Top Choice Christmas Market in Vienna

Christkindlmärkte

Vienna's much-loved Christmas market season runs from around mid-November to Christmas Eve. Magical Christkindlmärkte set up in streets and squares, with stalls selling wooden toys, holiday decorations and tradition…
Cultural in Salzburg

Salzburg Festival

The absolute highlight of the city's events calendar is the Salzburg Festival. It's a grand affair, with some 200 productions – including theatre, classical music and opera – staged in the impressive surrounds of th…
Cultural in Friesach

Spectaculum

On the last Saturday in July, electric lights are extinguished and the town is closed off and lit by torches and flares as jesters, princesses and armoured knights stroll around juggling, fire-eating and staging jou…
Skiing in Mayrhofen

Snowbombing

The self-proclaimed greatest show on snow, Snowbombing in early April is Mayrhofen’s biggest shindig. Some of the world’s top boarders compete on the slopes, but most people are just here for the party – six solid d…
Cultural in Ebensee

Glöcklerlauf

On Epiphany eve each year, the men of Ebensee don giant illuminated headdresses crafted from tissue paper for this pagan-inflected but now Christianised ritual. The 'Glöckler' – some 300 of them – roam through the s…
Art in Linz

Höhenrausch

Every year during the warmer months, central Linz' rooftops come alive during this festival featuring interactive Austrian and international art projects. The theme changes each year; 2016, for instance, celebrated …
Cultural in Bregenz

Bregenzer Festspiele

The Bregenzer Festspiele is the city’s premier cultural festival. World-class operas, orchestral works and other highly imaginative productions are staged on the open-air Seebühne, a floating stage on the lake, in t…
Sports in Lienz

Dolomiten Mann

Lienz hosts the testosterone-fuelled Dolomiten Mann in September, a Red Bull–sponsored competition billed as the world’s toughest team challenge. Headlining the program is the cross-country relay race, where teams o…
Food & Drink in Graz

Lange Tafel

Every August, Graz throws one heck of a banquet when it hosts the 'Long Table', where the historic centre becomes one big open-air dinner party for some 750 guests. The aim is to show off regional produce to best ef…
Music in Bregenzerwald

Schubertiade

The highly acclaimed Schubertiade festival brings the Lieder (songs) and chamber music of the great Austrian Romantic composer Franz Schubert to atmospheric venues in Schwarzenberg (mid-June to early September) and …