Vienna, Austria
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The most popular season is during the summer and many consider this the best time to visit Vienna, Austria. The weather between July and August is the city’s warmest and sunniest, but along with this comes high room rates and crowds. Schools have breaks at this time of the year and many families visit Vienna in the summer. Winter is also a popular time to visit Vienna: the weather is cold but many people enjoy the beautiful lights and all of the other things that come with a Viennese Christmas. Spring and fall are good times to visit Vienna. The weather is pleasant and mild; there are fewer crowds; and room rates are more affordable.

»Vienna Weather & Temperature by Month

Vienna Weather & Temperature by Month


January is the coldest month in Vienna with frigid temperatures for both average high and average low temperatures. The average high temperature measures in at 36°F (2°C) while the average low is a frigid 25°F (-4°C). January also has the lowest precipitation rate of the year with an average of 38mm over the span of 15 days.

In February, the average high temperature creeps up to 39°F (4°C). The average low temperature also increases slightly, peaking at 28°F (-2°C).

Vienna Weather in March: The days still remain quite cold in March despite the steady increase in temperatures. The average high and average low temperatures range between 48°F (9°C) and 32°F (0°C).

April enjoys long sunny days with an average of 10 hours of sunlight per day. The average high temperature climbs by nearly 10 degrees measuring in at 57°F (14°C). Meanwhile, the average low temperature rises to 39°F (4°C).

In May, the temperatures continue to grow warmer as the summer season approaches. The average high and average low temperatures measure in at 68°F (20°C) and 48°F (9°C) respectively.

Vienna Weather in June: Days are rainy in June as Vienna the highest precipitation rate in the year at 74mm. The average high temperature rises further to 73°F (23°C) while the average low temperature increases to 55°F (13°C).

July experiences the most sunshine in the entire year with an average 11 hours of sun light per day. It’s also the warmest month of the year with an average high temperature of 75°F (24°C) and an average low of temperature of 57°F (14°C).

In August, the average high and average low temperatures remain the same, tying with July for the hottest months of the year.

Vienna Weather in September: Vienna’s climate begins to cool in September as the autumn season arrives. High temperatures peak at an average of 66°F (19°C). Meanwhile, the low temperatures average at 50°F (10°C). September also sees a relatively decent level of precipitation at 45mm.

October continues the climate’s downward trends with the high temperatures and low temperatures ranging between 57°F (14°C) and 43°F (6°C) respectively.

In November, expected rainfall averages at 50mm over the course of 14 days along with a decrease in the average high temperature to 45°F (7°C). Low temperatures average at 36°F (2°C).

Vienna Weather in December: With the deepening of winter in December, Vienna receives the least amount of sunlight in the year at 4 hours per day. The average high temperature sinks quickly to 57°F (14°C) while the average low temperature drops to 43°F (6°C).

Perhaps the best time to visit Vienna is during the months of April and May. During this time, the tourist season is just about to pick up so you can visit the most popular attractions in the city without really having to worry about waiting in long lines. For the best of Vienna’s events, the best time to visit is in June when most of the festivals take place. If, however, you would like to visit Vienna with the least amount of other tourists as possible, September through October is the ideal time to visit. Just be prepared for the cold weather! Photo: Noppasinw/Fotolia

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»Getting to Vienna

Getting to Vienna


Vienna is centrally located in Europe: many people arrive by airplane at the Vienna International Airport. More than 70 airlines bring visitors from over 170 destinations from around the world. Many of the international airlines offer non-stop flights to Vienna. Trains in Europe are fast and convenient: stations are usually located in city centers. The Austrian Federal Railway offers modern and comfortable service into Vienna from many cities. Austria has a great system of motorways and expressways, so if you are driving, it will be easy to travel to Vienna. Several companies operate buses that connect Vienna with other European cities. Visitors can also arrive by boat on the Danube or by bike along the Danube bike path. Photo: JFL Photography/Fotolia

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»Getting from the Vienna Airport

Getting from the Vienna Airport

It is easy to get from the Vienna International Airport into the center of the city. The City Airport Train (CAT) whisks visitors from the airport to Wien Mitte in the middle of the city in 16 minutes. Intercity trains stop at the Vienna International Airport and take passengers into the city. The Express Train S7 transports visitors from the airport to Floridsdorf: this trip takes about 40 minutes because the train makes several stops along the way. There are several bus lines that leave from the airport and go to several places in Vienna including the city center, the Donauzentrum via Vienna International Centre, or to Vienna’s Westbahnhof. Photo: M.V. Photography/Fotolia

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»Getting Around Vienna by U-Bahn, S-Bahn, tram, bus

