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Austria's top events

Austria and culture are an inseparable unit, and the cultural programme is accordingly packed to the brim. Here is a selection of this year's top events that should undoubtedly not be missed when visiting Austria.

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Klosterneuburg Monastery- The Archducal Hat – 400 Years of the Austrian Crown © Österreich Werbung Michael Zechany Klosterneuburg Monastery- The Archducal Hat – 400 Years of the Austrian Crown © Österreich Werbung Michael Zechany
Klosterneuburg
04.03.2017 - 16.11.2017

Klosterneuburg Monastery - The Archducal Hat

The monastery is dedecading this years exhibition to the 300th birthday of Maria Theresia.
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Special Exhibition: Francis Joseph © Sascha Rieger Special Exhibition: Francis Joseph © Sascha Rieger
Schloss Schönbrunn
15.03.2017 - 30.11.2017

Special Exhibition: 300 years Maria Theresia

This years exhibition is dedicaded to 300 years of Maria Theresia.
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Renaissance Castle Schallaburg © Österreich Werbung Popp Hackner Renaissance Castle Schallaburg © Österreich Werbung Popp Hackner
Schallaburg
18.03.2017 - 06.11.2016

Renaissance Castle Schallaburg - "Islam"

The exhibition "Islam" not only shows religious objects but also a lot of surprising pieces of art dealing with "Islam in Austria"
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Music- weeks Millstatt, Carinthia © Österreich Werbung Pigneter Music- weeks Millstatt, Carinthia © Österreich Werbung Pigneter
Millstatt
01.05.2017 - 01.11.2017

Music Weeks - Millstatt

The superb historic atmosphere of the Abbey and Parish Church of Millstatt is the setting for outstanding performances of large- scale sacred and secular choral and orchestral works as well as highlights of the chamber- music repertoire from all musical epochs.
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Thedor von Hörmann © Privatbesitz Thedor von Hörmann © Privatbesitz
Leopold Museum
19.05.2017 - 05.09.2017

Thedor von Hörmann

Joannis Avramidis (1922–2016) is one of the most important protagonists of Austrian sculpture.A year after the artist’s death, the Leopold Museum presents the largest retrospective exhibition of his work to date in Austria.
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Jubiläumsausstellung Erzherzog Ferdiand II. © KHM-Museumsverband Jubiläumsausstellung Erzherzog Ferdiand II. © KHM-Museumsverband
Ambras Castle, Innsbruck
15.06.2017 - 08.10.2017

Ferdinand II Jubilee Exhibition

450 years ago, Grand Duke Ferdinand II (1529-1595) took office in Innsbruck. Ambras Castle in Innsbruck is holding a big exhibition in his honour. 
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Tiroler Volksschauspiele Telfs © Günther Egger Tiroler Volksschauspiele Telfs © Günther Egger
Telfs
01.07.2017 - 01.09.2017

Tiroler Volksschauspiele

This festival celebrates folk theatre with performances by professionals as well as amateurs. Ths programme is rounded out by cabaret and folk music.
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Salzkammergut Festwochen Gmunden © Oberösterreich Salzkammergut Festwochen Gmunden © Oberösterreich
Gmunden
01.07.2017 - 01.09.2017

Salzkammergut Festwochen Gmunden

A wide variety of high- quality concerts, readings and lied recitals draw culture lovers to the Salzkammergut Festwochen Gmunden, held in one of Austria's most scenic regions.
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Film Festival Rathausplatz, Vienna © Österreich Werbung Lammerhuber Film Festival Rathausplatz, Vienna © Österreich Werbung Lammerhuber
Rathausplatz
01.07.2017 - 04.09.2017

Film Festival Rathausplatz

Each summer Vienna's Rathausplatz becomes the meeting place of classical-music fans and nightawks who enjoy outstanding music films shown on a huge screen. Admission is free and there are culinary offerings from around the world.
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Innsbruck Festival of Early Music © Österreich Werbung Trumler Innsbruck Festival of Early Music © Österreich Werbung Trumler
Innsbruck
18.07.2017 - 28.08.2017

