What is the best time to visit Vienna ?

The best time to visit Vienna is from April to May and September to October when the weather is pleasant and the city witnesses a cultural bloom with lots of festivals, marathons, concerts, and operas. July and August, during the Summer season, is the peak season in Vienna. The weather is comfortably good, with the temperature in and around 24-degree Celcius. Vienna is a beautiful place throughout the year without harsh weather conditions. Each season has its own beauty, however, late summers are a great time to indulge in some sightseeing in Vienna. There are fewer tourists during this time and hence, shorter lines everywhere. The chances of rain are reduced, the temperature is a little warm, which is manageable, and the night temperature goes down till 20°C on an average. Again, mid-September to early-October is a good time to visit Vienna as there’s no precipitation. However, if you wish to experience the magical and unique atmosphere in Vienna, book your tickets during Christmas. During this time, the city decks up really pretty and all sorts of holiday items are on sale and hence, is a great time for shopping too! 

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Monthly Weather in Vienna

Month Avg. Minimum (°C) Avg. Maximum (°C)
January -5 -1
February 1 7
March 6 14
April 7 14
May 12 22
June 16 27
July 18 27
August 16 26
September 15 25
October 8 13
November 3 8
December -0 4

Vienna in Peak Season

June-August, late-December are the peak seasons in Vienna. The warm and comfortable weather during summer months brings in a lot of tourists in Vienna. Again, there’s a ‘mini peak’ season during the Christmas time as the markets lit up with various goods, literally! During the summer months, the evenings are comfortable to roam around and have a good time outdoors. Also, during both these seasons, the city gets lively with travellers from around the globe, which inevitably results in a higher airfare and hotel rates. So, booking your stay in advance is necessary.

Vienna in Shoulder Season

April, May and September, October are the shoulder months in Vienna. The weather is pleasant and the crowd is less during these months. Also, as these months neither falls in the peak or the offseasons, the hotels and airfare prices are absolutely budget friendly and you needn’t worry about the long lines at the public places either! October is a good time to experience the colourful autumn foliage.

Vienna in Low Season

Winter months of December and January are considered to be the low season in Vienna. The city is extremely cold during these months, however, it looks like a fairy-tale too! So, in case you do not have a problem with the chills in the air, winter can be your preferred time for vacationing in Vienna. The hotels are less expensive during this time and also the airfares are cheaper. The streets are less crowded and hence, the tourist attractions are free from busy lines.

Vienna in Winter (December - February)

Vienna looks the prettiest in the winter season. The weather is chilly as the temperature often drops down to -4°C. There’s also snowfall during late-December and January. Austrians celebrate Christmas on the Christmas Eve with their families, at home, and hence, if you are there during this time, you find the streets empty and most of the restaurants closed. The charming old-world streets, the beautiful imperial architecture and the city’s exquisite coffee culture will make you overwhelmed during your stay there. Also, if you stay until the New Years, you will be able to be a part of the largest street party with fireworks in midnight in the City Hall Square and the Prater.

You can be a part of the annual Coffee Festival which takes place in January, where there’s live music, DJs, and coffee tastings, demo, displays, etc., for three days. The Opera Ball is another great thing to experience in Vienna in February. It’s basically a part of the Vienna Fasching (Carnival) celebrations and is held at the State Opera House. Vienna Accordion Festival is also quite a thing for music lovers around the globe. It stages folk, classical and tango concerts all over the city. Treat yourself to a spa, relish a glass of Christmas punch, go ice skating or pay a visit to the city’s museums, you will have a lot of things to do in Vienna during winters.   

Vienna in Summer (June- August)

Summers in Vienna has its charm undoubtedly. One of the best ways to explore the city during summers is to hire a bike and go biking around the city! June officially ushers the summer season in Vienna. The temperature usually goes up to 24°C, which is manageable. June is the wettest month and precipitation means heavy showers. July and August are the warmest of all. The rain decreases during these two months and the days are warm and sunny. The evenings are usually cooler with temperatures as low as 14°C.

Key Events in Summer
  • Weinissimo is the festival in June where you enjoy the best of Viennese cuisines and drinks with the locals at a 200-foot long dining table.
  • The Life Ball is another very prestigious balls that take place in June. 
  • One of the biggest open-air music festival called, Danube Island Festival, takes place to celebrate musicians and their talents on a three-day-long event.
  • Vienna Summer of Music Festival and Summer Stage Festival takes place in July where you can be a part of the fantastic celebration of singers and performers.
  • ImPulsTanz is a month-long festival that starts in July and ends in August. It houses more than 100 contemporary dance productions.
  • To feel like a local and be a part of their celebrations, you need to experience the beauty of the Neustift Kirtag Festival that takes place in August in a winery village that transforms itself into an authentic Austrian party place.
  • Get thrilled at the Prater amusement park, go for a swim and surf session at the beach, go hiking, or enjoy a drink on a deckchair, by the canal! 

Vienna in Spring (March - May)

March, April and May are the spring months in Vienna. March is the official end of the winter season, however, the nights are still cold in the early-March and the temperature remains at 0 degrees Celsius often. The late-March temperature gets up to 13-14 degrees Celsius and March is often considered to be the mixed bag of rain, snow and sunshine. April and May are pretty comfortable weather-wise in Vienna. The days are long and sunny, however, you will still need a jacket in your luggage if you are travelling there during these months.

Listen to Brahms and Mozart in the Vienna Spring Festival and go back home fully energised. Be a part of the Vienna City Marathon in April and get your dose of healthy living even when you are on a holiday. Buy some traditional arts and crafts from the Easter Markets in every nook and corner of the city. Be a part of the four-day-long annual Styrian Spring Festival and get amazed by their local dance forms, music and food. If you love food, then you must not miss the Genuss Food Festival that goes on for three days in May. It is the country’s biggest food carnival and comprises of more than 190 food stalls.

Vienna in Autumn (September - November)

The autumn months of September, October and November are comfortable, weather-wise, and not that crowded. The temperature average is 14°C and there’s less sunshine with shorter days. Late-October and November are a bit cold as the winter season gets nearer. Autumn is beautiful in Vienna as the trees shed their leaves. The city literally gets coloured in gold and copper. So, a visit to one of the numerous parks in Vienna during this time is a must-do activity.

The skies are blue and if you are a nature lover, get to the western part of the city to explore the Vienna woods where you will be overwhelmed with more than 1200 species of trees and 150 species of birds. Celebrate the Austrian folklore at the Wiener Wiesn-Fest, watch some of the avant-garde German movies at the Viennale International Film Festival with English subtitles, and experience the best of contemporary music at the 30-day long Wien Modern Festival, during the autumn season in Vienna.

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