When does donaufestival take place?

donaufestival takes place once per year on two weekends at the end of April and beginning of May. 

donaufestival 2020: April 24–26, April 30–May 2)

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.

Additionally, there are also different external venues and sites per year, where festival events also take place.

You can find a summary of venues and addresses here.



Where can I buy tickets?


Tickets can be purchased online, at the office of the NÖ Festival und Kino GmbH in Krems, or at external advance booking locations.

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 10am and 8pm in Klangraum Krems Minoritenkirche (Minoritenplatz 5) and from 1pm 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. The voting 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 – 8:00 pm or at the box office at the Messegelände, Utzstraße 12, 3500 Krems from 1:00 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 twice each evening, at 11:15 pm and 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.

For Hildur Guðnadóttir presents: Chernobyl feat. Chris Watson & Sam Slater at AKW Zwentendorf, an extra ticket is required for 10 EUR (incl. shuttle bus Krems – Zwentendorf – Krems). This additional ticket is only valid in combination with a donaufestival day/weekend pass for the respective date of the event at the AKW! Details.



Why do I have to make reservations for  some performances?

Due to limited capacity we recommend the reservation of 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 now the fourth donaufestival reader is dedicated to the 2020 theme that will be announced March 5th. The publication consists of eleven contributions by international authors.

The reader can be purchased for 9 EUR at the festival or in the online shop of the publisher Falter Verlag. 

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.



Hildur Guðnadóttir presents: Chernobyl feat. Chris Watson & Sam Slater

Fri. May 1 | 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Sat. May 2 | 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Extra Ticket:

Attention! Limited capacity! Extra ticket is required for 10 EUR.
This additional ticket is only valid in combination with a donaufestival day/weekend pass for the respective date of the event at the AKW!
Shuttle bus Krems – Zwentendorf – Krems included

Shuttle Bus:
Departure: 11:00 am Krems/Messegelände
Messegelände ticket counter open from 10:00 am!
Arrival back in Krems: 2:00 pm 

Before the event on Sat. May 2, the AKW offers a free tour of the power plant from 9:30 – 11:30 am: Register at (subject: donaufestival) 

If you would like to participate in the tour, you must organise your own travel arrangements.

  • Admission from 18 years of age.
  • This event is not barrier-free!
  • Solid footwear is required!
  • It is relatively cool in the AKW!

In cooperation with AKW Zwentendorf.



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