Weekends and holidays in Austria in 2022

The following days are national holidays. In addition to them, there are also regional (land) holidays, but they usually concern only students and government employees.

Saturday is a day off for students, employees of enterprises and civil servants. Stores operate on a reduced schedule. Usually before 17:00 or 18:00

Sunday is a day off. But all tourist objects are open: museums, souvenir shops, cafes and restaurants (not all). Some grocery stores are open in the center of Salzburg: Billa on the embankment of the Salzach River in the old town (11:00 - 15:00), Spar at the Mozart House Museum (11:00 - 18:00), Spar at the railway station (9:00 - 22:00). From December to April, grocery stores are open on Sundays in ski resorts from 9:00 to 13:00. From June to September, grocery stores are open on Sundays and holidays in summer resorts, for example, in the lake district of Salzkammergut.

Banks are closed on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. Currency can be exchanged only on weekdays.

In Austria, there are six periods of school holidays and two-semester periods. They start and end at different times depending on the land:

The land of Salzburg, Tyrol, Carinthia, Burgenland, Vorarlberg: 14.02 - 20.02 (semester holidays), 09.04 - 18.04 (Easter holidays), 04.06 - 06.06 (Trinity), 09.07 - 11.09 (summer holidays), 27.10-31.10 (autumn holidays), 24.12 - 06.01 (Christmas and winter holidays)

Vienna and Lower Austria: 05.02-13.02 (semester holidays), 09.04 - 18.04 (Easter holidays), 04.06 - 06.06 (Trinity), 03.07 - 05.09 (summer holidays), 27.10-31.10 (autumn holidays), 15.11, 24.12 - 06.01 (Christmas and winter holidays)

Upper Austria, Styria: 21.02-27.02 (semester holidays), 09.04 - 18.04 (Easter holidays), 04.06 - 06.06 (Trinity), 09.07 - 11.09 (summer holidays), 27.10-31.10 (autumn holidays), 24.12 - 06.01 (Christmas and winter holidays)

 


January 1 - New Year (Neujahr)

A day of rest and preparation for working days. A New Year's fair has been opened in the center of Salzburg, where you can have a delicious meal and improve your health. From noon relaxing symphonic music sounds from the stage in front of the cathedral.

Read: How to celebrate the New Year in Salzburg

Official holiday

 


January 6 - The Holy Three Kings (Drei Könige)

A Catholic holiday dedicated to the three Magi Kaspar, Melchior and Balthazar bearing gifts (gold, frankincense and myrrh) to the cradle of the infant Jesus Christ.

According to tradition, in the period from New Year to the Day of the Three Kings, children, divided into groups, arrange carols. Each group consists of three magi representing 3 continents, 3 races and 3 ages, and a child carrying a "Star of Bethlehem" fixed on a pole. Nowadays, the presence of one adult is still mandatory. The so-called Sternsänger (Star Singers) go home, caroling, singing a Christmas carol and reading poetry. It is customary to give monetary donations for this, which then go to charity. On the doors of the house or apartment where the donation was made, the symbolism C + M + B (Christus Mansionem Benedicat) is written in chalk illuminated in the church, which means: Christ, bless this house.

Official holiday

 


April 17 - Easter (Ostersonntag) Sunday

April 18 - Easter Monday (Ostermontag) Monday

The most important Christian holiday. On Easter Eve, Easter lights are lit in churches, marking the rebirth of life. During the festive service, Easter, lamb-shaped cupcakes, cheeses, sausages, and eggs are consecrated. It is customary to share consecrated products with loved ones and /or have breakfast with them in the family circle. Easter bushes (Palmbusch) are also woven and consecrated for Easter, after which magnificent "palm processions" take place.

Read: Easter in Salzburg

Official holiday

 


May 1 is a public holiday (Staatsfeiertag)

Labor Day, Workers' Solidarity and Justice. On May 1, Austria also celebrates the beginning of the agricultural season with the installation of a maypole, as well as Mother's Day and Youth Day.

Read: Maypole Installation

Official holiday


May 26 - Ascension (Christi Himmelfahrt)

The return of Jesus Christ 40 days after the resurrection (Easter) to his Father in the kingdom of heaven. On this day, as a rule, church parishes arrange the rite of the first communion for children.

Weekend

 


June 5 - Trinity (Pfingstsonntag) Sunday

June 6 - Pentecost (Pfingstmontag) Monday

The feast of the foundation of the Christian Church. During the festive procession, doves are released as a symbol of the Holy Spirit descending on the apostles. On this day, as a rule, a confirmation ceremony is held in church parishes, one of the 7 sacraments of chrismation in the Catholic Church.

