Roses in the Volksgarten
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Vienna bursts into bloom – Spring 2020

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This is how diverse spring and early summer are in Vienna: Until the middle of April, the Easter markets set the mood – whether in front of Schönbrunn Palace, on Freyung or on Am Hof square in the city center. 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. Garden splendor at close quarters is offered by garden shows and plant exhibitions organized by the botanical garden of the University of Vienna, at the Hirschstetten Botanical Gardens, at Schloss Hetzendorf, and in the Orangery in Schönbrunn Palace Park. 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 May, the Genussfestival in the Stadtpark presents selected culinary specialties from across Austria, and in June the international wine fair VieVinum invites wine connoisseurs to a tasting at the Imperial Palace.

A big attraction for spectators and runners alike in April is the Vienna City Marathon, whose route is lined with the city's most impressive sights. Thousands of runners will line up at the start again at the beginning of May and run together for a good cause in the Wings for Life Run. 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 120 stations. And almost 1,400 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. The Vienna Philharmonic gives a free open-air concert in Schönbrunn Palace Park in May. And a concert performance of the musical “Elisabeth” will be given in front of Schönbrunn Palace at the end of June.

First-class performance venues such as the Wiener Konzerthaus and the Musikverein impress music lovers with their programs. MQ Libelle, the new viewing terrace at the Leopold Museum, opens in April at the MuseumsQuartier. Exciting stage performances dominate the Vienna Festival in May and June. Musical fans go to the Volksoper for evergreens such as “Kiss me Kate” and “My Fair Lady”, while the velvet paws dance across the stage at the Ronacher in “Cats”. From the end of June, world stars make guest appearances at the Vienna Jazz Festival.

In June, the LGBT community demonstrates for equality and against discrimination at the Rainbow Parade on Vienna’s Ringstrasse boulevard.

In the spring, the mumok places pop art at the center of Viennese art with “ANDY WARHOL EXHIBITS”. From the beginning of May, an homage is dedicated to the “Father of Pop Art” which has as absolutely nothing to do with typical Warhol exhibitions. The reopening of the Sigmund Freud Museum adds yet another highlight to Vienna’s museum scene in May 2020. Through until the middle of April, the Leopold Museum uses the “Braglia and Johenning Collections” to give insights into “German Expressionism”. Vienna Modernism also comes up trumps in 2020: Until the end of May, the MAK (Museum for Applied Art) presents Otto Prutscher as the “All-rounder of Vienna Modernism”. The Orangery in the Lower Belvedere also follows seamlessly on from this. At the end of June, the exhibition “International Art Show 1909. Klimt, Schiele, Kokoschka and the European avant-garde” presents art luminaries of the Fin de Siècle . And the year’s birthday boy Ludwig van Beethoven accompanies us in the Beethoven Museum, in the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, in the Leopold Museum, in the National Library, and in the Mozarthaus Vienna with exhibitions that exude their very own tone.

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