Best time to visit Austria

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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.

37 THINGS TO DO IN AUSTRIA (JULY 27 - AUGUST 05)

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

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?

Wooden Slides of Hallstatt

Wooden Slides of Hallstatt

April–December • activity

An unforgettable experience on Europe's longest wooden slide

Alpine Marmots

Alpine Marmots

May–November • nature

Meet a fluffy rodent while your hike tours in Alps

Vienna Bike Tours

Vienna Bike Tours

April–October • activity

Explore the city's numerous architectural wonders on two wheels

Alpenzoo Innsbruck

Alpenzoo Innsbruck

May–October • activity

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

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!

Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking

May 01–October 31 • activity

Start your cycling adventure in the Alps

Paragliding and Hang Gliding

Paragliding and Hang Gliding

March–November • activity

Feel like flying? Go ahead! Tyrol is waiting

Green Lake Park

Green Lake Park

May–July • activity

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

Ice Caves

Ice Caves

May–October • nature

Walk into the frozen world during warm summer months

Via Ferrata

Via Ferrata

June–November • activity

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

Edelweiss

Edelweiss

July–September • nature

Witness the blooming of the national flower of Austria

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

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

Gosau Lake Diving

Gosau Lake Diving

May–October • activity

Experience diving and other water activities at Lake Gosau in Salzkammergut

Lower Austria Grape Harvest

Lower Austria Grape Harvest

August–November • food

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

Timmelsjoch

Timmelsjoch

June–October • activity

A secret Timmelsjoch High Alpine Road in the Ötztal Alps attracts adrenaline-seekers

Water Lilies

Water Lilies

May–September • nature

Gorgeous water lilies cover Austrian lakes in the summer

Сanoeing and Kayaking

Сanoeing and Kayaking

May–October • activity

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

Apricot Dumplings

Apricot Dumplings

July–August • food

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

Tyrolean Climbing Gardens

Tyrolean Climbing Gardens

May–November • activity

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

Bregenzer Festspiele Festival

Bregenzer Festspiele Festival

July 22–August 23, 2020 • event

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

Danube Boat Trip

Danube Boat Trip

April–October • activity

Experience a boat trip on the waters of the Danube River

White Water Rafting

White Water Rafting

June–August • activity

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

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

Alpine Golf

Alpine Golf

April–November • activity

Enjoy a round of gold and breathtaking panoramic views

Schönbrunn Palace

Schönbrunn Palace

April 01–November 01, 2020 • activity

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

La Strada Street Theatre Festival

La Strada Street Theatre Festival

July 24–August 01, 2020 • event

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

Samson Parades

Samson Parades

June 11, 2020 | July 19, 2020 | July 29, 2020 | August 15, 2020 | September 04, 2020 • event

A giant figure of Samson dances in the streets.

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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Krampus

Krampus

December 05 • event

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

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

European Bike Week

European Bike Week

September 08–13, 2020 • event

Over 100,000 motorcyclists visit Carinthia during Bike Week

Skiing

Skiing

December–March • activity

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

Snowbombing Music Festival in Mayrhofen

Snowbombing Music Festival in Mayrhofen

April 13–18, 2020 • event

Snow and music all week long

Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing

December–March • activity

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

Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert (Sommernachtskonzert)

Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert (Sommernachtskonzert)

May 21, 2020 • event

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

World Bodypainting Festival

World Bodypainting Festival

July 09–11, 2020 • event

Take a glance on a live masterpieces of Bodypaint city

New Year's Concert (Neujahrskonzert)

New Year's Concert (Neujahrskonzert)

December 30 2020–January 01 2021 • 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

Long Night of Museums

Long Night of Museums

October 03, 2020 • event

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

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

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

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

Donauinselfest (Danube Island Festival)

Donauinselfest (Danube Island Festival)

June 26–28, 2020 • event

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

Vienna City Marathon

Vienna City Marathon

April 19, 2020 • event

One of the easiest and most popular marathons in Europe

Austrian Women's Run (Österreichischer Frauenlauf)

Austrian Women's Run (Österreichischer Frauenlauf)

May 17, 2020 • event

Have you ever seen so many women running?

Ice Skating

Ice Skating

December–March • activity

Experience the variety of ice skating locations in Tyrol

Maroni

Maroni

December–February • food

Try some chestnuts, another great winter food

Life Ball

Life Ball

Ended in 2019 • event

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

Salzburg Festival (Salzburger Festspiele)

Salzburg Festival (Salzburger Festspiele)

May 29–June 01, 2020 • event

An iconic opera festival founded by composer Richard Strauss and other prominent artists

Winter Hiking

Winter Hiking

December–March • activity

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

Glöckler

Glöckler

January 05 • event

A magical ancient tradition in Salzkammergut

Mohnstrudel

Mohnstrudel

December 24–December 25 • food

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

Knödelfest

Knödelfest

September 19, 2020 • event

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

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.

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

Fasching

Fasching

February 22–25, 2020 • event

Visit a real carnival in Austria

Linz Marathon

Linz Marathon

April 05, 2020 • 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

Crankworx Innsbruck

Crankworx Innsbruck

June 10–14, 2020 • event

Best mountain bike riders show off their tricks

Faschingskrapfen

Faschingskrapfen

February 26, 2020 • 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

Ski Food

Ski Food

December–mid-April • food

The very best apres-ski specials

Wine Season

Wine Season

November • food

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

Easter

Easter

April 12, 2020 • event

A time to try traditional dishes, sweets, shop for handicrafts and have fun

FM4 Frequency Festival

FM4 Frequency Festival

August 20–22, 2020 • event

The largest and most famous multi-genre music festival in Austria

Gebrannte Mandeln

Gebrannte Mandeln

December–January • food

Burnt sugar almonds are special winter treat associated with holidays

Schrammel.Klang.Festival

Schrammel.Klang.Festival

July 10–12, 2020 • event

Spend an amazing weekend in Litschau full of music and relaxation

Schubertiade Festival

Schubertiade Festival

April 29–30, 2020 | May 01–03, 2020 | June 04–07, 2020 | June 20–28, 2020 | July 16, 2020 | August 22–30, 2020... Show all • event

Intimate yet significant classical music festival

The Narzissenfest

The Narzissenfest

May 21–24, 2020 • event

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

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