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.
There are 16 national holidays in Austria each year.
- Austrian public holidays: 16
- Austrian bank holidays: 16
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 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.
|Holiday||Name of holiday in German||2017 Date||Bank holiday?|
|New Year’s Day||Neujahrstag||1 January, 2017||Yes|
|Epiphany Day or Three Kings Day||Heilige Drei Könige||6 January, 2017||Yes|
|Easter||Ostern||14 April, 2017||Yes|
|Easter Monday||Ostermontag||17 April, 2017||Yes|
|May Day or Labour Day||Staatsfeiertag||1 May, 2017||Yes|
|Ascension Day||Christi Himmelfahrt||25 May, 2017||Yes|
|Whit Monday or Pentecost Monday||Pfingstmontag||5 June, 2017||Yes|
|Corpus Christi||Fronleichnam||15 June, 2017||Yes|
|Assumption Day||Mariä Himmelfahrt||15 August, 2017||Yes|
|St. Rupert||Rupertikirtag||24 September, 2017||Yes, but only in Salzburg|
|National Day||Nationalfeiertag||26 October, 2017||Yes|
|All Saints Day||Allerheiligen||1 November, 2017||Yes|
|St. Leopold||Leopolditag||15 November, 2017||Yes, but only in Vienna|
|Immaculate Conception||Immaculate Conception||8 December, 2017||Yes|
|Christmas Day||Weihnachten||25 December, 2017||Yes|
|St. Stephen’s Day||Stefanitag||26 December, 2017||Yes|
|Holiday||Name of holiday in German||2018 Date||Bank holiday?|
|New Year’s Day||Neujahrstag||1 January, 2018||Yes|
|Epiphany Day or Three Kings Day||Heilige Drei Könige||6 January, 2018||Yes|
|Easter||Ostern||1 April, 2018||Yes|
|Easter Monday||Ostermontag||2 April, 2018||Yes|
|May Day or Labour Day||Staatsfeiertag||1 May, 2018||Yes|
|Ascension Day||Christi Himmelfahrt||10 May, 2018||Yes|
|Whit Monday or Pentecost Monday||Pfingstmontag||21 May, 2018||Yes|
|Corpus Christi||Fronleichnam||31 May, 2018||Yes|
|Assumption Day||Mariä Himmelfahrt||15 August, 2018||Yes|
|St. Rupert||Rupertikirtag||24 September, 2018||Yes, but only in Salzburg|
|National Day||Nationalfeiertag||26 October, 2018||Yes|
|All Saints Day||Allerheiligen||1 November, 2018||Yes|
|St. Leopold||Leopolditag||15 November, 2018||Yes, but only in Vienna|
|Immaculate Conception||Immaculate Conception||8 December, 2018||Yes|
|Christmas Day||Weihnachten||25 December, 2018||Yes|
|St. Stephen’s Day||Stefanitag||26 December, 2018||Yes|
|Holiday||Name of holiday in German||2019 Date||Bank holiday?|
|New Year’s Day||Neujahrstag||1 January, 2019||Yes|
|Epiphany Day or Three Kings Day||Heilige Drei Könige||6 January, 2019||Yes|
|Easter||Ostern||21 April, 2019||Yes|
|Easter Monday||Ostermontag||22 April, 2019||Yes|
|May Day or Labour Day||Staatsfeiertag||1 May, 2019||Yes|
|Ascension Day||Christi Himmelfahrt||30 May, 2019||Yes|
|Whit Monday or Pentecost Monday||Pfingstmontag||10 June, 2019||Yes|
|Corpus Christi||Fronleichnam||20 June, 2019||Yes|
|Assumption Day||Mariä Himmelfahrt||15 August, 2019||Yes|
|St. Rupert||Rupertikirtag||24 September, 2019||Yes, but only in Salzburg|
|National Day||Nationalfeiertag||26 October, 2019||Yes|
|All Saints Day||Allerheiligen||1 November, 2019||Yes|
|St. Leopold||Leopolditag||15 November, 2019||Yes, but only in Vienna|
|Immaculate Conception||Immaculate Conception||8 December, 2019||Yes|
|Christmas Day||Weihnachten||25 December, 2019||Yes|
|St. Stephen’s Day||Stefanitag||26 December, 2019||Yes|
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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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