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Introducing Austria

Discover Austria.
Everything we love about Europe, Austria delivers in spades: beautiful and historic cities, opulent imperial palaces, medieval castles, bucolic mountain villages, and of course, the Austrian Alps. As for culture, this is the country that produced Mozart (two museums in Salzburg, his birthplace, are dedicated to the famous composer), and in this music-centric country, you’re never far off from a fine concert hall or opera house.

When is the best time to visit?
Winter sports enthusiasts will want to head to the Alps between December and early May, whereas summer travelers can expect warm but not oppressive heat. This allows for some fine mountain hikes, camping, and boating and swimming excursions to Plansee, Faaker See, and Hallstatter See lakes. If you want to beat the summer tourist crowds and want to enjoy outdoor activities in decent weather, the spring shoulder season of April and May is a good bet.

Where should you go?
For sheer beauty and culture, Vienna rivals any other city in Europe. It’s the former seat of the original Habsburg Dynasty, and Vienna still abounds with regal architecture, including the 1,441-room Schönbrunn Palace. In another baroque palace, the Belvedere, you’ll also find an art museum housing one of Europe’s most valuable collections.

Classical music connoisseurs should head to Wiener Musikverein (home of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra) and Wiener Staatsoper, which produces dozens of operas and ballets throughout the year. If you’re a fan of music history, make a trip to Salzburg and Mozart Geburtshaus in the colorful Aldstadt district. For a ski holiday, visit one of Austria’s many alpine resorts, such as Semmering, many of which offer skiing and snowboarding for all ability levels.

How many days do you need?
You should plan on four or five days to properly enjoy the palaces, concert halls, museums, coffee houses, and tea rooms of Vienna. Even if you do plan a winter or summer holiday outside the capital, you’ll find that it shouldn’t take you very long to get from one location to another. For example, Semmering is just an hour-long drive away from Vienna’s international airport. If you plan to see a lot of the country, you can easily do so in about 10 days.

Austria Travel Insights

See the autumnal leaves in the Austrian Alps in Tyrol in October
Austria in October: Travel Tips, Weather & More

October is fall in Austria and a quiet season in which to visit. That's great news if you're looking for discounted accommodation. There are fun events such as Oktoberfest-like celebrations and film and museum/gallery festivals in the cities. October is also a fun time to head to Alpine villages for a dose of traditional culture, which includes dressed-up cows. Find out more about traveling to Austria in October.

Tour Vienna's cultural attractions, like St. Michael's Square, in November
Austria in November: Travel Tips, Weather & More

November is the end of fall in Austria, and the weather is likely to be cold, damp, and a bit dark. The country doesn't see many visitors this month, but that makes it a great time to get in some early Christmas shopping at a market, relax in a thermal spa in the mountains without the crowds, or go sightseeing in an uncharacteristically quiet month in Salzburg. Read on to find out where to go and what to do in Austria in November.

Check out Hundertwasser's architecture in Vienna
Austria in September: Travel Tips, Weather & More

September in Austria is the start of fall, meaning the summer vacationers are mostly gone, but the weather is still pleasing and perfect for outdoor activities. Wineries put on special events in September, the conditions are great for biking and paragliding, and the cities are comfortable for a culturally oriented walking tour. There's lots to see and do in Austria in September.

Salzburg's Old Town lights up with their annual Christmas market
Austria in December: Travel Tips, Weather & More

December is winter in Austria, which means snow, skiing (and other snow sports), and Christmas markets. Short days might impact on sightseeing but there are plenty of museums, galleries, cafes, and other indoor attractions to enjoy. Expect crowds in the ski resorts and bustle in the cities around the festive season. Find out more about traveling to Austria in December below.

Postcard-perfect Austrian village of Hallstatt in summer
Best Time of Year to Visit Austria

Austria's temperate climate, manageable crowds, and seasonal attractions mean the country is worth visiting at any time of the year. The winter months present snow-related sports, pretty snow-capped Alps, and cities replete with Christmas markets, while summer offers the best opportunities for water sports and visiting Austria's idyllic Lake District. And then spring and fall shoulder seasons bring more affordable hotel options, fewer crowds, picturesque city scenes, and stunning natural landscapes, from blossoming flowers to fall foliage.

Cable cars carrying skiers into the mountains of Grossarl, Austria
Austria in January: Travel Tips, Weather & More

January is mid-winter in Austria, and that's great news if you're a skier, as there are now excellent conditions at ski resorts in the Alps. At lower altitudes with milder climes, Vienna's galleries and museums make appealing indoor destinations. And whether you're a keen dancer or would just like to dress up and people-watch, Vienna's ball season is an event to behold. Read on for more information on traveling to Austria in January.

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Trip Reviews for Austria

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Fantastic Austrian vacation
Austria | Jul 14 - Jul 23, 2022

Jamie O.
Canada | Jul 24, 2022

We had a fantastic trip. Everything was planned out perfectly and there were no problems at all with all the planned activities. Wolfy, our guide on the walking food tour of Vienna was outstanding and I would highly recommend both this tour and him as a guide.

Thank you to Tomaz and the team for all the planning. We thoroughly enjoyed the vacation.

Local specialist: Tomaz Martinek

This was our second time using Kimkim to help...
Austria | Aug 18 - Aug 22, 2021

Inge H.
Washington, DC | Aug 25, 2021

This was our second time using Kimkim to help with our trip and as before everything was great. Maria, who provided the walking tour, was charming , informative and fun to spend the time with. The Wachau wine tour with Iolo was perfect. Wonderful wines, a special spot for lunch , all in all an enjoyable day. Both restaurant recommended were excellent. Zala responded immediately when we reached out with questions. We wished we were able to stay longer, but we will be back!

Thank you, Tomaz

Local specialist: Tomaz Martinek
Tomaz Martinek
Local specialist in Ljubljana | Aug 25, 2021

Hi Inge, thank you for your review. I hope to see you travelling again with us!