Life and activities of people in Vienna tend to change with each season. But when is the best season to visit Austria’s capital? Following are the main attractions and things to do season by season when you visit Vienna.
Winters in Vienna
Winters in Vienna are usually chilly with temperatures dropping below zero even in the day time. But, this freezing cold doesn’t stop people to come out in the streets and enjoy cafés and bars. People gather there reading newspapers and consuming time while socializing with one another, paying only for the coffee.
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Vienna is one of those cities where there is abundance of bars, cafés, hotels, restaurants, and wineries. During the winter season residents and visitors alike enjoy the cold weather drinking mulled wine at seasonal markets and having coffee at one of Vienna’s several hundred cafés. There are more than 300 balls in this city. Out of these balls, about 150 balls are mentioned in the official Viennese ball calendar. People wear elegant dresses during balls which start at about 9PM and last till 5AM. Ice skating is also another charming activity when you visit Vienna in the winter. If there is snow locals also enjoy skiing and tobogganing on a slope at Hohe Wand Wiese, a slope in the Western outskirts.
Springs in Vienna.
Spring season is the period of revival in Vienna like in many other parts of the world. The flowers blossom all around the city and gardens look charming and attractive. Boating and cruising start on the Danube with the arrival of the spring, for example short cruises to the Slovakian city of Bratislava. There are many beautiful parks stretched all across the city where blossoming flowers cast a magic spell on the visitors. Springs in Vienna are also special because of Easter and its related traditions. Classical music festivals such as ‘Frühling in Wien’ are also celebrated in this season. Spring also represents the opening season for bike tours because the whole city is filled with blossoming flowers.
Summers in Vienna.
The summer season is perhaps the most charming and busiest season to visit Vienna. Volksgarten, Stadtpark, Burggarten and the gardens of Schonbrunn Palace attain a special value during that season because people enjoy the warm weather at these places. Many outdoor festivals are arranged at various spots in the city. While the Spanish Riding School runs a reduced program, and the Vienna Boys Choir, and top orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vienna Symphonic Orchestra are on summer break a range of summer festivals take place. Examples are the ‘Vienna Film and Food Festival’ in front of Vienna City Hall, ‘SummerStage’ and the Danube Island festival in the summer. Thousands of visitors gather in these festivals and enjoy music and food. In addition, local residents enjoy hiking and biking through the vineyards of Vienna. Outside Vienna, the apricot festival in Wachau Valley, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Melk Abbey, and the wineries in Burgenland add to Vienna’s attraction as a summer destination.
Autumns in Vienna.
Autumn is also welcomed in the city with many festivals, such as Voice Mania Festival and the Wiener Wiesn Festival. Moreover, autumn in Vienna is also popular because of the city’s wine harvest. Notably, Vienna is the only European metropolis that has its own vineyards. Many concerts are also arranged during the season to attract visitors. On top, autumn rings in the new opera and concert season at Vienna’s four opera houses and several classical concert venues, such as Wiener Musikverein and Wiener Konzerthaus.
After reading about Vienna’s different seasons, it will depend on each traveller’s personal interests when to best visit Vienna. Certainly the summer and winter seasons are the most popular for history buffs, wine fans, dance enthusiasts and simply lovers of truly green cities. What’s your favorite season to travel to Austria’s capital.