November - March

The winter months in Austria can be a spectacular time to visit offering a world class winter sports destination. Without a doubt, this season is the best time to go skiing in the Austrian Alps. The winter air is usually crisp and clear, but on the flip side, can also be wet and miserable depending on where you are. If you travel to Austria in the winter months, you will want to be near a ski resort. The winter snow covers lasts late December through March in the valleys. If you are traveling during these months, expect a lot of snow, and closures in smaller towns and villages. It is worth noting that road conditions can be quite dangerous in many parts of the country. With off-season and lower crowds, you will have the benefit of experiencing lower prices as well.

This is definitely an off-season in Austria, but Christmas in Vienna does bring a surge of tourism during the slower winter months. The capital city really knows how to get into the holiday spirit and many of the Europeans head to Vienna for wintertime festivities.

Events and Festivals

- St. Nicholas` Day (December 6)

- Christmas Day (December 25)

- St. Stephen`s Day (December 26)

- New Year`s Day (January 1)

- Christkindlmarkt (November - December)