It’s not a bad time to visit Vienna. March has a chance of decent spring weather but it’s not peak tourist season, so you miss the crowds that swarm across parts of the city in high summer.
On the other hand, as with February, it’s relatively quiet in terms of major events. Unless Easter happens to fall in March…
Top March activities
Visit an Easter market
The Easter markets open around two weeks before the Easter weekend. So unless this holiday falls in late April (as is the case in 2019), they should appear in the latter half of March.
Take the opportunity to browse for handicrafts and gifts, but also to sample traditional (and unusual) Austrian fare at the many stalls selling food and drink.
For more holiday entertainment, read the guide to Easter in Vienna.
Buy some vinyl, art…or bread
March hosts one or two weekend festivals, as Vienna slowly emerges from its winter sleep. For example:
A taste of retro
The Vinyl & Music festival is a market, fair, exhibition, and gig rolled into one.
Held in a working brewery, it harks back to the days when music was “real” and not this manufactured nonsense the kids listen to these days. Why, I remember when all you needed was a washboard and a…sorry, pass me my slippers.
Actually, the festival combines a retro feel with contemporary dynamism. “Authentic” is the word I’d use.
If you like a decent loaf in your life, then the Brotfestival is a one-day celebration of the baker’s skills. Bakeries from across Vienna, Austria, and beyond collect to showcase their wares and talents.
Two wheels good…
The end of March often arrives wearing a cycling helmet. The Argus Bike Festival is a two-day event with information stands, bike-related exhibitors and lots of two-wheeled show action.
A question of taste
And if modern art is more your thing, then find your way to the Hofburg palace and Art Vienna. (NB: May not take place every year.)
This 3-day contemporary art fair brings together numerous art galleries and usually features works of international and regional importance, as well as giving a platform to up and coming artists.
Enjoy the spring flowers
It’s all a little dependent on the weather, obviously, but March sees the emergence of the green shoots of spring, with tulips, daffodils, snowdrops, and other flowers optimistically forcing their way up through the soil.
The municipal gardens department does an excellent job of filling Vienna’s many parks (and roadsides) with spring colour. A couple of tips, if the climate allows:
- The Lainzer Tiergarten is a managed nature protection area with free-roaming deer and wild boar, paths through the woodland, playing areas for kids, and places to eat
- The Vienna woods (Wienerwald) cover the hilly west of the city, with numerous walking trails and restaurants dotted throughout
Take your last chance
March is the final full month of the Viennese ball season. And probably your last opportunity to indulge in some winter sports until the end of the year:
- The Ice World outdoor skating extravaganza usually closes very early in the month, as does the open-air rink at the Eislaufverein. But…
- The skiing season continues. Vienna’s “local” Alpine ski resort at Semmering should still be open and is suited to a day trip out to the slopes
Treat yourself to a spa day
With the weather still liable to turn chilly at times, you can always dip into a thermal pool.
The Vienna spa complex (Therme Wien) has various indoor and outdoor pools, a well as the usual array of spa offerings: from Swedish massages to Austrian pastries.