Although November is probably one of the least popular travel times around, visiting Vienna in November can well be worth it. Culture lovers can benefit from low hotel prices and enjoy popular museums almost crowd-free. Below, we have compiled some practical information for you as well as the best things to do in Vienna in November!
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Vienna Weather in November
The November weather in Vienna can be rather uninviting. Expect highs around 47°F (8°C) and lows around 37°F (3°C) as well as wet weather. Even if it doesn’t rain during your visit, it is quite likely that you will have overcast skies.
Keep in mind also that Vienna is a rather windy city, bringing down the temperatures even more.
What to Wear in Vienna in November
Expect November to be rather cold and wet. We would definitely recommend a warm jacket or coat. A water-resistant jacket would do the trick if you want to be practical. Otherwise, pack an umbrella just in case.
We’d also recommend a hat, scarf, and gloves. November is definitely not sneaker weather in Vienna – opt for boots instead, preferably water-resistant.
Practical Information for Visiting Vienna in November
The gloomy weather aside, November is actually not that bad a time to visit Vienna. It is more affordable than during summer or during December (when the Christmas market season is in full swing).
It is also significantly less crowded than during those times. What’s also good is that there are hardly any public holidays in November that you would need to plan around. The only expectation is November 1, All Saint’s Day, where you should expect shops to be closed.
Where to Stay in Vienna in November
Hostel: Wombats Naschmarkt, a popular hostel in Vienna, within walking distance of the city center
Budget Economy: B&B Hotel Wien-Meidling, great budget option close to Wien-Meidling station
Budget Plus: Motel One Wien Hauptbahnhof, an unpretentious choice within 2 minutes of Vienna Central Station
Mid-range: Mercure Secession Vienna, a reasonably-priced 4-star hotel in the city center
Splurge: Hotel Sans Souci Wien, one of the city’s most prestigious hotels, the glamorous Sans Souci features trendy rooms and deluxe furnishings
Best Things to Do in November in Vienna
Below find an overview of events and festivals to check out during November in Vienna. Pick one or two and combine them with dozens of other fun things to do in Vienna.
Check out the Christmas Markets
If you assumed the Christmas markets in Vienna would only open in December, you (and I) would be wrong. Because most of them open already in November! Personally, I think this is fantastic news for visitors as Austrians only tend to crowd the markets from late November and early December.
Here are some of the Christmas markets that we KNOW will be open in November:
- Christmas Market at Schönbrunn Palace (from November 19)
- Christmas Market at Spittelberg (from November 11)
- Wintermarkt Riesenradplatz (from November 19)
Attend an Advent Concert at St. Stephen’s Cathedral
Another pre-Christmassy event for you to check out is the ever-popular advent concerts at the imposing St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Enjoy works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johann Sebastian Bach, Franz Schubert, and Georg Friedrich Händel as well as traditional Austrian Christmas songs.
At 45 EUR, the advent concerts cost a bit more than the typical concerts at the cathedral but the atmosphere is well worth it.
The dates in November are:
Attend the opening of the Vienna ball season
Vienna has been known as the capital of ballroom dancing for hundreds of years. The ball season traditionally starts on November 11 with the Ball of the Viennese Chimney Sweeps at Palais Ferstel. A ticket without a table costs about 40 EUR per person.
If you plan to attend any of the balls in Vienna, this will require a little bit of planning ahead on your side. Most importantly, Viennese balls are black-tie events. While women would get away with wearing a lightweight silk dress, men are definitely expected to wear a suit.
Check out Wien Modern Festival
Although perhaps hard to imagine, in the eighties, classical music was not at the forefront of everybody’s mind in Vienna. That’s when Wien Modern came to be as a way of revitalizing classical music in the city.
Young composers and experienced composers alike are given the stage. Events take place throughout the city throughout the month and the full program is usually published in September. Get more information here.
Listen in during Voice Mania
Voice Mania is one of many music festivals hosted by Vienna. In this case, it is a festival dedicated entirely to acapella music. The concerts are usually spread across a handful of venues.
For more information and tickets check out their website.
Attend a Performance of the Lipizzans at the Spanish Riding School
What animal comes to mind when you think of opulence and royalty? For me, it’s always horses. Truly, no animal embodies royal Vienna better than the Lipizzan horses.
Once an important organ of the royal court, today, the riding school is committed to preserving classical dressage and the Lipizzan breed and is a very popular tourist attraction.
The shows take place on Saturday mornings and tickets start from 33 EUR for standing places. If you love horses or dressage and want a really good look, though, we recommend seats in the first gallery. >> Book now
Although Lipizzans are bred in Austria (in Piber, Styria to be exact), they originally came from Spain, thus giving the school its “exotic” name.
If you don’t find time to attend a full performance or if you would like to know even more about the horses and the riding school, you can also attend a guided tour of the premises or one of the training sessions (which are much cheaper than the official performances).
Put aside time for a full-fledged museum day
Who cares about the gloomy weather when you can spend the day at the museum? Vienna is a city blessed with several world-class museums, out of which the Art History Museum (Kunsthistorisches Museum) stands unequivocally above the rest.
However, other great places to visit are Hofburg, Albertina, Belvedere Palace, and many more. You can make the most of your time by buying a Vienna Pass ahead of time which includes entrance to the museums mentioned above and dozens more.
Shop until you drop at Fesch’markt
Fesch’markt is a kind of mix between fleamarket and design festival. Every few months, young designers exhibit their wares at the festival, usually accompanied by music, food, and drink.
It’s quite possibly the best place to pick up a one-of-a-kind souvenir from Vienna as all products on display are produced independently by the artists rather than being mass ware.
A day ticket to the festival costs 7 EUR. Check their website for dates and tickets.
Discover Hidden Treasures at the Art & Antique Fair
Usually taking place at the end of October or the beginning of November, Art & Antique Vienna takes over halls at Hofburg Palace and turns them into a playground for antique sellers and art collectors alike.
Visit their website for more information on opening hours and tickets.
Now, what do you think? What is your favorite time of the year to visit Vienna? What else is there to do in Vienna in November? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!