Vienna’s good at contrasts. A city where you can find modern art a few steps away from a monument to the plague of 1679.
Events are often held in the shadow of historical buildings, adding an extra dimension to proceedings. Although to be fair, it’s hard to find locations in the center that aren’t in the shadow of an old building.
One such event is September’s Buskers Festival. This 3-day feast of sound and colour takes place in the Karlsplatz park area (see map below) in front of the imposing baroque Karlskirche.
The “buskers” are not lanky students playing Mull of Kintyre on out-of-tune stratocasters. Nope, these street performers are masters of their trade: magicians and musicians, jugglers and acrobats, clowns and dancers…the expected and the unusual from all around the world.
There are several stations around the park, with various performances going on at any one time. Dates, times and line ups can be found on the official website.
The crowds can get quite big, drawn in by the free, lively street entertainment (and possibly by the beer and food on sale, too) that continues from early afternoon into late evening.
But we found space enough to enjoy the buskers. We took in an acrobatic show by the Freaks, music from the Balkan Tango Vibes, and a magic act from Diogo Alvares of Brazil. All very enjoyable and deserving of a contribution to the inevitable hat that any self-respecting busker has to hand.
Bring some coins, relax and enjoy the show.