August is holiday season in Austria. It’s the month when offices close, many small bars and cafes shut up shop and people head away from the cities towards lakes or cross the border to reach coastal cities.
There are of course some people who still have to work during August, but Monday, August 15th, is a public holiday in all Austrian states, meaning that even businesses that usually stay open in the summer, such as supermarket chains, will shut their doors.
August 15th, is an important date in the Austrian calendar, not only because it’s a public holiday but because it’s a day to celebrate the Assumption of the Virgin, which, according to Christians, commemorates the day the Virgin Mary entered heaven.
This will be honoured with masses in churches across the country. But apart from that, not a lot else happens, so don’t be expecting parades or fireworks.
Every year, August 15th is a guaranteed vacation day, unless it falls on Sunday (as happened last year).
Many people across Austria will be taking the advantage of the Monday holiday, getting away for a long weekend, and there are warnings of heavy traffic coming in and out of major cities.
When is the next public holiday?
After Monday, the next national public holiday won’t be until October 26th, when Austria celebrates its national day. This year, national day falls on a Wednesday, so no long weekends there.
After that, though, there’s the All Saints’ Day holiday on November 1st, a Tuesday, so Austrians might get a ‘bridge holiday’ if they take a day off on Monday in order to enjoy the extended weekend.
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die gesetzliche Feiertage – the public holidays
die Sommerferien – the summer holidays
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