13 things you need to do to make the most out of December in Vienna

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13 things you need to do to make the most out of December in Vienna

Dress up warm and get out there into nature!

Escape into the silence of nature and go for a winter hike

‘It’s good for your soul, it’ll broaden your horizon, and you’ll connect with nature…’- sound like your super enthusiastic outdoorsy friend? Well, we’re about to sound a lot like them, as well. Yes, climbing up and down hills during crazy cold temperatures is somehow pleasurable for many, and when they tell you it’s the perfect escape from your worries and woes – they ain’t lying.

There’s no better way to maintain a 1m distance from everybody than not being near anyone at all. Hiking and Austria go together like hot chocolate and winter, which you can reward yourself with once you’ve completed your trail! Check out our list of lockdwon nature walks and winter walks to find out where you can start your new weekend activity all by your lonesome.

The show must go on(line)

Porgy & Bess Online Konzerte

While they had to cancel all their live concerts until at least mid-December, the folks at Porgy & Bess wanna keep the show going. From the comfort of your own living room, bedroom or even bathroom if you’re into that, you can watch the gigs they’ve already got scheduled simply via stream. Just don’t forget to hit the little ‘donate’ button while you’re at it.

Check out the full programme here.

A film with a unique focus: Human Rights

This Human World film festival 2021

This is Vienna’s 2nd largest film festival and one that comes with plenty of powerful messages in powerful films that will have you thinking about the big wide world.

In 7 days, This Human World puts up on the screen more than 100 documentary and fictional feature films, short films, animations, and experimental films, all revolving around the theme of human rights issues.

This festival puts into the spotlight the films that aim to encourage people to scrutinize and re-examine their views and raise awareness about the situations where human rights are being violated. Don’t keep going on about how the world’s turning to shit on your IG feed – get educated at this fascinating festival.

This year’s festival edition will take place online, so check out the programme, get yourself a ticket to the online stream and watch the movies from your comfy couch (or bed).

 

A digital room escape adventure

LOCKDOWN: ZUHAUSE IST ES DOCH AM SCHÖNSTEN

When you find yourself stuck in your room again during lockdown with not much else to do, how about a little online adventure in a virtual escape room?

All you need to partake in this digital escape room game is a stable internet connection, three friends on a video call, and the materials provided by WIENXTRA.

Check out the instructions and get going. And if you’re through with this one, there also is a second part.

No Christmas is complete without cookies

Put on your cute lil’ bakers hat and get those Christmas cookies baking

What would Christmas time be without some delicious cookies, right?

Sure, you could simply buy them from the nearest supermarket, but let’s be honest, where’s the fun in that?

So we’re suggesting that instead of baking lockdown banana bread, you go ahead and make some of your own Christmas cookie classics!

It just so happens we have put together a collection of seven fantastic Austrian Christmas cookie recipes coming from a real Oma. And everyone knows, Oma’s recipes are the best!

Pack some Glühwein and take a tour of the city's festive lights!

Go on a tour of the city’s Christmas lights

One of the few things that hasn’t changed in 2021 is that the city has dressed itself up in the spirit of Christmas with a shit ton of glittering lights. Woohoo!

Especially in the city centre, Christmas lights have been draped overhead across streets. Plus, the stores and restaurants (even though they’re facing a difficult time) have still gone to the effort to bring a smile to our faces by decorating their facades.

So, one night this month – heat up and pack yourself some Glühwein, or homemade Punsch, dress up warm and go through an enchanting walk throughout the first district, enjoying all the glitter and bling that Christmas in Vienna brings.

Have fun in the snow, if there is any…

Let’s all say it together: Dear weather gods, be good to us and let it snow!

Even though this ancient spell has worked for years, in this city, we can never be sure how long the white fluffy wonder will last when it comes down from the sky (approximately three hours).

So, our advice – If you see snow, drop everything and run outside for some of that fantastic winter wonderland fun.

Get out there and behave like a kid.

Go on a virtual trip to the Kunsthistorische Museum

KHM #ClosedbutActive

Despite not being able to physically enter the building, you can still check out all of the old school art (yes, we just used that adjective to describe some of Europe’s most famous masterpieces..because we can!) stuffed into the Kunsthistorische Museum.

Using the catchy hashtag, #closedbutactive, this fav’ of an art museum is inviting one and all to discover its archived treasures and view its galleries from their living room (or wherever you like consuming your culture fix).

Discover the museum’s diverse online programs on their website!

Bring out that woolly jumper!

Rearrange your wardrobe to winter mode, and bring out that wooly jumper!

We might not necessarily be fond of the cold, but we do love our reindeer-motifed, wooly jumpers, our comfy thick socks and hats and our knitted underwear (yes, we knitted them ourselves ;-).

While rearranging your closet sounds boring, it can actually be quite fun and meditative. Put on one of your best playlists and dive into your wardrobe.

When literature meets cinema

TEXT & FILM X – SHOWTIME! – online

What is the result when book authors start experimenting with film and video?

We have no idea, but you can see the results at this online short film night hosted by the Literaturhaus.

Various wordsmiths will show their interdisciplinary artworks, making it a night when text, film, photography, performance, comic and poetry will be on display. A must-watch if you ask us!

Go international with atypical Korean cinema

Koreanische Filmwoche 2021

There’s a global rise in popularity for Korean cinema, and Vienna’s got a film festival putting the small nation’s cinema scene on display.

This is another of those online film festivals that have been adapted for the years of Corona, so you can watch the film program from your couch.

This year’s theme of the festival is all about females on screen, and depicting their ‘normal’ lives in Korean society – including all of the pressures and barriers they face in society.

Head over to the website for more info about the whens and wheres of this unmissable week of films.

Join in on this virtual quiz night

Das Pub Quiz ohne Pub

A pub quiz without a pub? How’s that supposed to work?

Well, in this case it will happen online via Zoom. Every team can consist of two to six players (you don’t need to be in the same room).

The questions will range from pop culture and general knowledge to picture puzzles (in case you wanna know what to prepare for).

Now all you need to do is brush up on your bar tender skills, whip up your favorite drink and you’re ready to play!

Oh, and don’t forget to fill out the registration beforehand.

Listen to your new favourite podcast

Check out Vienna Würstelstand’s new podcast, The Wurst Guide to Living in Austria

Vienna Würstelstand has a podcast! Woot! Woot! Whether you have a love or love-hate relationship with Vienna and Austria – this podcast is for you!

The Wurst Guide to Living in Austria helps people make the most out of Austria (specifically Vienna) and life in this rebel of a country that moves to its own beat.

Join host, Jacob Moss, as he explores all the questions you’ve ever, or never, had about Austria & Vienna with guests that will fill you in on insider tips that enrich your life or tell stories that blow your mind. Experts, randos, and Austria-famous people will turn up here.

Have any suggestions, demands, or scoops on Austria? Hit us up on the @viennawurstelstand Instagram channel.

You can listen in on one of the first episodes below:

Eat your way through lockdown

Eat your way through lockdown

This lockdown life has led to many restaurants getting creative, which has led to many places upping their delivery food game or pivoting to serving up tasty street food that people can pick up.

One example of this is the now famous burgers being served out of the window at the Woracziczky Gasthaus in the 5th district every Saturday (their Korean fried chicken burger is da’ bomb!).

We’re putting together a list of the places doing special things with food during lockdown, but until then, keep an eye out on Instagram as most of the updates come through there.

Oh, and the city’s markets, like the Naschmarkt etc., are always a fail safe spot to grab some quality street food.

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