Please choose Language or Country
or

Vienna - for gay travelers

You know Vienna for it's music and culture, for the coffee houses (yes, we did have coffee houses 300 years before Starbucks, or at least that’s what tradition tells us), for the Opera and for the Imperial history that the city still showcases everywhere.

Vienna’s cultural appeal, in fact, is what draws an ever larger number of gay and lesbian travelers to the city. Both the State Opera and the Volks Opera offer some of the world’s best opera performances. The new Museums Quartier (MQ for short) is on the list of must-see destinations, and the KunstHaus Wien often showcases major gay-themed exhibits and queer artists from Mapplethorpe to Pierre & Gilles.

And while Vienna does not have a single predominantly gay and lesbian neighborhood, the city has a quite lively and diverse gay and lesbian scene. Don’t expect a large number of “gay only” places in Vienna, but rather an abundance of “gay friendly” and mixed places throughout town. Though many historic figures that have helped shape the city in centuries past are left in an historical closet, Vienna’s young gay couples can be seen walking hand-in-hand along the Ringstrasse Boulevard.

Some of the most fun gay spots in town are located around the Naschmarkt area. The Naschmarkt, a vast open-air food market is any chef’s dream and connects the 4th with the 6th district of the city. Here one can find the G&L Community center with the popular Café Willendorf, the ornate Café Savoy and the twentysomethings’ hangouts Chameleon and Mango Bar, among other places.

In recent years, several queer events have taken center stage in the cultural landscape of the city. The spectacular “Life Ball” HIV charity event in May continues the Viennese Ball tradition in a truly colorful form, the “Wien ist Andersrum” (Vienna is Queer) cultural festival in early June offers a smorgasbord of off-beat cultural performances with G&L sensibilities. The colorful Loveball at the innovative WUK art and culture center takes place on the 31st of December and is a great way for gay travelers to ring in the new year. The Rainbow Parade (late June) is one of the fastest growing Pride Events worldwide.

Vienna's Kunsthistorisches Museum is one of the city's premiere cultural institutions. Now you can explore its vast collection of the old masters with a guided tour by iconic drag queen "Die Tiefe Kümmernis." Apart from being a colorful performer and activist, "Die Tiefe Kümmernis" is passionate about arts education. To book the tour email booking.tourist@khm.at 

Beautiful sunset in Vienna © Österreich Werbung / Filmspektakel.at Beautiful sunset in Vienna © Österreich Werbung / Filmspektakel.at

Things to do in Vienna

  • Visit Vienna's Art History Museum © Österreich Werbung / Peter Burgstaller Visit Vienna's Art History Museum © Österreich Werbung / Peter Burgstaller
  • Beautiful sunset in Vienna © Österreich Werbung / Filmspektakel.at Beautiful sunset in Vienna © Österreich Werbung / Filmspektakel.at
  • Schönbrunn Palace © Österreich Werbung / Peter Burgstaller Schönbrunn Palace © Österreich Werbung / Peter Burgstaller
  • Courtyard of the MuseumsQuartier in Vienna © Hertha Hurnaus / Hertha Hurnaus Courtyard of the MuseumsQuartier in Vienna © Hertha Hurnaus / Hertha Hurnaus
  • View of the City hall in Vienna © Wien Tourismus / Christian Stemper View of the City hall in Vienna © Wien Tourismus / Christian Stemper

Letters from Austria

  • Letters from Austria - a video series: Vienna © Austrian Tourist Office Letters from Austria - a video series: Vienna © Austrian Tourist Office

Other things you might be interested in

Itineraries through Austria

Looking for unforgettable experiences in Austria? Here are our suggestions for amazing places to see and delicious food to taste. Need inspiration for your trip?

Hotels in Vienna

Grand deluxe Hotels, stylish Boutique Hotels and family run hotels with flair - the choice is all yours.

Hotels in Vienna

Restaurants in Vienna

Vienna offers a great selection of award-winning restaurants as well as traditional Gasthauses and wine taverns.

Dining in Vienna

Austrian Airlines

Fly to Vienna in style on Austrian Airlines, with flights from 7 airports in North America.

Fly with Austrian Airlines

image copyrights

The main purpose of the two main domains www.austria.info und www.austriatourism.com is the promotion of Austria as a vacation destination.