Innsbruck Festival of Early Music

In the Renaissance and Baroque, Innsbruck was one of Europe's most important musical centres. The Innsbruck Festival of Early Music, the oldest existing festival of its kind, carries on this tradition each summer.
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Salzburg Festival © Österreich Werbung Bartl Salzburg Festival © Österreich Werbung Bartl
Salzburg
21.07.2017 - 31.08.2017

Salzburg Festival

The Salzburg Festival is one of the world's most prestigious music festivals and has since its inception been synonymous with high musical quality, the commitment of international artists and a fortuitous combination of tradition and innovation. The programme features opera, theatre and concerts.
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Montafoner Resonanzen © Montafon Tourismus Stefan Kothner Montafoner Resonanzen © Montafon Tourismus Stefan Kothner
Montafon
03.08.2017 - 09.09.2017

Montafoner Resonanzen

"Montafon Resonanzen" offers up a multi-faceted and diverse programme of events. From 3rd August culture vultures can expect a first-class mixture of baroque sounds, chamber music, Jazz, traditional folk music, crossover and organ music.
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Allegro Vivo © Dieter Schewig Allegro Vivo © Dieter Schewig
Waldviertel
04.08.2017 - 18.09.2017

Allegro Vivo

In 2017 "Allegro Vivo" celebrates its 39th season.  The setting for these concerts is provided by the loveliest castles, abbeys and churches of the Waldviertel region.
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International Jazzfestival Saalfelden © 37. Jazzfest Saalfelden International Jazzfestival Saalfelden © 37. Jazzfest Saalfelden
Saalfelden
24.08.2017 - 28.08.2017

International Jazz Festival Saalfelden

The top- flight jazz festival in Saalfelden- Leogang returns in 2017with a range of musical offerings from contemporary jazz to experimental sound installations, and featuring a host of prominent international artists.
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Schubertiade, Hohenems © Österreich Werbung Trumler Schubertiade, Hohenems © Österreich Werbung Trumler
Schwarzenberg
25.08.2017 - 01.09.2017

Schubertiade

The Schubertiade is widely considered the world's foremost Schubert festival, and the 2017 edition will again bring stellar artists to Schwarzenberg.
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Trans Vorarlberg Triathlon © Gerhard Pliessnig Trans Vorarlberg Triathlon © Gerhard Pliessnig
Bregenz - Lech
26.08.2017 - 27.08.2017

Trans Vorarlberg Triathlon

This triathlon takes competitors through the entire Vorarlberg. From Lake Constance to the top of the Arlberg and on to Lech – the top ski destination in the Alps. After swimming a course of 1.2 km on Lake Constance in the morning and then cycling 93 km from Bregenz to Lech, competitors undertake a 12 km run for the grand finale.
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Austria Triathlon Podersdorf © www.austria-triathlon.at Austria Triathlon Podersdorf © www.austria-triathlon.at
Podersdorf am See
01.09.2017 - 04.09.2017

Austria Triathlon

Already for the 21th time the triathlon in Podersdorf will take place. The racecourses have not changed a lot in the last years.
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Starnacht in der Wachau © ipmedia/krivograd Starnacht in der Wachau © ipmedia/krivograd
Rossatz, Wachau
01.09.2017 - 02.09.2017

Starnacht aus der Wachau

This year the Star Night Wachau welcomes Vanessa Mai. Joined by well-known austropopmusic singer Rainhard Fendrich and many other great pop stars like Lemo and Tagträumer, the Wachau will again fascinate and entertain the audience with this outstanding musical highlight!
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Genussmeile im Wienerwald © Wienerwald Tourismus GmH, Landl Genussmeile im Wienerwald © Wienerwald Tourismus GmH, Landl
Thermenregion Wienerwald
02.09.2017 - 11.09.2017

