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Maximilian I., 500 Jahre, Jubiläumsjahr in Tirol © Land Tirol/p&p Maximilian I., 500 Jahre, Jubiläumsjahr in Tirol © Land Tirol/p&p
Tirol
01.01.2019 - 31.12.2019

2019: The Year of Maximilian I

The 500th anniversary of the death of Emperor Maximilian I prompted the State of Tirol to declare 2019 the Year of Maximilian. It's being celebrated with a varied programme of educational and cultural events.
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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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Schubertiade, Hohenems © Österreich Werbung / Gerhard Trumler Schubertiade, Hohenems © Österreich Werbung / Gerhard Trumler
Hohenems, Vorarlberg
27.04.2019 - 09.10.2019

Schubertiade Hohenems

The most important Schubert Festival celebrates the composer with a great number of concerts.
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Passion Play St. Margharethen, Burgenland © Passionsspiele St. Margarethen Passion Play St. Margharethen, Burgenland © Passionsspiele St. Margarethen
Erl, Tirol
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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William Turner. Der Künstler auf Reisen. Stadtturmgalerie Gmünd © Private Collection, Foto: Sotheby's, London William Turner. Der Künstler auf Reisen. Stadtturmgalerie Gmünd © Private Collection, Foto: Sotheby's, London
Stadtturmgalerie, Gmünd
04.05.2019 - 29.09.2019

WILLIAM TURNER. The artist on tour

William Turner (1775-1851) became one of England's most successful landscape and marine painters during his lifetime and is today regarded as an outstanding and exceptional talent between Romanticism and Impressionism. With selected watercolors, etchings and engravings the exhibition follows in the footsteps of England’s most famous landscape painter.
 
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Zauberwald 2019 - Alice im Zauberwald © Tiroler Sagen- und Märchenfestival Zauberwald 2019 - Alice im Zauberwald © Tiroler Sagen- und Märchenfestival
different places in Tirol
17.05.2019 - 14.12.2019

Tyrol Say + Fairytale Festival

At the largest fairytale festival in the German-speaking world, visitors experience the legends and tales of the Tyrolean mountains as living dream worlds. The program this year includes Alice in the Magic Forest, the protective forest fairy tale and the adventures of the knight Theuerdank.
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Linz - Höhenrausch © Österreich Werbung / Volker Preusser Linz - Höhenrausch © Österreich Werbung / Volker Preusser
OÖ Kulturquartier
24.05.2019 - 13.10.2019

Sinnesrausch 2019

The circuit with its walkways, bridges and stairs, the various art spaces, and the vast roof landscape high above Linz along with 30 international artistic contributions forms the atmospherically charged backdrop for this extraordinary art project.
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La Gacilly_Orangerie / Le monde a 9 ans Aida Muluneh © Rainer Mirau / Lois Lammerhuber / Fotomontage La Gacilly_Orangerie / Le monde a 9 ans Aida Muluneh © Rainer Mirau / Lois Lammerhuber / Fotomontage
Baden, Lower Austria
07.06.2019 - 27.10.2019

Festival La Gacilly - Baden Photo

Europe's biggest photo festival returns to Baden near Vienna. Under the motto '' Hyme to the Earth '' tphotographers show fascinating worlds of images in a gigantic open air gallery - 2,000 photos, up to 300m2 in size, over a length of 4.5 km.
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Klassik:Sommer, Philharmonie Salzburg © TVB Bad Hofgastein / Marktl Klassik:Sommer, Philharmonie Salzburg © TVB Bad Hofgastein / Marktl
Gasteinertal, Salzburg
29.06.2019 - 27.09.2019

Klassik:Sommer 2019

From 24 May until 27 September, classical music will once again be in the air of Gastein Valley. Klassik:Sommer 2019 in Bad Hofgastein treats music lovers to an array of memorable moments - from the big Summer Night's Gala in July, to Alm:Klassik along with delightful family concerts.
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Anton Faistauer (1887 - 1930), Das rote Haus, um 1912, Öl auf Leinwand © Salzburg Museum Anton Faistauer (1887 - 1930), Das rote Haus, um 1912, Öl auf Leinwand © Salzburg Museum
Salzburg Museum
12.07.2019 - 13.10.2019

