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Austrian mountain village in summer

When is the best time to visit Austria?

Austria has hot summers and cold winters, but it’s rarely too sweltering or biting to enjoy the region, making it a year-round destination. The best time to visit is dictated by your personal preferences.

Summer (June to August) offers the best weather for hiking and boating, which means you’ll find somewhat more crowds than in other seasons. (The crowds are much less overwhelming than those you’ll find in destinations like France or Italy, however.)

December to February provides ample opportunities for winter sports in the lofty Alpine peaks, where you can admire the snowy mountainscapes. The cities and villages blossom with Christmas markets, bringing lights and festivities each December.

Between winter and summer, you’ll find months with lighter crowds and cool temperatures during the day that become chilly in the evenings.

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Austria Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Innsbruck 0°C 46mm 2°C 45mm 6°C 52mm 10°C 66mm 14°C 100mm 18°C 120mm 20°C 133mm 19°C 124mm 17°C 82mm 12°C 57mm 5°C 59mm 1°C 49mm
Salzburg 2°C 74mm 4°C 71mm 8°C 78mm 13°C 97mm 18°C 126mm 21°C 167mm 23°C 176mm 22°C 157mm 19°C 99mm 14°C 79mm 7°C 84mm 2°C 88mm
Vienna 2°C 31mm 4°C 32mm 10°C 35mm 16°C 43mm 20°C 62mm 23°C 72mm 26°C 68mm 25°C 61mm 21°C 42mm 15°C 37mm 8°C 46mm 3°C 36mm

Month-by-month guide to travelling in Austria

Snow-covered Hallstatt

Visiting Austria in January - February

Snow turns the Alps into a playground for winter sports, including ice skating, sledding and cross-country skiing. You can visit a variety of competitions. The weather in the higher elevations is very cold and windy, so pack accordingly.

In the cities, the weather is more moderate, with temperatures usually above freezing during the day. Hearty visitors there to see the cultural sights will find good value at hotels, thin crowds and cityscapes transformed by the snow.

Mountain scenes in the Austrian Alps

Visiting Austria in March - May

The weather is still chilly this time of year, with daytime temperatures hovering between 10°C and 17°C (50s and 60s °F) in the cities. This translates to thinner crowds, meaning the hotels offer good value. Winter sports are less certain in the mountains, but it’s a lovely time to explore the cities.

Vienna's City Hall

Visiting Austria in June - August

The summer months are hot but not sweltering and offer ample opportunity for outdoor adventures. Venture to the mountains for hiking and the lake district towns of Saint Wolfgang and Hallstat to enjoy the water. You’ll find plenty of other visitors, both international and local, but the crowds are bustling rather than pressing.

Mirabell Gardens, Salzburg

Visiting Austria in September - November

Summer crowds thin as the temperatures start to dip, making this a good time to enjoy both the cities and countryside. You’ll find better value at hotels and the atmosphere is a bit quieter with fewer visitors.

Vienna's Christmas market

Visiting Austria in December

Despite the cold weather and snow, December is often one of the busiest months in Austria thanks to the wealth of Christkindlmarkts. Stalls strung with festive lights pop up in cities and towns across the country, selling seasonal food and drink, as well as Christmas gifts. There’s often entertainment, as well.

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