MuseumsQuartier, central courtyard
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Summer 2020 in Vienna – the city is hot

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Twenty-one kilometers of sand, grass and gravel beaches, including playgrounds and BBQ areas as well as restaurants, cafés and bars make summer days on Danube Island a real experience. The new Copa Beach is an attraction with a 500 meter-long waterfront, sand beaches and varied food on Danube Island in the middle of August. The "Vienna Major" beach volleyball tournament will be held here as part of the international series with the same name – at which the best beach volleyball players will ensure thrilling moments. The exciting combination of restaurant terraces, nostalgic beach pools and boat rentals defines the charm of the Old Danube. And on the urban beaches along the Danube Canal in the city center, cool drinks are served by Strandbar Herrmann, Badeschiff, Tel Aviv Beach and numerous other trendy spots. The Motto am Fluss, the café and restaurant at the mooring site of the Twin City Liner, offers the best view of the colorful hustle and bustle along the Danube Canal.

The MuseumsQuartier, an art area with important exhibition houses such as the Leopold Museum and the Museum of Modern Art, once again offers a vast array of cultural events and open-air concerts in its extensive courtyards during "Summer in the MQ". Cafés, restaurants and bars, the new viewing terrace Libelle on the roof of the Leopold Museum as well as the MQ Furniture, the futuristic loungers on the squares in the area, offer a superb opportunity to chill out. Fans of fashion flock to the city when MQ Vienna Fashion Week hits the catwalk in September.

With the Summer Stage and the university campus in the Old AKH, Vienna has a string of other excellent spots that are ideally suited to hanging out in the open air. Before heading out to frequent open-air clubs such as the Pratersauna and Volksgarten Pavilion or to pay a visit to one of the trendy rooftop bars with a view of Vienna. And it goes without saying in Vienna that the "Schanigärten" sidewalk seating areas in front of cafés and restaurants all over the city invite everyone to find a spot and watch the world go by.

The Music Film Festival at City Hall Square presents film adaptations of outstanding operas and concerts from classical and jazz to pop from the end of June to the beginning of September - accompanied by culinary greetings from around the world at a range of food booths. Film-goers find even more open-air cinema on Karlsplatz, on the Augartenspitz, on the roof of the Main Library on the Gürtel, and in the Arena.

At ImPulsTanz, Europe's biggest contemporary dance festival, the international dancing elite meets from the middle of July to the middle of August for spectacular performances. The program of workshops for everyone is extremely popular. The Vienna Jazz Festival brings together international stars and the local pop scene celebrates the summer on Karlsplatz during the Vienna Popfest. On the Gürtel Nightwalk at the end of August you can experience a live cross-section of current Viennese sounds in the venues and establishments along the Gürtel. The club festival Waves Vienna in the middle of September brings a packed program of international acts to Vienna ranging from Alternative and singer-songwriters to Electronic and club music.

Vienna also serves up exciting exhibitions in the summer: The year’s birthday boy Ludwig van Beethoven is everywhere to be found in Vienna – including at exhibitions in the Beethoven Museum, in the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, at Mozarthaus Vienna, in the Leopold Museum, and at the House of Music (sound installation “Inside Beethoven” until the middle of August). Big highlight, big name: The mumok shows Andy Warhol, the “Father of Pop Art” from new and unusual perspectives and in doing so causes a furor until the beginning of September. The Lower Belvedere, on the other hand, looks back to the “International Art Show Vienna 1909” and the works of Klimt, Schiele Kokoschka and the European avant-garde from the end of June. And the Albertina focuses on the “Revolution of Primitivism” with the show “Modigliani – Picasso” (from the middle of September).

Highlights for fans of the latest contemporary art are offered in September by the gallery festival "curated by", the international art fair "viennacontemporary" (middle to end of September) as well as the sales exhibition for provocative art and installations "Parallel Vienna" (middle to end of September). Architecture fans get unusual insights into unusual buildings during “Open House Wien” (middle of September).

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