So, June in Vienna, the month where the weather sheds its capricious nature to bring us sun and frolics. A time for wandering through the historical centre without the burden of jackets and umbrellas (hopefully), all while the Viennese are still at work.
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Top activities in June 2020
Aside from the usual palaces, museums, and other such hotspots, just what can you do in this merry month?
Enjoy the music
(Vienna’s churches open their doors for an evening of events)
Vienna is a city of music, with more orchestras and daily concerts than Emperor Franz Joseph had titles (and he had a lot of titles). Even so, June offers up a few particularly excellent opportunities…
- The Donauinselfest (June 26-28) is a three-day festival held on the Danube featuring around 13 stages and 600 hours of music, from rock to rap and all things in-between. And it’s free, too
- If jazz is more your thing, then the Vienna Jazz Festival starts on June 25 and continues through to July 11. It attracts some of the very best performers from around the world and the list of alumni reads like a who’s who of jazz history. Paolo Conte and Beth Hart are already slated for 2020
- During the Long Night of the Churches (June 5), numerous Christian institutions open their doors to visitors with an evening of events ranging from organ recitals to rooftop tours
- Music also features strongly at the Südwind Straßenfest (June 6/7), which celebrates the work of NGOs, with food stands, a fair-trade market, and the chance to learn about the work done by dozens of charities
The Beethoven 2020 festivities continue throughout the year, but here’s a particular highlight for June:
- Daniel Barenboim, general music director of the Berlin State Opera and multi-award winning pianist and conductor, performs Beethoven sonatas on June 2, 5, and 7 at the Musikverein (where he’s also conducting the Wiener Philharmoniker in the same month)
June’s also the last full month of the Beethoven exhibition at the Kunsthistorisches Museum.
Oh, and talking exhibitions…the MUMOK has a three-exhibition hommage to Andy Warhol on throughout June.
Enjoy the rides
(One of the Prater rides)
Although the Prater outdoor entertainment complex opens all year round, many of the rides close for winter. But the summer season sees the roller coasters and other funfair attractions start up in earnest again.
The Prater area also has the giant Ferris wheel, Madame Tussaud, the Planetarium, and much more to offer. Not to mention a feast of restaurants.
Enjoy the flowers
I talk about this for May, but June is another good month to take in the displays of flowering shrubs and other delights that grace Vienna’s parks and gardens (and roadsides).
Can I particularly recommend the Volksgarten park in the city centre, to one side of the Hofburg complex? This is like walking into a living French impressionist painting…full of points of different colours thanks to the hundreds of rose varieties within.
Enjoy the films
A couple of film festivals top and tail the month of June for those interested in the silver screen (and, curiously, classical music). Let me explain…
- The prestigious international Vienna Shorts Festival showcases short-form cinema, films and documentaries and takes place from May 28 to June 2 in 2020
- The Rathaus Film Festival normally begins at the very end of June (2020 dates still TBA). This free open-air event on the Rathausplatz square in front of town hall features a giant screen showing concerts…mainly operatic performances and classical music, but also other genres
The Rathaus Film Festival swarms with people and not just for the music – the huge number of food and drink stands serve an international mix of gastronomic treats throughout the afternoon and evening.
Enjoy the streets
By now, many of the cafés, famous coffee houses, bars and similar establishments have put out their chairs, tables and sunshades so you can enjoy coffee and cake (or beer and Schnitzel) in the June sun.
You have three top options here:
- Enjoy continental street-side coffee culture, debating Proust and Kafka (or the coming football season) among the bustle of city life. Or…
- Take the D tram out to Nussdorf or the 38 tram to Grinzing (both leave from, for example, Schottentor station in the centre). Then walk up to the Heuriger (wine taverns)in the leafy suburbs, with their in-house wines and buffets bursting with local fare
- Beer lovers might also like the five-day open-air Vienna Beer Festival (June 4-7), where brewers big and small come together in the very centre of Vienna
And, of course, perhaps the most colourful street parade of the year takes place on June 13 with the Rainbow Parade, the climax of the two-week 2020 Vienna Pride festival.
Finally, since we’re talking parades (this is a bit of a leap, but I didn’t know where to fit in this event): the Heeresgeschichtliches Museum hosts a 3-day festival showcasing military old timers. Auf Rädern und Ketten (provisionally set for June 5-7) has trucks, tanks, and more.