When to Go to Vienna Woods, Lake Neusiedler, and the Danube River

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When to Go to Vienna Woods, Lake Neusiedler, and the Danube River

Most of the regions around Vienna and along the Danube are best seen in the temperate months between mid-March and mid-November; not much is offered for winter sports and a number of hotels as well as sites close in the winter. The glorious riverside landscape becomes fairy-tale-like when apricot and apple trees are in bursting blossom, late April to mid-May. Others might prefer the early- to mid-autumn days, when the vineyards on the terraced hills turn reddish-blue and a bracing chill settles over the Danube. From mid-September till the beginning of October the Bruckner Festival in Linz joins forces with Ars Electronica, combining the classic with the contemporary. Seasons notwithstanding, crowds jam the celebrated abbey at Melk; you're best off going first thing in the morning, before the tour buses arrive, or at midday, when the throngs have receded. No matter when you come, be sure to try some fruit in a linzer torte (a filling of brandy-flavored apricots, raspberries, or plums under a latticed pastry crust), a treat as rich and satisfying as the scenic wonders of the Danube Valley itself.

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