Austria Holidays, Events, Climate and Sightseeing

Holidays and events in Austria

There are a number of public holidays that do not have a fixed date, but are based on the location of Easter. Easter takes place on the first Sunday that follows the first full moon after the beginning of spring. Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, which ends on Holy Saturday, is 46 days before Holy Saturday.

The date for Pentecost is then 50 days after Easter. Corpus Christi is celebrated on the second Thursday after Pentecost.

All Saints’ Day is celebrated for Orthodox Christians on the first Sunday after Pentecost, but for Catholic Christians the date is fixed on November 1st. On October 31, Protestants celebrate Reformation Day. The Halloween festival also takes place on this day.


Date Holiday
January 1 New Year
6th January Holy Three Kings
March April Easter
April May Ascension of Christ
May Pentecost
May Corpus Christi
1st of May Labor Day
15th of August Assumption Day
October 26 National holiday
November 1 All Saints Day
December 8 Mary Conception
December 25th and 26 Christmas holiday

Source: Countryaah – Austria Holidays

Lights of Peace Every year on the day before Christmas Eve, lights in the form of burning candles are brought to many houses, restaurants, hotels, etc. These lights were lit by a wide chain on a candle lit in Jerusalem. The bringing of the lights to the individual houses is then taken over by scouts, mountaineers, the mountain rescue service, the Red Cross, the fire department and many others.

Regular cultural events


New Year’s Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphony and the Vienna Hofburg Orchestra

Epiphany parades in many places on January 6

Alper smacking (expulsion of winter crack whips)

Mozart Week in Salzburg


Tyrolean Carnival with

masked parades. Spark Sunday, campfire with burning of a cloth witch


Salzburg Easter Festival with the Berlin Philharmonic


Putting up the maypole

Schubertiade, concerts in honor of Schubert in Schwarzenberg

Ausseerland Narcissus

Festival Festival of storytelling in Graz at Whitsun

Beginning of the Linz cultural summer, which lasts until September.


Danube Island Festival with free music concerts

Vienna Sound Arch, Classical concerts from June to September at different locations in Vienna

Midsummer bonfire or Midsummer bonfire on June 24th Danube Festival

Lower Austria with music, dance and theater

Glockner pilgrimage from Ferleiten to Heiligenblut

Beginning of the festival at the Finkenstein Castle Arena (operettas, Concerts, cabaret)


Jazz Festival Vienna

Innsbruck dance summer

Styriate, music festival in Graz

Beginning of Carinthian summer in Villach and Ossiach (classical and modern music)

Beginning of Ischl operetta

festival Salzburg festival with music, operas and theater

Bregenz festival with music and theater on the world’s largest lake stage

Mörbisch lake festival with music and Operettas


International Folk Festival in Hallein

Seebühne am Wörthersee (musicals)


International Hayden Days in Eisenstadt

Brahms Music Festival in Mürzzuschlag

Festive Almabetrieb, in which the cattle are decorated and driven back to the stables.


Viennale, film festival in Vienna

Styrian Autumn with operas, concerts, readings and theater in Graz

Salzburg Jazz Autumn until November


Christmas markets in many cities and towns

Regular sporting events

Austria offers a range of sports opportunities. Numerous water sports are offered. There are flight schools for gliding and powered flight, hang gliding and paragliding as well as balloon rides. Of course, Austria has the best conditions for winter sports.

The Four Hills Tournament takes place in the first week of January in Innsbruck and Bischofshofen.

The Hahnenkamm race, a downhill ski run, takes place annually in January in Kitzbühel.


The best time to travel to Austria

The ideas of what is meant by a particularly favorable travel climate depend on a number of factors. Pure cultural travelers certainly see the climate differently than people who want to spend a pure beach holiday, for example. The state of health or age can also play an important role. You can travel to Austria all year round. In autumn, for example, you can visit the Wachau to eat and drink. And in spring you visit wonderful Vienna.

For skiers

Skiers are best to come to the country in February, March and April. But there is usually enough snow from mid-December. But because of the shortness of the days and the often very low temperatures, this late season is only partially recommended for skiing, the same applies to January. Summer skiing on a number of glaciers is a particular attraction.

Climate table

The following table shows some of the country’s climate data. It must be taken into account that there are significant climatic differences in the country and that the values shown are values averaged over years. A prediction about the expected weather is therefore hardly possible:

Month Average number of rainy days Mean maximum temperatures in (°C) Mean minimum temperatures in (°C)
January 14 at 0 -04
February 12 03 -05 -04
March 12 07-08 at 0
April 12 13-15 03-05
May 12 18-20 09-11
June 14 20-22 13-14
July 12 23-25 13-15
August 12 23-25 13-15
September 10 18-20 09-10
October 12 13-15 03-05
November 14 04-06 0-02
December 14 0 -02 -02

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