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BEST TIME TO VISIT Austria

Austria, a small landlocked country in the heart of Europe, experiences a temperate climate. The best time to visit Austria will depend on what your preferences are, and what sort of holiday you are looking for. For snow sports enthusiasts, the winters are best, and for those looking to enjoy the lush greenery, the spring season is the best. Although small, the country experiences varying weather across its length. Some parts of Austria, especially the north and east regions experience colder winters and hotter summers in comparison to the southeastern regions that witness longer summers and milder winters.

Winter sports are one of the major attractions of Austria. Tip: Always hire equipment from licensed companies and agencies. These sports can prove risky if the gear is not right, and if you haven’t been given the right guidance.

Spring Season: The spring season lasts from March to May. This is not exactly the best time to visit Austria for those interested in snow sports, since all ski resorts shut down and are under threat of avalanches. Despite the lack of snow, the landscape remains bleak towards the beginning of the season. As spring progresses, the latter months, including April and May, bring with them the verdant hues associated with spring.

Tips: Carry along woolen clothing, since the weather is not warm enough to forego jackets and sweaters. This is the perfect time for shopping, since most stores offer mega sales for stock clearance.

Attend the Wiener Festwochen to enjoy dance, music and theatre performances by famous artists. If you are a sports fan, you can witness the Vienna City Marathon which takes place during May. The Whitsun Festival also hosts some stellar performances.

Summer Season: The summer season in Austria, from June to August, is one of the mildest summers in all of Europe. The temperature is mostly pleasant and does not rise above 25° C. However, there can be sudden rain showers, and this usually tends to be a big hindrance for sightseeing and other outings. The rains do lower the temperature quite a bit though.

Tips: If you happen to be visiting hilly areas, make sure you carry woolens, since the hilly regions of the country don’t encounter summers. The Danube Island Festival, the Salzburg Summer Festival, and a few other musical concerts will keep you entertained if you are in Austria during this season.

Autumn Season: The months of September to November witness the autumn season in Austria. This is essentially the best time to visit Austria, and also a high tourist season, so be ready to encounter crowds and steep prices. The temperature mostly hovers between 19° C and 21° C, with pleasant clear skies. However, the end of the Autumn season brings rainfall to the country.

Tips: For those visiting Austria during the autumn season, there are numerous festivals worth checking out, such as the Wiener Wiesn-Fest in Vienna, St. Rupert’s Fair in Salzburg, and the Vienna Wine Hiking Day festival, that offers hiking routes through vineyards. The Salzburger Kulturtage is also great for tourists who want to enjoy affordable musical concerts.

Winter Season: The winter season in Austria starts from early December and lasts till the end of February. Austria receives a lot of snow fall during the winter season, making it one of the most popular places to enjoy winter sports like sledding, skiing, tobogganing and ice skating. Winters in Austria also receive some rain, especially during the end of December. February is comparatively warmer, but the cold winds bring the temperature down.

Tips: Carry along down jackets, and for snow activities, make sure you’re equipped with proper gear including shoes, goggles, gloves and so on. If you find yourself in Austria during December, don’t miss being a part of the Christmas and New Year celebrations. Austria is famed for its Christmas festivities and local Christmas markets.

Austria, a small landlocked country in the heart of Europe, experiences a temperate climate. The best time to visit Austria will depend on what your preferences ...

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