Genussmeile

Between 2 and 3 and 9 and 10 September 2017, it is all about hiking, tasting & enjoying the Vienna Water Pipeline Hiking Path between Mödling and Bad Vöslau! 80 wine growing companies from the Thermenregion of the Wienerwald even exhibit everything that can be made from wine grapes for sampling!
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European Bike Week © Kärnten Werbung, Horst European Bike Week © Kärnten Werbung, Horst
Faaker See
05.09.2017 - 11.09.2017

Harley-Davidson European Bike Week

Faak's back! Get ready to roll with one of the biggest ever European Bike Week events. Check out details below including bands, what's on, where to stay, merchandise and more.
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Ars Electronica Center © Stadt Linz Ars Electronica Center © Stadt Linz
Ars Electronica Center, Linz
07.09.2017 - 12.09.2017

Ars Electronica Festival

The Ars Electronica is one of the world’s most important festivals of media art and offers a unique platform for digital art, technology and media culture.
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Festival Musica Sacra © Festival Musica Sacra Festival Musica Sacra © Festival Musica Sacra
Lower Austria
10.09.2017 - 23.10.2017

Festival Musica Sacra

The renowned "Festival Musica Sacra" has become a fixture on the autumn event calendar of the Lower Austrian city of St. Pölten and its vicinity. Familiar as well as new works representing a wide variety of musical styles will be presented to audiences at concerts and masses.
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Brucknerfest in Linz © R. Winkler Brucknerfest in Linz © R. Winkler
Brucknerhaus, Linz
16.09.2017 - 14.10.2017

Bruckner Festival Linz

This traditional music event pays homage to the famous Upper Austrian composer Anton Bruckner.
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Wachaumarathon © vision05 Alex Felten 2013 Wachaumarathon © vision05 Alex Felten 2013
Wachau
17.09.2017 - 18.09.2017

20th International WACHAUmarathon

The WACHAUmarathon running route is enjoyed and appreciated by thousands of hobby runners due to its flat topography.
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Viennacontemporary © Viennacontemporary Viennacontemporary © Viennacontemporary
Marx Halle Vienna
21.09.2017 - 25.09.2017

Viennacontemporary

The art fair "Viennafair" changed both its name and its location in 2015: The event now is held as "viennacontemporary" in Vienna's Marx Halle. It is Austria's newest international fair for contemporary art
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Event - Glatt & Verkehrt herbstzeitlos © Sascha Osaka Event - Glatt & Verkehrt herbstzeitlos © Sascha Osaka
Lower Austria
28.09.2017 - 02.10.2017

Glatt & Verkehrt herbstzeitlos

Since 2014 world music can be heard even after the Glatt & Verkehrt Festival: In the "HerbstZeitlos" series.
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Schubertiade, Hohenems © Österreich Werbung Trumler Schubertiade, Hohenems © Österreich Werbung Trumler
Hohenems
05.10.2017 - 09.10.2017

Schubertiade

The Schubertiade is widely considered the world's foremost Schubert festival, and the 2017 edition will again bring stellar artists to Hohenems.
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Internationales WTA-Damen-Tennisturnier © cityfoto.at / Dr. Roland Pelzl Internationales WTA-Damen-Tennisturnier © cityfoto.at / Dr. Roland Pelzl
Tips Arena Linz
07.10.2017 - 16.10.2017

Generali Ladies Linz

The Generali Ladies Linz launched at the 6,000-person capacity TipsArena Linz in 1991. Champions include WTA greats such as two-time winners Lindsay Davenport, Ana Ivanovic and Jana Novotna, along with Justine Henin, Amélie Mauresmo, Mary Pierce, Maria Sharapova, Petra Kvitova and 2012 titlist Victoria Azarenka.
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Long Night of Museums © Hans Leitner Long Night of Museums © Hans Leitner
Austria
07.10.2017 - 08.10.2017

Long Night of Museums

A perennial crowd-puller: Some 680 museums all over Austria are open from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. on this evening and draw enormous crowds of locals as well as visitors. Some museums offer a supporting programme in the from of culinary or musical treats.
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Panorama: Bregenzer Bucht © S.F.H. Archiv Vorarlberg Tourismus Panorama: Bregenzer Bucht © S.F.H. Archiv Vorarlberg Tourismus
Bregenz
08.10.2017 - 09.10.2017

