Bank and public holidays in Austria: 2017-2018 guide

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28.06.18
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The Austrian holiday calendar might look a little different to those who aren’t from the country. In Austria, religious holidays are taken very seriously, with mandated time off for several of them. Some of those holidays fall on different days each year, making them difficult to keep track of. They also vary depending on what part of the country you’re in, so it’s extremely important to know when banks and public offices will be closed so you don’t get caught off guard by a surprise holiday. The good news is that if a holiday falls on a weekend, no weekday time off is usually given, simplifying a complicated holiday calendar just a little bit. To make the most of your time in Austria — and not get caught needing a bank when they’re all closed — it’s important to know what holidays and customs are important in Austria. Read on to learn some of the basics.

National holidays in Austria

There are 16 national holidays in Austria each year.

  • Austrian public holidays: 16
  • Austrian bank holidays: 16

Celebrating Mother’s Day and Father’s Day in Austria

Mother’s Day in Austria is celebrated on the second Sunday in May, the same as in the US and many other countries that observe the holiday. It’s treated as a day of love and gratitude for mothers, and many customs celebrated in the US have been adopted by Austria, like taking moms out to brunch or having a family meal together sometime during the day. Children generally make small crafts and gifts in school, which they give to their moms on Mother’s Day.

While Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in June in many parts of the world, Austria celebrates fathers on the second Sunday in June. It’s a day to honor fathers and fatherhood, but there are no specific customs that are widely practiced throughout Austria. Different families celebrate Father’s Day in different ways; some may give father's small gifts, while others may share a meal to celebrate.

Neither Mother’s Day nor Father’s Day are public holidays in Austria.

The most important holidays and dates in Austria

The vast majority of Austria’s national holidays are religious in origin. The most important of them by far is Christmas, which is celebrated with gifts, Christmas trees and carolers guiding people to churches for Christmas services. In rural areas, farmers carve the initials of the three wise men over their stable doors to protect their animals from sickness in the coming year. Families spend Christmas evening together, sharing a traditional meal that usually has fried carp as the main course. After dinner, the family’s decorated Christmas tree is revealed, with an elaborate manger scene made out of hand carved figures that are passed down from generation to generation.

Although businesses close for many Austrian holidays, there's only one statutory holiday: The day of the Immaculate Conception, observed on 8 December. Employees aren’t mandated to be paid for time off on this day, but by Austrian law, no employee can be reprimanded for choosing to take this day off.

Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve aren’t recognized holidays, but many businesses, including banks, close early on these days.

List of public holidays in Austria for 2017

HolidayName of holiday in German2017 DateBank holiday?
New Year’s DayNeujahrstag1 January, 2017Yes
Epiphany Day or Three Kings DayHeilige Drei Könige6 January, 2017Yes
EasterOstern14 April, 2017Yes
Easter MondayOstermontag17 April, 2017Yes
May Day or Labour DayStaatsfeiertag1 May, 2017Yes
Ascension DayChristi Himmelfahrt25 May, 2017Yes
Whit Monday or Pentecost MondayPfingstmontag5 June, 2017Yes
Corpus ChristiFronleichnam15 June, 2017Yes
Assumption DayMariä Himmelfahrt15 August, 2017Yes
St. RupertRupertikirtag24 September, 2017Yes, but only in Salzburg
National DayNationalfeiertag26 October, 2017Yes
All Saints DayAllerheiligen1 November, 2017Yes
St. LeopoldLeopolditag15 November, 2017Yes, but only in Vienna
Immaculate ConceptionImmaculate Conception8 December, 2017Yes
Christmas DayWeihnachten25 December, 2017Yes
St. Stephen’s DayStefanitag26 December, 2017Yes

List of public holidays in Austria for 2018

HolidayName of holiday in German2018 DateBank holiday?
New Year’s DayNeujahrstag1 January, 2018Yes
Epiphany Day or Three Kings DayHeilige Drei Könige6 January, 2018Yes
EasterOstern1 April, 2018Yes
Easter MondayOstermontag2 April, 2018Yes
May Day or Labour DayStaatsfeiertag1 May, 2018Yes
Ascension DayChristi Himmelfahrt10 May, 2018Yes
Whit Monday or Pentecost MondayPfingstmontag21 May, 2018Yes
Corpus ChristiFronleichnam31 May, 2018Yes
Assumption DayMariä Himmelfahrt15 August, 2018Yes
St. RupertRupertikirtag24 September, 2018Yes, but only in Salzburg
National DayNationalfeiertag26 October, 2018Yes
All Saints DayAllerheiligen1 November, 2018Yes
St. LeopoldLeopolditag15 November, 2018Yes, but only in Vienna
Immaculate ConceptionImmaculate Conception8 December, 2018Yes
Christmas DayWeihnachten25 December, 2018Yes
St. Stephen’s DayStefanitag26 December, 2018Yes

List of public holidays in Austria for 2019

HolidayName of holiday in German2019 DateBank holiday?
New Year’s DayNeujahrstag1 January, 2019Yes
Epiphany Day or Three Kings DayHeilige Drei Könige6 January, 2019Yes
EasterOstern21 April, 2019Yes
Easter MondayOstermontag22 April, 2019Yes
May Day or Labour DayStaatsfeiertag1 May, 2019Yes
Ascension DayChristi Himmelfahrt30 May, 2019Yes
Whit Monday or Pentecost MondayPfingstmontag10 June, 2019Yes
Corpus ChristiFronleichnam20 June, 2019Yes
Assumption DayMariä Himmelfahrt15 August, 2019Yes
St. RupertRupertikirtag24 September, 2019Yes, but only in Salzburg
National DayNationalfeiertag26 October, 2019Yes
All Saints DayAllerheiligen1 November, 2019Yes
St. LeopoldLeopolditag15 November, 2019Yes, but only in Vienna
Immaculate ConceptionImmaculate Conception8 December, 2019Yes
Christmas DayWeihnachten25 December, 2019Yes
St. Stephen’s DayStefanitag26 December, 2019Yes

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Knowing Austria’s most important holidays means you’re ready to celebrate like a local, stress-free because you won’t get caught needing a bank on a holiday. Enjoy your celebrations!

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