Vienna skyline. (Credit: Mimikama, distributed via Pixabay)
The General Assembly is coming to an end, with only one full day left to go. Many of the participants will make their way home over the weekend, but if you’ve chosen to stay on for a little longer, then this list of cultural activities and things to do in Vienna might just be the ticket!
Electric Spring Festival 2015
A fantastic, free, open-air music festival is taking place in Vienna’s Museumsquartier tonight (Thursday and Friday). Come and enjoy a vibrant mix of electronic music and dance away your end of EGU blues. http://www.wien.info/de/musik-buehne/rock-pop-jazz/electronic-music/electric-spring
Rear of the opera house, showing the stage wings. (Credit: Markus Leupold-Löwenthal, distributed by Wikimedia Commons).
Opera for All
This event takes great performances out of the opera house and into the open square. This Saturday, you can experience L’Italiana in Algeri for free. The performance starts at 19:00, make sure you’re at the Staatsoper early to get a seat!
After your busy week at EGU, treat yourselves to something sweet at chocolate emporium Xocolat, a boutique and workshop where you can watch chocolatiers at work and even try your hand at making chocolate yourself! Situated in the 9th district, beneath the stone arches of the Ferstel passage, Xocolat offers the creations of Catalan chocolatier Enric Rovira, Californian Scharffen Berger and Austrian brand Zotter. http://www.xocolat.at/de/
Vienna Residence Orchestra
Spend an evening in Vienna’s most beautiful palaces this week to unwind after your week at EGU. Wiener Residenzorchester, or the Vienna Residence Orchestra, are a chamber orchestra with a long
tradition of playing Viennese classics in Vienna’s most beautiful palaces. The enchanting sounds of the orchestra, accompanied by opera singers and ballet dances will take you on a journey through Imperial Vienna. http://www.wro.at/vienna-classics/
Eclectic flea market
From buckets of tulips to pickles, wines and plump, and purple-flushed figs, you can find it all at the Naschmarkt. Saturday can be busy, so a early start it best!
Location: 4, Linke und Rechte Wienzeile. U1, U2, U4 Karlsplatz.
Get a view of Vienna
It may be cliche, but no trip to Vienna is complete without a ride on the 19th-century Riesenrad or giant ferris wheel. It’s the only remaining work of British engineer Walter Basset who also built wheels for Blackpool, London and Paris.
We hope you enjoy what is left of the conference and that you have a fabulous time in Vienna!
Riesenrad ferris wheel. (Credit: Maatex, distributed via Wikimediacommons)
By the EGU Press Team (Nikita Marwaha, Sara Mynott and Stephanie McClellan)