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Autumn in Austria: Top Fall Destinations

Autumn is an excellent time to visit Austria. You can partake in jubilant harvest festivals, see an Almabtrieb cattle procession, drink Sturm (early wine) in cosy Heurigen (wine taverns), savor traditional Martinigansl (St. Martin of Tours goose), and enjoy popular destinations without the crowds (Vienna, Zillertal, Ötztal).

In early Fall (mid/late September – Mid October) prioritize your time in the Austrian Alps. In late Fall (late October – late November), skip the mountains in favor of Austria’s cities, river valleys, and wine regions. 

If winter comes early, head east and book yourself a night or two in a thermal spa hotel like St. Martin’s Therme & Lodge, Linsberg Asia Hotel, Spa & Therme – Adults Only, or Rogner Bad Blumau, the thermal spa complex designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Learn more: Rogner Bad Blumau Hotel Review.

If your priority is seeing fall colors in Austria, plan a trip to Grosser Ahornboden in early-mid October to see the golden maple trees, head to Filzmoos and/or Ramsau am Dachstein in mid-late October to see amber larches, and visit the Wachau Valley in mid-late October to see the yellow vineyards.

Wachau Valley, Autumn in Austria
  • Fall colors peak from mid/late-October to early November. 
  • Traditional Almabtriebe (cattle drives) take place in early Fall (mid-late September) across the Austrian Alps. 
  • Hotel rates drop significantly in Fall.
  • In November, the Austrian Mountains are usually covered in snow. If you visit Austria in November, head to the cities (Vienna, Graz, Salzburg), the Wachau River Valley, or South Styria.
  • When there’s snow in the mountains, we recommend these Autumn walks: Bachlalm to Neustadtalm in Salzburg and Styria; Ötschergräben gorge walk near Maria Zell; Dürnstein to Krems in the Wachau; Stadtwanderweg 1 in Vienna.
  • The Grossglockner High Alpine Road usually stays open until late October/early November, depending on snow conditions.
  • The Schlegeis Alpine Road to Schlegeisspeicher reservoir, the starting point for the Olpererhütte hike, is open until late October, depending on snow conditions.
  • Austrian Mountain huts (Hütten) typically close down for the season in late September. Some huts stay open until early October, depending on weather conditions.

Austria Autumn Destinations Map

1. Wachau Valley, Lower Austria

Spitz an der Donau, Wachau in Autumn, Austria
Spitz an der Donau

The Wachau is a picturesque stretch of the Danube River Valley between Krems and Melk in Lower Austria. 

This wine-growing region is defined by terraced vineyards, riverside villages and rock castles and monasteries (e.g. Melk Abbey) enthroned on top of rolling hills. 

The Wachau Valley attracts cyclists, walkers, baroque and medieval architecture enthusiasts, and of course wine lovers. 

The most magical month to visit the Wachau is in October when the vine leaves turn yellow. As a result, the entire Wachau countryside looks like a vast sea of yellow. 

What to Do in the Wachau Valley in Autumn 

Weissenkirchen in der Donau, Wachau, Austria
Weissenkirchen in der Donau

We love hiking in the Wachau Valley in fall, because the temperatures are mild and the fall colors are astonishing. We recommend the Vogelbergsteig in Dürnstein, the vineyard walk from Dürnstein to Krems, and the Seekopf and Hirschwand circuit trail.

And, the only way to properly end a hike in the Wachau is with a meal in a Heuriger (also spelled Heurigen) or Buschenschank. A Heuriger is a wine travern owned by local winemakers. Here, you can eat and drink local food and wine in an authentic setting. Traditional Heuriger only serve cold food (cheese and meat platters, etc…), but modern taverns serve warm food as well.

It’s also a dream to photograph the Wachau Valley in late mid-October. Our favorite photography spots are the Rotes Tor historic monument in Spitz, the Weissenkirchen bench along the Wachau World Heritage Trail, and the Aggstein Castle Ruins viewpoint.

Learn More: Wachau Valley: Hikes, Viewpoints and Hotels

How to Get to the Wachau Valley

The Wachau is only a 1-hour drive, or a short train ride away from Vienna

There are direct trains which connect Vienna (Wien Franz Josefs Bahnhof, Wien Spittelau or Wien Heiligenstadt) with Krems, the largest town in the Wachau.