Sparkasse Marathon 3 Länder am Bodensee

The marathon starts from the beautiful Island of Lindau -habour, then passes through the Austrian towns Lochau, Bregenz, Hard, Höchst, it then crosses the Swiss border at St. Margreten and continues across the Rheindamm back to Hard and finally finishes in Bregenz.
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Liszt Festival Raiding, Burgenland © Franz Liszt Popart Liszt Festival Raiding, Burgenland © Franz Liszt Popart
Burgenland
18.10.2017 - 23.10.2017

Liszt Festival Raiding

The "Liszt Festival Raiding" counts among the world's most important and reowned celebrations of the music of Franz Liszt.
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Viennale © Viennale Robert Newald Viennale © Viennale Robert Newald
Vienna
19.10.2017 - 02.11.2017

Viennale

Film festival with international films, celebrity guests, and audiences. An annual crowd- puller that in 2017 celebrates its 55th season.
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Wien Modern, Vienna © Österreich Werbung Viennaslide Wien Modern, Vienna © Österreich Werbung Viennaslide
Vienna
31.10.2017 - 02.12.2017

Wien Modern

WIEN MODERN is Austria's largest festival for contemporary music. Since the event's founding in 1988, Vienna's Konzerthaus has served as the festival venue.
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Winter im MQ, Vienna © Österreich Werbung Popp G. Winter im MQ, Vienna © Österreich Werbung Popp G.
MuseumsQuartier Vienna
01.11.2017 - 24.12.2017

Winter at the MQ

DJ sounds, cultural events, sophisiticated punch variations and much more: This is "Winter at the MQ". From the beginning of November to 23 December, Vienna's MuseumsQuartier arts complex is transformed into a wintertime living room in the middle of the city, offering a pre- christmas atmosphere.
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Jazzmusik © Jazzfestival Saalfelden Jazzmusik © Jazzfestival Saalfelden
Vienna
01.11.2017 - 01.12.2017

One Month of Jazz and Blue

Vienna has quite a vibrant jazz and blues scene, with a large number of clubs around the capital city featuring live sessions every evening during this festival month.
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Voice Mania 2016 - International A Capella Festival, Vienna © Ronald Talasz Voice Mania 2016 - International A Capella Festival, Vienna © Ronald Talasz
Vienna
03.11.2017 - 04.12.2017

Voice Mania 2016 - International A Capella Festival

Every year soloists and ensembles from all around the world gather in Vienna for this international festival of vocal acrobats to prove that the human voice can be used for more than just conventional singing: It moves and seduces the listener with nearly unimaginable sounds and rythms, covering all musical genres and styles.
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Feldkirch © Stadt Feldkirch Feldkirch © Stadt Feldkirch
Feldkirch
10.11.2017 - 13.11.2017

Art Design Feldkirch

ArtDesign Feldkirch presents annually a cross-section of design, art and fashion. It links the areas of applied and visual arts of the 20th and 21st century, design, fashion, innovative product design as well as architecture and thus promotes the exchange within the cultural scene.
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Montforter Zwischentöne, Feldkirch © Montforter GmbH Montforter Zwischentöne, Feldkirch © Montforter GmbH
Feldkirch
16.11.2017 - 20.11.2017

Montforter Zwischentöne

The town of Feldkirch presents a new event series at Montforthaus Feldkirch. The subject is time and space between dialogue and music.
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Dolomitenlauf © Felgenhauer Dolomitenlauf © Felgenhauer
Lienz and Obertilliach
18.01.2018 - 21.01.2018

Dolomitenlauf

One of Austria's most famous cross-country skiing events! Top international athletes compete against eachother in a number of different events, including the famous Dolomite sprint, classic and traditional races, whilst covering distances of 60 and 25km. 
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Lange Nacht der Forschung © bmwfw & bmvit Lange Nacht der Forschung © bmwfw & bmvit
different locations in Austria
13.04.2018 - 14.04.2018

Long Night of Research

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