Why Vienna is the Perfect Place to Travel This Christmas

Once capital to a large, landlocked Empire in Central Europe, Vienna still stands as the capital of the proud nation of Austria.

The city has a wonderful mix of influences of both East and West Europe as well as a tremendous influence from the Far and Middle East due to its centralized location and former status as an ‘International’ City given the density of trade routes that made Vienna rich and powerful.

THe city has undergone substantial change over centuries and each new phase can be seen as you walk the streets: at one point you are standing next to a Medieval cathedral the next you are passing by a steel-and-glass structure that screams of modern architecture.

One thing that you will notice Vienna is famous for are cafes. While this might seem silly one must remember the tremendous influence that coffee, tea, and spices played in global trade. As noted before, Vienna found itself a crossroads between vast, powerful civilizations that engaged in such trade.

As such, coffee has found itself at the heart of the social lifeblood of Vienna. Everywhere you look you will find people casually spending their day sipping coffee, schnapps, or a beer and engaging in friendly discussions and people-watching.

Don’t be afraid to take a breather and recharge your batteries at one of the many cafes on the street.

This is also a great way to engage locals as well as review the countless materials you can find advertising things to do around Vienna.

Another important thing to take note of is that, as the capital and cultural center of a former empire, Vienna is awash in museums and monuments. There is never a shortage of places to visit as long as you are open to new experiences.

Some are as simple as attending a service in a cathedral that predates the United States.

Other times it requires a careful examination of detailed museum maps to avoid spending eternity wondering the filled halls of their museums.

Plan your route accordingly and remember to devote plenty of time to each exhibit - the artifacts are not going anywhere and should be enjoyed thoroughly.

One thing to keep in mind about visiting a city like Vienna is that there are plenty of people who speak English.

In fact, even trying to speak German to a local will likely result in an English response - yes, they can tell you have an accent.

Don’t be embarrassed by this interaction as they are more than happy to speak in English - it is an opportunity for them to practice their skills while making you feel more at ease.

All told, Vienna is a beautiful, historic city that warrants quite a bit of exploration. Don’t be afraid to ask for suggestions and let the city speak to you at the cafe!

When to go to Vienna, Austria

Based on the climate and weather in Vienna, the best time to go is June. See below for details.

What to wear/what to pack for Vienna, Austria by month

January

In January, Vienna is pretty cool, somewhat snowy and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the high 30s F (single digits C) range.

At night, lows are in the low 30s F (single digits below 0 C). This is also a rainy time for Vienna, with several of the days of the month having rain. In January, humidity reaches as high as 80%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Standard footwear
  • Fleeces
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Rain coat
  • Jacket or coat
  • Socks
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Warm pants or jeans

February

Traveling to Vienna in February, you will notice that it is cold, somewhat snowy, somewhat rainy and somewhat hazy.

Expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time and snow 5-10 days this month. Daytime temperatures are in the low 40s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Standard footwear
  • Fleeces
  • Waterproof coat
  • Jacket or coat
  • Waterproof boots
  • Socks
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Warm pants or jeans

March

If you are traveling to Vienna in March, you will notice that it is pretty cool, somewhat rainy and somewhat hazy.

Expect it to rain about half of the time and snow about a third of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the low 50s F (low 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Standard footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Socks
  • Jacket or coat
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Fleeces

April

April here is chilly and very rainy. Temperatures average in the low 60s F (mid 10s C) during the day. It rains about two thirds of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof footwear
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Standard footwear
  • Socks
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella
  • Long skirts
  • Pants or jeans
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses

May

May in Vienna is balmy and very rainy.

The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 60s F (high 10s C) to low 70s F (low 20s C), although night temperatures can dip into the 50s F (low 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sandals
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Rain coat
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Skirts
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Light footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Dresses

June

In June, Vienna is warm and very rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the 70s F (mid 20s C) and about half of the time jump into the low 80s F (high 20s C) range.

At night, lows are in the high 50s F (mid 10s C). This is also a rainy time for Vienna, with more than half of the days of the month having rain. In June, humidity reaches as high as 60%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sandals
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Light footwear
  • Dresses
  • Umbrella
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof footwear

July

In July, Vienna is hot and very rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 80s F (high 20s C) and 5-10 days this month jump into the 80s F (low 30s C) range.

At night, lows are in the low 60s F (high 10s C). This is also a rainy time for Vienna, with more than half of the days of the month having rain. In July, humidity reaches as high as 60%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof luggage
  • Umbrella
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Dresses
  • Rain coat
  • Light footwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sandals
  • Waterproof footwear

August

Traveling to Vienna in August, you will notice that it is a perfect temperature and somewhat rainy. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the low 70s F (high 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Skirts
  • Sandals
  • Light footwear
  • Long and short sleeve shirts

September

In September, Vienna is mild and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 60s F (low 20s C) and occasionally jump into the low 80s F (high 20s C) range.

At night, lows are in the 50s F (mid 10s C). This is also a rainy time for Vienna, with several of the days of the month having rain. In September, humidity reaches as high as 70%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Standard footwear
  • Long skirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Socks
  • Dresses
  • Pants or jeans
  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella

October

In October, Vienna is crisp, somewhat rainy and dry with little rain. Temperatures routinely are in the low 50s F (mid 10s C) and occasionally jump into the 60s F (high 10s C) range.

At night, lows are in the high 40s F (single digits C). This is also a rainy time for Vienna, with several of the days of the month having rain. In October, humidity reaches as high as 70%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Long skirts
  • Dresses
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Rain coat
  • Standard footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Socks
  • Pants or jeans

November

Traveling to Vienna in November, you will notice that it is pretty cool and very rainy. Expect it to rain about half of the time and snow occasionally. Daytime temperatures are in the high 40s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof footwear
  • Jacket or coat
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Socks
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Fleeces
  • Standard footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Rain coat

December

December here can be brisk, somewhat snowy and somewhat rainy. Temperatures average in the low 40s F (single digits C) during the day. It rains about half of the time and snows about a third of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof luggage
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Umbrella
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Standard footwear
  • Fleeces
  • Socks
  • Jacket or coat

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Vienna, Austria

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Vienna, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types C and F
  • A SIM card that works in Vienna
  • If you plan to visit a church, make sure to bring appropriate clothing
  • Pickpocketing is an issue, so wear a money belt or neck pouch
  • Appropriate museum wear
  • Bicycle friendly attire, if you plan on biking anywhere

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