You can also join a guided tour from Vienna:

Grape Grazing: Wachau Valley Winery Biking Tour

From Vienna: Dürnstein and Wachau Cruise

From Vienna: Wachau Valley Day Tour with Wine Tasting

Vienna: Wachau, Melk Abbey, and Danube Valleys Tour 

Where to Stay in the Wachau in Fall

Weissenkirchen in der Wachau

Midrange | Hotel Garni Weinquadrat is a very friendly B&B with 12 rooms set in the heart of Weißenkirchen, close to the Danube. This superb guesthouse offers a rich breakfast buffet featuring local and homemade products. Guests can rent bikes and e-bikes directly at the B&B and select wines from the 24-hour, self-service wine cellar (Kellerstüberl). 

Midrange-Luxury | Hotel-Restaurant Kirchenwirt is a traditional hotel with an on-site restaurant in the center of Weißenkirchen. Widely praised for its comfortable rooms, excellent breakfast buffet, and courteous staff, Kirchenwirt is an ideal base for exploring the Wachau. Guests can also relax in the spa, housed in the nearby 16th century Winzerhaus, at a surcharge.

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Spitz an der Donau

Midrange | Barock-Landhof Burghardt is a fine country house with rooms and apartments in the center of Spitz. 

Midrange | The top-rated Appartements Adam-Mühle offers lovingly furnished apartments, 1.1 km (14 minute walk) from the village center of Spitz. Breakfast is available upon request. 

Midrange | Gasthof Prankl is a guesthouse located on the Danube, close to the village center. Guests love the atmosphere, breakfast on the terrace (included in the room rate), and the on-site restaurant.

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2. Grosser Ahornboden, Tirol

Eng, Grosser Ahornboden, Austria

Grosser Ahornboden (“Great Maple Floor”) is a wide grassy plain in the secluded Hinterrisstal (“Upper Riss Valley”) in Karwendel Nature Park in Tirol. The valley floor is covered in 2,300 sycamore maple trees – a declared natural monument – with many dating back six centuries. 

Grosser Ahornboden is particularly gorgeous in Fall, when the maple leaves turn gold and shimmer in the late afternoon light. The fall foliage colors peak around mid-October, though the exact timing is impacted by weather, frost, and wind. 

The beauty of the plain is magnified by the towering rock faces of the Karwendel mountains, which ring the valley. It’s as stunning as Logar Valley in Slovenia and Val Venegia in Italy. 

At the head of the valley, you’ll find the Die Eng hotel and Engalm, an active alpine pasture in summer. Though the cattle are already home for the winter, you can enjoy lunch at the Die Eng Alpine Pasture Hut and purchase some local cheese, produced on-site, at the Eng shop.

What to See and Do in Grosser Ahornboden in Autumn

Gamsjoch Peak, Karwendel Nature Park, Austria

Grosser Ahornboden is the starting point for many hiking trails in Karwendel Nature Park.

Popular trails include the out-and-back hike to Falkenhütte mountain hut and the out-and-back hike to Lamsenjochhütte. These mountain refuges usually close down for the season in early October. 

Gamsjoch Peak is one of the most rewarding summit hikes starting at Grosser Ahornboden. The summit affords spectacular views of the Hinterautal-Vomper Chain, the longest mountain chain in the Karwendel Mountains. Along the trail, it’s possible to spot chamois and ibex.

Tips for Visiting Ahornboden in Fall

Avoid weekends. It feels like the entire German population descends on Ahornboden on Autumn weekends to photograph the maple trees. 

Stay at Die Eng Alpengasthof for at least two nights to get the most out of your visit.

How to Get to Grosser Ahornboden

Grosser Ahornboden is only accessible by a toll road from Vorderriss valley on the Bavarian side. The toll is around 5 EUR. Bring cash.

We drove to Grosser Ahornboden from Lake Achensee (58 km, 1:30 hours). From Achenkirch, continue north to Germany. You’ll follow B307 and Risstal Landesstrasse to Grosser Ahornboden. 

The Riss Valley road ends at Die Eng Hotel, where there’s a large free parking lot. 

Visit Grosser Ahornboden on this 10-day Bavarian Alps and Tyrolean Alps Road Trip.

