Europe has three distinct regions that are described using geographical epithets in most accounts. There is the Western part which lies to the West of the great mountains, central Europe that encompasses the mountains, and Eastern Europe that is marked by a change in peoples from the Slavish to the more Asiatic. Most people who travel to Europe confine themselves to the Western edge, which includes Great Britain and Ireland, because those are the closest to America culturally. However, there are many other great places to travel to in Europe that are much more accessible now, and one of them is the Austria capital, Vienna.
This post could devolve into some pros and cons version of traveling to Vienna, but this time it seems more important to tout the climatic beauty of the region rather than the manmade entertainment options.
Of course, being on the edge of the Alps, the Austria capital is desirable as a ski location. The Eastern edge of the range is not as lofty as it is in the interior around some other prime European cities, but skiing is still one of the most prominent of Austrian diversions. The winter climate in Vienna itself can actually be quite mild as compared to the climes of cities at higher elevations. This would seem obvious, but the location of the city geographically makes it less so. Because Austria is more Northern most would think it’s too cold to visit in the winter unless one is going for the skiing, but that is not the case. The average winter temperature, even during those that are coldest (typically December through the end of February), is right at freezing. Although this is somewhat restrictive, it is not the deep cold like cities in Northern Europe have. The weather is usually rather mild and the Austria capital only sees about 26 inches of snow annually.
Many will come for the snow and the skiing that is available in the Eastern Alps, but the savvy traveler will wait for the summer in Vienna. Since the city sits at a relatively neutral elevation, it neither gets too hot or too cold. There may be some days in the summer that approach 90 degrees Fahrenheit, but typically temperatures do not exceed the mid 80’s even during the hottest months. It is very likely that a visitor to the Austria capital will not see a day above 80 degrees. Since the summertime temperatures are so mild, it is the perfect time to take an excursion through the many sites Vienna has to offer.
Most people will visit a certain location because they have some latent desire to see a specific site, have an ancestry in common with the city, or have some other specific reason for visiting. But, mild climate and interesting sites rarely exist in the same location as they do with Vienna. The Austria capital may be a place of culture and great entertainment value, but it is also valuable for its mild climate.