Things to do in Vienna in Winter

It’s no wonder Vienna is considered one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Austria’s historic capital is known for its Imperial architecture, clean streets, cosy cafes, and rich legacy of art and intellectualism.

While it’s true the winter months in Austria can drop well below zero, there are plenty of exciting activities and events – a visit to Vienna in winter is as magical as the city itself.

Visit Vienna’s Christmas Markets

On winter evenings, wooden stalls offer handcrafted goods, roasted chestnuts, and of course, traditional Glühwein (mulled red wine mixed with cinnamon).

Go Ice Skating

Some of the best are in the gardens of the Wilhelminenberg Palace as well as the picturesque Eistraum, or “Ice Dream” rink in front of City Hall.

Visit a Viennese Coffeehouse

Some famous cafes include Cafe Korb, Cafe Leopold Hawelka, Cafe Central, and Café Schwarzenberg.

Visit A Spa

To enjoy Vienna’s mineral-rich thermal springs, try Therme Wien. They also have massage options, saunas, and steam rooms.

Attend A Wintertime Cultural Event

Each Christmas, the Museums Quartier hosts an outdoor extravaganza of events, including light shows, live music, DJs, and video projections on the building sides.

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