Where to Stay in Grosser Ahornboden

Die Eng Alpengasthof, Grosser Ahornboden, Austria

Die Eng Alpengasthof & Alpencafé

Die Eng Alpengasthof is located at the end of the Risstal valley road, just steps away from the Eng Alpine Pasture. It’s open from early May until late October, depending on snow conditions. This is the only hotel at Grosser Ahornboden. 

This mountain hotel is the best base for exploring Eng and the surrounding Karwendel mountains. 

Breakfast is included in the room rate. If you stay 3 or more nights, you can book half board. Guests who stay 1-2 nights can eat dinner in the hotel’s à la carte restaurant or in the Eng alpine pasture hut. 

Recent hotel renovations have resulted in a series of deluxe double rooms (“Ahornzimmer”) and a new wellness area (2022). 

The most compelling reason to stay here is for the location. While the food was satisfactory, it wasn’t excellent. The quality of service varied. The dining staff was overworked and exhausted, understandably so, because we visited during the busiest time of year. 

Despite some of the shortcomings, we would stay here again and again, because there’s no place in Austria as magical as Grosser Ahornboden.

Book your Stay at Die Eng Mountain Hotel.

3. Maria Alm, Salzburg

Maria Alm, Hochkönig Region, Salzburg, Austria

Maria Alm am Steinernen Meer (Maria Alm at the Rocky Sea) is a pretty town with a historic pilgrimage church in the Hochkönig holiday area in Salzburg. 

The town’s backdrop is the Steinernes Meer mountain range, which is defined by its vast high-alpine karst plateau. 

Things to Do in Maria Alm in Fall

Hochkeil, Mandlwand, Hochkönig, Austria

In early Autumn, Maria Alm hosts an annual Harvest Festival (“Bauernherbstfest”), where visitors can listen to live music, eat local delicacies, buy local products (honey, cheese, smoked meat, herbal products) and see an Almabtrieb cattle drive.

This festival usually takes place from early September until mid-October. For the exact program and date of the Almabtrieb, reach out to the Maria Alm tourist office

We recommend visiting Maria Alm in early Autumn (September – mid/late October), when the weather is stable and temperatures are mild.

During our fall visit, we hiked up to Riemannhaus, a mountain refuge on the Steinernes Meer plateau. More info: Salzburg Hiking Guide.

Wonderful hikes begin at the Erichhütte car park along the Hochkönigstrasse road, including Taghaube peak and the Mühlbach High Trail.

Insider Tip: Hike up to Hochkeil for sunrise.

Where to Stay in Maria Alm in Autumn

Hotel Eder Maria Alm Outdoor Pool, Salzburg, Austria

Hotel Eder

Hotel Eder is a family-run, 4-star hotel in the heart of Maria Alm am Steinernen Meer in the Hochkönig holiday region of Salzburg.

Situated on the village square and adjacent to the Maria Alm Pilgrimage Church, Hotel Eder serves as the favorite meeting place for locals and visitors alike. 

This stylish hotel delights with its fresh and playful design choices, creative wellness spaces, and relaxed atmosphere. 

We were impressed by the hotel restaurant and bar and the overall hospitality and attentiveness of the staff. You can book breakfast-only, or half board (recommended). 

The indoor-outdoor pool, which runs parallel to the Pilgrimage Church, and the herbal moor relaxation zone are especially memorable.  

Our Hotel ReviewA Look Inside Hotel Eder

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4. Ramsau am Dachstein, Styria

Ramsau am Dachstein, Austria

Ramsau am Dachstein is a municipality located on an elevated plateau in Styria between the Dachstein mountain range and the Enns Valley.

The center of Ramsau, known as “Ramsau Ort,” is a small village with a striking church and a few stores, eateries, and hotels. From the village, Ramsau sprawls out to the east and west. 

Ramsau isn’t a classic “resort town.” You won’t find tons of shops, restaurants, and luxury hotels. What Ramsau lacks in tourist glamor, it makes up for in romantic scenery. The entire plateau is dotted with beautiful farmsteads, surrounded by alpine pastures. 

Ramsau is situated at the foot of the southern Dachstein mountains. The slopes beneath the Dachstein rock face are strewn with larch trees. In mid-late October, these larch trees turn golden. 

What to See & Do in Ramsau in Autumn

Neustadtalm, Dachstein, Austria
5 Huts Trail

Walk along the maple-lined “Panoramaweg” to soak in the pastoral charm of Ramsau. This path cuts across pastures, farms, and forest on both sides of the “Hauptstrasse” (Main Road). 