Official holiday



June 16 - Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ (Fronleichnam)

The holiday originated in the 13th century based on the vision of the nun of the Augustinian monastery Julianna of Liege. According to legend, the church appeared to her in the form of a disk of the moon. A black spot appeared on the disk. The saint interpreted this as a lack of honoring the "Eucharist" - the transfiguration of the blood of Christ into wine and flesh into bread.

The buildings of churches are decorated with flowers and young birches for the holiday of the Frontline. After the service, the faithful go outside for a festive procession. At the head of the procession are children and teenagers carrying bibles and crucifixes. Behind them, honorary citizens hold a canopy (a symbol of heaven), under which a priest walks with a monstrance in his hands. For the holiday, they bake a special bread (the flesh of Christ), which is placed in a vessel inside the monstrance. Musicians and residents bring up the rear of the procession.

Official holiday

 


August 15 - Ascension of the Virgin (Mariä Himmelfahrt)

The ascension of the Virgin Mary's body and soul to heaven. It is customary to consecrate medicinal herbs, medicinal decoctions and healing ointments based on roots. Processions in the likeness of the Body and Blood of Christ are also common.

Official holiday

 


October 26 - Independence and Neutrality Day (Nationalfeiertag)

The event of the withdrawal of Allied and Soviet troops (1955) from the territory of Austria after World War II is celebrated. Then the basic principles of the new Austrian state were proclaimed: eternal neutrality and democracy. Small military parades are held in Vienna. The President congratulates the citizens. Thematic excursions are held. Tourists are shown government buildings from the inside. In the rest of Austria, October 26 is a normal day off.

Official holiday

 


November 1 - All Saints' Day (Allerheiligen)

November 1 is the day of remembrance of all saints and Christian martyrs, which originated in the 7th century after the transformation of the Pantheon (Temple to All the Gods) into the temple of the Virgin Mary and All the Martyrs. Young people on the eve of All Saints' Day celebrate Halloween in entertainment venues. Children, in the American manner, go mummified at home and caroling for gifts saying the phrase: Süsses oder Saueres (sweet or sour). November 2 is dedicated to all deceased loved ones and is called Allerseelen. November 1 and 2 are parents' days. Memorial ceremonies are held in cemeteries, candles are set at memorials, graves are decorated with traditional decorations of autumn flowers, yew, boxwood and mistletoe.

Official holiday

2.11 All Souls' Day (Allerseelen) is a day off for students and civil servants. Working day in the field of trade.

 


 

December 8 - Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary (Maria Empfängnis)

Catholic holiday. The dogma of the birth of Mary, who did not inherit the original human sin of her parents Anna and Joachim. The Virgin Mary was predestined to become the mother of the son of God, Jesus Christ.

Official holiday but the working day for trade business

 


December 24 - Holy Evening (Heiliger Abend)

To give an even stronger sense of expectation of the imminent birth of Christ, the Holy Evening (Christmas Eve) has been celebrated in the church tradition since the 6th century. On Christmas Eve, the last preparations for the Big Holiday are being completed. Gifts are placed under the Christmas tree, a miniature stable with the Christ child in a manger is installed, images of angels called Christkindl are hung all over the house.

Holy Evening is a day of fasting. But in the modern world, people do not limit themselves much in food. It is customary to serve fried goose, turkey, fish or boiled beef Tafelspitz (Tafelspitz), drink hot wine and punch. By 23:00, believers go to church. At 00:00, under the ringing of bells, people celebrate the Messiah who was born. On this day, it is customary to make donations for good causes.

 

Working day. Shops and shopping centers operate on a reduced schedule (until 13:00)

 


December 25 - Christmas (Weihnachten)

The postulate of the birth of Jesus Christ on December 25 was adopted by Pope Gregory in the 4th century since the Bible does not specify an exact date.

Christmas is a family holiday. On this day, relatives and relatives spend time together. Some prefer a calm, relaxed day: to see photos, some favorite movies, or go out for a walk. And someone spends time actively, having gone skiing, sledding or skating. A mandatory component of the holiday is attending a service in the church, after which gifts are presented. The Christmas market in the center of Salzburg is open on December 24, 25 and 26 until 15:00.

Shops and most restaurants are closed during the Christmas holidays!

Official holiday

 


December 26 - St. Stephen's Day (Stefanitag)

The day of St. Stephen (Stepan), the first Christian martyr, is celebrated on December 26. But for most Austrians, it's just the second day off after Christmas. On this day, they visit distant relatives and friends. Horse races (Stefaniritt) are held in many villages and towns, after which priests bless the riders and horses.

