Austria has four distinct seasons, averaging 20 C in the summer and 0 C in the winter. Hiking and walking can be enjoyed from April to October, or you can hit the slopes from December to March.
When to fly to Austria
Vienna is a year-round city, though tourism is most popular in the main holidays: Easter, Christmas and summertime. In the Alps, winter is obviously peak season for skiing, though the summer is popular with walkers, hikers and bikers.
The winter months, with the exception of Christmas time, is the least popular time to visit the cities, because of the weather.
Getting around Austria
Domestic Austria flights are available from Austrian Airlines and Tyrolean Airways.
The train service is extremely efficient and the network is extensive. All trains are comfortable and fast and it is unlikely that you will not be able to find a service to your destination. In some parts of the Alps old steam trains are available for transport between resorts. This is a slower way of travelling, but the views are spectacular.
For short trips take the bus, called the Bundesbus.
In the Alps, travel up the mountains is by cable cars, gondolas and ski lifts. Many stay open in the summer for hikers.
Austria insider information
- Salzburg is a beautiful old, elegant city. Many music enthusiasts arrive to visit the buildings associated with Mozart who was born and lived here. The yellow house at number nine, Geitregasse street is his birthplace and is now preserved as a museum.
- The country’s capital is also its cultural center and the most popular city for tourists who arrive from flights to Austria. Vienna has many museums, art galleries, churches, theatres, cafés, restaurants and hotels. The tourist board offers an organized sightseeing tour which will give an overview of the many attractions.. There are a number of tours on offer: guided walking tours, sightseeing tours by bus, boat, or bicycle and, more unusually, tours by “Segway”, a motorized scooter on which you can stand.
- The Austria tourist website is a good place to start if you want to head off-the-beaten-track. For example, an interactive map shows you the locations of all the lakes in the country in which people can swim.
- .Zell-am-See, located on a lake, has been inhabited since Roman times. During the winter it is a popular ski resort, but in the summer visitors can really see the beauty of the town's location high in the mountains.