Faistauer, Schiele, Harta & Co

Here in Salzburg, renowned artists, who were also friends, now celebrate a reunion once more in the form of their works. We follow them on their travels and get to know their wives, women and families. Through their artistic works, letters and photographs we can experience an encounter with their friends and fellow artists.
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Fly Me to the Moon / 50 Jahre Mondlandung; Yinka Shonibare MBA, Spacewalk 2002, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London © Bildrecht, Wien, 2018 Fly Me to the Moon / 50 Jahre Mondlandung; Yinka Shonibare MBA, Spacewalk 2002, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London © Bildrecht, Wien, 2018
Salzburg
20.07.2019 - 03.11.2019

Fly Me to the Moon

On the 50th anniversary of the landing of Apollo 11 on July 21, the Museum der Moderne Salzburg in cooperation with the Kunsthaus Zürich is presenting a large exhibition titled ''Fly Me to the Moon. The Lunar Landing, 50 Years Later ''.
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Galerie im Kraftwerk © Werner Gritzbach Galerie im Kraftwerk © Werner Gritzbach
Bad Gastein, Salzburg
03.08.2019 - 22.09.2019

sommer.frische.kunst in Bad Gastein

Art is as much a part of Bad Gastein as the imposing mountains and magnificent Belle Époque buildings. Hardly any wonder that such an exceptional art and cultural festival has established itself right here, in the form of sommer.frische.kunst in Bad Gastein.

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Brucknerhaus © Linz Tourismus / GM Brucknerhaus © Linz Tourismus / GM
Brucknerhaus Linz, Upper Austria
04.09.2019 - 11.10.2019

International Bruckner Festival Linz 2019

On the occasion of the 45th anniversary of the opening of the Brucknerhaus as well as the 195th birthday of Anton Bruckner on 4th September, the Bruckner Festival 2019 is dedicated to the symphony in all its variety.
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Festival Klangspuren Schwaz © Klangspuren Schwaz / no  name Festival Klangspuren Schwaz © Klangspuren Schwaz / no name
Schwaz, Tirol
06.09.2019 - 22.09.2019

Klangspuren Festival 2019

The Tyrolean Klangspuren festival for new music with its roughly 20 concerts will follow the motto Risse/Fissures from September 06 to 22, 2019.
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Kulturwald 2019 im Stadion Klagenfurt, ein Projek von LITTMANN, kolorierte Zeichnung © Max Peintner Kulturwald 2019 im Stadion Klagenfurt, ein Projek von LITTMANN, kolorierte Zeichnung © Max Peintner
Klagenfurt, Carinthia
08.09.2019 - 31.10.2019

For Forest

In September and October, an authentic forest will be on display in the football stadium in Klagenfurt. The playing field is completely covered by mixed forest. From the stands, spectators can admire the tree spectacle day and night with free admission.
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Home of Lässig Walk © saalbach.com / Daniel Roos Home of Lässig Walk © saalbach.com / Daniel Roos
Saalbach, SalzburgerLand
14.09.2019 - 28.09.2019

Saalbach Hiking Challenge Weeks

Within one week, all three hikes of the Saalbach Hiking Challenge will be carried out with experienced hiking guides. The three hiking days will be distributed over the week, whereby you can decide individually in which order you want to tackle the individual hikes.
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the Steirischer Herbst festival in Graz © STH the Steirischer Herbst festival in Graz © STH
Graz and the surrounding region,...
19.09.2019 - 13.10.2019

steirischerherbst’19 Festival

The title of this year's steirischerherbst Festival is Grand Hotel Abyss. It manifests as a parcours in Graz and Styria, comprised almost exclusively of new commissions by more than 40 international artists.
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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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Bergläufer © Montafon Tourismus GmbH, Schruns / Jaqueline Ritsch Bergläufer © Montafon Tourismus GmbH, Schruns / Jaqueline Ritsch
Montafon, Vorarlberg
21.09.2019

Montafon Mountain Run

The steepness of the terrain and the diverse characteristics of the route - from roots to stones - demands complete concentration which will be rewarded with a breathtaking panoramic view of Vorarlbergs mountains.
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Ballon Cup Kirchberg © TVB Kitzbühel / Kurt Tropper Ballon Cup Kirchberg © TVB Kitzbühel / Kurt Tropper
Kirchberg, Tirol
21.09.2019 - 28.09.2019

International Libro Balloon Cup

Over 35 teams from Austria, Germany, Great Britain and Switzerland meet in Kirchberg to compete in the skies. The 'Balloon Night' in particular will draw in the crowds of spectators. Visitors also have the opportunity to drive and see the Alps from a bird's-eye view.

