The Austrian province of Burgenland is one of my favourites: friendly people, good wine, and a flat contrast to the Alpine provinces (i.e. just about everywhere else). Once a year, the region sends the best of its cuisine and culture to Vienna’s Am Hof square for the Burgenland Kultinarium festival.
- Three-day festival with food, drink, and tourism stands
- All accompanied by live regional music and free entry
- 2020 dates: TBA (2019 were May 13-15)
- See also: Steiermark Frühling festival | Waldviertelpur festival
The best of Burgenland
When I tell you breweries, wineries, and local tourism associations dominate the list of participants at the Kultinarium, then you’ll know roughly what to expect.
The good news is that the province’s beer, wine, cuisine and holiday destinations are all pretty good. And I speak as someone who is a regular visitor to the south of Burgenland, where the sun seems to shine more often than in Vienna.
Talking of the south, I heartily recommend you try Uhudler at the festival – a unique blended wine produced in only a few select parts of Burgenland. Usually a red or rosé, with the occasional white, it also makes a wonderful mulled wine.
The Kultinarium is one of several such festivals in Vienna, where a province or region comes to the capital to entertain, inform and (mostly) feed tourists and the Viennese. Brass bands and similar help wash the food down with a dollop of traditional music.
2020 dates and tickets
Entrance is free. I don’t have 2020 dates yet, so watch this space. For comparison, the 2019 festival ran Monday to Wednesday, May 13 to May 15, 11 am to 10 pm.
How to get to the Kultinarium
The Kultinarium takes place on the Am Hof square, which is slap bang in the middle of Vienna and home to popular Easter and Christmas markets. It’s just a short walk from such sights as Stephansdom cathedral.
Subway: Take the U3 line to Herrengasse
Tram/bus: There are no trams in this part of town. Try the 1A or 3A buses to Schwertgasse, or the 1A or 2A to Herrengasse
Address: Am Hof, 1010 Vienna | Website