To take in the fall colors, hike the 5 Huts Trail, which strings together charming alpine pasture huts ringed by amber larches.

The Dachstein is also home to a number of gripping via ferrata climbs. 

Where to Stay in Ramsau am Dachstein in Autumn

Budget | Pension Adlerhorst is a clean and comfortable B&B in Ramsau am Dachstein. Guests love the generous breakfast, quiet location, and friendly hosts. The Pension is only a 10-minute drive to Schladming, which is a resort town with lots of restaurants and shops. It’s also the gateway to the Schladminger Tauern mountain range, which is another fantastic place to hike, especially if you love mountain lakes.

Midrange | Hotel Sporthof Austria is a traditional Austrian mountain hotel, offering a plentiful breakfast, half board (breakfast and dinner) if desired, a wellness center (sauna, steam bath, infrared cabin, and hot tub), a large garden, and sun terrace.

Luxury Hotel Lindenhof is the finest hotel in Ramsau am Dachstein, boasting gorgeous alpine-modern rooms, a wonderful wellness center, Dachstein mountain views, and an on-site restaurant featuring Austrian and international cuisine prepared with ingredients sourced from the hotel’s farm. A sumptuous breakfast buffet is included in the rate as well as the Schladming-Dachstein Summer Card.

Look for accommodation in Ramsau am Dachstein.

5. Filzmoos, Salzburg

Bischofsmütze, Salzburg, Austria

Filzmoos is a down-to-earth alpine town in the state of Salzburg, just a few kilometers west of Ramsau am Dachstein.

Set below the stunning Gosaukamm mountain range of the Dachstein, Filzmoos is an excellent base for a quiet hiking trip in autumn.

The surrounding hillsides are covered in larches, which turn vibrant shades of gold and amber in mid October.

During our fall trip to Filzmoos, we hiked to Rötelstein Peak, from Hofpürgl Hut to Sulzenalm and from Bachlalm to Neustattalm.

In late October, many restaurants close and don’t open back up until the winter season (early-mid December). That can make finding a place to eat difficult. The Filzmoos tourist office provides a list of huts, restaurants, and hotels that are open during shoulder-season. 

Learn More: Filzmoos Hiking Guide

Where to Stay in Filzmoos

Midrange | Bauernhof Krahlehenhof is a traditional farm with double rooms, family rooms, and apartments. Set in an idyllic location, this lovely accommodation offers a wonderful breakfast, a welcoming and authentic atmosphere, and cozy interiors. We ate a delicious dinner here during our last visit to Filzmoos. 

Midrange | Das Anja Alt Filzmoos offers rooms and apartments in the heart of Filzmoos. Stay here for the intimate setting, excellent location, and lovely rooms. Guests receive the Filzmoos Sommer Card

Top Choice – Luxury | meiZeit Lodge is a tastefully-furnished boutique hotel in the town center of Filzmoos. Stay here for the generous breakfast buffet (included in rate) and relaxing wellness facilities (Finnish pine sauna, bio herbal sauna, infrared relaxation loungers, relaxation zone, and vital drink bar). This charming accommodation also serves a complimentary afternoon cake selection between 3:00 and 5:00 pm. 

Luxury | Hotel Neubergerhof is located on a plateau in the Ski Amadé Ski Area, 6 km from the town center (10-minute drive). The room rate includes breakfast & dinner (half board). Stay here for the quiet surroundings, mountain surroundings, rich breakfast buffet and outstanding multi-course dinner, and friendly staff. Guests have access to an indoor swimming pool, family sauna, and adults-only wellness area (Finnish sauna, bio sauna, steam bath, relaxation room). 

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6. Oetz, Tirol

Oetz, Oetztal Valley, Tirol

Oetz is a town near the entrance of Oetztal Valley in Tirol. The old village center is made up of historic buildings with vibrantly-painted facades, sports shops, local speciality shops, cafés and hotels. 

Oetz lies below Acherkogel mountain (3007 m) and just northeast of the Ötztaler Ache river. 

Enjoying a mild climate in Autumn, Oetz is an excellent base for cycling, e-biking, and hiking in September and October.  

