Once a year, the Burgenland 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
- 2022 dates: TBA (usually May)
- 2021 event cancelled (possibly moved to later in the year)
- See also: Steiermark Frühling festival | Waldviertelpur festival
The best of Burgenland
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). So it’s nice to see it brighten May in Vienna with the Kultinarium festival.
When I tell you that Burgenland’s wineries and local tourism associations typically dominate the list of participants, then you’ll know roughly what to expect.
Fortunately, the province’s wine, cuisine and holiday destinations are all pretty good. And I speak as someone who regularly visits 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 (my preference at the Christmas markets).
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.
2022 dates and tickets
Entrance is free. Dates for the 2022 festival had yet to be set at the time of writing, but the event usually happens in May. Opening times are typically 11am to 10pm.
The 2021 event was cancelled but the organisers have mentioned the possibility of a shift to later in the year.
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.
As you sip your wine, you’re probably following in the footsteps of a Roman centurion or two: the square’s history dates back that far. Historical records also mention a wine market here from the mid-14th century.
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