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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.

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35 THINGS TO DO IN AUSTRIA

Grossglockner High Alpine Road

May–October • activity

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

5 Fingers in Dachstein Salzkammergut

May–October • nature

An extraordinary platform opens a world of amazing views

Alpine Ibex

December–January | May–September • nature

A proud resident of the Alps

Mountain Biking

April–November • activity

Start your cycling adventure in Alps.

Alpine Marmots

May–November • nature

Meet a fluffy rodent while your hike tours in Alps

Hiking in the Alps​

mid-June–September • activity

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

KäseStrasse or the Cheese Trail

May–October • food

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

Paragliding and Hang Gliding

March–November • activity

Feel like flying? Go ahead! Tyrol is waiting

Alpenzoo Innsbruck

May–October • activity

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

Fishing

April–October • activity

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

Via Ferrata

June–November • activity

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

Vienna Bike Tours

April–October • activity

Explore the city's numerous architectural wonders on two wheels

Lake Holidays Season

May–September • nature

Enjoy summertime on the gorgeous Austrian Riviera

Wooden Slides of Hallstatt

April–December • activity

An unforgettable experience on Europe's longest wooden slide

World Bodypainting Festival

July 08–14, 2018 • event

Take a glance on a live masterpieces of Bodypaint city

Prater

mid-March–October • activity

One of the oldest amusement parks in the world!

Gosau Lake Diving

May–October • activity

Experience diving and other water activities at Lake Gosau in Salzkammergut

Green Lake Park

May–July • activity

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

Ice Caves

May–October • nature

Walk into the frozen world during warm summer months

Water Lilies

May–September • nature

Gorgeous water lilies cover Austrian lakes in the summer

Alpine Flower Garden Kitzbüheler Horn

May–October • nature

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

Tyrolean Climbing Gardens

May–November • activity

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

Edelweiss

July–September • nature

Witness the blooming of the national flower of Austria.

Apricot Dumplings

July–August • food

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

Rock and Glacier Climbing

April–October • activity

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

Wind and Kitesurfing

June–September • activity

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

Сanoeing and Kayaking

May–October • activity

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

Alpine Golf

April–November • activity

Enjoy a round of gold and breathtaking panoramic views

White Water Rafting

June–August • activity

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

Danube Boat Trip

April–October • activity

Experience a boat trip on the waters of the Danube River

Schrammel.Klang.Festival

July 06–08, 2018 • event

Spend an amazing weekend in Litschau full of music and relaxation

Samson Parades

May 30–September 30, 2018 • event

A giant figure of Samson dances in the streets.

Birdwatching

March–September • activity

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

Horse Riding

May–October • activity

Mount a horse and enjoy spectacular landscapes on horseback

Schubertiade Festival

April 28–May 25, 2018 | June 10, 2018 | June 23–July 01, 2018 | July 12–15, 2018 | August 25–September 02, 2018 | September 06, 2018 | September 14, 2018 | October 03–09, 2018 • event

Intimate yet significant classical music festival

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Tobogganing

December–March • activity

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

Igloo Building

December–March • activity

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

Skiing

December–March • activity

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

Snowbombing Festival

March 09–14, 2018 • event

Snow and music all week long

Christmas Markets (Weihnachtsmärkte)

November 17–December 26, 2017 • event

More than 20 Advent Markets ensure Vienna has preserved its holiday spirit since the Middle Ages

Snowshoeing

December–March • activity

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

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

late January–early February • event

A custom of whip cracking used to drive winter away

Krampus

December 05 • event

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

Maroni

December–February • food

Try some chestnuts, another great winter food

Donauinselfest (Danube Island Festival)

June 22–24, 2018 • event

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

Austrian Women's Run (Österreichischer Frauenlauf)

May 27, 2018 • event

Have you ever seen so many women running?

Life Ball

June 02, 2018 • event

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

Long Night of Museums

October 07, 2017 • event

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

Glöckler

January 05 • event

A magical ancient tradition in Salzkammergut

Vienna City Marathon

April 22, 2018 • event

One of the easiest and most popular marathons in Europe

Ball Season

November–February • event

Check out one of the most famous traditions of the city

Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert (Sommernachtskonzert)

May 31, 2018 • event

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

New Year's Concert (Neujahrskonzert)

January 01, 2018 • event

One of the most nostalgic traditions and certainly iconic for Vienna

Ice Skating

December–March • activity

Experience the variety of ice skating locations in Tyrol

Winter Hiking

December–March • activity

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

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

Lower Austria Grape Harvest

August–November • food

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

Mohnstrudel

December 24–December 25 • food

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

Christmas Markets at Lake Wolfgang

November 20–January 01 • activity

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

Knödelfest

September 22, 2018 • event

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

Fasching

March 02–05, 2019 • event

Visit a real carnival in Austria

Bregenzer Festspiele Festival

August 18–19, 2018 • event

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

Linz Marathon

April 15, 2018 • event

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

Winter Horse and Sleigh Ride

December–March • activity

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

Molybdomancy (Bleigießen)

late December • event

Magical fortune telling with a help of spoon and silver

Goose with Blaukraut and Bread Dumpling (Serviettenknödel)

November 11 • food

Special dish on St. Martin's Day

Feuerzangenbowle

December 24–January 01 • food

Traditional festive drink, served hot from a bowl

Faschingskrapfen

March 05, 2019 • food

The best sweet treat of the carnival season

May Day

May 01 • event

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

Easter

April 14–21, 2019 • event

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

Ski Food

December–mid-April • food

The very best apres-ski specials

Wine Season

November • food

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

Gebrannte Mandeln

December–January • food

Burnt sugar almonds are special winter treat associated with holidays

La Strada Street Theatre Festival

July 27–August 04, 2018 • event

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

European Bike Week

September 04–09, 2018 • event

Over 100,000 motorcyclists visit Carinthia during the Bike Week

The Narzissenfest

May 31–June 03, 2018 • event

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