Averages for Vienna in April
April is a typical shoulder season in Vienna, the stunning capital of Austria. The chillingly cold winter months of December and January are now well in the past, but the warmer temperatures of July and August still l...
April is a typical shoulder season in Vienna, the stunning capital of Austria. The chillingly cold winter months of December and January are now well in the past, but the warmer temperatures of July and August still lie far ahead. These large variations in weather conditions between winter and summer are due to the city’s location in central Europe, away from any major body of water that may have moderating effects. Of course, the nearby presence of the Alps also influences the climate in this region.
April’s average temperature of 9°C lies exactly in between the annual low of -1°C in January and the annual high of 19° in July. It is a month that’s significantly warmer than its previous month, March, but also a lot cooler than the following month, May. This, logically, has to result in rapidly increasing temperatures during the course of the month. The nighttime low temperature rises from 4°C in the beginning of the month to 8°C toward the end, while the afternoon high temperature climbs from 13°C to 18°C, which is already very comfortable. The average lows and highs in April are 4°C and 14°C. If you would like to know more about how these statistics are calculated please visit this page.
The average probability that precipitation occurs in April ranges around 53% and there is hardly any variation at all. April is characterised by a slight increase in total precipitation since March, now the total stands at 51mm. There are 13 days with precipitation, which is about the annual monthly average. April is the fifth-wettest month of the year, after the four following months.
Snow has become quite unlikely now, with a chance of experiencing any type of snow of no more than 11%. Moderate rain, on the other hand, is quite likely to be experienced—it occurs on no less than 61% of the days with precipitation. This is basically the only type of precipitation you should expect. Light rain is the second-most common type, but only occurs on 15% of the days with precipitation.
The skies in April tend to clear out in the course of the month. Cloud cover decreases from 69% to 60%, making way for much more sunshine. Another beneficial weather factor that influences sunshine is the lengthening of the days. In the course of April, the day length increases with 1.38 hours. This means that each April day is 3.3 minutes longer than the previous one.
Because of those two factors, sunshine hours have increased drastically since March. April enjoys 10 beautiful hours of sunshine per day on average, the same as in May and only one hour below the annual maximum of 11 hours that will be experienced in June and the other summer months.
An up-to-date weather forecast for Vienna can be viewed on this weather forecast page.
The Museum of Natural History
Where to Stay
Quietly located in the western suburbs of Vienna, Klimt Hotel & Apartments is a great place to stay if you’re looking to explore both Vienna itself and the surrounding area in April. Two metro lines are conveniently located near the hotel, which can bring you right into the heart of the city. All 26 rooms have a bathroom with shower and toilet, TV, telephone and a desk. Rooms range from singles and double to 5-bed rooms and studio apartments.
Hotel Bosei may not be in the city centre, but it is surrounded by the greenery of the recreational area known as Wienerberg. It lies right next to a golf course to the southwest of the city centre. This is an ideal place to stay for business travellers, holiday-makers and art lovers. While staying there, you can enjoy and take use of the free parking, tennis courts, restaurant, nearby golf course, conference rooms, bar and the fitness centre at the golf club.
Situated right next to the central train station of Vienna, the Meininger Wien Hauptbahnhof is a three-star hotel with 68 rooms. Major highlights such as Karlsplatz and the Belvedere Palace lie mere steps away, and it’s only 10 minutes to the Old Town by public transportation. Amenities include a games room, a bar, free Wi-Fi and a car park.
The Volksgarten (Peoples Garden) located in the Museum Quarter
Things to Do
As an average shoulder month—warming temperatures, cool nights and some occasional rain showers—April is a pretty peaceful time of year in Vienna. This would be the ideal time of year to visit the city’s many world-class museums, not being held back by overwhelming crowds, and allowing you to really enjoy the art and artifacts. Strongly recommended museums include the Natural History Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts and all the museums in the Museum Quarter.
If you feel like a breath of fresh air, a visit to the Naschmarkt is suggested. Nowadays, this is a large open-air market where you can buy fresh produce, souvenirs and other kinds of goods. It has somewhat of a bazaar-like feel to it, a place that’s simply fun to stroll around in. The many cafés—it’s Vienna after all!—and restaurants invite people to stop and enjoy a cup of coffee or a delicious lunch, or both. On Saturdays, the Naschmarkt turns into a flea market where vendors sell antiques and all kinds of other stuff.
Wander along the beautiful streets of Vienna
Eating & Drinking Out
If you’re looking for a trendy place to have dinner, consider paying a visit to the A. Gerstner K. u. K. Hoflieverant. This hip place consists of both a café and pastry shop, and a fancy salon where you can enjoy sparkling drinks. This is a great place for a break in the afternoon, a place where you can sample delicious Gerstner chocolates as well as Schlumberger sparkling wines.
In the evening, you can head to Bristol Bar at the Hotel Bristol for cocktails, wines and other alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. This great cocktail bar is located right next to the State Opera building and features a cozy art deco décor with soft seats, couches and lounges. Arguably one of the most visited hotel bars in Vienna, Bristol Bar is the perfect place to go for an aperitif before, or drink after, the opera.