Salzburg main square, with the castle looming above, Austria.
Austria Map: when to go there
Best season is May – September for summer activities with less crowds and less heat than July/August, or December – March for a deep white winter and superb skiing.
Worst: The country is rarely over -heated or hideously overcrowded but July, August and Christmas are very busy times, while October and November can be miserable – dark, wet and grey.
Length of stay: Minimum worthwhile stay, not including flights: Vienna and Salzburg – 4 days
Recommended: At least 2 weeks to take in Vienna, Salzburg and some country/mountain activities.