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IN PICTURES: The best places to see snow in and around Vienna

If you are looking for snow in Austria, Vienna is definitely not the first place you should go, but when it snows, the capital can look absolutely beautiful. Here's where to go to get the best views.

IN PICTURES: The best places to see snow in and around Vienna
The Schoenbrunn Palace is seen during snowfall in Vienna on January 23, 2023. (Photo by Alex HALADA / AFP)

Vienna is a surprising city when it comes to weather and snow.

You can spend a week in the city in December amid sub-zero temperatures but not see any snow at all  – something that often surprises foreigners from warmer countries who associate Austria with mountains and skiing.

But then when snow comes the sight of Vienna under a white blanket is a sight to behold – even if the locals (not us) don’t seem to appreciate it.

A tram drives by a snowy Vienna (Photo by Saikat Bhuiyan on Unsplash)

Austrians themselves love to hate the Viennese snow, joking that it is actually just “mud”. The truth is, it really doesn’t snow that often in the Austrian capital (the Hohe Warte measurement centre in Vienna recorded ten snow days in 2022, compared to 52 in Klagenfurt, 27 in Salzburg and 26 in Innsbruck). 

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It also doesn’t snow that much: the winter of 2021/22 saw only 31 centimetres of fresh snow, something that could fall in a day in a ski resort in the Austrian Alps. 

However, when there is enough new snow to turn (parts of) the city white, certain areas are certainly better to explore than others.

Classic touristic spots

If you want to see the Stephansdom or the Vienna Opera covered in snow, it would have to be a tremendous snowstorm, subzero temperatures and even better if the snow was still falling. This is because the city centre is heavily urbanised and the asphalt and streets are treated so that snow melts faster. 

The number of people walking by makes it harder to see that picture-perfect white snow. 

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However, some classic tourist attractions are greener and, therefore, can become whiter more easily.

For example, the palaces and parks of Vienna look beautiful when it snows. Schönbrunn, with its hundreds of square meters of gardens (plus a fantastic panoramic view up from the Gloriette), is always a popular spot when the snow falls, just as Belvedere, Stadtpark, the park in front of Rathaus and Prater.

Best places to play around

If your dream is to slide down a snow hill or build a snowman, Vienna’s many parks are the best places to go. Some beautiful examples in or around the city centre include Augarten, Prater, Schwarzenbergpark, Türkenschanzpark and Stadtpark. 

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By the outskirts, places like Roter Berg (you can check the video above) are very popular with kids, but even your small neighbourhood park might have great sledging spots, so don’t be shy to ask your neighbours. 

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Spots in the outskirts of Vienna

Other popular spots are in the Viennese surroundings or just a short drive away from the capital. 

For example, the official trails of the City of Vienna lead you to several nature spots with panoramic views and guaranteed beautiful snow.

The Stadtwanderweg 8 is one of the best, with an observation deck and awesome spots to slide down from. The Stadtwanderweg 4 and 4a lead you up to Gallitzinberg, almost an Alpine peak (ok, not so much, but still beautiful).

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Pictured is the view from Kahlenberg.

The mountains surrounding the city are also very popular, including Anninger, where you can walk through snowy forest paths and roads, and the very popular Schneeberg. Or, accessible via the city transport, the Kahlenberg.

Finally, a short trip leads you to spots such as Semmering (where the Viennese go for a quick ski trip) and the Rax, which you can go up via cable car. 

Above, pictures posted on Twitter of a trip to Semmering on a snowy day.

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48er-Tandler: Where to buy cheap second hand items in Vienna

The Viennese environmental market 48er-Tandler sells high-quality second-hand goods and promotes environmentally friendly events. On certain dates, including this Wednesday, people can bring their electric appliances to be repaired for free.

48er-Tandler: Where to buy cheap second hand items in Vienna

The 48er-Tandler is a well-established second-hand market promoted by the City of Vienna where people can find high-quality, functional second-hand goods at reasonable prices.

The market operates in two addresses, one in Margareten (5th district) and the other in Donaustadt (22nd district).

The markets are always worth the visit, with assortments that come from specific drop-off locations at the Viennese waste collection points. Every year, around 130,000 still usable items are handed in at these spots, according to the city council. 

Sales proceeds go to charities in the Austrian capital.

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In addition, unclaimed items from the lost property service and things no longer needed by various municipal departments of the City of Vienna also go on sale.

Reparaturcafe im Margareten

Occasionally, the 48er-Tandler also promotes special events, including the Reparaturcafe, or “Repair cafe”, which is taking place on Wednesday, January 25th at the 48er-Tandler Margareten (5., Siebenbrunnenfeldgasse 3) from 3 pm to 6 pm.

“Repairing instead of throwing away” is the motto of the first event of the year. If you have a broken electrical appliance at home, you can drop it off during the specified hours. A repair professional will take a look at your device free of charge and try to repair it on-site – saving you money and helping the environment.

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People can also see the repair being made and learn how to continue using the device for as long as possible. Any electrical appliance can be taken except for cell phones, computers and coffee machines, which take too long to fix.

No registration is required, just drop by and join in. The waiting time can be spent shopping at the 48er-Tandler or chatting over free coffee and cookies.

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You can check more information HERE.