Vienna in September
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. September is the month of the ceasing season - the torrent of tourists becomes a creek. Vienna can still be crowded, warm and sunny. Nevertheless, hotel rates drop with the numbers of visitors. The Heurigen wine taverns serve "Sturm" (lightly fermented grape juice) and most tourist attractions are still open. After May, September is probably the best month to travel to Vienna.
Weather in Vienna in September
September is the last of the warm months that are genuinely good for travelling: The surroundings of Vienna are good for hiking and the city centre is not as hot is it might have been a few weeks earlier. The daily maximum temperature averages at 21 degrees Celsius, the minimum goes down to 12 degrees. The mild light of September makes Vienna generally pleasant if warm, but you will be able to anticipate winter rather clearly if it rains. There are 6 hours of sunshine a day, but also 7 days with rain throughout September.
Things to See & Do in Vienna: September
With falling numbers in both temperatures and tourists, the locals return to Vienna in September. The new season in theatres and operas open and most museums present new temporary exhibitions. Speaking of theatres: In front of the Burgtheater, a festival of literature is held with writers from all over the German-speaking world giving lectures and signing books. The festival lasts for all of September. In the Heurige (wine inns), Sturm is starting to be served - lightly fermented grape juice with the yeast still in there.
Things to Do & See in Vienna′s Surroundings: September
In September, the temperatures fall and the vineyards are ready for the harvest: The ideal month for some hillwalking in the immediate surroundings of Vienna. Try to take a train to Klosterneuburg, or go to the Kahlenbergdorf or Grinzing and the Cobenzl area and you can go straight into the vineyards. From here, you will get great views on Vienna, but it will also be rather touristy. Alternatively, take a train to Baden and walk to Gumpoldskirchen through the vineyards - also highly popular and usually busy (on the weekends), but at least the congestion is caused by domestic tourists rather than international ones.
September is also the peak of the Sturm season, the time of the lightly fermented grape juice not to be missed on a visit to a Heurigen inn. Otherwise, museums will usually open new exhibitions in September and it is worth keeping in mind that Vienna is by far not the only place in Austria that has museums. The international festival of chamber music (Kammermusikfestival) in the Waldviertel ends in September - in combination with the wine harvest, ideal conditions for a trip to the north of Lower Austria. As an alternative, the Wachau is extremely popular with bicycle tourists in September and so are most historic towns along the Danube.
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