Vienna in August
Vienna is a diverse and colourful place full of life; there are different things to see, places to go and stuff to do in different times of the year. In this set of articles, I will highlight the best seasonal events of each month. August is the peak of the summer with the highest temperatures of the year; all over Austria, schools and universities are closed and many people are on vacation. In Vienna, the tourism season sees its climax and the city centre as well as the Imperial Palace of Schönbrunn are getting seriously packed. The locals are in Italy, Carinthia or the Salzkammergut - and Vienna′s surroundings try to attract those who remained in the city with all sorts of festivals.
Weather in Vienna in August
Most public institutions close for a few weeks in August (Parliament, schools and such) and for a good reason: Vienna can get unbearably hot. The maximum daily average of temperatures climbs to 24 degrees Celsius, the minimum is 15 degrees in the early morning. Enjoy seven hours of sunshine on an average Vienna August day. The entire month comes with 8 days that see rain. Over-all, it can be hot and humid; bring light clothing and a jacket or pullover only for the evenings - or a bloody unlucky day!
Things to See & Do in Vienna: August
Vienna is boiling hot and full of tourists, whilst the locals are often lucky enough to escape to the Italian coast. August is also the month of the festivals around Vienna - especially in Carinthia and the Salzkammergut, to where upper-class Viennese flee from the heat. In Vienna itself, there is the "KlangBogen Wien", a festival of classical music and opera. If the heat gets unbearable, I recommend trips to the Wienerwald area (Vienna Woods) west of Vienna; or straight to the Salzkammergut with its many lakes.
Things to Do & See in Vienna′s Surroundings: August
If you get stuck in Vienna in August and it is boiling hot - why not evacuating the city and diving into the Vienna Woods, the National Park Donauauen or the Seewinkel area in the Burgenland? Beyond that, August is the biggest month for summer festivals, almost every monastery, castle or palace will have something going on to attract some touristy attention. If you want to aim a little further, the festival of chamber music (Kammermusikfestival) in the Waldviertel might appeal to you. It is staged in various locations (mostly castles and monasteries) in the far north of Lower Austria and runs from mid-August to mid-September.
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