Things to Do in Oetz in Autumn

Stuibenfall via ferrata, Oetztal, Austria
Stuibenfall via ferrata

The most popular attraction near Oetz is Lake Piburger See, the largest lake in Oetztal Valley and the warmest mountain lake in Tyrol.

Our favorite autumn hike in Oetztal is the Knappenweg circuit trail, which traces an old Miner’s route. Over 350 years ago, people mined for copper, galenite, and pyrite in this high-alpine area. 

This moderate 6-hour hike starts at Hochoetz, which is easily reached by the Acherkogelbahn gondola. From the Hochoetz mountain station, the trail passes the Bielefelder Hütte mountain hut, ascends to Wetterkreuz peak, descends Wörgetal peak to Knappenhaus, and then returns to Hochoetz via Balbachalm. 

Another must-do activity is the thrilling Stuibenfall via ferrata in nearby Umhausen Niederthai. 

And if it rains during your visit, head to Aqua Dome Thermal Spa for a day of wellness and relaxation. 

Where to Stay in Oetz in Fall

Nature & Aktiv Resort Ötztal, Austria

Feelfree Natur & Aktiv Resort Ötztal

With uplifting mountain views, hiking and biking trails right on the doorstep, a relaxing 600m2 spa, and an on-site restaurant, this resort village is the perfect base for adventurous couples and families. 

Tucked along the Ache river, Nature & Active Resort Oetztal is made up of 14 different buildings and offers a wide selection of rooms, suites, chalets, and apartments. The deluxe lifestyle suites are particularly impressive with their high ceilings, hardwood floors, stone pine furniture, free-standing bathtubs, functional kitchenettes (noiseless fridge, dishwasher, sink), cozy sofas, and soft beds. 

A young and cheerful team fosters a casual and friendly atmosphere. Everything about our stay was easy, uncomplicated, and seamless. 

As its name implies, this resort is designed for active travelers. From mid-May until mid-October, Nature & Aktiv Resort Ötztal offers a free weekly activity program with guided hiking and cycling tours as well as on-site climbing and archery courses.

You can rent bikes and hiking equipment at no extra charge. Resort guests get special discounts on all rafting, via ferrata, and canyoning tours as well. 

Book your Stay at Nature & Active Resort Oetztal.

Posthotel Kassl Pool, Oetz, Austria

Posthotel Kassl

Looking proudly back on more than 400 years of history, the historic Posthotel Kassl is the heart and soul of Oetz in Oetztal Valley, Tirol. 

Posthotel Kassl is a family-run, 4-star superior hotel with an on-site restaurant, art nouveau bar (dating back to the 1800s), spa area with indoor and outdoor pools, and a range of country-style and newly renovated alpine-modern rooms and suites. 

The renovated rooms and suites epitomize modern alpine elegance with their untreated stone pine furniture, hardwood floors, leather headboards and chairs, soft lighting, and deluxe, slate-tiled bathrooms. Suites also have massive – you can almost swim in them – bathtubs and infrared chairs. 

This is a half board hotel, which means breakfast and dinner are included in the rate.

The sauna area is actually the oldest part of the hotel, dating back to 1604. The highlights of the spa are the indoor-outdoor pool with mountain views, the salt steam sauna, and the room of silence: a relaxation zone with waterbeds and swing chairs.

Book your Stay at Posthotel Kassl.

7. Zillertal Valley, Tirol

Almabtrieb, Mayrhofen, Tirol, Austria

The Zillertal Valley branches off the Inntal Valley between the Tux Alps and the Kitzbühel Alps. The valley takes its name from the glaciated Zillertal Alps which crown the head of the valley, along the Austrian-Italian border. 

We recommend visiting Zillertal at the end of summer/beginning of Fall. Time your visit with the annual Almabtrieb, the ceremonial procession of livestock being guided from high alpine pastures down to the valley.

The cattle don ornate flower headdresses and wear huge cowbells, which clang theatrically as they strut through the villages. At the beginning of Autumn, Almabtriebe processions take place in Hippach and Mayrhofen. 

Learn More: Almabtrieb: Alpine Cattle Drive

What to See & Do in Zillertal in Autumn

Olpererhütte suspension bridge, Zillertal Alps, Austria

Most of the valley is defined by rolling mountains and pastureland. But as you near the piercing Zillertal Alps, the landscapes get increasingly more impressive.

Zillertal eventually splits into four valleys –  Zillergrund, Zamsergrund, Stillupgrund, and Tux Valley – which are the gateways to the best trails in the region.

