Best time to visit Vienna

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Best time of year to visit Vienna

Choose April to May and September to October as the best time to visit Vienna. In spring, the weather and room rates are mild, and tourist season is just kicking off. Known for pricey accommodation, a warm and dry period between June and August is the most popular to explore Vienna, so be ready to stand in queues to famous attractions. Summer is the time to enjoy famous Prater rides and to party at Donauinselfest. September will introduce you to the wine culture of Vienna. In autumn, temperatures drop, and so do the room rates and tourist numbers. Viennese know how to celebrate Christmas for over a month, so late November and December offer great Christmas markets filled with tasty treats, mulled wine, handmade souvenirs, and family attractions. The classic style lovers will enjoy visiting the capital of Austria from November to February as it's the ball season.


Christmas Markets (Weihnachtsmärkte)

November 17–December 24, 2018 • event

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

Ball Season

November–February • event

Check out one of the most famous traditions of the city


December–February • food

Try some chestnuts, another great winter food

Ice Skating

October 20 2018–March 03 2019 • activity

Vienna with its Baroque palaces and cathedrals provides an ideal setting for skating rinks

Flak Towers (Flaktürme)

all year round • activity

Large Nazi war-time towers are now homes to thousands of birds

Gebrannte Mandeln

December–January • food

Burnt sugar almonds are special winter treat associated with holidays


Vienna Bike Tours

April–October • activity

Explore the city's numerous architectural wonders on two wheels


mid-March–October • activity

One of the oldest amusement parks in the world!

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?

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

Life Ball

June 02, 2018 • event

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

New Year's Concert (Neujahrskonzert)

January 01, 2019 • event

One of the most nostalgic traditions and certainly iconic for Vienna

Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert (Sommernachtskonzert)

May 31, 2018 • event

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

Vienna City Marathon

April 07, 2019 • event

One of the easiest and most popular marathons in Europe


December 24–December 25 • food

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

Wine Hiking Day (Weinwandertag)

September 29–30, 2018 • nature

A favourite activity for the Viennese during sunny fall days

Fête Impériale

June 29, 2018 • event

One of the most beautiful summer balls in Vienna organized by the Spanish Riding School

Grape Harvest

September–October • nature

Vienna has more vineyards within its boundaries than any other capital in the world

Molybdomancy (Bleigießen)

late December • event

Magical fortune telling with a help of spoon and silver


April 14–21, 2019 • event

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


March 05, 2019 • food

The best sweet treat of the carnival season

Vienna Opera Ball (Opernball)

February 28, 2019 • event

Join the crème-de-la-crème of high society at the most prestigious winter event

Bohemian Prater (Böhmischer Prater)

March–October • activity

A nostalgic amusement park will bring childhood memories

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

Easter Markets

April (TBA) 2019 • event

Celebrate spring and resurrection at these seasonal fairs


late September–mid October • food

A delicious drink and a true symbol of new wine season

Hofburg Silvester Ball

December 31, 2018 • event

The ball at the Imperial Palace is a perfect place to welcome the New Year

Goose with Blaukraut and Bread Dumpling (Serviettenknödel)

November 11 • food

Special dish on St. Martin's Day


December 24–January 01 • food

Traditional festive drink, served hot from a bowl


January 17, 2019 • event

The tastiest of all balls takes place at the Imperial Palace in Vienna

Bonbon Ball

March 01, 2019 • event

Less formal than other balls, this event is a great combination of traditional and modern entertainment

Rudolfina Redoute

March 04, 2019 • event

This masked ball is one of the most romantic events at the Imperial Palace

Ball of Coffee Brewers (Kaffeesiederball)

February 22, 2019 • event

For one night the Imperial palace turns into one super elegant coffee house

Ball of Industry and Technology (Ball der Industrie und Technik)

January 26, 2019 • event

You will never see engineers and technicians dressed so elegantly as at this awaited event

Concordia Ball

June 08, 2018 • event

If you missed winter ball season in Vienna, opt for this popular summer ball at Vienna City Hall