Weather in Austria, italy and france in November

Hi, I was planning to visit Austria in November, from 11th to 22nd, i wanted information on the weather in austria in november. My research says the weather in austria is chilly as expected but it rains a lot in the city areas and snows in the hilly areas and there is daylight only for 3- 4 hrs, is this true? and if it is i am planning to change my plans to visit either Italy or france. Is italy or france a better place to visit on the aforementioned dates than Austria. Please advise! Cheers, parmesh

Posted by Tom
Hüttenfeld, Hessen, Germany
9088 posts

No, there's far more than 3-4 hours of daylight. Without looking at the almanac, I would say 8 to 10. You would be about as likely to experience rain in France and Italy as you would in Austria at that time of year. Italy south of the Alps and southern France would likely be warmer, however, but not toasty either. The high Alpine areas of Austria at that time of year can be nearly deserted as they prepare for the upcoming winter sports season, so this generally isn't a good time to visit the mountains. The cities are just as enjoyable as at any time, however. With the amount of time you have, it certainly would not be unreasonable to visit Austria and perhaps a small part of northern Italy.

Posted by Betty
Missouri City
201 posts

In mid November, sunrise is around 7 AM and sunset about 4 PM in Vienna. Winter can be quite cold and gray in Austria. We lived in Vienna for 2 yrs in the early 1980's and we didn't have that many bright, sunny days in the winter. You don't say what your interests are for this trip. If you will be visiting museums, palaces, etc., the weather won't be that much of a factor. If you are out walking about, you will need to dress appropriately but can always stop and get a nice hot drink to warm you up! Austria is a beautiful country -- one of my favorites in Europe.

Posted by Marie
San Diego, CA, United States
857 posts

I lived in Thailand for several years and up country once the weather turned cold - 16 Celsius (well, it was about 57F so maybe my conversion is off but you get the point). Anyway the King and Queen went to distribute blankets because elderly people were dying of the cold. My point here is if you don't have really cold weather where you live in India during the winter Austria will be brutal, that is, if you come from a mostly tropical climate. My Swedish relatives would probably be sunbathing in Austria in November but would be fainting if it was 80F and humid. If you're used to cold winters Austria is really great. Yes the days are short but the scenery makes up for it. Myself, I'd opt for Italy - longer daylight hours and better weather. Can have a lot of cold rain in Austria in November - well usually but not always. Anyway, I always enjoy Austria. Have fun wherever you end up going!

Posted by parmesh
pune, maharashtr, india
4 posts

Thanks guys for the revert. I am planning to Mix the indoor and outdoor sightseeing, just indoors would be boring. It hardly snows in India only in some parts which is extremely far from where i stay. So i want to experience fresh snow. Frozen rain would be a complete no for me. Average temperature between 4 to 8 degrees celsius is bearable. I am still confused. Italy, France or Austria? I dont want to visit a place which would have a lot of rain as it would disrupt my outdoor visit plan in the city or anywhere.

Posted by Chani
Tel Aviv
3496 posts

The weather in Europe is unpredictable. It could be sunny and pleasant for a week, it could be gray and rainy for a week. If it's rainy in the mountains, or even just very cloudy, you may not have much enjoyment from the scenery. Snow-covered mountains don't show up well against gray skies, and when they're shrouded in clouds, they might as well not be there. If you plan to be in areas that have only (or mainly) outdoor attractions, you may be disappointed and have no alternatives. At least if you are in cities, you have lots to see and do. Also, in those scenic rural settings, there may be little or nothing to do after dark (at 4-5 p.m.). If you want to see fresh snow, you'll have to be in those high, cold mountains and hope for good weather. The temperatures will likely be below freezing. If you want snow and sunshine and temps above zero, go to the Western United States.

Posted by Tom
Hüttenfeld, Hessen, Germany
9088 posts

"I dont want to visit a place which would have a lot of rain as it would disrupt my outdoor visit plan in the city or anywhere." At that time of year, there isn't much of a predictable difference between your three choices. But as mentioned earlier, November simply isn't a good month for outdoor activities in the Alps. At least in cities you can find plenty of in-door stuff to do.

Posted by parmesh
pune, maharashtr, india
4 posts

So if i have to conclude, it doesn't matter if it is france, austria or italy, the weather may be unpredictable anywhere. Tom, in your earlier post you suggested travelling to southern france,italy. If all the three are not advisable, then can anyone suggest which part of europe should i travel in the 2nd week of November.

Posted by Tom
Hüttenfeld, Hessen, Germany
9088 posts

November is a fairly damp month in just about all of Europe, it doesn't really matter where, except for perhaps some of the desert regions of southern Spain. You may have misunderstood my previous post. I mentioned that you could possibly tack on a bit of northern Italy to a trip to Austria, mainly because they're relatively close. It may be warmer in Italy once you move south beyond the Alpine hinterland, but from a weather prediction, it likely won't be any drier. This doesn't mean it will definately rain in one or both locations. It just means that for planning purposes, there likely isn't a predictable difference to choose between the two a few months in advanced.

Posted by Chani
Tel Aviv
3496 posts

If all the three are not advisable, then can anyone suggest which part of europe should i travel in the 2nd week of November. Well, gee, Parmesh, the weather is pretty much unpredictable in most of Europe at any time of year. And you haven't really told us what you want to see and do, except that being indoors all day is "boring." What made you want to visit France or Italy instead? You asked Is italy or france a better place to visit Better depends on where in each of those countries you want to go and what you want to do there.