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Climbing the Wilder Kaiser Mountain, cycling the Danube Bike Path or sailing on Lake Traun - Austria is every outdoor fan's wonderland.

Sailing on Lake Neusiedl © Österreich Werbung/H.Wiesenhofer

Kitzsteinhorn - A Top Experience
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A comfortable cable car ride takes you 3029m to the top of Kitzsteinhorn, the highest easily accessed peak in the Salzburger Alps. Young and older can explore ‚Summit World 3000, as well as the National Park Gallery, a panoramic viewing platform, the unique ‚Cinema 3000‘ and a mountain restaurant. The mountain station at the entrance of Hohe Tauern National Park is also a fine starting off point for fascinating walks through a tranquil, high alpine region along a main alpine ridge.

The Danube Cycle Path
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As the second longest river in Europe, the Danube flows through Austria like a lifeline, winding its way through the varied landscapes of Upper and Lower Austria. Europe’s most popular cycle track, the Danube Cycle Path, follows the Danube curve by curve through a wonderfully green natural setting steeped in tradition. From Passau (in Germany), with the wind at their back, recreational riders will appreciate the mostly downhill route, passing attractive cities and enchanting villages, as well as ruins, abbeys and monestaries. For the full experience, why not cycle all 325km to Vienna?

Climbing Arena
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No shortage of indoor and outdoor walls here. The TirolWest holiday region alone offers 280 different routes for climbers. While the climbers’ paradise at Wilder Kaiser Mountain is a true highlight for those who aim high, rest assured that from the Kaunertal valley to the Brixental valley, there are countless routes for all levels, from newbies to seasoned pros. Do make sure to pick routes that correspond to your ability! As a safety precaution, beginners and amateurs who want to improve are advised to attend one of the many climbing courses offered throughout the region.

Sailing on Lake Traun
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At 197m, Lake Traun is the deepest lake in Austria and offers countless opportunities for water sports enthusiasts. Located between the mighty Felsriegel of the Traunstein mountain and the grass-covered slopes of the Feuerkogel, it has perfect sailing wind conditions and hosts the seasonal races of the RC44 Championship Tour. Don’t worry if you’re not a pro as it’s also a great place to learn how to sail. Try the Sailing School Stadlmann or Sailing Charter Herbert Zobl in Gmunden where you can charter your own sailboat and glide over the waters under the guidance of a professional skipper.

A Bikers Paradise
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The mountainous Pinzgau region is fast establishing itself as a leading destination for cycling and mountain biking in Austria, with 400km of marked mountain bike trails, a 720km network of regional cycling and mountain biking routes, 5 mountain lifts that transport bikes up to 4000 vertical metres, numerous bike-friendly huts, free riding park, training courses, biking ‘partner’ hotels, daily guided bike tours and instruction, and several international biking events.