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Events in Austria

Cultural highlights, world-class sport events, traditional festivals and more - here is a selection of this year's top events that should not be missed when visiting Austria.

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Emotional Formation - Arik Levy © Swarovski Kristallwelten Emotional Formation - Arik Levy © Swarovski Kristallwelten
Swarovski Kristallwelten, Wattens
01.01.2018 - 31.12.2018

Swarovski Kristallwelten Chambers of Wonder

The time has come for Swarovski Crystal Worlds to open up its four new Chambers of Wonder designed by internationally renowned artists.
 
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Schloss Esterházy © Roland Wimmer Schloss Esterházy © Roland Wimmer
Schloss Esterhazy, Eisenstadt
27.01.2018 - 20.12.2018

classic.Esterhazy 2018

After its phenomenal success at the beginning of 2017 with Haydn's "The Creation", this classic series of concerts returns in 2018 with Haydn's second greatest oratoria, the "Seasons", under the artistic direction of Andreas Richter.
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Leopold Museum, Vienna
23.02.2018 - 10.03.2019

Egon Schiele jubilee exhibition

In 2018, 100 years after the death of Egon Schiele (1890-1918) Vienna's Leopold Museum is putting on a special exhibition showing some unique paintings, works on paper and archived materials, showing the most important themes in the artist's oeuvre.
 
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Enns/Schlögen/Oberranna
27.04.2018 - 04.11.2018

Upper Austrian Provincial Exhibition: The Legion Returns

The Roman Empire shaped Austria for over 500 years. Visit the Upper Austrian Provincial Exhibition 2018 to delve into this fascinating history.
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Музей Альбертина © Österreich Werbung / Popp-Hackner Музей Альбертина © Österreich Werbung / Popp-Hackner
Vienna
21.09.2018 - 06.01.2019

Albertina - Vienna: Monet

The Albertina accommodates one of the largest and most precious graphic art collections in the world. Today, it comprises nearly 50,000 drawings and one million prints dating from all major epochs: from Late Gothic to contemporary art. Currently on view: Claude Monet and his treatment of colour.
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Wien Modern, Vienna © Österreich Werbung / Viennaslide Wien Modern, Vienna © Österreich Werbung / Viennaslide
Vienna
28.10.2018 - 01.12.2018

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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ERWIN STEINHAUER & KLEZMER RELOADED EXTENDED © Hans Ringhofer ERWIN STEINHAUER & KLEZMER RELOADED EXTENDED © Hans Ringhofer
Different venues, Vienna
04.11.2018 - 19.11.2018

KlezMORE Music Festival

The KlezMORE Festival takes place for the 13th time this year, in various different venues throughout Vienna. As always its focus is on traditional culture and new interpretations of Klezmer music and culture.
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Oskar Kokoschka, Selbstbildnis von zwei Seiten, 1923, Farblithografie, Museum der Moderne Salzburg © Fondation Oskar Kokoschka / no name Oskar Kokoschka, Selbstbildnis von zwei Seiten, 1923, Farblithografie, Museum der Moderne Salzburg © Fondation Oskar Kokoschka / no name
Salzburg
10.11.2018 - 18.02.2019

Oskar Kokoschka

The Museum der Moderne Salzburg is putting on an exhibition of prints by Oskar Kokoschka. These form an integral part of the in-house collection, and for the very first time showcases them in the context of contemporary events.
 
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Christmas market Vienna town hall © Österreich Werbung / Viennaslide Christmas market Vienna town hall © Österreich Werbung / Viennaslide
Vienna
11.11.2018 - 09.01.2019

Christmas Markets in Vienna

Step into the joy of Christmas with the beautiful streets of Vienna as your backdrop. Punch and chestnut stands draw customers with seasonal treats and stallholders get shoppers in the Christmas spirit with handcrafted goods.
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Christmas market in Innsbruck's old town © Innsbruck Tourismus / Christof Lackner Christmas market in Innsbruck's old town © Innsbruck Tourismus / Christof Lackner
Innsbruck
15.11.2018 - 24.12.2018