Note: There are toll fees to access most of these valleys. 

We recommend hiking to Olpererhütte (starting at Schlegeis Reservoir) and the Berliner Hütte (starting at Gasthof Breitlahner), even if the huts are closed during your visit. 

Learn more about Zillertal: Berlin High Trail: Hut-to-hut hike in the Zillertal Alps (summer only) and Things to do in Mayrhofen

Visit Zillertal on a Road Trip: 1 Week Austria Road Trip or 2 Week Austria Road Trip

Where to Stay in Zillertal in Autumn

Our favorite town in Zillertal is Mayrhofen, but Zell am Ziller is also a nice base, with a host of wonderful accommodations, including Wellness Hotel Theresa

Hotel Theresa, Zell am Ziller, Austria

Hotel Theresa

Hotel Theresa is a family-run, 4-star superior hotel located in the center of Zell am Ziller, next to the train station and 800 meters from the Zillertal Ski Arena.

Set amid sprawling pastures in Zillertal Valley, this full-board hotel spoils guests with its picturesque location, mountain views, extensive 3500m2 spa area, wellness and active program, and organic food. 

All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), fitness and wellness classes, and use of spa facilities are included.

Most Hotel Theresa bedrooms are decked in a country home style featuring floral and plaid upholstery, wood dressers, box spring beds, and sparse wood paneling.

The recently renovated VIP rooms sport marble bathrooms with freestanding bathtubs, velvet headboards, comfortable seating areas, and dreamy wallpaper.

Our Hotel ReviewZillertal Spa Getaway: Hotel Theresa

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8. South Styria, Styria

Rolling vineywards in South Styria, Austria

South Styria is a region in the Austrian State of Styria, bordering Slovenia. This is Austria’s culinary heartland, where food and wine reign supreme.

Come to South Styria when you want to crave delicious wine and food combined with romantic views of rolling vineyards.

South Styria is predominantly a white-wine-growing region. The most popular varietals are Sauvignon Blanc and Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc).

The best time to visit South Styria is in Autumn, when temperatures are mild and winemakers are harvesting their grapes. 

What to See & Do in South Styria in Autumn 

Drive the South Styrian Wine Road 

Drink early wine (Sturm) in local wine taverns (Buschenschenke)

Go wine tasting in South Styria.

For a wine-themed spa getaway, stay at Loisium Wine & Spa Hotel Südsteiermark

Where to Stay in South Styria

Private wine tasting at Jaglhof by Domaines Kilger, South Styria, Austria

Jaglhof by Domaines Kilger

We stayed in Jaglhof by Domaines Kilger in Gamlitz.

The vineyard views alone are reason enough to stay here. The hotel restaurant and outdoor terrace face west, delivering godly sunsets (when the weather cooperates).  And, our room (#11) faced east, so we could see the sunrise from our balcony.

We were also impressed by the quality and comfort of our mattress and bedding. It’s pure luxury – the kind that makes you leap into bed and hug your comforter like it’s your best friend.

As guests, you can also request a private wine tasting of Domaines Kilger and Schiefer & Domaines Kilger wines. 

Tip: The Jaglhof restaurant is closed on Sundays and Mondays, so if you want to experience the restaurant, you should time your stay accordingly. 

Book your Stay at Jaglhof by Domaines Kilger.

9. Vienna

Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna in Autumn, Austria

Without question, the best time to visit Vienna is in Fall. 

Winter has its appeal, but it’s cold and dreary, even with the Christmas markets and lights. Spring is sunnier, but temperatures are still low and it rains a great deal. Summer is packed with tourists and it can be excruciatingly hot.

Autumn is the perfect season to visit Vienna, because temperatures are mild, the main tourist season is over, and the parks, vineyards, Ringstrasse boulevard, and Donaukanal (Danube Canal) are spectacularly colorful. For the best fall foliage, walk the grounds of Schönbrunn Palace and Augarten.

We also recommend hiking the Vienna City Walk 1 (Stadtwanderweg 1) from Nussdorf (tram D end station) to Kahlenberg mountain and down through the vineyards.

What to See & Do in Vienna in Autumn

Martinigansl, Vienna, Austria

Eat traditional Martinigansl mit Rotkraut & Knödel (traditional goose dish with red cabbage and dumplings) in November. We loved the Martinigansl at Zur Goldenen Kugel and Gmoakeller.

