Paddle in the Danube
Going for a dip in the Danube is the perfect way to refresh in the hotter months. The Danube Island is where Vienna’s younger population tend to gather. Bring your inflatables.
Go to Akademie Exhibition
A night likely beginning and ending in obscurity and hedonism, the Akademie of Fine Arts end of year show is a great way to discover new art, and, more importantly for some, after parties.
Early Bird Visit To The Naschmarkt
Stalls start setting up as early as 4 a.m. along the sprawling Naschmarkt, Vienna’s 16th-century flea and food market. If at all intoxicated, you will likely pick up something obscure that you’ll end up treasuring forever.
Karaoke at Celeste
Karaoke, similarly to techno parties, chips, and internet dating, gets less and less fun when you pass the age of 30. Do it now and never look back.
Hang Out Outside Karlsplatz
This seems to be becoming a favorite spot for young people who drink cans of beer until late outside the dimly lit Baroque church.
Vienna’s Museum’s Quarter, a 60,000-meter-squared square crammed full of some Vienna’s cultural highlights, is also a great place to chill out when the weather behaves.
Explore the 6th District
The up and coming area of Mariahilf is a melting pot of art and culture—full of lesser known bars, galleries, and cafés to check out.
Like its German-speaking cousin Berlin, Vienna loves techno. The city isn’t short of clubs offering evenings featuring primarily electronic music—including the well-established Grelle Forelle.
Club Titanic, in the 6th district, has been serving the Viennese population with doses of techno and hedonism since the 1980s. Not for the faint hearted.
Visit a Sausage Stand
Since sausages were recently dubbed “as harmful as cigarettes” by The World Health Organisation, it’s probably best to sample them when you’re young, fit, and/or healthy. Vienna’s Würstlstands are regarded by locals as institutions. Here are some of the best in town.
Sample Austrian Beer
Stigel, Wieselburger, and Ottakringer are a few of the most popular you’ll see. Try them all. More sophisticated beer lovers should also check out some of the craft beer joints in the city.
Get a Borek at the Brunnenmarkt
The area around the Brunnenmarkt is one of the most vibrant, multicultural, and lively in all of the city. Indulge in a Spinach Borek and have a gander.
Local Flea Markets
The hustle and bustle of this wonderfully chaotic local market, the Riesenflohmarkt Wienerberg in the 12th district, is probably best experienced when you’re in your 20s because you can engage with the scrums with less chance of injury. There are lots of gems to be found among the junk—get there early to avoid the crowds.
Obviously, this isn’t advisable, however, seeing as the 2018 smoking ban (implicated about 20 years too late) will put an end to smoking indoors in Vienna for good, now is the time to do it, if you must.
Gentrified by art students from the Akademie, this quaint little joint, Café Prosecco-Bar Piccaro, used to be purely a local hangout. Find out what all the fuss is about for yourself.
Open House Architecture
Being in your 20s isn’t necessarily all about getting staying up all night and partying. Vienna’s architecture is impressively diverse—from Art Noveau to Brutalist buildings. The Open House event, taking place annually in September, gives you the chance to see inside some ordinarily closed-off establishments, such as the DC Tower—Austria’s tallest skyscraper.
3rd Wave Coffee House
Although Vienna’s traditional coffee houses are bursting full of charm and character, they can be considered a little antiquated by some. There is another kind of culture brewing, sometimes referred as the “3rd wave.” People On Caffeine or Cafe Z are among the names challenging the status quo.
Explore the City By Bike
Vienna’s roads are relatively kind to cyclists, with clear pathways and many “city bike” stations dotted around, where you can rent a bicycle cheaply.