Getting Around Vienna by U-Bahn, S-Bahn, tram, bus


Vienna offers several forms of public transportation: these are convenient because they often stop close to major attractions. The subway system that serves the city is called the U-Bahn; there is also a system called the S-Bahn that serves the suburbs. Fares are the same on these two systems: they can be used on either system and on the other forms of public transportation. Trams are not only a convenient way to get from one place to another, but they are also a fun way to see the city as the tram makes its way through Vienna. The city also has an extensive network of bus routes. Photo: Mapics/Fotolia

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»Getting Around Vienna by taxi, bike, car, on foot

Getting Around Vienna by taxi, bike, car, on foot

There are other ways to get around Vienna in addition to its great public transportation system. Taxis are easy to find, but these can be expensive: only use them if you are in a rush and absolutely need to use them. Vienna is a very bike-friendly city: both locals and visitors use bikes to get around and there are many bike rental shops in Vienna. Locals rarely drive cars and if you choose this form of transportation you’ll soon discover that streets are narrow and hard to navigate; parking is scarce; and traffic congestion is bad. Vienna is a very walkable city: most of the major attractions are located within walking distance of each other. Photo: stockpics/Fotolia

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»Vienna Restaurants

Vienna Restaurants


Dining out is a favorite local past time in Vienna, and the Viennese take their food seriously. In Vienna you’ll find Viennese food as well as Asian, Czech, French, Hungarian, Italian, Serbian, Slovakian, Slovenian, and Russian. There is a restaurant district just north of Stephansplatz: here there is a large concentration of restaurants. Many Viennese dishes are heavy and filling, but young chefs are creating lighter dishes using traditional cuisine as their base. Viennese love to eat and often eat as many as six times a day, typically small snacks and coffee in between large meals. Cafes that serve coffee and pastries are popular places to meet and eat. Photo: anyaberkut/Fotolia

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»Shopping in Vienna

Shopping in Vienna


Vienna is a great place to shop because it offers so many interesting items for sale. There are many handicrafts that are a part of a long tradition of talented workmanship. Some of the popular handmade items that you can buy in Vienna include ceramics, enamel jewelry, gold and silver work, petit-point items, hand-painted porcelain, and much more. The main shopping areas are in the center of the city: these include Karntnerstrasse, the Graben, Kohlmarkt, and Rotenturmstrasse. The modern Haas House stands in the heart of the city: inside there are many exclusive boutiques and elegant shops. The Naschmarkt is a fruit and vegetable market south of the opera district and is open every day. Photo: BillionPhotos.com /Fotolia

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»Vienna Neighborhoods

Vienna Neighborhoods


Vienna is one of Europe’s largest cities and has many neighborhoods called districts. The 1st District is the Innere Stadt, or Inner City. This is a very popular place for visitors to explore. Here they’ll see the 12th century St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Hofburg Imperial Palace that includes the Spanish Riding School and the Vienna Boys Choir, the State Opera House, and more. Leopoldstadt is the 2nd District: it is the home of the famous Prater, an enormous city park and amusement park. The famous Schonbrunn Palace is located in the Hietzing or 13th District. This palace built by the Habsburgs in the 17th century contains 1,441 rooms surrounded by large gardens and the oldest zoo in the world. Photo: pure-life-pictures/Fotolia

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»Getting Married in Vienna

Getting Married in Vienna


Vienna is a beautiful and historic city so it is a popular place for a wedding. Some of the hotels that cater to weddings include the famous Hotel Sacher, the Ritz-Carlton, the Imperial Riding School Renaissance Vienna Hotel, the Vienna Marriott Hotel, and many others. Palaces are popular venues for weddings: you can even get married in the Schonbrunn Palace where Empress Maria Theresa once lived. Other popular palaces include the Palais Liechtenstein: you can arrive here in an 18th century Golden Coach and have your wedding inside or out in the beautiful gardens. The Belvedere Palace and the Palais Daun-Kinsky are two other choices. There are also botanical gardens, butterfly houses, and many other wedding venues. Photo: ruslan_iefremov /Fotolia

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»Where to Stay in Vienna

Where to Stay in Vienna


Some of the greatest hotels in the world are located in Vienna. Hotels range from luxury hotels to bed and breakfasts and inns, and rental apartments and homes. Reservations are recommended: they are required during the peak tourist season in the summer. Luxury hotel properties include the Hotel Sacher Wien, the Austria Trend Hotel Savoyen Vienna, the Grand Hotel Wien, the Hotel Bristol Vienna, and more. Less expensive accommodations can be found in some of the districts outside of the center of the city. It means a ride into the city on a tram, bus, or the U-Bahn, but the savings on these less expensive accommodations can easily offset transportation costs. Photo: Chefsamba /Fotolia

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