City oases in summer
Just a few paces from Vienna's old city, trendy restaurants and bars along the Danube Canal provide that Riviera feeling with sandy beaches, music, cool cocktails and delicious food. Strandbar Herrmann at the Urania beckons with deckchairs, hammocks, lots of sand, and brunch at the weekend. On the roof terrace of the Klyo restaurant in Urania, cocktails come with a great view of the activities on the Danube Canal.
On the Badeschiff (pool boat) a few steps further along, an outdoor pool and refreshing drinks on the top deck are an attraction on hot summer days. The Motto am Fluss at the mooring point of the Twin City Liner is another hot-spot, with every seat on the terrace hotly sought-after in summer.
On the opposite side of the Danube Canal, it's all about the sun, a sandy beach and relaxing in loungers. The offer is diverse: there's a classic beach club called Blumenwiese with restaurant and bar. A bit further along, taste! Food Market supplies guests with a big selection of street food and a rum bar. A trendy crowd comes together at Tel Aviv Beach for Israeli cuisine, cocktails and DJs. Right next door is an Art Nouveau jewel: the garden of the Otto Wagner Schützenhaus is the perfect place to enjoy the evening sun and Viennese cuisine.
Upstream at the U4 subway station Rossauer Lände is the Summer Stage. The idyllic terrace right by the water is the ideal place to enjoy a glass of wine on mild summer's evenings.
Relax in the MuseumsQuartier: hanging out in the pubs in the open air, chilling out on the trendy loungers, playing boules and minigolf – that's modern Viennese cosiness.
Summer retreat in the park
Right around the corner, the Volksgarten Pavillon is a tip for hot summer nights. The pavilion and its terraces form a green oasis with its own stream in the center of the city and were designed in the 1950s by the renowned architect Oswald Haerdtl. In the evenings, a wide range of DJ crews play at the turntables, with a different musical focus on each day of the week.
In the Stadtpark, the cocktail bar Kleinod presents itself with a summer outlet. At Kleinod Stadtgarten, you can enjoy the summer under shady trees. The idyllic location also scores with sensational cocktails and is a true oasis in the big city jungle. Just around the corner, the Yohan delivers Mediterranean flair in the Stadtpark on the terrace of the Kursalon. The food (Mediterranean, of course) is fantastic, as is the Campari bar, surrounded by fragrant olive trees.
La Grande Dame is the name of a 250 year-old sycamore tree at the Atelier Augarten, an especially idyllic area of the Augarten. And La Grande Dame is also the name of a summer pop-up in the same location. Small snacks and summery drinks are offered in the wonderful garden. Loungers, lush greenery, lanterns in the trees, and musical entertainment from DJs – that's what makes summer in Vienna so much fun.
And there's also something going on in the garden in front of Palais Auersperg this year. In this culinary green oasis, a mix of cocktails, champagne, wine, beer garden, streetfood and music is on offer until September. The whole thing is called Palais Freiluft (Open-Air Palace).
Something's also happening on Danube Island: The Copa Beach has been created here with sand beaches, deckchairs, parasols, palms and pool area. Culinary catering, cool drinks and Ibiza sounds to match the sunset are provided by the offshoots of city center restaurants. Stand-up paddling is also really popular here.
Vienna at Night