Christmas Markets in Innsbruck

Imagine the lights of a Christmas tree rivalling the glistening tiles of the Golden Roof, the aroma of freshly made “Kiachln” (piping hot doughnuts laced with Sauerkaut), and the sound of traditional Christmas carols. This is Christmas time in Innsbruck.
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Internationales Kinderfilmfestival Wien / THE BREADWINNER, Irland/Luxemburg/Kanada 2017, Animationsfilm, Regie: Nora Twomey © WestEnd Films Internationales Kinderfilmfestival Wien / THE BREADWINNER, Irland/Luxemburg/Kanada 2017, Animationsfilm, Regie: Nora Twomey © WestEnd Films
Various cinemas, Vienna
17.11.2018 - 25.11.2018

Vienna International Children's Film Festival

The Vienna International Children's Film Festival presents international productions or co-productions, intended specifically for children and young people.

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Salzburg Christmas Market © Österreich Werbung / Reinhart Bryan Salzburg Christmas Market © Österreich Werbung / Reinhart Bryan
Salzburg
17.11.2018 - 27.12.2018

Christmas Markets in Salzburg

The pealing of countless church bells reminds us that Christmas is near, and the Salzburg Christmas markets will fill you with warmth as you look out to the city's snow-covered roofs, domes and towers.
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Advent market at Linz © Österreich Werbung / Andreas Röbl Advent market at Linz © Österreich Werbung / Andreas Röbl
Linz
18.11.2018 - 25.12.2018

Christmas Markets in Linz

The fragrance of gingerbread and Linzer Torte from the Christmas Markets, pastry shops and cafes, the lights of the city skyline combining old with new, and the enticements of shopping in the city of Linz all bring you that step closer towards Christmas Eve.
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Christkindlmarkt am Hauptplatz, Graz © Graz Tourismus  / Harry Schiffer Christkindlmarkt am Hauptplatz, Graz © Graz Tourismus / Harry Schiffer
Graz
18.11.2018 - 25.12.2018

Christmas Markets in Graz

Enjoy the highlights of Advent in Graz, the capital city of Styria. Let yourself be enchanted by the romantic lights, the gleaming ice crib, the giant Rathaus Advent calendar and the spectacular Christmas Markets.
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Open-Air-Konzert / Ski-Opening Obertauern © Tourismusverband Obertauern / Matthias Fritzenwallner Open-Air-Konzert / Ski-Opening Obertauern © Tourismusverband Obertauern / Matthias Fritzenwallner
Obertauern, SalzburgerLand
30.11.2018 - 02.12.2018

Ski Opening in Obertauern

Obertauern celebrates the start of the winter season from 30 November to 02 December 2018, featuring an open-air concert by Austrian pop stars WANDA on 01 December.


 
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Biathlon Hochfilzen © OK Hochfilzen / C. Einecke Biathlon Hochfilzen © OK Hochfilzen / C. Einecke
Hochfilzen, Tirol
10.12.2018 - 16.12.2018

BMW IBU World Cup Biathlon

The world's best biathletes are competing for worldcup points in Tirol this winter.

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Weltcup Montafon © Montafon Tourismus GmbH / Stefan Kothner Weltcup Montafon © Montafon Tourismus GmbH / Stefan Kothner
Montafon
14.12.2018 - 17.12.2018

Montafon World Cup

Sport and music come together for the World Cup weekend in Montafon from 14th-17th December. FIS has confirmed Montafon as the venue for the FIS Snowboard Cross World cup and the Audi FIS Ski Cross World cup. Open-air music performances from SIDO and SDP will create a very special festival vibe in the valley.
 
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New Year's eve ball at the Imperial Palace in Vienna © Hofburg Vienna New Year's eve ball at the Imperial Palace in Vienna © Hofburg Vienna
Imperial Palace, Vienna
31.12.2018

New Year's Eve Ball

Seeing in the New Year in the staterooms of the imperial residence is one of the finest Hofburg traditions.
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Vienna Philharmonics at the Haus der Musik © Inge Prader Vienna Philharmonics at the Haus der Musik © Inge Prader
Musikverein, Vienna
01.01.2019

New Year's Concert

The New Year's concert by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is probably the most elegant way to start the New Year.
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Tolle Stimmung bei der Vierschanzentournee in Bischofshofen © Hans Neumayer / Skiclub Bischofshofen Tolle Stimmung bei der Vierschanzentournee in Bischofshofen © Hans Neumayer / Skiclub Bischofshofen
Bischofshofen
06.01.2019

