With its pastoral landscapes, lively viticulture and gastronomy, and renowned art and music scene, Austria offers something for every traveler. A 10-day trip is ideal to fully experience Austria's top cities, from the country's capital, Vienna, to Innsbruck in the historic Tyrol region. In a week, you can still see much of the country by basing out of a major city and taking strategic day trips into the countryside. For a more condensed five-day getaway, focus on one or two regions to get the most out of your trip.
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December is winter in Austria, which means snow, skiing (and other snow sports), and Christmas markets. Short days might impact on sightseeing but there are plenty of museums, galleries, cafes, and other indoor attractions to enjoy. Expect crowds in the ski resorts and bustle in the cities around the festive season. Find out more about traveling to Austria in December below.
November is the end of fall in Austria, and the weather is likely to be cold, damp, and a bit dark. The country doesn't see many visitors this month, but that makes it a great time to get in some early Christmas shopping at a market, relax in a thermal spa in the mountains without the crowds, or go sightseeing in an uncharacteristically quiet month in Salzburg. Read on to find out where to go and what to do in Austria in November.
October is fall in Austria and a quiet season in which to visit. That's great news if you're looking for discounted accommodation. There are fun events such as Oktoberfest-like celebrations and film and museum/gallery festivals in the cities. October is also a fun time to head to Alpine villages for a dose of traditional culture, which includes dressed-up cows. Find out more about traveling to Austria in October.
September in Austria is the start of fall, meaning the summer vacationers are mostly gone, but the weather is still pleasing and perfect for outdoor activities. Wineries put on special events in September, the conditions are great for biking and paragliding, and the cities are comfortable for a culturally oriented walking tour. There's lots to see and do in Austria in September.
August is the height of summer in Austria and the peak season for travel. But with warm weather, pleasant conditions for outdoor activities in the mountains, and a vast range of music and cultural festivals across the country, it's not surprising Austria is so popular this month. Whether you want to embark on a hike in the Alps or enjoy a classical music concert, read on to find out more.
July is midsummer in Austria, with hot temperatures in the lowlands and milder conditions in the Alps. Swimming, hiking, and boating are all good fun in the summer, and a wide range of music and cultural festivals keep locals and tourists entertained throughout the month. Read on to find out more about where to go and what to do in Austria in July.
June is the start of summer in Austria, and it's an ideal time to visit if you love the outdoors. From swimming and boating in lakes to whitewater rafting atop rivers and hiking in the mountains to wildlife watching, there's plenty to see and do in Austria this month. Plus, you can beat the summer crowds by arriving earlier in the season. Find out more about traveling to Austria in June.
A month with pleasant weather before the crowds of summer arrive, May is an excellent time to visit Austria, whatever your interests. Attend a food festival in Vienna or a classical music concert in Salzburg; hike into the mountains from Hallstatt or take a motorbike road trip: it's all possible in May. Read on for more ideas for traveling to Austria this spring month.
In between the peak ski and summer seasons, April is the shoulder season for travel to Austria. But with mild temperatures, dry conditions, no snow on the ground, and lower prices, it's a great time to visit. Take a road trip across the relatively small country, enjoy a classical music concert in Mozart's hometown, and shop for Easter treats at a market. Here's more about what you can see and do in Austria in April.
March is a shoulder season month for travel to Austria, after the winter ski season and before the warmer days of April and May. But this can be ideal if you want to keep costs low, with end-of-winter discounts to be found. March is also a good month for spending time in the capital of Vienna, touring art galleries and Easter markets. Find out more about traveling to Austria in March below.
February is winter in Austria, with snow in the mountains and the cities. Skiers and snowboarders of all levels can find an experience to suit them somewhere in the Austrian Alps, while travelers interested in culture, art, and history won't be short of choices in cities such as Vienna and Salzburg. Here are some more ideas for where to go and what to do in Austria in February.
January is mid-winter in Austria, and that's great news if you're a skier, as there are now excellent conditions at ski resorts in the Alps. At lower altitudes with milder climes, Vienna's galleries and museums make appealing indoor destinations. And whether you're a keen dancer or would just like to dress up and people-watch, Vienna's ball season is an event to behold. Read on for more information on traveling to Austria in January.
Austria's temperate climate, manageable crowds, and seasonal attractions mean the country is worth visiting at any time of the year. The winter months present snow-related sports, pretty snow-capped Alps, and cities replete with Christmas markets, while summer offers the best opportunities for water sports and visiting Austria's idyllic Lake District. And then spring and fall shoulder seasons bring more affordable hotel options, fewer crowds, picturesque city scenes, and stunning natural landscapes, from blossoming flowers to fall foliage.