You can expect a boisterous atmosphere. See litre jugs of beer being gulped down by locals in lederhosen and dirndls. Huge colourful tents with pretzel decor is compulsory. Plus of course there are lots of sweaty Austrians dancing on the benches.
From 27 September to 7 October the Kaiserwiese in the Prater transforms into an alternative fairground. 3 Bierzelte (beer tents) pop up with long tables crammed with the finest beer, Schnitzel, pretzels and Würstl known to mankind.
This is where the similarities end with its Bavarian counterpart.
This year’s theme was “Golden Austria.” This meant that everyday, visitors could see the federal provinces of Austria showing off their customs, cuisine and music on the new festival stage at the Wiesndorf festival site. Diversity is key here. This year the festival celebrated the second “Pink Wiener Wiesn-Fest” for the gay-lesbian community in their Wojnar tent.
This is a child friendly event. However I would not recommend bringing them to events after dark when things starts getting a little out of hand.
During the day, from 11.30 am to 6pm, admission to the Wiener Wiesn-Fest is free. On Mondays and Tuesdays it is free all day.
Visitors can gorge themselves on a wide variety of Austrian cuisine ranging from Wiener Schnitzel to Brettljause at the variety of foodstuffs here. Plus unlike Oktoberfest, it is not all about the bier. There is lots of wine – Wiesn, Vienna style.