Official holiday

 


December 31 - Silvester

Until the XVII century in Europe, different dates were taken for the beginning and end of the calendar year. In 1691, Pope Innocent XII established a single standard: December 31 – the end of the year, January 1 – the beginning of the year. Before the calendar reform in the Holy Roman Empire, the last day of the year was December 24, and the first day was January 6. Everything that was between them was called the "interlude". December 31 in Catholic countries is called Sylvester in memory of the day of the death of Pope Sylvester (335). New Year is celebrated with fireworks and fireworks. In many cities of Austria, pyrotechnics were abandoned in favor of a laser show. Friends and relatives give each other symbolic gifts: horseshoes with wishes stuffed on them, toy chimney sweeps and marzipan piglets.

Short working day

Salzburg Card and admission fees for museums in Salzburg

Salzburg is not only beautiful from the outside, but it is also very interesting from the inside. Visiting museums and attractions one should be prepared for significant monetary expenses. Therefore, I recommend you inquire in advance about the places you are interested in, to make a plan and calculate expenses.

Ticket prices of the main tourist attractions of Salzburg (2022):

Hohensalzburg Fortress: round-trip funicular ticket with two museums 13.30 euros, children's 7.60 euros, with three museums 16.60 euros. Walking up, down by funicular, including two museums 10,30 euros

Mozart´s birth house: 12 euros, children's 3.50 euros

Mozart´s second apartment: 12 euros, children's 3.50 euros

Museum of the Natural Sciences – Haus der Natur: 9,50 euros, children's 6 euros

The Palace of the Archbishops and the Cathedral Quarter: 13 euros, children's 5 euros

Hellbrunn Palace and the tricky fountains: 13.50 euros, children's 6.50 euros

Hellbrunn Zoo: 12.00 euros, children's 6,00 euros 

Boat trip on the Salzach River (April-November) depending on the category: 16 euros, 18 euros or 36 euros

Stiegl Brewing Museum: 18,90 euros, children's 10 euros

Cable car to the Untresberg mountain: 26,50 euros, children's 12 euros

 

If you are going to spend an intensive day in Salzburg or come for 2-3 days, then I advise you to buy a tourist card, Salzburg Card. With its purchase, tickets to all of the above attractions are included in the card price. You will also be able to use public transport for free. Almost all daily concerts will become 10% cheaper with a card for 48 and 72 hours, many hotels give a 10% discount. You enter most museums without waiting in line. 

 The price of the Salzburg Card

The price of the Salzburg Card:

24 hours – 30 euros and 15 euros for children (6-15y.o) from May 1 to October 31. The rest of the time is 27 euros and 13,50 euros for children

48 hours – 39 euros and 19,50 euros for children from May 1 to October 31. The rest of the time 35 euros and 17,50 euros for children

72 hours – 45 euros and 22,50 euros for children May 1 to October 31. The rest of the time 40 euros and 20 children

The countdown to the validity of the Salzburg Card begins with the first visit. If you use public transport, then you need to fill out the card before boarding, entering the date, time, and your name in it with a pen.

The SALZBURG CARD is found for sale in hotels and tourist information offices: at the railway station and Mozart square. Also, it is available online on the website of Salzburg´s tourism department www.salzburg.info

Buying a Salzburg card, it is important to take into account the time of year! Not all attractions are accessible all year-round. Most tourist attractions have seasonal breaks for technical maintenance or financial revisions.

On my tours I inform my guests about the location of the attractions, the duration of their visits, opening hours, and will help with an activity plan in Salzburg. For groups of 20 or more people, I have the opportunity to buy a discounted Salzburg Card.

Climate and weather in Austria

The diverse landscape of Austria directly affects its climate. In the east of the country the winds are not uncommon, in the Alpine foothills the influence of the continent with lower temperatures in winter and higher in summer is felt. More precipitation falls from the northern side of the Alps, the climate is temperate, usually without large temperature differences. Central Austria is located on a hill. In the valley of the Danube, surrounded by hills, its mild microclimate is formed, favorable for winemaking and growing fruit crops. In the south of the Alps, the influence of the Mediterranean Sea is felt, mild winters and many sunny days are characteristic.

The city of Salzburg is located on the northern edge of Austria north of the Alps. 70% of the land of Salzburg is mountainous. Due to the difference in heights, the air temperature, especially in autumn and winter, can vary significantly in the city and the nearest suburb. According to statistics, cloudy and sunny days are equally here. A temperate climate prevails. Each season has its own three months.