Grab a drink, or a bite to eat at the open-air Summer Stage along the Donaukanal, until end of September.

Watch a film at the Viennale International Film festival. Many of the fills are in English, or have English subtitles. 

Watch an Opera at the Vienna State Opera. Here’s our guide to getting standing tickets.

Drink early wine, Sturm, at wine taverns (Heurigen). 

In September and October, hike in the Vienna Mountains.

In November, shop locally at the Fesch´markt marketplace in the Ottakringer Brewery.

Learn more about Vienna:

Where to Stay in Vienna in Fall

Budget | Vienna Hostel Ruthensteiner is a friendly accommodation near Vienna’s Westbahnhof train station. In addition to on-site bike rental and regular events such as barbecues and movie nights, the hostel offers a welcoming atmosphere for travelers from all over the world.

Midrange | Hotel Schani Salon is an excellent hotel located on Mariahilfer Strasse, Vienna’s biggest shopping street, a few steps away from the Neubaugasse U-Bahn station (U3). We love this Vienna hotel, because of the bright, modern rooms, the friendly vibe, the communal lounge and bar, and the helpful staff. Breakfast is healthy and varied. 

Luxury | Altstadt Vienna is a boutique 4-star hotel in the charming Spittelberg quarter, close to Art History Museum. This contemporary-art-filled hotel features uniquely designed interiors and a hidden rooftop terrace (open from March until October). A wonderful breakfast is served in the Red Salon daily. In the afternoon, complimentary tea and homemade cakes are served in front of the open fireplace. 

Luxury | The Leo Grand is advantageously located in the inner district of Vienna, steps away from Peterskirche, Stephansdom, and the Graben. This top-rated hotel features luxurious rooms with romantic, pastel-colored furnishings and decor. Stay here for the unbeatable location, helpful personnel, and fairy tale vibes. Breakfast is available at an extra charge. 

Luxury | The palatial Hotel Imperial harkens back to imperial times with its grand, antique-filled interiors and sumptuous rooms and suites (fit for royalty). This 5-star hotel is set on the Ringstrasse boulevard in the heart of Vienna, walking distance to the Vienna Opera House, the Kärntner Strasse shopping street, Karlskirche, and the Musikverein concert hall. This hotel features a cocktail bar in the historic Hallensalon, rooftop fitness center with a sauna, on-site restaurant (Opus) and café (Café Imperial). Breakfast available. 

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Austria Trip Planning Essentials

Use our Austria Travel Guide and Austria blog archive to plan a unique and memorable trip to Austria. 

When to Visit Austria 

Summer and early Fall are our favorite seasons in Austria. 

Getting around Austria

Austria has an excellent public transit system. We’ve used it extensively to travel throughout the country. We highly recommend using transit if you’re visiting cities (Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Graz, etc…), and/or doing hut-to-hut hikes. 

Some areas like Mayrhofen, Schladming and Lech am Arlberg have wonderful seasonal transit systems in place (e.g. summer hiking buses). However, if you’re not visiting during the high season, bus frequencies are significantly reduced and it’s far easier to get around with your own vehicle. 

If you’re planning on visiting multiple destinations across  Austria, we recommend renting a car. 

Use these road trip itineraries for trip planning inspiration:

Car Rental 

We recommend using the car rental reservation platform to search for and book car rentals. This easy-to-use booking platform compares car rental deals from 500+ trusted providers, so that you can choose the best option for your trip.

Check car rental rates here

If you’re driving into Austria from a neighboring country, don’t forget to purchase a vignette at/near the border. 

Hiking in Austria

Where to Hike in Austria

Read Austrian Alps Hiking Destinations for an overview of where to hike in Austria, with tips on specific trails and where to stay. Also check out Best Day Hikes in Austria and these region-specific hiking guides:

Hut to Hut Hiking in Austria 

Austria is a premier hut-to-hut and long-distance hiking destination. The quality of the mountain huts are superb. We particularly love the high-alpine trails, which are called Höhenwege in German. We’ve summarized our favorite multi-day hikes in Trekking Austria. If you’re new to hut hiking, read this in-depth guide to Hut to Hut Hiking in Austria.

The hut to hut hiking season usually runs from late June until mid-September.

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Sabrina & Kati

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