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Austria Weather And Best Time To Visit Austria
Home to Mozart and Strauss and Freud, Austria is famous as one of the top-most Christmas destinations for its twinkling night markets and fairytale-like feeling during the festive season. So there is no doubt that Christmas is one of the best times to visit this central European country of Austria. However, it is a cold time and hence if you wish to explore around and see the country for its other assets then we have a seasonal calendar prepared here for you. So read on to find out how weather changes in Austria, and how it will benefit you if you choose the right time.
Spring (March to May)
The start of March is indication of spring season and temperatures start rising from their 0°C mark. The coveted skiing season comes to an end as snow melts and blossoms take hold of branches. Avalanches are common on the mountain slopes and ski resorts are at risk too. In the foothills though, extension of daylight means warmer, longer days and more time to explore the outdoors. You will find that April is a celebration month as it is Easter (Austria is a markedly Catholic-dominated country). Labour Day is also observed on 1st May, which means most workers are on holiday. The temperature range during spring here remains 6-14°C.
Summer (June to August)
Austria is a landlocked European country and sees temperate climate, which means bitter cold winters and mild summers, where the temperature hardly rises above 25°C. Summer is also the peak of rains and makes for the wettest season, with sudden bursts of showers and gusts of winds. This is still a high season and tourism is rife in almost all major destinations. The long warm days let you go sightseeing and explore to your heart’s content. Summer also brings parades and festivities to town, ones where the locals celebrate by putting up puppet shows of medieval fighters.
Autumn (September to November)
Autumn in this country is a mix of warmth and cold, with the temperatures remaining between 19-27°C. Rainfall is receding and cultural exploration is at its best until the end of September. Therefore September can be called a transition or buffer month, where tourists are still high in most places. By October though, the shimmering reds and golds fall to the ground, freezing on the land below and giving Austria a marked Autumnisque touch. Ski resorts re-open by November end.
Winter (December to February)
Snow cover engulfs all the land and hills and lakes, bringing Austria out of the summery shine and into a winter wonderland. There are periodic rain-showers in the valley, although the temperature doesn’t always drop below 0°C. December end and Christmas make a busy time in Austria, not only locally but also tourism wise, as hoards and hoards of people come down from all around the world to experience the Christmas night markets of Old Town Innsbruck, Salzburg and Vienna. It truly is a magical time, with fairy lights to illuminate the dark of the sky and the white of the snow. The ski resorts are also a great haunt as people flock up the mountains to enjoy various sports. A word of caution - do not ski on your own or go on untrodden paths. The ski resort paths are monitored and safe, unlike the rest.