 

Winter in Salzburg

November and the first half of December in Salzburg often delight with sunny days, the temperature is usually +5 +10. By mid-December, it gets colder sharply. Forecasters call this period the "Christmas depression", when temperatures drop below zero, the ground has cooled down enough, and snow falling in the valleys does not immediately melt. The temperature ranges between 0 and -5 degrees.

Weather and Climate of Austria in Winter, Summer, Spring and Autumn

From the first week of January, a real winter comes with heavy snowfalls and low temperatures. Statistics show that very cold winters happen in Austria once in 10 years. For example, this was the case in 2006 and 2017, when the temperature dropped to -25 degrees. At the same time, large bodies of water freeze completely, which happens quite rare nowadays.

Several times during the winter, a warm anticyclone Föhn comes to Austria from the south. With it, a hurricane-force wind begins to blow and the temperature can jump up to +15 degrees during the day. In ski resorts, due to strong winds, all lifts are even stopped for safety reasons. After 2 - 3 days, the cyclone leaves, and temperatures return to subzero levels again.

Weather and Climate of Austria in Winter, Summer, Spring and Autumn 

Traveling to Salzburg from a ski resort, do not forget that Austria is not the south. It can be very cold here with high humidity! In Salzburg, the cold feels damp, penetrating to the very bones. To explore the city center, you will have to walk. In the afternoon, the shadow of the Menchsberg mountain covers the entire area of the old town and, if you are not warmly dressed enough, the tour will be reduced to one shopping trip and a cafe. Dress as warmly as possible! Let it be hot rather than cold.

February in Salzburg is often cloudy, heavy snowfalls are not uncommon. Heavy humid air settles in the valley of the Salzach River. But, having left the valley for the mountains, the clouds remain behind and a clear blue sky with a bright sun opens above you.

salzburg toptours weather november

Thaws begin in March. There is still snow in abundance in the mountains, while the grass begins to turn green in the valleys and the first flowers bloom in the parks. The average temperature in March is +5 +8. March usually pleases with stable temperatures and rare precipitation. By the end of March, the air temperature may rise to +20. At this time, magnolias begin to bloom in Salzburg.

April, like everywhere else, is a month with changeable weather. After warm sunny days, when you have already put most of the warm clothes in the back drawer, winter is coming back again. Heavy snowfalls with snowdrifts in April are not uncommon. No wonder the local saying says: April macht was er will - April does what she wants. 

salzburg toptours weather may

 

Summer in Salzburg

The weather changes frequently until mid-May. It is usually warm, but when the weather deteriorates, it often even snows in the mountains. Only after May 15 can we talk about the stabilization of the weather and the arrival of summer. There is a sign that it is not worth planting heat-loving crops until the days of the five ice saints, since frosts on the soil occur almost every year until St. Sophia's Day (May 15). There is even a local saying: Di koite Sophi mocht ois hi, that is, Cold Sofia ruins everything. In 2017, for example, snow fell in the mountains until mid-May. The temperature from the second half of May to the beginning of August ranges from +20 to +30 degrees.

Climate and Weather in Austria. Salzburg in Winter, Summer, Autumn and Spring 

In June and July, hot weather sets up to +35 and heavy showers in the evenings and at night.I always advise my guests to take some warm clothes and waterproof outerwear with them when traveling to Austria, even in the height of summer. Jackets (windbreakers) and sturdy shoes are especially useful if you are going to spend time actively and climb the mountains. Heavy rains are a frequent phenomenon for Salzburg. At the same time, it becomes quite cool in the mountainous area.

salzburg toptours weather july

August is still a summerly warm month, but it's starting to rain more and more often. The temperature during the day is +25 +27, and at night +10 + 15. In early September, warm dry weather prevails. But nature seems to be holding a calendar in her hands, and as soon as September 1 comes, the breath of autumn begins to be felt. The sun is shining brightly, but it warms less. Until the beginning of October, comfortable temperatures are usually in the daytime: +20 + 23 degrees. The nights become cool, the temperature is +7 +10 degrees. Indian summer, which lasts until mid-October, is a great time for a trip to the Alpine region.

salzburg toptours weather fall september

In the second half of October, the mountains are covered with a beautiful palette of colors. Snowcaps appear on the Alpine peaks. The sunny days of Indian summer end on the 20th of October, after which leaden clouds cover Salzburg and the rainy season begins.

salzburg toptours weather fall

salzburg toptours weather october 

Public transport in Salzburg

There are two types of public transport in the city of Salzburg: bus and trolleybus. There is no subway or tram here.The numbers of bus and trolleybus lines are not duplicated, so there is no need to ask what kind of transportation No. 1, for example. A large share of the routes belongs to trolleybuses, whose lines already go far beyond the city.

