bodyguard” and to the Volksoper for hits such as My Fair Lady and Carousel. From the end of June, world stars make guest appearances at the Vienna Jazz Festival.

In the early summer, Vienna's ball scene comes powerfully to the fore once again – with the Life Ball, one of the world's biggest AIDS charity events, and the Spanish Riding School in the Imperial Palace becomes a ballroom for a night at the Fête Impériale. From June 1 to 16, EuroPride Vienna turns Vienna into the centre of the European LGBT community with information, discussion and cultural events and parties - highlight: the rainbow parade on June 15 along Vienna’s Ringstrasse boulevard, a colorful demonstration for equality and against discrimination.

At the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, the American filmmaker Wes Anderson and his wife Juman Malouf curate an exhibition of objects and works from the collections of the KHM (until the end of April). The Museum Judenplatz focuses on the composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein (until the end of April. The topic at the Wien Museum MUSA from the beginning of May is “Red Vienna. 1919-34”. The Albertina is showing outstanding works of art from the “Princely Collections of Liechtenstein” until mid-June. The MAK - Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art presents Koloman Moser as “Universal Artist between Gustav Klimt and Josef Hoffmann”, while the Literature Museum presents Vienna as “A City in the Mirror of Literature”. The festival “Foto Wien” offers a diverse program of exhibitions, performances and more at Kunst Haus Wien and other venues. And the 12th Art Austria attracts collectors and lovers of Austrian art to the Garden Palace Liechtenstein for the art fair in early April.

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