 
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Festival Waves Vienna, The Hidden Cameras © Hidden Cameras Festival Waves Vienna, The Hidden Cameras © Hidden Cameras
Several venues in Vienna
26.09.2019 - 28.09.2019

Waves Vienna

Waves Vienna’s motto is „East meets West“; numerous international alternative, electronic, rock, and club acts will be performing around Vienna’s 9th district. Additionally, local artists and sophisticated musicians from Eastern Europe form an essential part of the festival’s programme.
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International Art Fair © Alexander Murashkin International Art Fair © Alexander Murashkin
Marx Halle, Vienna
26.09.2019 - 29.09.2019

viennacontemporary - International art fair

With more than 100 participating galleries from 25 countries and around 30,000 visitors every year, viennacontemporary offers a unique insight into the vibrant contemporary art scene of Central and Eastern Europe.
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Gewinner der Wiener Wiesn-Fest MUSIK Award 2014 - Powerkryner © Roland Rudolph Gewinner der Wiener Wiesn-Fest MUSIK Award 2014 - Powerkryner © Roland Rudolph
Kaiserwiese, Vienna Prater
26.09.2019 - 13.10.2019

Wiener Wiesn Festival

In the four Wiesn-tents on the Kaiserwiese in the Vienna Prater, in the immediate vicinity of the Riesenrad, visitors can expect festive atmosphere with delicacies from Viennese cuisine and a colorful supporting program.
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Modern Museum Salzburg © Tourismus Salzburg GmbH Modern Museum Salzburg © Tourismus Salzburg GmbH
Messezentrum Salzburg
27.09.2019 - 29.09.2019

ART SALZBURG

The ART SALZBURG CONTEMPORARY & ANTIQUES INTERNATIONAL is an art fair primarily focusing on contemporary art, but also show classical modernism and fine antiques of the recent centuries.
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WerkStadt Vienna, MAK Wien © MAK / Mika Katrin Wißkirchen WerkStadt Vienna, MAK Wien © MAK / Mika Katrin Wißkirchen
Several venues in Vienna
27.09.2019 - 06.10.2019

Vienna Design Week

Vienna Design Week is Austria's largest design festival where they prove that Vienna is a "City Full of Design". Overlooked corners of the city turn into stages for design.
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Albertinaplatz Vienna © Österreich Werbung / Peter Burgstaller Albertinaplatz Vienna © Österreich Werbung / Peter Burgstaller
Vienna
28.09.2019

Vienna Photo Marathon

The Vienna Photo Marathon is an annual event that every photo enthusiast can join! The participants get 12 topics at the beginning. The goal is to implement these topics as creatively as possible - and in exactly 12 hours!
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wiener weinwandertag © PID / Christian Fürthner wiener weinwandertag © PID / Christian Fürthner
Vienna
28.09.2019 - 29.09.2019

Vienna Wine Hiking Day

Vienna's unique vineyards can be explored every year in the autumn on the wine hiking day – with lots of opportunities to sample good wines and enjoy the view of the city.

 

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Wachaumarathon © vision05 Alex Felten 2013 Wachaumarathon © vision05 Alex Felten 2013
Krems an der Donau, Lower Austria
29.09.2019

International WACHAUmarathon

Around 10,000 athletes compete in the Wachau Marathon in the World Cultural Heritage region. In addition to the classic marathon distance, there will once again be the quarter and half marathons and a junior marathon this year.
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Flavourama - Streetdance Battle © Poschner Photography Flavourama - Streetdance Battle © Poschner Photography
Salzburg
03.10.2019 - 06.10.2019

Flavourama

At the Flavourama Streetdance Festival, 300 dancers from around the world compete in hip hop and housedance battles. The finale will take place on October 5th at the SZENE Salzburg.
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Tour de Tirol © Sportograf Tour de Tirol © Sportograf
Söll, Tirol
04.10.2019 - 06.10.2019

Tour de Tirol

Tour de Tirol provides is a three-day sports event offering activities for everyone, no matter whether champions, hobby runners, children or nordic walkers.
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Long Night of Museums © ORF / Hans Leitner Long Night of Museums © ORF / Hans Leitner
Austria
05.10.2019

The “ORF Long Night of Museums”

The event takes place throughout Austria. Around 700 museums and galleries are involved and are opening their doors to culturally interested revelers from 6 pm to 1 am.In addition, many events and new locations are waiting to be discovered by the "Long Night" visitors.

