Wiener Wiesn: Oktoberfest in Vienna
It doesn’t always have to be Munich! Traditions, beer and a ferris wheel? Vienna has that to offer as well. “Wiener Wiesn”, the Oktoberfest in Vienna, is definitely worth a visit and will be pitching its beer tents again in autumn 2016.
The first Oktoberfest in Vienna was organised in 2011 and saw around 150.000 visitors in its first run. In September and October 2016, “Wiener Wiesn” will again be taking over Kaiserwiese, the big lawn in front of the Viennese Prater. Kaiserwiese will transform into a festival site brimming with Austrian traditional customs and handicrafts, musical entertainment, and scrumptious food from all of Austria’s regions.
3 Festival Tents and 4 Alpine Chalets
“Wiener Wiesn” will be taking place from September 22 to October 9, 2016. Dirndl and lederhosen aren’t a must, but eating, drinking and partying will definitely be on the menu. The musical entertainment for the 18-day Oktoberfest will be provided by the stars of Austrian popular folk music, as well as the popular “Alp DJs”.
At the heart of the Oktoberfest in Vienna will be the three Festival Tents which, combined, have room for about 6,000 visitors. They will be accessible free of charge all day on Monday and Tuesday. From Wednesday to Saturday, 6.30 pm and onwards, you’ll need a valid concert ticket to listen to the music acts in the tents. During the day access will still be free, for example for the daily “Frühschoppen” at 12 pm.
There’ll be more live music and entertainment in each of the four “Wiener Wiesn” Alpine Chalets (“Alm” in German) which, following the famed chalets of the Austrian Alps, are cozy gathering places built out of scrap wood. All four huts will offer free access throughout the festival.
Access to the ADEG WIESN CELEBRATION VILLAGE will also be free throughout the festival. Here, you’ll get to try Austrian delicacies and admire and purchase pieces of excellent Austrian handicrafts. More entertainment of the musical kind will be happening on the BILLA Stage in the middle of the village.
Fun for the kids
Children will love the kiddie area at the “Wiener Wiesn”. Here, they’ll get to use the crafting corner, play around on a hay pyramid and enjoy a variety of stations with games or get some fantastic facepaint done. The area will be open daily from 12.30 to 5.30 pm.
The official opening of the Oktoberfest in Vienna will take place on September 22 at 12 pm. The traditional tapping of the barrel will be carried out by Hans Knauss and Vienna’s mayor Michael Häupl, who is also the patron of “Wiener Wiesn”.
The “Wiener Wiesn” day schedule applies daily from 11:30 am, access to all areas will be free of charge. The evening and night party schedule lists the musical live acts in the three festival tents from 6.30 pm for which a ticket will be required from Wednesday to Saturday.
For those who just can’t get enough there will also be an afterparty at Waggon 31, directly under the big ferris wheel, every day of “Wiener Wiesn.”
Other events during the Oktoberfest in Vienna include:
- Trachtenclubbing on 25/09,
- Lange Nacht der Landwirtschaft on 27/09
- Rosa Wiener Wiesn-Fest, the gay and lesbian Oktoberfest clubbing, on 30/09.
Wiener Wiesn 2016 — Oktoberfest in Vienna:
Monday to Saturday: 11:30–00:00, Alpine Huts open until 1:00 am
Sunday: 11:30–20:00, Alpine Huts open until 22:00 if the weather is good
Alpine Huts and the Festival Village: free entry throughout the festival
Festival Tents: 12:00–18:00 free entry, from 18:30 Wiesn-Fest PARTY (free entry on Mondays and Tuesdays, Wednesday to Saturday access only with a valid ticket)
How to get there: Underground/Metro (U1 and U2 stop “Praterstern”), approx. 30 minutes from Hotel Daniel Vienna
Concert tickets for Festival Tents (Wednesday to Saturday): www.wienerwiesnfest.at/tickets
Pictures: Harald Klemm