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Best time of year to visit Austria

May through September is by all means the best time to visit Austria. The weather remains dry, warm and sunny which makes it a perfect season for fun-filled activities from mountain biking to hiking. The only drawback is a surge of tourists and higher room rates, so if you prefer to avoid crowds, choose late spring or early autumn.
Winter is appreciated for thermal baths and events like Snowbombing Festival. It is a fantastic period for skiers and snowboarders as well as for those looking for a true Christmas spirit.

32 THINGS TO DO IN AUSTRIA (JULY 01 - JULY 10)

Grossglockner High Alpine Road

Grossglockner High Alpine Road

May–October • activity

Experience the curves of the highest road in Austria with great views

5 Fingers in Dachstein Salzkammergut

5 Fingers in Dachstein Salzkammergut

May–October • nature

An extraordinary platform opens a world of amazing views

Alpine Ibex

Alpine Ibex

December–January | May–September • nature

A proud resident of the Alps

Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking

April–November • activity

Start your cycling adventure in Alps.

Alpine Marmots

Alpine Marmots

May–November • nature

Meet a fluffy rodent while your hike tours in Alps

Hiking in the Alps​

Hiking in the Alps​

mid-June–September • activity

What can be better than a walk through Europe's most beautiful mountainous region?

Vienna Bike Tours

Vienna Bike Tours

April–October • activity

Explore the city's numerous architectural wonders on two wheels

KäseStrasse or the Cheese Trail

KäseStrasse or the Cheese Trail

May–October • food

Discover the secret of cheese making from the real masters in Bregenzerwald

Prater

Prater

mid-March–October • activity

One of the oldest amusement parks in the world!

Wooden Slides of Hallstatt

Wooden Slides of Hallstatt

April–December • activity

An unforgettable experience on Europe's longest wooden slide

Alpenzoo Innsbruck

Alpenzoo Innsbruck

May–October • activity

Visit the highest Zoo in the world and enjoy an amazing panoramic view of Innsbruck

Paragliding and Hang Gliding

Paragliding and Hang Gliding

March–November • activity

Feel like flying? Go ahead! Tyrol is waiting

Fishing

Fishing

April–October • activity

Breathe fresh mountain air and enjoy fishing in clear waters of mountain rivers

Lake Holidays Season

Lake Holidays Season

May–September • nature

Enjoy summertime on the gorgeous Austrian Riviera

Via Ferrata

Via Ferrata

June–November • activity

Experience Alpine climbing in the most spectacular locales Europe has to offer

Gosau Lake Diving

Gosau Lake Diving

May–October • activity

Experience diving and other water activities at Lake Gosau in Salzkammergut

Ice Caves

Ice Caves

May–October • nature

Walk into the frozen world during warm summer months

Green Lake Park

Green Lake Park

May–July • activity

Visit Styria during spring to see how a park turns into a lake

Water Lilies

Water Lilies

May–September • nature

Gorgeous water lilies cover Austrian lakes in the summer

Alpine Flower Garden Kitzbüheler Horn

Alpine Flower Garden Kitzbüheler Horn

May–October • nature

Check out over 400 species of alpine flowers in a beautiful garden

Edelweiss

Edelweiss

July–September • nature

Witness the blooming of the national flower of Austria.

Tyrolean Climbing Gardens

Tyrolean Climbing Gardens

May–November • activity

Practice your skills or learn how to climb in the climbing gardens of Tyrol

Apricot Dumplings

Apricot Dumplings

July–August • food

Famous sweet apricot dumplings are a must-try when visiting Austria

Сanoeing and Kayaking

Сanoeing and Kayaking

May–October • activity

Feel the freedom of canoeing and kayaking on the rivers and lakes of Austria

Danube Boat Trip

Danube Boat Trip

April–October • activity

Experience a boat trip on the waters of the Danube River

Rock and Glacier Climbing

Rock and Glacier Climbing

April–October • activity

Check out all the great climbing locations Austria has to offer!

Wind and Kitesurfing

Wind and Kitesurfing

June–September • activity

Catching a good wind is easy if you know where and when to go

White Water Rafting

White Water Rafting

June–August • activity

Austrian rivers offer a great experience for both experts and first-timers​

Alpine Golf

Alpine Golf

April–November • activity

Enjoy a round of gold and breathtaking panoramic views

Schrammel.Klang.Festival

Schrammel.Klang.Festival

July 05–07, 2019 • event

Spend an amazing weekend in Litschau full of music and relaxation

Horse Riding

Horse Riding

May–October • activity

Mount a horse and enjoy spectacular landscapes on horseback

Birdwatching

Birdwatching

March–September • activity

Be impressed by a huge variety of bird species in Austria and enjoy a great season of birding

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Tobogganing

Tobogganing

December–March • activity

Get some winter fun at the world's longest toboggan run

Igloo Building

Igloo Building

December–March • activity

Build a real winter house and experience life in an igloo village

Skiing

Skiing

December–March • activity

The Alps make Austria one of the world's top skiing destinations

Snowbombing Festival

Snowbombing Festival

March 08–13, 2019 • event

Snow and music all week long

Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing

December–March • activity

Amazing winter views and relaxed walks in the untouched mountain top snow

World Bodypainting Festival

World Bodypainting Festival

July 11–13, 2019 • event

Take a glance on a live masterpieces of Bodypaint city

Heliskiing and Heliboarding

Heliskiing and Heliboarding

December–March • activity

Bird's eye view of the mountain tops and breath-taking downhill freeriding. Experience heliskiing and heliboarding​ in Arlberg

