Thinking of traveling to Vienna in March and wondering if it’s a good idea? This article includes everything you need to know about visiting Vienna in March: tips and things to do in Vienna in March, as well as what to wear in Vienna in March and, of course, what is the weather like in Austria in March.
Let’s dive right in!
Vienna in March: tips and things to do in Vienna in March, what to wear
What’s the weather like in Vienna in March
March is the first month of spring, so temperatures start to get milder. But, depending on how the winter is each year, you may find a little bit of snow, wind, and some rain.
The average temperatures in Vienna in March are 11 degrees Celsius during the day, and 4 degrees during the night (sometimes a bit lower).
Usually, there are 8 rainy days in Vienna in March.
One thing to expect: wind. While Vienna gets milder temperatures than other parts of Austria, it’s still cold.
What to wear in Vienna in March – and what to pack for Vienna in March
As mentioned, it’s not very hot.
This means that you need a jacket – for instance, I use my winter jacket if I travel in Europe and the maximum temperatures are no higher than 5 degrees Celsius, or a spring jacket, waterproof and breathable if the temperatures reach 11 degrees Celsius during the day.
You may want to pack light gloves too – if your hands get cold easily and if you plan to walk a lot. (again, windy month) You could also pack a hat as you may need to wear it in Vienna in March.
You can have a scarf – I don’t really like them, so I have jackets with a zipper that covers the neck too.
As for the rest of the clothes, it depends on your preferences. Wool based sweaters are ok if you usually wear them and are you don’t like cold temperatures.
I just use cotton blouses, long sleeves – and that jacket – as the interiors are heated (malls, restaurants, etc.) and I prefer lower temperatures.
I also pack jeans – maybe jogging jeans (a bit warmer/thicker than the usual ones).
And that’s pretty much all you’ll need to pack for Vienna in March – apart from your make-up/beauty products, and jewelry, if any, plus gadgets, chargers, and books to read.
Tips for visiting Vienna in March
Let’s see the best Vienna tips for March.
Research the weather first
As it’s still not the mild/hot spring yet – but not the very cold winter either – you need to know what to expect. So make sure you check the weather prior to your trip.
In this manner, you’ll know exactly what to pack for a trip to Vienna in March depending on how the weather will be like during your visit.
Check out the events in Vienna in March
There are special events and fairs taking place in Vienna all year long, so March is no exception.
Make sure you check all the events taking place in Vienna in March, during the period when you are visiting Austria’s capital, and decide what you want to include on your list.
You’ll usually find a few Easter Markets in Vienna – the famous ones being the Easter Market at Schonbrunn Palace (here’s your guide to visiting this palace), the Traditional Viennese Easter Market – Freyung, and more such Easter Markets.
You’ll also discover that there are numerous temporary exhibitions – and some of them might lure you – opera concerts, other fairs, etc. (you may check this site to see what events will take place in Vienna in March or when you will be visiting.)
Enjoy Easter in Vienna in March
Depending on the year you are visiting, you may not find only Easter Markets in Vienna, but you’ll be able to participate at Easter Mass in Vienna.
There are numerous great churches in Vienna – you already know I love Karlskirche, the smaller Peterskirche – and you know that there is as well the famous St. Stephan’s Cathedral.
Reasons to visit Vienna in March
There are a few advantages of visiting Vienna in March worth mentioning.
While the cold weather may not appeal to you, you should know that there are upsides of traveling to Vienna in March that might convince you to visit the Imperial City now.
Yes, you get better prices for accommodation and even flights for Vienna in March.
Admittedly, if Easter is celebrated in March, then the prices may be a bit higher, but usually, you can get great prices as you’ll visit offseason.
If you are visiting Vienna in March, then you’ll avoid the crowds. As the winter season is over and the spring season hasn’t started yet ( April and May), there aren’t that many tourists in Vienna in March.
This means you will be able to visit all the famous Vienna attractions and avoid the crowds. Smaller lines at the entrances and fewer people inside each museum or gallery you visit.
I don’t know about you, you but for me, that is a huge benefit.
You can enjoy the Easter Markets in Vienna
Even if Easter is in April, the Easter markets are open in March. This means that you’ll be able to visit them and enjoy them all together.
Disadvantages of visiting Vienna in March
There are a few minor drawbacks of visiting Vienna in March you should know.
The weather is colder
Yes, it’s still not as hot as in April or May. Not that cold as during the winter, but not very hot either.
The flowers are not in bloom yet
If you are looking to see spring beautiful flowers blooming everywhere in Vienna, then March will disappoint you.
You can definitely enjoy a walk in the park, but you won’t see any flowers just yet. It won’t ruin your Vienna holiday, but you should know what to expect before visiting Vienna in March.
Things to do in Vienna in March
If you decide to visit Vienna in March, then you will see that there are plenty of things to do in Vienna in March that will allow you to learn more about the city and country’s history and culture.
Visit the famous museums
I could go on and on about the lovely and impressive museums in Vienna. They are great for people of all ages, interactive, and interesting.
As you saw when I presented to you my favorite places to visit in Vienna, many of them are museums.
I loved the Technical Museum in Vienna, The Art History Museum, Belvedere (famous for its Klimt exhibition), and the Liechtenstein Museum.
And there are many more amazing museums in Vienna to visit!
Don’t forget about the Palaces
How can a trip to Vienna be complete without visiting at least the Schonbrunn Palace and the Hofburg Palace?
While you may not admire the gardens at the Schonbrunn Palace (not in bloom/arranged yet), everything else here can be visited – and you’ll learn so much about Vienna!
Admire the Colorful Hundertwasserhaus
This is one of the famous attractions in Vienna, and you can definitely admire it in March.
This interesting building will surprise you for sure and is also one of the most instagrammable places in Vienna.
Visit Prater Amusement Park
March is the month when most of the rides in Prater open again. Hooray!
As I consider this amusement park to be one of the best things to do in Vienna, it’s no surprise that I’m happy to announce you that starting mid-March on most of the rides and attractions at Prater Amusement Park are open.
I wouldn’t miss taking a ride in the famous Ferris wheel in March, nor should you. There are so many great things to do in Prater that will keep you busy for hours!
Visit the famous churches
Vienna is home to several amazing churches. Karlskirche and Saint Stephan’s Cathedral should definitely be on your list of places to visit in Vienna in March, but there are more churches worthy to be discovered, including Saint Francis of Assisi Church.
Attend temporary exhibits and events or fairs
Vienna is a vibrant city, and, as mentioned above, there are several events taking place in March.
Check out the list of the seasonal events in March in Vienna, the special temporary exhibitions or fairs, and see if anything interests you.
As people going to museums or interacting with the arts live longer, you have all the reasons in the world to check out the cultural activities in Vienna in March and include some on your Vienna travel itinerary.
Enjoy the Easter markets
Yes, I consider these markets as some of the best things to see in Vienna in March, so I am including them here, on the list of things to do in March as well.
Be surprised by Anchor Clock (Ankeruhr)
A great example of Art Nouveau, Anchor Clock was built between 1911 and 1917.
Ankeruhr is located on the oldest square of Vienna ‘Hoher Markt’ and can be admired for free (it‘s one of the best free things to see in Vienna.)
All the hours are marked by important figures, including Joseph Haydn or Maria Theresia.
At noon, You can admire all the figures, not only the one marking that specific hour.
There are plenty of things to do in Vienna in March, and while you may not be able to admire the beautiful spring flowers in bloom, you’ll still have an amazing holiday in Vienna in March.
With the added bonus of fewer crowds, you will be able to see more in Vienna in a relaxed manner.