Four Hills Tournament Bischofshofen

Around 25,000 fans descend upon Bischofshofen every year, in order to cheer on the international elite at the final of the Four Hills Tournament.
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Ландшафт Нассфельда © Edward Groeger Ландшафт Нассфельда © Edward Groeger
Nassfeld, Carinthia
18.01.2019 - 19.01.2019

Beat the Best

The longest ski race in the world leads through four mountain valleys and across the entire skiing area of Nassfeld. The route is 15.9 miles long and reaches 20,997 feet in altitude.
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3 days of Jazz festival in Saalfelden Leogang © Johannes Radlwimmer 3 days of Jazz festival in Saalfelden Leogang © Johannes Radlwimmer
Saalfelden Leogang, SalzburgerLand
18.01.2019 - 20.01.2019

3 Days of Jazz

Saalfelden's famous Jazz Festival now has a wintertime spin-off: Enjoy unconventional jazz during the “3 Days of Jazz”.
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Der weiße Ring - das Rennen in Lech Zürs © Lech Zürs Tourismus GmbH Der weiße Ring - das Rennen in Lech Zürs © Lech Zürs Tourismus GmbH
Lech-Zürs, Vorarlberg
19.01.2019

The White Ring Race

5,500 metres in altitude difference, 22 kilometres on the piste, pros racing amateurs, and a mass start at an altitude of 2,337 metres: The White Circuit Race enjoys cult status and is a winter highlight.

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Zieleinfahrt vom Hahnenkammrennen © KSC Zieleinfahrt vom Hahnenkammrennen © KSC
Kitzbühel
21.01.2019 - 27.01.2019

Hahnenkamm Races

The "Streif" downhill run in Kitzbühel, Tirol is considered the most spectacular skiing event in the world.

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Nachtslalom in Schladming © Schladming-Dachstein Tourismusmarketing GmbH / Herbert Raffalt Nachtslalom in Schladming © Schladming-Dachstein Tourismusmarketing GmbH / Herbert Raffalt
Schladming, Styria
29.01.2019

Schladming Night Slalom

Around 50,000 enthusiastic visitors, including many celebrities, visit the night slalom in Schladming every year, making it a firm favourite on the Austrian Alpine racing calendar.
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NostalSKI © www.nostalski.com NostalSKI © www.nostalski.com
Zell am See-Kaprun
17.02.2019 - 16.02.2019

NostalSKI

200 participants from all over the world will once again come together to make NostalSki the biggest nostalgic ski race in the Alps. This is fantastic fun, not only for the participants but also the spectators.
 
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52. FIS Nordische Ski-WM 2019 © www.seefeld.com 52. FIS Nordische Ski-WM 2019 © www.seefeld.com
Seefeld and Innsbruck, Tirol
19.02.2019 - 03.03.2019

Nordic Ski World Championships

In 2019, Seefeld is host to the Nordic World Ski Championships and will see the world's best ski jumpers, cross-country skiers and combined athletes compete against each other. Bergisel in Innsbruck is also a venue.
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Der Hände Werk © Schallaburg Kulturbetriebsges.m.b.H. / Alpgiray Kelem Der Hände Werk © Schallaburg Kulturbetriebsges.m.b.H. / Alpgiray Kelem
Schallaburg, Lower Austria
16.03.2019 - 03.11.2019

Exhibition: Crafty Hands

In 2019, Schallaburg Castle offers an exhibition and multi-sensory experience showing that a modern world depends on the skills of our hands.

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Niederösterreichische Landesausstellung 2019 © Schallaburg Kulturbetriebsges.m.b.H. Niederösterreichische Landesausstellung 2019 © Schallaburg Kulturbetriebsges.m.b.H.
Wiener Neustadt
30.03.2019 - 10.11.2019

2019 Lower Austrian Provincial Exhibition

People are moving, cities are growing, the country is changing. Our world is constantly moving forward. The 2019 Lower Austrian Exhibition uses two historic venues to examine the subject of "A World in Motion".

