Ken Party Vienna

Vienna Gay Travel Guide & Map 2021

Upcoming Events in Vienna

|  16 October 2021
Ken Club: popular monthly gay and lesbian Pop and House party. Among others, with DJ Shane, Charlet C. House and Alessandro Caruso.
Tickets: 8-13 €
23:00 – 06:00 @ Camera Club (Neubaugasse 2)
|  21 – 31 October 2021
Viennale 2021: annual international film festival in the center of Vienna.
|  23 October 2021
BallCanCan Party: queer clubbing with Pop classics from the Balkan states.
From 23:00 @ Opera Club (Mahlerstraße 11)
|  29 January 2022
Viennese Rainbow Ball – Regenbogenball 2022: classic Viennese ball for gays, lesbians and friends. Evening dress required.
Tickets: from 45 €
From 18:30/21:00 @ Parkhotel Schönbrunn (Hietzinger Hauptstr. 10-14)
|  8 May 2022
Werq The World 2022: the stars from RuPaul's Drag Race on tour in Vienna with their new show.
@ Gasometer (Bank Austria Halle, Guglgasse 8)
|  22 October 2022
Vienna Dance Contest 2022: international dance sport competition for same-gender couples. The categories are Ballroom, Latin, Viennese Waltz and Cha Cha Fun Competition.

About Vienna and its gay life

Both in the past and in the present, gays have played a prominent role in Vienna’s public life. Probably the most prominent homosexual in the history of Austria was Prince Eugene of Savoy (1663-1736) who freed Vienna from Turkish siege and pushed the Ottomans back to the Balkans. But it wasn’t just on the battlefield that Eugene was surrounded exclusively by men; in private, he preferred to have intimate relations with members of his own sex – a fact well known even during his lifetime. Even so, he managed to build his career and expand his power base during the reigns of three emperors, and his strong influence on Vienna remains visible to this day. His summer palace, Schloss Belvedere, is an impressive example.

The last emperor served by Prince Eugene, Charles VI, is said to have had an intimate relationship with Count Michael Johann Althan III, one of the few members of the introverted and eccentric monarch’s inner circle. When Althan died in 1722, the grieving emperor recalled that they had ›loved each other intimately 19 years long, in true friendship‹. Under Charles’ reign, Vienna flourished, the Karlskirche was built, Schönbrunn Palace and the Hofburg were enlarged.

Austria's emperor Franz Joseph was plagued by headaches not only from the toils of government but also from his younger gay brother, Archduke Ludwig Viktor (1842-1919), known affectionately as ›Luziwuzi‹ among his friends. Luziwuzi had a reputation at court for his sharp tongue and his propensity to cross-dress. On one of his regular visits to the ›Centralbad‹ indoor swimming pool (today’s gay sauna Kaiserbründl) he quite literally touched off a public scandal, being slapped in the face by an officer who was none too flattered by his advances.

Other celebrities are the architects of the State Opera, the gay architect couple Eduard van der Nüll (1812-1868) and August Sicard von Sicardsburg (1813-1868). The field of music, so closely intertwined with Vienna’s history, also has its share of gay figures. The composer Franz Schubert (1797-1828) spent over two years living with his librettist Johann Baptist Mayrhofer who was known to be homosexual. Their affection for each other is documented in several song texts written by Mayrhofer for Schubert, as well as in an opera – unfortunately destined to remain unfinished – entitled ›Adrast‹.

The center of today’s gay scene in Vienna and the lion’s share of its gay bars is situated in the area along Linke Wienzeile and Rechte Wienzeile.

Annual highlights and queer events in Vienna are the Regenbogenball in winter, Vienna Pride with the Rainbow Parade in June, and Wien in Schwarz (Vienna in Black) in October.

(Based on an article by Robert Kastl.
Rights owned by the Vienna Tourist Board.)