Vienna in November
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. Vienna in November is cold, dark, miserable. It is probably my least favourite month, the only thing that makes it bearable is the prospect of the Christmas markets. With the Austrian tendency to pimping out everything that tourists might enjoy, the Christmas markets of Vienna open earlier and earlier from year to year. At least it seems that way. The ball season starts on the 11th (I don′t like balls), and the first Christmas markets follow only a few days later in mid-November (on a weekend).
Weather in Vienna in November
In a nutshell: Vienna in November is generally cold and miserable. The first snowfall of the year can be expected in this month and if it is too warm for that, there will at least be a lot of rain and little light. The ideal month for indoor-sightseeing in museums and alike: Temperatures in November drop to a daily maximum average of 8 degrees Celsius, the minimum average is 4 degrees Celsius. There are only two hours of sunshine per day; expect eight days with rain or snowfall throughout the month. Bring warm and windproof clothing, especially proper shoes, a hat and gloves. Keep in mind that Christmas markets will open as early as mid-November and that you might want to spend some time outdoors.
Things to See & Do in Vienna: November
The miserable month: Cold and rainy with Christmas still being far away. Alas, there are some things to do in Vienna during November. The "IG Jazzclub Festival" is dedicated to this very kind of music; museums often open new shows; the theatre and opera season runs smoothly; and as early as mid-November, the first Christmas markets open. The earliest (and most touristy one) is usually the one on the Rathausplatz square.
Much nicer is the one in the Spittelberg area just behind the MuseumsQuartier. On the 11th of November, the Ball Season officially opens, but very few balls take place in November in comparison to January or February. 11th of November is also St. Martin′s Day, which most Austrians celebrate by eating goose with red cabbage and a bread dumpling. In the Heurige wine inns, the Sturm season ends and the new wine of the current year is starting to be sold.
Things to Do & See in Vienna′s Surroundings: November
November is a pretty dead month: It is cold, dark and miserable. This is even more noticeable in the surroundings of Vienna than in the city itself. The best thing is probably the 11th of November, when the new wine is presented and most inns serve goose to celebrate St. Martin′s Day. Otherwise, you might enjoy rural Lower Austria in November only if you come to Austria on a hunting holiday. Christmas markets will open in late November.
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