When is the best time to visit Vienna? Vienna is a city that can offer you something all year round, just look at the list of events in our other article here (and we only listed top events, there are plenty more). However, if you consider the weather, how crowded are the main attractions, the prices of airline tickets and accommodation and other elements, decision on when to visit might be influenced by those factors.
Let’s see all the factors that might influence when is the best time to visit Vienna:
Weather in Vienna can be harsh during winter or in late autumn, with low temperatures, icy rain, and snow, so if you prefer nicer weather, we recommend springtime, especially April-June or early autumn (September-mid October). The weather during these periods is very nice, not too hot, with fresh evenings and occasional rain that will not disturb your visit too much.
Summers can be hot and crowded with tourists for attractions, but if you would like to spend warm days for recreation, then Vienna is great. Also, if you like romantic rides in a horse-drawn carriage, maybe warmer weather is better for you 🙂
Please note – carriages ride year-round and even during the harshest winter you will enjoy it as you will be provided with cozy blankets.
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To get the cheapest plane tickets for Vienna you need to know when is the peak season for flying. The peak season for flights to Vienna is July, August, and December, which will make tickets more expensive both to and from Vienna. The low season for purchasing tickets is January, February, and March. Any month in between these two seasons has an average price. This also depends obviously on your original location. Within Europe, flights to Vienna are very affordable.
You can check here when is the cheapest month to fly to Vienna from your current location. If you are flying from elsewhere, please change your starting point from the menu:
Prices in classic hotels don’t vary too much and you might not get big discounts in offseasons, but with the private option, such as AirBnB or agencies, you might get good deals in the non-peak times. Please note that off-season offers for AirBnB or agencies might be limited as many people rent their apartments or houses only during peak season and a preferable location might not be available.
If you are comfortable with telecommuting, you can use Vienna’s perfect public transport system, which is also very cheap, and get accommodation outside of the city center.
Read more: Vienna accommodation tips
Most and least crowded time in Vienna
Vienna is packed with tourists during the summer (June-August) and during Christmas (and balls) season in December (and early January). If you prefer to visit museums and other attractions without long waiting times, this is not the time of the year we recommend. Summer would be great for Vienna’s parks and outdoors.
Christmas time is great for Christmas markets, mulled wine, and festive souvenirs. The city is decorated from late November and it is in celebration mood until early January.
Vienna is least crowded in the offseason, February-March or October-November. There are very few tourists then, but the weather is not the best. January and February are quite cold, but you can also enjoy skating at the ice rinks. If your preference is museums and galleries and a warm cup of mélange in between, then this period is perfect for you.
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These are various factors that might determine when will be the best time to visit Vienna and will be based on your preferences. But, even if you ignore the recommendations, we are sure you will be having a great time whenever you come to visit! Safe travels and see you soon!