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Panorama of Salzburg in autumn | © Tourismus Salzburg

Salzburg in Autumn

The question as to what Salzburg has to offer in autumn is easily answered: It’s all about the sounds of jazz on the streets, folk culture and leisurely walks without having to fight the throngs. Now is the best time to discover Salzburg’s rich beer culture, either enjoyed in authentic folk costume or simply just the way you are. And as the temperatures slowly drop, many expeditions inevitably turn indoors.

Folk Heritage & Beer

The famous Rupertikirtag takes place at the end of September. In honor of the occasion, Salzburgers and their guests pull their most beautiful folk costumes out of the wardrobe or treat themselves to a new outfit courtesy of one of Salzburg’s acclaimed folkwear tailors. And if you always wanted to know how the delicious beer is brewed that is served at folk events, you should definitely take a look behind the scenes of one of Salzburg’s breweries.

Rich harvest – colorful leaves

Autumn time is harvest time. It is now that Salzburg’s markets show off the abundance of their crops. Fresh fruit and vegetables as far as the eye can see. But it isn’t just the market stands that treat us to a brilliant display of color. Nature becomes every bit as vivid, inviting you to go hiking and walking. There is definitely no shortage of opportunities to do so here in Salzburg – both right in the heart of the city, as well as on the nearby Untersberg.

The weather in Salzburg in autumn

September tends to be a little unpredictable: You are just as likely to encounter a hot month as you are cooler temperatures. We definitely recommend dressing in layers. October isn’t much different, though temperatures can drop significantly during the month. That said, warm clothing definitely belongs in your suitcase. November can become cool and foggy. Appropriate to this mystic weather, be sure to bring along warm clothing and good shoes.

Musical Autumn

Anyone who expects Salzburg to turn quiet upon conclusion of the summer festival, couldn’t be more wrong. That merely marks the beginning of a season filled with diversity: The sounds of classical music can be heard, for example, during Salzburger Kulturtage, while international and Austrian musicians perform at the coolest locations in Salzburg during Jazz & The City - and admission is free. In autumn, much of the music you hear is performed in public spaces, truly transforming the whole city into a stage.

As the days get shorter...

On those foggy gray days of late autumn, numerous traditional coffee houses in Salzburg invite you to sit down, relax and enjoy. Sipping on a nice warm cup of java accompanied by a homemade pastry, the weather quickly becomes an irrelevance. Or you might wish to head to the Paracelsus Bad & Kurhaus – newly reopened in 2019 – for a pleasant swim and a reenergizing session in the sauna – accompanied by magical views of Mirabell Gardens and the historic district.    

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