Austria 2023: Dates for your diary

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What do Belvedere Palace, the Opera Ball and Europe’s largest music festival have in common? A milestone birthday in 2023!

Austria has plenty to offer in 2023! From its legendary skiing races to Belvedere’s 300th birthday, the 150th anniversary of the Vienna World’s Fair and Europe’s largest free music festival, the Donauinselfest in Vienna, which turns 40 this year – check out the 2023 highlights below.

Sports

The Skiing World Cup 2023 is in full swing with all eyes on Kitzbühel (20-22 January) and Schladming (24 January) for the Hahnenkamm and Planai night race, while St. Anton am Arlberg hosted the women’s downhill race and Super-G (14-15 January) and the FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships (16-25 January). And let’s not forget about the Ski Flying World cup at Klum, Styria (28-21 January).

But it’s not all about winter sports! Innsbruck-Stubai is getting ready for the World Mountain and Trail Running Championships (6-10 June). The sporty event, the highlight of a 10-day-festival held in some of the most scenic places in the Alps, will see athletes from around the world compete in four different categories: vertical, trail short, trail long, and mountain classic. Fans can watch the competitions and take part in trail running workshops.

Traditional balls

The 80th Vienna Philharmonic Ball takes place on 19 January turning the Musikverein into Vienna’s most elegant ballroom for one night. It’s beloved among fans of classical music and one of the highlights of the Viennese ball season every ear.

2023 marks the 65th anniversary of the legendary Vienna Opera Ball. The event on 16 February will see 5,000 guests – including many international state guests – dancing…

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