What's Free in Austria?
Thought a stay in Austria will cost you a fortune? Not necessarily - Austria’s cities offer uncountable festivals, museums, galleries, sights, and activities that are absolutely free of charge.
For Free - All Over Austria:
- Entrance to most churches, markets, gardens, parks, and galleries in Austria: indulge in great architecture, art, shopping, and history!
- Because of Austria's long tradition, many folklore festivals take place throughout the year - particularly outside the cities - where Austrian culture and lifestyle can be experienced first hand. Ask your host about festivals in your area.
- Up to the age of 6, children can use public transport for free. In many Austrian cities up to 4 children until the age of 15 travel for free when accompanied by an adult. If you are travelling with kids always ask for special reductions!
- Enjoy Austria's high quality drinking water - not only in your glass but in one of Austria's numerous crystal clear lakes, with water so good you can drink it!
- Around Christmas time - or more precisely - starting in late November, Christmas Markets in many cities and towns all over Austria get you into a festive and cheerful mood!
- The perfect way to usher in the New Year: Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck and many other major towns in Austria turn their old city centres into open-air ballrooms. On New Year's Eve watch the fireworks and waltz into the New Year!
Almost for Free - All Over Austria:
- There are a number of discount cards with attractive value-added opportunities. You can explore the splendour and cultural delights of the cities with significant discounts on public transport, sightseeing, shopping, dining, etc.
- When enjoying local foods in Vienna for a steal then go to restaurants called "Wiener Gasthaus". These local taverns serve lunch meals often starting from € 9,-! Or enjoy a good snack at the "Würstelstand". This is a true Austrian institution and should be on every "things-to-do-list" while visiting Austria.
Summer night concert of the Vienna Philharmonic
Every year in June, the Vienna Philharmonic performs an open air concert with free admission in the impressive ambience of the gardens of Schönbrunn Palace. Undoubtedly one of the world's most famous and finest orchestras, the Vienna Philharmonic wishes to provide all Viennese, as well as visitors to the city, with a unique musical experience in Schönbrunn's beautiful Baroque gardens for free!
Vienna open air opera
In April, May, June, and September the Vienna State Opera broadcasts selected performances LIVE on a 538 sq ft (50 m2) LED video screen on Herbert-von-Karajan Square, right next to the opera building. Enjoy operas of Mozart, Strauss, Wagner, Verdi, Puccini, and many other great composers for free!
Music Film Festival Vienna in front of Vienna's City Hall (June - September) begins at dawn and entrance is free.
Festival on the Danube Island in Vienna (end of June) is Europe's biggest party for young people. For three days a great line-up of stars will entertain the more than two million party-goers on about 20 stages.
Vienna boasts many coffeehouses. Many offer free piano concerts during the day, such as Café Landtmann, Café Schwarzenberg, or Café Central.
The Museum of Applied Arts (MAK) in Vienna offers free entrance on Tuesdays from 6.00 pm to 10.00 pm.
October 26 is a special day in Austria. It is not only our National Holiday, on this day most of Vienna's museums also have free entrance!
Siemens Festival Nights (end of July until end of August) is a special treat for classical music lovers: it makes the highlights of the Salzburg Festival accessible to a wider audience free of charge. The Summer Festival's highlights are broadcast on a large screen set up on Chapter Square each day for a period of five weeks.
The Red Bull Hangar-7 is an absolute must-see in Salzburg. This hip airplane hangar is a mix of airplanes, art gallery and culinary paradise. Every day from 9am - 10pm. Entrance is free.
La Strada (last week in July and first week in August) is a free art festival on Graz' charming streets. The festival presents about 200 street and puppet theatre productions aiming to make Graz laugh, wonder and reflect.
"Aufsteirern" folk festival (mid September) in Graz takes place every year in September. For one day, the Old Town of Graz turns into a rural Styrian village. Join the villagers on an exciting "journey" through their province and get acquainted with the great diversity of Styrian customs, traditions, and culinary specialties.