When Is the Best Time to Visit Vienna?

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Come multiple times

Though weather in Vienna is more convenient in some times of the year than in others, in terms of other factors every season has something unique to offer. Going to Vienna multiple times to try them all is probably the best solution.

Spring in Vienna

There are many parks and flowers in Vienna and therefore spring is very beautiful here. If you come here in spring, you should definitely include the Schönbrunn castle and its adjacent park in your itinerary. The weather is mostly mild and relatively sunny. Temperatures during the day average around 15 °C (59 °F). Spring weather can change very quickly in Vienna and carrying an umbrella with you is probably a good idea.

Summer in Vienna

In summer it gets hotter and on some days temperatures can exceed 30 °C (86 °F). Though it rains slightly more frequently, the weather is overall very convenient for sightseeing. One thing that might discourage a visitor is the fact that during the peak tourism months of July and August the number of tourists near the main attractions (like Hofburg, Stephansdom, or Schönbrunn) can get very high and if you prefer to explore the monuments without large crowds around, summer is probably not the best time. Another factor is the hotel rates, which also tend to be higher during peak summer months. On the other hand, there are numerous summer-specific attractions and events, like the film and music festival in front of the Rathaus (city hall), taking about two months from the end of June to the end of August every year.

Autumn in Vienna

While in early autumn the weather is still similar to spring or summer and the leaves paint a wide scale of colours in the parks, end of October and November can be less pleasant to those who like sun and higher temperatures. Vienna is often very windy, rainy, and foggy these days. In November it is not uncommon to see some snow here already. While not offering the best weather, autumn has its advantages. One of them is October 26, the day of National holiday in Austria. On this day in 1955 Federal Constitutional Act was passed in Austria proclaiming permanent neutrality of the nation. The thing that is important to tourists: many attractions are free entrance on his day (e.g. both museums at the Maria-Theresien-Platz). The downside is that the most attractive places can get too crowded.

Winter in Vienna

Though cold, winter is spectacular in Vienna and might be the one season when the city shows its real personality best. The life in the centre is very busy, especially in the weeks before Christmas, when the Christmas markets take place. Austrians, like some other nations, love the pre-Christmas time and love to decorate their cities and promenade around the stands with Christmas tree ornaments, Nativity figures, and toys, drinking punch or Glühwein (mull), eating hot roasted chestnuts (called Heisse Maroni) or baked apples. Though snow may be falling from the sky, the atmosphere in Vienna gets very warm and friendly in these days.