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Bodensee: Bregenzer Strandbad © Stadtwerke Bregenz / Christian Schramm (Stadtwerke Bregenz) Bodensee: Bregenzer Strandbad © Stadtwerke Bregenz / Christian Schramm (Stadtwerke Bregenz)
Bregenz, Vorarlberg
06.10.2019 - 07.10.2019

"Sparkasse 3-Länder" - Marathon

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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Uhrturm in Graz © Graz Tourismus  / Harry Schiffer Uhrturm in Graz © Graz Tourismus / Harry Schiffer
Graz, Styria
11.10.2019 - 13.10.2019

Graz Marathon

Experience the autumn classic for the whole family: The ultimate running feeling, thousands of enthusiastic spectators and an unique flair along the picturesque route through Graz.
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Yogaherbst Gastein / Quelle der Inspiration © Gasteinertal Tourismus GmbH Yogaherbst Gastein / Quelle der Inspiration © Gasteinertal Tourismus GmbH
Gastein Valley, SalzburgerLand
11.10.2019 - 20.10.2019

Yoga Autumn Gastein

Yoga on the mountain, meditation in the mountain - The Yoga Autumn Gastein invites you in October under the motto "source of inspiration" to slow down, take a deep breath and recharge your batteries.
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Main alley in Prater in autumn / Vienna © Österreich Werbung /  Diejun Main alley in Prater in autumn / Vienna © Österreich Werbung / Diejun
Vienna, several places
12.10.2019 - 20.10.2019

Ineos 1:59 Challenge

On October 12th, Eliud Kipchoge, the marathon world record holder, is going to attempt to become the first person in history to run a marathon in less than 2 hours.
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Dornenkrönung Christi, Michelangelo Merisi, gen. Caravaggio, Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien © KHM-Museumsverband Dornenkrönung Christi, Michelangelo Merisi, gen. Caravaggio, Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien © KHM-Museumsverband
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
15.10.2019 - 19.01.2020

Caravaggio & Bernini – A Revolution in the Arts

The groundbreaking achievements of these two artists are the focal point of the exhibition, underscored by selected artworks by contemporaries including Nicholas Poussin, Orazio Gentileschi, Alessandro Algardi and Simon Vouet show the revolutionary and innovative art of the early 17th century.
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Jazz & The City Salzburg © Altstadt Salzburg Marketing GmbH / Foto Wildbild Jazz & The City Salzburg © Altstadt Salzburg Marketing GmbH / Foto Wildbild
Salzburg
16.10.2019 - 20.10.2019

Jazz & The City

At the festival ''Jazz & The City'' the whole old town becomes a stage and music lovers have the opportunity to enjoy jazz in the streets and restaurants up close and free of charge.
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Andy Murray, Erste Bank Open 2014, Wr. Stadthalle © e|motion / zolles.com Andy Murray, Erste Bank Open 2014, Wr. Stadthalle © e|motion / zolles.com
Vienna - Stadthalle
21.10.2019 - 27.10.2019

Erste Bank Open ATP World Tour

The Erste Bank Open 500, played each year in late October, is regularly frequented by the world's Top 10 players, with 18 of the 25 ATP World Tour's No. 1 players having competed in Vienna.

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Vienna International Film Festival © Alexander Tuma Vienna International Film Festival © Alexander Tuma
Several venues in Vienna
24.10.2019 - 06.11.2019

Viennale

The Viennale is Austria’s most important international film event, as well as one of the oldest and best-known festivals in the German-speaking world.In its program, the Viennale shows a carefully picked selection of new films from all over the globe as well as from Austria, some of them international premieres.
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Wien Modern, Vienna © Österreich Werbung / Viennaslide Wien Modern, Vienna © Österreich Werbung / Viennaslide
Vienna
31.10.2019 - 30.11.2019

