Vienna in October ("Oktober")
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. In October, the last summerly days of the year can be expected. Alternatively, it can also get rainy, cold and miserable. If they haven′t already started in September, the operas, theatres, museums and galleries open the new season with new shows, performances and exhibitions. The surroundings of Vienna are engaged in all kinds of wine harvest celebrations and create ideal conditions for some hill walking in the Wienerwald, cycling in the Wachau or walks through the vineyards.
Weather in Vienna in October
October is proper autumn in Vienna, but in the city, this is not as noticeable as it would be in the surroundings. Expect some fog and rainy days, but also periods of mild weather and sunshine. The wine harvest is in full action at this time and all the wine farmers hope for sunny weather.
The average daily temperature for the maximum values is still a bearable 14 degrees Celsius, but the minimum temperature average drops to 7 degrees. There are four hours of sunshine on an average October day in Vienna and throughout the month, one can expect 6 days with rain. Bring warm clothing that you can wear in layers - depending on whether you catch a sunny or rainy phase, the temperatures can vary significantly in Vienna during October.
Things to See & Do in Vienna: October
October is the last month before the misery of winter, in which you can hope for some summerly days in Vienna: Go to the hills north of the city centre for some views from the Kahlenberg over the city or enjoy the parks of Schloss Schönbrunn without the ten thousands of tourists that occupied the palace during the previous months. If it is rainy, I recommend the "Wien modern" festival, dedicated to contemporary music. In late October, the "Viennale" opens its gates, a film festival of the rather arty/independent kind. Do not miss out on a Heuriger (traditional wine tavern) and try some "Sturm", lightly fermented grape juice with the yeast still in it.
Things to Do & See in Vienna′s Surroundings: October
Just like in September, the surroundings of Vienna are dominated by the impression of ripe grapes in October. Note my advice for the previous month: If you got a chance, use a sunny day to catch a train from Vienna to Baden and hike through the vineyards to Gumpoldskirchen, which is famous for its many Heurige taverns. Alternatively, the hills just north of Vienna are full with vineyards and hiking there is nice - which also applies to Klosterneuburg just once over the hill.
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