If your only frame of reference for Austria is The Sound of Music, you might think that Austria is all rolling hills and gorgeous scenery. The thing is, that’s actually not too far off from the reality. Austria boasts gorgeous countrysides with medieval architecture, museums, and bars and restaurants. Of course, the cities are also breathtaking and cosmopolitan. So when is the best time of the year to visit? That all depends on what you’re looking for.
April Through May
These are the ideal months to book a trip to Austria, as the weather starts to warm up from the bitter cold of winter and into summer. You can take advantage of this time and enjoy fewer crowds and lower prices as well as more options for accommodations than peak season. It is a wonderful time to visit Vienna, as it won’t be as crowded and bustling. You can also visit Hofburg, which will provide visitors with a look at Austrian culture dating back to 1233 AD.
June Through August
Summertime in Austria means festivals galore. The Midsummer Night Celebration takes place around the country in the month of June, which includes folkloric events and many crackling bonfires. In July, there are plenty of musical and drama events at the Salzburg Festival, which began in 1920.
If you love the great outdoors, this is a great time to head to Zell am See on a gorgeous teal lake that is surrounded by glaciers.
September Through October
Austria in the fall truly embodies a movie as the foliage changes color to beautiful reds, yellows, and oranges. Visiting during these months will also mean fewer crowds, as it is the end of peak season. September is the perfect month to visit as it is the best time to experience Austrian wine culture. In October, you can visit Vienna to experience the Viennale, the Vienna Film Festival, Vienna Fashion Week, and the “Long Night of Museums,” a night that features museums extending their hours into the night.
November Through March
The winter months means cold temperatures, heralding in the low season, as is the case with many European countries. However, you can experience the magic of Christmas markets all around Austria in December.
Of course, you can go skiing in the Alps, which is a wonderful experience as well.