Wien Modern

''Wien Modern'' is Austria's largest festival for contemporary music. Since its founding in 1988, the Wiener Konzerthaus has been one of the venues of the festival.
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Glacier Love Event 2015 © Linda Leitner Glacier Love Event 2015 © Linda Leitner
Kitzsteinhorn / Zell am See-Kaprun
08.11.2019 - 10.11.2019

WOW Glacier Love

As winter's blanket drapes itself across the Austrian Alps,
Kitzsteinhorn and Zell am See-Kaprun starts the official winter season
with WOW Glacier Love.
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Mountainfilm Graz, Archiv © Richard Großschädl Mountainfilm Graz, Archiv © Richard Großschädl
Graz, Styria
12.11.2019 - 16.11.2019

Mountainfilm Graz

From 12 - 16. November 2019 the latest exciting filmproductions in the genres mountains, sports and nature will be presented at the Congress Centre Graz and the Schubertkino.
The international film contest presents the winners during the "Lange Nacht des Bergfilms" at the final day of the festival.
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VAW Alternative Spaces Open House © VAW / eSel.at VAW Alternative Spaces Open House © VAW / eSel.at
Several venues in Vienna
15.11.2019 - 22.11.2019

VIENNA ART WEEK

The VIENNA ART WEEK takes place under the Motto "Making Truth" and is a must see of the season.
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Europäische Theaternacht © Claudia Niculescu Europäische Theaternacht © Claudia Niculescu
various theatres throughout Austria
16.11.2019

European Theatre Night

The European Theatre Night is back in Austria. In numerous event locations and theatres, a colorful program is offered throughout Austria until late in the evening as part of the European Theatrical Night.
 
Fantastic Gondolas © Lech Zürs Tourismus GmbH / Bernadette Otter Fantastic Gondolas © Lech Zürs Tourismus GmbH / Bernadette Otter
Lech Zürs, Tirol
29.11.2019 - 30.11.2019

Fantastic Gondolas

In the gondolas and on the different stages at the mountain station of Rüfikopf internationally renowned DJs will provide a party atmosphere for the audience. On the mountain, light artists will again provide goose bumps when their installations illuminate the mountain slopes at Rüfikopf in a wide variety of colours and motifs.
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New Year ́s Concert Vienna © Österreich Werbung / Lois Lammerhuber New Year ́s Concert Vienna © Österreich Werbung / Lois Lammerhuber
Musikverein Vienna
01.01.2020

The New Year's Concert

A program consisting of the lively and at the same time nostalgic music from the vast repertoire of the family of Johann Strauss and its contemporaries will be represented. These concerts not only delight the audiences in the Musikverein in Vienna, but also enjoy great international popularity through the worldwide television broadcast, which now reaches over 90 countries.
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Mountain Attack © Marc Stickler Mountain Attack © Marc Stickler
Saalbach Hinterglemm,...
17.01.2020

Mountain Attack

The Mountain Attack starts for the 22nd time! Ski tourers will get a real thrill from the “nighttime attacks” on Saalbach Hinterglemm’s mountains while they overcome 6 summits and an altitude of 3,008 metres for the marathon.

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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
17.01.2020 - 19.01.2020

3 Days of Jazz

Nearly forty years ago, the first version of today’s Jazzfestival Saalfelden opened under the banner “3 Days of Jazz” in 1978. Now it is once again possible to enjoy unconventional jazz tones in winter during a revival of “3 Days of Jazz” for the fourth year in a row. The 9-concert event takes place from 17 to 19 January 2020.
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Schneeschuhwanderung in der Region St. Johann in Tirol © TVB Rauris / Franz Gerdl Schneeschuhwanderung in der Region St. Johann in Tirol © TVB Rauris / Franz Gerdl
St. Johann, Tirol
05.03.2020 - 08.03.2020

European Winter Walking Days

The event offers a wide range of program points which can be booked individually. Enjoy the winter in holiday region St. Johann in Tirol!
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Hofburg Vienna © BHOe / G. Owesny Hofburg Vienna © BHOe / G. Owesny
Hofburg, Vienna
06.06.2020 - 08.06.2020

VieVinum - International Wine Festival

The VieVinum, the international wine festival in the Hofburg, is a fixed date for winemakers and wine lovers from all over the world. Exhibitors are both winegrowers and wine merchants with national and international assortment.
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