When you say Austria, you know that life is generally expensive there. However, if you are planning a vacation to this country, you should know that there are plenty of awesome, free things to do in Austria. Vienna, Salzburg, and Graz delight their visitors with festivals, museums, sights or galleries where there’s no tax to pay whatsoever. If you are on a low-budget, but still want to take in all the culture, history, and beauty of this European country, read on our favorite free things to do in Austria.
1. Summer night concerts performed by the Vienna Philharmonic
If you happen to travel to Austria in summer, you are so lucky! Do not miss the open-air concerts performed by the Vienna Philharmonic in the baroque gardens of Schönbrunn Palace. The experience of listening to one of the world’s best orchestras in one of Austria’s most beautiful places will be unforgettable. Can you imagine that entry to this impressive event is absolutely free? You can check the check the schedule of free summer concerts online.
2. Festival on the Danube Island in Vienna (June)
Those who travel to Vienna in June might be particularly interested in this event. Between 23 and 25 June, more than two million people come here to see their favorite stars performing on 20 stages. This is one of the best free things to do in Austria in summer, for those who love parties! If you know a little German, you can check out the festival’s website for more information.
3. Vienna Open Air Opera (April, May, June, September)
In April, May, June, and September, Vienna’s citizens and tourists can enjoy free opera performances in the Herbert-von-Karajan Square, next to the opera building. The performances are broadcast on a big screen, providing visitors with the best way of learning about Strauss, Mozart, Wagner, Puccini, Verdi, and other great composers.
4. Siemens Fest in Salzburg (July-August)
Austria is the home and birthplace of classical music. So, you will want to take advantage of this amazing festival that takes place every year in Salzburg from around July 20 to August 30. For 5 weeks, the beautiful city of Salzburg becomes a vibrant stage that everyone can enjoy for free. A giant screen erected in the historical Kapitelplatz Square will broadcast the festival’s highlights.
5. La Strada Festival in Graz (July – August)
At the end of July and beginning of August, artists from all over the world come to Austria to perform on the charming street of Graz. Consider visiting Graz in this period of the year, to take advantage of amazing street performances, puppet shows, and theater productions. LaStrada festival is definitely one of the best free things to do in Austria with children.
6. Aufsteirern Folk Festival in Graz (September)
For one day in September, the Old Town of Graz becomes a true rural Styrian village. This free, folklore festival will enchant its visitors with amazing Styrian customs, traditions and food. If you can read a bit of German, you can check out the festival’s website.
7. Christmas Markets in Austria (December)
In December month, both tourists and locals can enjoy the Christmas Markets, and feel the holiday atmosphere in lots of Austrian cities and towns. Austria’s Christmas markets feature delicious culinary specialties, hand-made jewelry, clothing, and bags, perfect to get you into a holiday and festive mood. If you plan to spend New Year’s Eve in Innsbruck, Vienna, Salzburg, Linz, or Graz, you will enjoy the fireworks and street shows organized with this occasion.
8. Free things to do in Vienna Austria (all year long)
Besides the festivals, tourists should know that there are many exciting free things to do in Vienna Austria. Thus, entry to most churches, museums (on certain days), parks, gardens is free. Here are some top free attractions:
- Museum of Applied Arts (MAK) – visit for free on Tuesdays from 6.00 pm to 10.00 pm.
- St. Stephen’s Cathedral (Stephansdom)
- MUSA (Museum Start Gallery Artothek)
As you can see, there are lots of exciting free things to do in Austria in every season. Whether you like opera music, classical music, folklore, or the arts, you will surely find something to enjoy. If you’ve already visited Austria, share your experience and thoughts using the comment form below!
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