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Know Before You Go: Visiting Vienna in Winter

By Viator, February 2018

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Winter is a magical time to visit Vienna, with its baroque palaces and parks dusted with snow and UNESCO World Heritage–listed monuments glittering with Christmas lights. Here are a few tips for braving the cold and visiting the charming Austrian capital in winter.  

Wrap Up
Temperatures can fall as low as 30°F (-1°C) in the coldest month of January and snow is a possibility, so make sure you pack accordingly—and don’t forget a warm hat, thick socks, and gloves. Easy-to-remove layers are the most convenient choice, as most indoor attractions and cafés are fully heated.

Make the Most of Low Season
Although it can get busy in the run-up to Christmas, visiting Vienna in late January or February means far fewer crowds. The time you’ll save standing in lines can be spent fitting more into your trip. This time of year also brings lower prices on flights, accommodations, and tours. For the best value, consider investing in a Vienna Card or take a hop-on hop-off bus tour.

Get in the Festive Spirit
Celebrate the holidays by exploring Vienna’s lively Christmas markets, where you can warm your hands on a steaming cup of glühwein (mulled wine) while browsing for gifts against the fairytale backdrops of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Schönbrunn Palace, Belvedere Palace, and Rathausplatz. Once you’ve done your holiday shopping, admire the illuminations on a horse-drawn carriage ride around the city, or try out your skating skills on the gigantic open-air ice rink in front of Vienna City Hall. 

Cozy Up Indoors
As the days get colder, Vienna’s legendary coffeehouses make great escapes from the cold, and there are endless choices dotted around the streets and squares of the Ringstrasse. Try the renowned Café Central, favored haunt of Leon Trotsky, or Café Mozart, where Graham Greene preferred to get his caffeine fix. Or why not dine in style with a dinner date at Schönbrunn Palace, a classical concert at Kursalon Vienna, or a Christmas Eve banquet at the magnificent Weikersdorf Castle?

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Schönbrunn Palace Evening: Palace Tour, Dinner and Concert, Vienna, null
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Schönbrunn Palace Evening: Palace Tour, Dinner and Concert

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Treat yourself to a Schönbrunn Palace experience with a combination ticket that includes an audio tour, dinner and classical concert. The UNESCO-listed ...  Read more

Location: Vienna, Austria
Duration: Flexible

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Kursalon Vienna: Johann Strauss and Mozart Concert Including 4-Course Dinner, Vienna, Dining ... 
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Kursalon Vienna: Johann Strauss and Mozart Concert Including 4-Course Dinner

4.5 star rating: Recommended 136 Reviews

Enjoy a gourmet dinner and classical Viennese concert at the Kursalon Vienna with this dinner and performance combo. Savor a 4-course meal of fine Austrian ...  Read more

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Vienna Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket, Vienna, Dining Experiences
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Vienna Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket

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Enjoy free access to over 60 attractions on your next trip to Vienna with this 1-, 2-, 3- or 6-day sightseeing pass. Take a ride on the Giant Ferris Wheel, ...  Read more

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Duration: 1 to 6 days

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Schonbrunn Palace Evening: Dinner and Concert, Vienna, Sightseeing Passes
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Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Vienna Small-Group Christmas Market Walking Tour, Vienna, Concerts & Special Events
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Romantic Vienna Combo: Vienna Card, Horse and Carriage Tour, Belvedere Palace and Candlelight ... 
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Romantic Vienna Combo: Vienna Card, Horse and Carriage Tour, Belvedere Palace and Candlelight Dinner

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Make your stay in Vienna unforgettable with this combination sightseeing package that let you experience the romantic side of the Austrian capital. Relax in a ...  Read more

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Experience Vienna: Viennese Waltz Dance Lesson for Couples, Vienna, City Packages
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When you’re in Vienna, don’t miss out on the chance to learn the Viennese waltz, created in – where else? – Vienna! The Viennese waltz ...  Read more

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Musical Vienna Combo: Vienna Card, Mozart Concert, House of Music and Waltz Dance Lesson, Vienna, ... 
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Vienna Coffee-Tasting Experience at Café Museum and the Augarten Porcelain Factory, Vienna, ... 
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Experience the delight of Viennese coffee on this two-part coffee-tasting tour. Over two days (they don’t have to be consecutive), taste different coffees (and ...  Read more

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