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The ideal time to visit Vienna is probably during either spring or autumn. The number of tourists tends to directly correlate with the season - in spring when temperatures are mild, the crowds are manageable. However, the summer with its far warmer temperatures bring with it crowds eager to take advantage of the sun, and the city can become full to bursting point. For a chilled out, leisurely long weekend exploring all this beautiful city has to offer, May/June is a great time to visit. December sees a notable increase in visitors, as many people flock from the continent for the traditional Viennese style Christmas celebrations, Be mindful though, at this time of year it can get very cold indeed, so pack wisely!

The spring weather in Vienna is changeable, and temperatures can dip sharply at night. In the daytime though, you can expect relatively mild conditions, perfect for sightseeing. The city is wonderfully quiet in the springtime, although don’t assume that you will be able to make last minute accommodation reservations as many of the more popular hotels do get booked up early. There are plenty of great events put on by the city at this time of year, including the colourful Easter Festival, the Vienna City Marathon and the famous Vienna Fair.

During June and August accommodation prices rise sharply, so do bear this in mind when budgeting for a trip at this time of year. You will need to book well in advance to have any chance of securing city centre rooms. There are some great events to tempt visitors to the city in the summer, such as the Rainbow Parade and the Vienna Festival.

For less crowded streets, and fewer crowds, consider visiting between September and November. As the temperatures begin to dip, so do the prices of decent hotel rooms, so there’s great scope to grab a bargain. Culture vultures will be delighted by a visit to the Vienna International Film Festival, or the more fashion conscious amongst you will really enjoy the glamour of Vienna Fashion Week.

Mid-winter is an extremely popular time to visit Vienna, despite the often freezing conditions. There is nothing nicer than a trip to the city around Christmas time - this is a destination that really knows how to do Christmas with aplomb. There are lots of charming winter festivities on offer, so try and get hold of a schedule before travelling and, again, make sure you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

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