 
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Wein am Berg © Das Central / Rudi  Wyhlidal Wein am Berg © Das Central / Rudi Wyhlidal
Hotel Das Central in Soelden
25.04.2019 - 28.04.2018

Culinary Festival "Wein am Berg"

One of Austria's most renowned wine and culinary festivals, Wein am Berg (Wine on the Mountain) brings together vintners, chefs and food lovers in Sölden in Tirol.
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Passion Play St. Margharethen, Burgenland © Passionsspiele St. Margarethen Passion Play St. Margharethen, Burgenland © Passionsspiele St. Margarethen
Erl
01.05.2019 - 31.10.2019

Passion Plays Erl

Passion plays have been an essential part of Tirolean culture since the Middle Ages. Every 6 years, about 600 amateur players from the village of Erl participate in the local performances.
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Internationales Storytellingfestival © Nikolaus Pfusterschmid Internationales Storytellingfestival © Nikolaus Pfusterschmid
Graz, Linz, Vienna, Lower Austria
24.05.2019 - 25.06.2019

Storytelling Festival

The International Storytelling Festival has become one of the world’s most important – as well as Europe’s largest and Austria’s only – festival of storytelling.
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Erzbergrodeo © Erzbergrodeo Erzbergrodeo © Erzbergrodeo
Erzberg, Styria
29.05.2019 - 02.06.2019

Erzberg Rodeo XX5

One of the biggest and best-known motorcycle event in the world, Erzberg Rodeo celebrates its 25th birthday in 2019. It will attract 1,500 participants from 40 countries as well as thousands of motorsport fans.
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Yogafrühling Gastein © Gasteinertal Tourismus GmbH Yogafrühling Gastein © Gasteinertal Tourismus GmbH
Gastein
30.05.2019 - 10.06.2019

Yoga Spring in Gastein

Yoga is healthy. Outdoors, it's even healthier. And set against the backdrop of the majestic Hohe Tauern mountains, it becomes a very special experience indeed. Twice a year, you can take part in Gastein's yoga days.
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Bergmarathon Gmunden © Sportograf Bergmarathon Gmunden © Sportograf
Gmunden, Upper Austria
06.07.2019

Trailrun Lake Traunsee

70 km long with an elevation difference of 4,500 m, the trailrun around Lake Traunsee is perfect for ambitious runners looking for a challenge.
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Seefestspiele Mörbisch / Das Land des Lächelns © Seefestspiele Mörbisch Seefestspiele Mörbisch / Das Land des Lächelns © Seefestspiele Mörbisch
Mörbisch, Burgenland
11.07.2019 - 24.08.2019

Operetta: The Land of Smiles

At the "Seefestspiele Mörbisch" (Mörbisch Lake Festival) operettas and musicals are performed on a unique stage situated in Lake Neusiedl. In 2019, you'll be able to see the Franz Léhar operetta "The Land of Smiles".
 
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Long Table © Graz Tourismus / Werner Krug Long Table © Graz Tourismus / Werner Krug
Graz, Styria
24.08.2019

Long Table of Graz

A large, beautifully set table right in the centre of Graz - and everyone is invited to taste regional wines and try local delicacies together!
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Feldhase, Albrecht Dürer © Albertina Feldhase, Albrecht Dürer © Albertina
Albertina, Vienna
20.09.2019 - 06.01.2020

Albrecht Dürer

With almost 140 works, the Albertina possesses the world's most important collection of drawings by Albrecht Dürer. His graphic work will be at the centre of this fascinating exhibition.
 
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Knödelausgabe © TVB St. Johann in Tirol / Rolf Kriesche Knödelausgabe © TVB St. Johann in Tirol / Rolf Kriesche
St. Johann in Tirol
21.09.2019

St. Johann Dumpling Festival

Austrian dumplings are a true delicacy - and St. Johann in Tirol is prepared to celebrate them properly.
 
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Ironman 70.3 in Zell am See © Zell am See-Kaprun Tourismus GmbH Ironman 70.3 in Zell am See © Zell am See-Kaprun Tourismus GmbH
Zell am See-Kaprun, SalzburgerLand
01.10.2019

IRONMAN 70.3

Participants in the IRONMAN 70.3 complete 1.9 km of swimming, 90 km of biking and 21.1 km of running.
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