What to do on Austrian National Day

This Thursday, October 26, Austria celebrates its 62nd year of independence and the birth of the Second Republic. Though it’s an official bank holiday, many museums and cultural attractions remain open – indeed, many offer free or reduced admissions and guided tours.

If the weather is too nice for a museum visit, remember that most of the Austrian National Parks across Austria are offering free guided tours (“Nationalpark Wandertag”), as well.

Special Events:

Austrian Federal Chancellery (Bundeskanzleramt) Open House Ballhausplatz 2; 12:00–17:00

President’s Chambers (Präsidentschaftskanzlei) Open House Ballhausplatz; 13:00 – 16:00

Military Exhibition (Bundesheeres) Heldenplatz; 09:00–17:00

Education Ministry (Bundesministerium für Bildung) Open House
 Minoritenplatz 5; 10:00-16:00

Foreign Ministry (Außenministerium) Open House Minoritenplatz 8; 10:00–16:00

Museums offering free admission:

Austrian Museum of Architecture (Architekturzentrum Wien)
 Museumsplatz 1; Open 10:00–19:00

Museum of Applied Arts (MAK)
 Stubenring 5; 10:00–18:00

Museum of Folklore (Volkskundemuseum)
 Laudongasse 15-19; 10:00–17:00

Museum of Military History (Heeresgeschichtliches Museum) Arsenal, Objekt 1; 09:00–17:00

National Library (National Bibliothek) Heldenplatz, New Hofburg; 10:00–21:00


State Hall (1. Josefsplatz 1);

Esperanto Museum & Globe Museum (Palais Mollard, 1., Herrengasse 9);

Papyrus Museum (1., Heldenplatz, New Hofburg);


Literature Museum (Grillparzerhaus, 1., Johannesgasse 6)

Parliament Hofburg (Josefsplatz), Pavillon Burg (Heldenplatz), Pavillon Ring (Heldenplatz), Bau.Stelle (Parlamentsgebäude), Palais Epstein (Ring) 9:00– 17:00 (Last entry 16:00)

Weltmuseum Heldenplatz; 13:00-21:00 (Reopening show on 25.10 19h)

Museums offering reduced admissions:

Clock Museum (Uhrenmuseum) 50% Reduction; Schulhof 2; 10:00-18:00

Wien Museum Hermesvilla
 50% Reduction; Lainzer Tiergarten; 10:00–18:00

Wien Museum Karlsplatz
 50% Reduction; Karlsplatz 8; 10:00–18:00

Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum) €5, free up to age 19, Maria-Theresien-Platz; 9:00–18:30

 50% Reduction, free up to age 19, Oswald-Thomas-Platz 1; 10:00–13:00 & 14:00–18:00

Roman Museum (Römermuseum)
, 50% Reduction, free up to age 19, Hoher Markt 3; 09:00–18:00

Museum of Technology (Technisches Museum), 20% reduction, free up to age 19, Mariahilfer Str. 212; 10:00–18:00


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Claudia Paccosi
Claudia Paccosi is half Italian and half Austrian, studied in Rome and was a journalist for Storyful in Dublin. She loves to see almost everything under a poetic veil, that's why she moved to Vienna, where she can learn to dance Walzer and experience its cold snowy winter.

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