Sandy beaches, Sun and excitement return once again for international volleyball in this year’s Vienna Major Series. As last year, 32 of the best men’s and women’s teams from   30 countries will battle it out on the Donauinsel for the 4 day event, expected to draw crowds of some 10,000 people. The city has pulled out all the stops with posters and signage of all shapes and sizes around the city. At the Floridsdorfer Brücke and around Praterstern observant fans can spot little red and green volleyball players ready to serve inside the traffic lights – ten of them strategically placed on the roads and pathways leading to the site. It had been similar at the Life Ball, Europe’s biggest HIV charity event held for the last time in Vienna in June, when couples-themed traffic lights had been set up all around the Ring each year to show support for the LGBTQ community.

The adrenaline fueled volleyball matches in the infamous Hexenkessel (Witch’s Cauldron) will be held from July 31 until August 4, competing for $600,000 prize money. Entrance to the free event will be at the “Beach Village” on the Donauinsel, with the 8000 seats assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Avid fans can book guaranteed seats at the VIP lounges. A wine tasting ticket costs about €82,50 and the rest are all VIP tickets, the cheapest of which start at €680 up to €2,800 for the Diamond Beach Club Ticket.

The “Beach Village” is best reached over public transportation at the Handelskai station. It is the closest station to the venue. It is listed as Dollars.

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Emre Günes is Viennese born and raised with Turkish roots. After finishing his international school he got a knack for writing in English and studied Journalism at the University of Westminster in London. He previously interned at a couple of import/export companies as a teen and then even at the Radio Station of the Austrian National Broadcaster (ORF) until completing his military service in 2018. He is now an intern and writes for Metropole while studying his masters for English Linguistics.