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Austria in January
Written by Shrinidhi H on May 20, 2022 Share on

Austria in January – Weather, Top 6 activities to do and Festivals

Austria is a beautiful destination to visit in January. You should spend some time playing in the snow when you visit and non-skiers can try tobogganing, snowshoeing, or winter hiking – Austria in January offers lots of outdoor as well as indoor activities. January is one of the finest times to visit Austria because prices are lower and crowds are smaller, providing for a perfect, more intimate break. We’ve compiled a list of the best things to do in Austria in January and festivals, whether you’re interested in history, outdoor activities, or the arts.

Weather in Austria in January

Many people are curious about the weather in Austria in January. In Austria, January is a winter month. The typical maximum daily temperatures in January are extremely cold, ranging from -3°C (27°F) in Zeltweg to 4°C (38°F) in Innsbruck. Innsbruck’s nighttime temperatures drop to -4°C (25°F) and Zeltweg’s to -13°C (9°F). Because it is the coldest month of the year, be prepared and dress warmly.

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Top 6 activities to do in Austria in January

1. Skiing

Skiing is the Austrian national sport. When visiting here, both mountain skiers and cross-country skiers have a choice. Kitzbuhel is one of Austria’s top ski areas, with over 170 km of slopes, 54 cable cars and every ski level you can imagine. Located in the Arlberg region of Austria, San Anton is a ski resort for serious skiers seeking challenges at heights and off the slopes. The village of Lech Zürs is where celebrities and royalty head to luxury skiing and luxury accommodation. Surrounded by glaciers, Sölden provides perfect snow conditions throughout the spring. 

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2. Snowshoeing and Winter Hiking

For non-skiers, Austria offers as many hiking trails and stunning mountain views in the form of snowshoes and winter hikes. Depending on where you are in the country, you will have the opportunity to explore fascinating forests, glacier trails, or snow-covered alpine valleys. When you’re in Salzburg, you can take the cable car to the Mauterndorf ski area and find a snowshoe trail that runs zigzag up the top of the mountain. Or step into the Lauris Valley forest, surrounded by thundering mountains and wildlife. 

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3. Visiting Castles

Austria’s royal architecture is beautiful throughout the four seasons, but there is something special about visiting a 17th-century castle buried in snow. Fortunately, Austrian castles, fortresses and palaces remain open throughout the winter, allowing for quiet walks in the royal gardens and less crowded interior tours. Austria’s most beautiful castle is probably Burgkreuzenstein, north of Vienna, famous for its majestic towers. The medieval Hochosterwitz Castle, with its 14 fortified gates, is by no means inferior.

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4. Attending a Ball

There are about 500 balls in Austria, most of which are held in Vienna in January and February. The Viennese ball has been a centuries-old tradition and features a very rigorous ritual program with flashy dress codes, waltz dances, fine food and a shout of “Ares Waltz!” to start the celebration. Getting a ticket for a Vienna ball is not easy and not cheap but don’t miss trying it out. 

Waltz dance
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5. Visiting Alpine Villages

Austria’s Alpine Village is one of the best places to visit all year round, but it’s especially magical when it’s snowing. The powder-white cobblestone streets have a unique charm, meandering through centuries-old buildings decorated for the holidays. Hallstatt is one of Austria’s most famous mountain villages. Located on the shores of Lake Hallstatt and the Salzkammergut Mountains, surrounded by glaciers and near old salt mines. 

Apline village
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6. Tobogganing

Tobogganing is part of all Austrian childhood, and fortunately for visitors, the fun continues for adults as well. Many lodges and ski resorts offer toboggan rentals for mountain climbing. There are many toboggan sleighs in the Tyrol region, many of which can be reached by cable car. For example, the Glampweg Toboggan begins with a cable car that runs down the mountain and makes a 6.5km plunge.

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Festivals in Austria in January


In Austria, the New Year begins with the so-called “New Year’s shooting”. In many cities across the country, squads of historic rifle clubs at least historic clubs in uniform, certainly drinking clubs are gathered in traditional costumes. They shoot side by side, often with huge 17th-century style cannons. If you’re willing to wake up on January 1st, this is worth a look. 


On January 5th, “Glöckler” goes to each house in  Salzkammergut. This is a true pagan act and it is spectacular to see. They are young men in white trousers and dresses, illuminated from the inside with a large coat of arms. “Glöckler” has a belt and a bell on his wrist to dance. This has traditionally been done to awaken the seeds of the ground and the spirit of nature. Can’t think of any justification that the Catholic Church could find to continue this, but it looks great, whether pagan or not.


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Frequently Asked Questions about Austria in January

1. Will it snow in December in Austria? 

Yes, it will snow in Austria at the end of December. 

2. What is the best month to visit Austria? 

April-May and September-October are the best months to visit Austria, but if you want to enjoy skiing, you can plan your trip here during the winter season. 

3. How many days should I spend in Austria?

Austria has several beautiful places and you can plan your trip anywhere from 10 days to 2 weeks, depending on the number of cities you want to cover. 

4. Where should I stay in Austria in winter?  

Some of Austria’s most popular winter destinations are
1. Innsbruck
2. Vienna
3. Oberichwald
4. Salzburg
5. Wild Schoenau

These are all the things you must try during your visit to Austria in January and some of the important festivals that you should see during your holiday. In addition, we believe that this guide will help your travel to Austria during the winter. So, hurry up and book your personalized Austria package at Pickyourtrail with the greatest deals!

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