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Curtain up this summer

There's a bunch of new stuff happening in this unusual summer, which continues to be defined by coronavirus. Here are some tips about the playful Viennese cultural scene to ensure we're well taken care of.

New: Globe Open Air & Praterbühne

But first the news: theater makers Michael Niavarani and Goerg Hoanzl are setting up something major on the giant urban outdoor area right next to the Marx Halle, where the Globe Vienna normally performs – the Globe Vienna Open Air. With a ton of music plus cabaret and comedy, it sends out an airy signal for a lively summer of culture in the heart of Vienna.

Musicians like Ina Regen, Leyya, Julian Le Play, My Ugly Clementine, Avec, Dame, Kreiml & Samurai, folkshilfe, Voodoo Jürgens, Ernst Molden & Der Nino aus Wien bring pop, rap, Indie, and Wienerlied.

Familiar stars of cabaret and comedy from the Globe Vienna are also in the line-up at the Open Air Arena: Omar Sarsam, Alex Kristan, Klaus Eckel, Gery Seidl, Thomas Stipsits, Martina Schwarzmann, and Michael Mittermeier.

The second new, large open-air stage of summer 2021 was thought up by Viktor Gernot: and it's name is Viktor Gernot’s Praterbühne. Under an open Prater sky – and with typical Prater flair – it opens its doors on June 1. Over 90 events will follow until October 3, 2021. 

Well-known names perform on the Praterbühne stage: Michael Niavarani, the Hektiker, Manuel Rubey, Thomas Stipsits, Lukas Resetarits, Heilbutt & Rosen, and many others. Around 20 young rising comedy stars will also have the chance to present themselves. The musical highlights include Gernot & Friends, the Mojo Blues Band, Andy Lee Lang & Band, Alex Goebel & Band, and a star-studded musical evening. Sundays for the next generation: Viktor Gernot's children's stage.

Theater in the Park

The big success story of last year: in summer 2020, Michael Niavarani and Georg Hoanzl's Theater in the Park at the Belvedere showed how easily culture can take place live in an open-air setting with over 90,000 visitors.

A temporary open-air stage stands between two mighty sycamore trees in the private garden of Palais Schwarzenberg. 2021 is going to be something again with a relaxed cultural experience outdoors. And on a daily basis.

From May to September, numerous stars of cabaret, theater, and various genres of music perform. Here's a bit of name-dropping to start with: Jonas Kaufmann, Maria Happel & Sona MacDonald, Birgit Minichmayr, Dörte Lyssewski, Matthias and Franz Bartolomey, Maya Hakvoort, the Vienna Boys' Choir, Philharmonix, Gert Steinbäcker, Andreas Vitásek, Karl Markovics, Stermann & Grissemann, Klaus Eckel, Viktor Gernot, Erwin Steinhauer - and, of course, "host" Michael Niavarani.

Vienna Cabaret Festival

The combined power of cabaret takes place for a whole eight days on an open-air stage in the – rainproofed – colonnaded courtyard of Vienna City Hall: at the Vienna Cabaret Festival, you can laugh (with and about): the Kernölamazonen, Gerald Fleischhacker, Gery Seidl, Clemens Maria Schreiner, Alfred Dorfer, and many others. (July 24-31, 2021)

Rhapsodies and marionette play

Once again this summer, the Liechtenstein Garden Palace offers a stage for musical polyphony, pithy entertainment, and literary classics: at the second edition of the festival Summer Rhapsody in the Garden, you can look forward to events with Philipp Hochmair, Alfred Dorfer, Count Basic, Simone Kopmajer, Stefan Vladar, the Gesangskapelle Hermann singers, and others. Guided tours of the palace can also be booked. (July 19 – August 18, 2021, Mo-We)

In summer 2021, the world-famous puppets dance outdoors in front of the Marionette Theater at Schönbrunn Palace. The fragile figures are the wooden actors of Mozart's Magic Flute. (June – Sept. 2021, performances for adults and children)

Covered: Spittelberg and Lustspielhaus

The Theater am Spittelberg is a former Viennese 'Pawlatschentheater', or courtyard gallery theater. Now renovated, it is a modern, yet charming indoor location situated in the heart of the smart Spittelberg district near the MuseumsQuartier (formerly a crazy red-light district). The summer program is extremely colorful: world music, Viennese music, a capella, variety theater and comedy, theater, and children's performances. The best thing is to have a browse.

From July 16, Goldoni's comedy play Die Verliebten (The Lovers) – very freely interpreted as a folk play in the Viennese dialect – offers easy-going summer evenings in Adi Hirschal's Wiener Lustspielhaus. The temporary theater structure is an original and exudes a touch of Old Vienna, with hand-painted motifs on the façade. Typical Viennese charm can also be found in the guest programs – such as the Strizzilieder. (July 16 - August 31, 2021)

There is even more on in Vienna – like the Vienna Summer of Culture, the Music Film Festival, the Vienna Popfest, and the Danube Island Festival – updated daily for viewing in the EVENT DATABASE

Globe Wien - Marx Halle

Karl-Farkas-Gasse 19
1030 Vienna

Park at Belvedere Palace

Oberes Belvedere, Prinz-Eugen-Straße 27
1030 Vienna

Vienna City Hall (Wiener Rathaus)

Friedrich-Schmidt-Platz 1
1010 Vienna
  • Prices

    • Free guided tours
  • Guided tours

    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday

      • 1 p.m.

      except on session days, events and holidays
      groups with appointments one month in advance

  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • (Schwingtüre 92 cm wide)
      • Ramp 545 cm long , 47 cm high
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        on Lichtenfelsgasse, Felderstrasse
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Multimedia guides in Austrian and English sign language are available free of charge upon presentation of an official photographic form of ID (passport, identity card, driver’s license).

    • Comments

      Elevator near stair no. 7: door width: 92 cm, cabin depth: 240 cm, cabin width: 130 cm, passage to elevator: 110 cm.
      Elevator near stair no. 8: door width: 92 cm, passage to elevator: 88 cm, cabin width: 110 cm, cabin depth 210 cm.
      Wheelchair-accessible restroom / changing room (near stair no. 8).

Liechtenstein Garden Palace

Fürstengasse 1
1090 Vienna
  • Opening times

    • For groups by arrangement
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • (Doppelschwingtüre 143 cm wide)
        Gravel path to main entrance
      • Ramp 360 cm long , 250 cm  wide , 21 cm high
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        on Fürstengasse
    • Elevator available
      • Door 90 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Comments

      Exhibition rooms: no steps, library: 3 Steps.
      Seeing-eye dogs permitted (by prior arrangement: Tel. +43 1 319 57 67-0)

Marionette Theater at Schönbrunn Palace

Schloss Schönbrunn, Hofratstrakt
1130 Vienna
  • Vienna City Card

    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: -10%

      Additional information on the offer: With Cash 10%With Credit Card 5%

  • Opening times

    • daily, 11:00 - 00:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • 4 Steps (Doppelschwingtüre 125 cm wide)
      • Ramp 200 cm long , 50 cm high
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • 2 Parking spaces for people with disabilities
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • 9 Wheelchair spaces available (in the first row)
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Comments

      No elevator available. Seeing-eye dogs permitted (prior arrangement).

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