What happens if the numbers of infections keep rising?

We will react to daily developments and adjust our security concept if need be.


Which rules regarding COVID-19 apply to guests at donaufestival?

Proof of recovery, proof of full vaccination or a valid negative PCR test are necessary to enter. Please have your verifications ready at the entry!


How does the COVID-check work?

When you get your wristband at the entry, the COVID-check will also take place. Please have proof of full vaccination, proof of recovery (of a COVID-infection occurred within the past 180 days) or a valid negative PCR test (not older than 72 hours since testing) and an ID ready. Everyone with a weekend pass will also be asked to show these certificates daily. There will be a QR code at entry for the electronic guest registration. Please note that you only may enter with a valid wristband!


Where can I do a PCR test?

No PCR testing will be offered directly at donaufestival. In Vienna or Upper Austria, please use the free tests available through the initiative Alles gurgelt!. In Lower Austria there are 23 spots (including Krems) with vending machines for testing. Also you can get an appointment to do a test at a pharmacy in Lower Austria. 

Do I have to wear a mask?

While according to the current laws, you are not required to wear a mask, we do recommend it while being indoors for your own safety. When using the restrooms, wearing a FFP-2 mask is required!


What if I feel ill?

If symptoms like
– coughing
– fever
– shortness of breath
– sudden disturbance or loss of sense of taste
appear you must stay at home. In this case, the tickets will be refunded!

If any acute symptoms appear during the festival, leave the festival and immediately contact health authorities.

If health issues of any kind appear, you can always talk to our team members!

What other rules are in place?

Please stick to all the already established rules such as precautions when coughing or sneezing, hand hygiene, preventing bodily contact and – where possible – keeping a distance to other guests.



General FAQ


When does donaufestival take place?

donaufestival takes place once per year on two weekends at the end of April and beginning of May, but due to COVID-19 is was postponed to autumn this year.. 

donaufestival 2021: October 1–3 and 8–10

The exact timetable with all acts, venues and times are here


Where does donaufestival take place precisely?

donaufestival takes place in Krems an der Donau, Lower Austria at two main venues:

The Klangraum Krems Minoritenkirche, Minoritenplatz 4, hosts the afternoon concerts and performances. In the early evening the programme shifts to the Messegelände, an event hall complex on Utzstraße 12.

.You can find a summary of venues and addresses here.



Where can I buy tickets?


Tickets can be purchased online or at the ticket office of the NÖ Festival und Kino GmbH in Krems at the State Gallery of Lower Austria.

Get your online ticket here.

NÖKU Tickets
Tickets are available in all NÖKU Tickets partner offices: Kartenbüro Bühne Baden, Kartenbüro Grafenegg, Kartenbüro St. Pölten (Rathausplatz), Kartenbüro Grafenegg & Tonkünstler (Herrengasse, Vienna).

More information: www.noeku.at/tickets

Box office

On festival days between 10 am and 6:30 pm in Klangraum Krems Minoritenkirche (Minoritenplatz 5) and from 12pm at the box office Messegelände (Utzstraße 12).

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets or the online-ticket reservations have to be swapped at one of the box offices for a festival wristband, granting access to the festival venues.


Are there multi-day passes?

In addition to the day pass, we also offer additional discounted multi-day passes with a fee combination of day-passes. This elective subscription is available exclusively online at www.donaufestival.at or by calling the ticket hotline 02732/908033.

To purchase the multi-day passes, put the desired days in the shopping cart. The subscription price will then be calculated automatically after logging in / registration.

PLEASE NOTE: the selection of days made when purchasing the voting ticket is binding and can not be changed afterwards.


How do I obtain my festival wristband?

You can pick up your festival wristband either at the Klangraum Krems Minoritenkirche, Minoritenplatz 5, 3500 Krems/Stein between 10:00 am – 18:30 pm or at the box office at the Messegelände, Utzstraße 12, 3500 Krems from 12:00 pm on.


How do I get to the donaufestival and how can I get back home?

All details such as directions, buses, parking lots, etc can be found here.

We recommend taking the train to Krems. For your return trip we offer a bus transfer service to Vienna.


Is there a shuttle bus?

There are shuttle buses from Krems to Vienna. The bus to Vienna departs 15 minutes after the end of the last concert. 

Tickets for the shuttle bus service must be booked online in advance. Get your bus ticket here.

There is no shuttle bus service between the two festival venues. Walking distance between both venues is about 15 minutes.


I would like to see just a specific concert/performance. Is that possible?

It is not possible to purchase tickets for individual acts. Day passes must be purchased in this case.

PLEASE NOTE: For some performances additional numbered tickets must be reserved on the day of the event. They will be available starting September 28 here.


Why do I have to make reservations for  some performances?

Due to limited capacity we recommend the reservation of free numbered tickets to secure entry to these performances. We want to avoid visitors having to wait in a long line and possibly ending up not being admitted to the performance.

Here is a list with the performances that require a numbered ticket 


What is the donaufestival reader?

After the editions Empathy in 2017 and Endless Now in 2018 and New Society 2019 the fourth donaufestival reader is dedicated to the 2020 theme Machines Like Us. The publication consists of fourteen contributions by international authors. There will be no reader for 2021, as this edition's theory and topic is connected to the previous one.

The reader can be purchased for 9 EUR at the festival. 

Is there food and catering?

Yes, there are food and drinks at the two main festival venues from several caterers, including vegetarian and vegan dishes. There is free drinking water at the main venues.





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