Both kinds of transport have a common ticket. To get from point A to point B, you will need only one ticket (a one-hour ticket), even if you have to change the lines. Salzburg is a relatively small town and it takes no longer than one hour to go through it. 

Tickets for public transport in Salzburg are sold (prices 2022):

By the bus driver: 3 euros for a single ticket, 6,40 euros ticket for 24 hours.
Ticket vending machine at the bus stop: 2,20 euros for a single and 4.50 euros ticket for 24 hours.
In tobacco shops and ticket offices of city buses: 2.10 euros for a single and 4.50 euros for 24 hours. Such tickets are sold only in a block of five pieces.

After buying a ticket at the ticket office or vending machine, it needs to be composted. Control happens often, the penalty for a stowaway is 85 euros! 

The fare can be a ticket to a concert, football or hockey matches, an invitation to an exhibition at the Messezentrum on the day of the event, or attending courses three hours before the start. For children under the age of 6 no ticket need.

By purchasing a tourist Salzburg Card, you can use all types of public transport for free. But it is important to write the date and time of the start of use on it with a pen before boarding.

S-Bahn train lines run from Salzburg to the suburbs. You can get to the nearest cities, including Freilassing and Berchtesgaden (Germany).

Also, POSTBUS is engaged in suburban transportation (see the schedule). The main POSTBUS bus station is located at the Salzburg Hauptbahnhof Train Station.

The two most important transport hubs in Salzburg, where most urban transport lines intersect: are Mirabellplatz and Ferdinand Hanusch Platz.

salzburg toptours information about public buses

 ABOUT MELicensed Tour Guide in Salzburg - Eugene Austria 

I received my Austria Guide license after a two-year-long course and successfully passed exams at the school of Salzburg´s economy chamber. In addition, I did concession for the transport services (transfers and excursions by minibus).

The car is a Volkswagen Caravelle T6 4x4 minibus with a capacity of up to eight passengers. A long version with a large luggage compartment, leather interior, there is a microphone for excursions, WiFi Internet connection and a refrigerator with drinks.

I accept payment both in cash with the issuance of a receipt after the tour or by money transfer to an account in Raiffeisen Salzburg Bank / PayPal.

I invite travel companies to cooperate. I am engaged in business tourism, develop programs for corporate events and organize venues for their holding. I implement incentive tours as a performer and consultant.


In 2000, I got a job at the company Salzburg Sightseeing Tours, where I gained practical experience working with people, the first historical knowledge about Austria and other useful skills.


In parallel, I participated in various projects, studied at the university, and attended courses. You can't remember everything. But my favorite destination, tourism, has always been a priority.


In 2004, I started studying for the profession of a Guide in Austria (AUSTRIA GUIDES). The course took two years and was the last when the highest level teachers, church prelates and professors of the University of Salzburg were involved in the training.

By 2006, I had passed the exams with honors and was registered as an individual entrepreneur. Company name: AUSTRIA GUIDE & TRANSFER SERVICE - EVGENIY GUMENNIKOV

In 2007 was accepted into the guild of guides "Salzburg Guide Service".

From 2013 to 2016, he worked as an assistant director of the EC Red Bull Salzburg youth hockey team, whose office is located in the modern Red Bull Sports Academy in Salzburg.


Since 2016, I have a Taxi-Mietwagen concession for the provision of transport services and passenger transportation.


In 2020, he completed a course of study, passed exams and received a real estate broker certificate.

Today I belong to the old-timers of the excursion scene. Thanks to the accumulated experience, my excursions are always varied and memorable. In my fund of excursions, there are such directions that most colleagues do not even know about.


In addition to city excursions, I offer active tours and trips by minibus to the suburbs of Salzburg. Possible two-day (and more) tours throughout Austria and neighboring countries: Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Switzerland.


I conduct transfers from Munich airport to the city of Salzburg and the (ski) resorts of the land of Salzburg and back.

I will organize tourist buses if your company has more than 8 people.

I accompany you to exhibitions on any subject. I have a lot of experience in this.

I work as a translator in German and English.


I offer the services of a photographer during excursions.


I organize and carry out corporate events and incentive tours.


I advise on holidays in Austria, recommend good restaurants and interesting places.

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Contact

5020 Salzburg, AUSTRIA
Tel: +43 650 82 36 890 (Whatsapp/Viber)
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Eugene Gumennikov

 

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