Aperschnalzen

Aperschnalzen

late January–early February • event

A custom of whip cracking used to drive winter away

Krampus

Krampus

December 05 • event

Scary evil Santa twin occupies Austria, looking for bad, naughty kids

New Year's Concert (Neujahrskonzert)

New Year's Concert (Neujahrskonzert)

January 01, 2019 • event

One of the most nostalgic traditions and certainly iconic for Vienna

Ball Season

Ball Season

November–February • event

Check out one of the most famous traditions of the city

Donauinselfest (Danube Island Festival)

Donauinselfest (Danube Island Festival)

June 21–23, 2019 • event

Check out the biggest open-air music festival in Europe on the Danube Island

Long Night of Museums

Long Night of Museums

October 06, 2018 • event

The entire rich cultural heritage of Austria is on display for one ticket during this special night

Austrian Women's Run (Österreichischer Frauenlauf)

Austrian Women's Run (Österreichischer Frauenlauf)

May 26, 2019 • event

Have you ever seen so many women running?

Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert (Sommernachtskonzert)

Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert (Sommernachtskonzert)

June 20, 2019 • event

An awaited music event in a stunning location—gardens of the Schönbrunn Palace

Life Ball

Life Ball

June 02, 2018 • event

A glamorous party celebrated under the umbrella of solidarity, tolerance, and enlightenment during the AIDS charity event

Maroni

Maroni

December–February • food

Try some chestnuts, another great winter food

Vienna City Marathon

Vienna City Marathon

April 07, 2019 • event

One of the easiest and most popular marathons in Europe

Lower Austria Grape Harvest

Lower Austria Grape Harvest

August–November • food

Enjoy the taste of fall during the wine season in Lower Austria

Glöckler

Glöckler

January 05 • event

A magical ancient tradition in Salzkammergut

Winter Hiking

Winter Hiking

December–March • activity

What can be as relaxing and fascinating as a hike on a beautiful winter mountain?

Ice Skating

Ice Skating

December–March • activity

Experience the variety of ice skating locations in Tyrol

Mohnstrudel

Mohnstrudel

December 24–December 25 • food

One of Christmas must-try sweets with lots of poppy seeds

Winter Thermal Baths

Winter Thermal Baths

December–April • activity

Relax and leave behind the everyday routine in one of the many thermal baths or spa centres in Austria

Christmas Markets at Lake Wolfgang

Christmas Markets at Lake Wolfgang

November 20–January 01 • event

Feel the magical spirit of Christmas in this beautiful alpine region.

Knödelfest

Knödelfest

September 21, 2019 • event

Try out the best tastes among the variety of dumplings at Knödel Festival

Bregenzer Festspiele Festival

Bregenzer Festspiele Festival

July 17–August 18, 2019 • event

Theater and opera performances, orchestra concerts, and numerous other events on a large floating stage

Fasching

Fasching

March 02–05, 2019 • event

Visit a real carnival in Austria

Linz Marathon

Linz Marathon

April 14, 2019 • event

Challenge yourself and get ready for one of the easiest marathons in Europe

Feuerzangenbowle

Feuerzangenbowle

December 24–January 01 • food

Traditional festive drink, served hot from a bowl

May Day

May Day

May 01 • event

Labour Day parades or traditional Spring celebrations? It's up to you to decide what this holiday is about.

Molybdomancy (Bleigießen)

Molybdomancy (Bleigießen)

late December • event

Magical fortune telling with a help of spoon and silver

Faschingskrapfen

Faschingskrapfen

March 05, 2019 • food

The best sweet treat of the carnival season

Goose with Blaukraut and Bread Dumpling (Serviettenknödel)

Goose with Blaukraut and Bread Dumpling (Serviettenknödel)

November 11 • food

Special dish on St. Martin's Day

Wine Season

Wine Season

November • food

Try to make your own wine and taste young wines among Austria's beautiful vineyards​

Easter

Easter

April 14–21, 2019 • event

A time of tasty traditional dishes, sweets, handicrafts, and family fun

Winter Horse and Sleigh Ride

Winter Horse and Sleigh Ride

December–March • activity

Enjoy a ride in a horse-drawn sleigh among snow-covered mountains in Salzburg area

Schönbrunn Palace

Schönbrunn Palace

mid-March–early November • activity

Discover the changing tastes of Habsburg monarchs while strolling through magnificent rooms of the imperial palace and surrounding gardens

Christmas Markets

Christmas Markets

mid-November–December • event

Austrian cities and ski resorts offer some of the most romantic and cozy holiday fairs in Europe

Ski Food

Ski Food

December–mid-April • food

The very best apres-ski specials

European Bike Week

European Bike Week

September 03–08, 2019 • event

Over 100,000 motorcyclists visit Carinthia during Bike Week

Samson Parades

Samson Parades

May 30–September 30, 2018 • event

A giant figure of Samson dances in the streets.

La Strada Street Theatre Festival

La Strada Street Theatre Festival

July 26–August 03, 2019 • event

Play your part in the street theatre performance in the city of Graz

Gebrannte Mandeln

Gebrannte Mandeln

December–January • food

Burnt sugar almonds are special winter treat associated with holidays

Schubertiade Festival

Schubertiade Festival

April 30–May 05, 2019 | June 22–30, 2019 | August 24–September 01, 2019 | October 02–09, 2019 • event

Intimate yet significant classical music festival

The Narzissenfest

The Narzissenfest

May 30–June 02, 2019 • event

Enjoy the beauty of a white sea of flowers during Narzissenfest in Ausseerland