Austria - A Country that Knows How to Live
It seems as if everyday life in Austria is a celebration, no matter whether you’re in a Viennese coffeehouse, in Salzburg’s Old Town, in a Styrian vineyard or high up in the Tirolean Alps.
It seems as if everyday life in Austria is a celebration, no matter whether you’re in a Viennese coffeehouse, in Salzburg’s Old Town, in a Styrian vineyard or high up in the Tirolean Alps.
Still relatively unknown outside of Austria, the high altitude ski resort of Turracher Höhe delivers on all snowy fronts.From
Austria is the ideal hiking destination, with fascinating landscapes and a sophisticated network of trails at varying altitudes and levels of difficulty. Whether you explore one of the national parks, experience the beauty of the Alps on a long distance trail or head out on a family day hike, Austria offers unlimited opportunities.
With 200km of pistes and 55 lifts, the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang is an intermediates' dream.From
Tirol's Ischgl prides itself in offering the ideal mix of superb skiing, designer outlets and a legendary nightlife.From
Linked to both Kaprun and the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier, snow is guaranteed in Zell am See, as is plenty of variety.From
St. Johann in Tirol is ideal for beginners and intermediate skiers, close to Kitzbühel with a great ski school.From
Refresh your slope skills as well as your thirst for après-ski in Zillertal's popular resort of Mayrhofen.From
Immediately above Lech, the tree-lined runs are wide and cruisy, excellent for beginners and intermediates.From
Explore 5 resorts with a single ski pass in Ski amadé. Rich with possibilites and great value for money.From
Alpbach and Niederau are traditional and charming villages, from which to explore the Ski Juwel slopes.From
From Sölden in Ötztal, you have easy access to three surrounding peaks above 3000m - the so-called Big 3.From
Lively Ellmau lies in the SkiWelt, Austria's largest ski area, in the shadow of the Wilder Kaiser mountains.From
Although the Austrian regions supporting the Ski Again campaign are varied and serve different tastes - from great après-ski to enchanting villages and family skiing - the packages have one thing in common: they all include flights, transfers, half-board accommodation, lift pass and a SkiWorkShop with local instructors.
Those with a head for heights are greatly rewarded in the Austrian Alps with views you could only dream of. From viewing platforms to suspension bridges and panorama bars, it's worth making that trip up the mountain.
Located in beautiful Alpine landscapes, Wanderhotels know all about hiking with free guided tours, equipment and hiking taxis, plus spas and fabulous cuisine.
The resort of Zell am See-Kaprun offers memorable rides in its natural arena of glaciers, mountains and lakes. Families will enjoy a cycle around Lake Zell, while action-seekers will love the free-ride trails.
The Berliner Höhenweg hiking tour takes you through the heart of the High Mountain National Park in Zillertal. Your package includes 7 nights half-board in mountain huts along the way and a hiking map.From
This 6-night Alpe-Adria-Trail taster includes a hiking guide on the selected stages, luggage transport, Alpe-Adria-Trail Kärnten Card, tour documents and a toll-free return trip on the Grossglockner High Alpine Road.From
The Wilder Kaiser holiday region is offering 7 nights half-board at a 3* hotel, with guided hikes, use of the local hiking bus and the Wilder Kaiser GuestCard included in your package price.From
Enjoy a great value 7-night package taking you to some of Europe's most beautiful villages, including half-board at a 3* hotel and the Alpbachtal Seenland Card, for access to summer mountain lifts and guided walks.From
The Grossglockner Mountain Race leads through one of the most spectacular unspoilt landscapes on the globe. After the start in the village centre, meadows, woods, alpine pastures, rocks and the Pasterze - the longest glacier in the Eastern Alps - await you, before you finally reach the finish line at the Franz-Josefs-Höhe.
We have all heard stories about what can go wrong on a ski holiday, but if you prepare yourself in advance, get to know the rules and pay attention while on the slopes, there should be nothing standing in the way of a wonderful and safe experience.
Been a while since you last snapped on the skis? You too can enjoy a ski holiday in Austria, renewing your confidence and reminding yourself of those mountain escapades of years gone by. Many of Austria's top ski resorts are offering attractive packages to do just this.
Roam snowy peaks on a winter night accompanied by torches and a delicious menu spread across several huts.
Not just great food and drink, but also a stylish ambience is on the menu at these establishments. Many of Austria's mountain top restaurants, lodges and hotels are true showpieces of alpine architecture.
High above the rooftops and valleys, visitors to Austria have the most spectacular start to the year. We let you in on the best New Year's celebrations in Austria's cities and on the mountain tops.
Austria's Hiking Villages are the ideal starting point for your walking holiday in Austria, catering for all moods, fitness levels and preferences.
The ultimate mountain experience for advanced skiers. Join Powder White in St Anton where you'll stay fully catered at Chalet Nina, including 2 heli-ski trips.From
Anyone who thinks that Austria’s mountains are a closed-off, secluded world is mistaken. Their inhabitants have always cultivated contact and exchange with other regions and cultures.
9 ski and snowboard regions represent Innsbruck’s Olympia SkiWorld, and all are connected by a free ski bus.From
Tirol‘s traffic-free resort at the rear end of the Ötztal Alps offers the perfect ambiance for winter with a difference.From
The diversified and exciting ski experience of St. Anton am Arlberg is a dream come true for the whole family.From
Tirol‘s Kitzbühel has a unique ski tradition and a lifestyle that is unmatched elsewhere in the Alps.From
The Wilder Kaiser holiday region in Tirol, with its villages Söll and Ellmau, is ideal for families.From
Kitzbüheler Alpen and its 4 holiday regions make up one of the largest and most popular ski regions in the world.From
St. Anton am Arlberg is both an ideal mountain biking region as well as a great starting point for road racing tours like the gruelling ARLBERG Giro.
There are options for bikers of every level in Carinthia, from tranquil paths around warm lakes, to summit trails that touch the sky and multi-national border routes.
Ramblers will find relaxation and calm between heaven and earth when taking a break in a mountain pasture.
Go on a hiking holiday in Austria, where exercise excites all the senses.
It's time to discover pure pleasure in the powder, on a skiing holiday in the Austrian Alps.
Enjoy an evening hike through the splendid snowy landscape before returning to your secluded mountain hut.
Ski amadé exudes so much Austrian hospitality and warmth it’s a miracle the snow doesn’t melt.From
Big-time snow and massive fun are guaranteed at the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang.From
Winter in Lech Zürs means 340km of runs and 200km of powder descents in high-alpine terrain on the Arlberg.From
For years, the Zillertal in Tirol has been thrilling visitors with a unique mix of nature, gastronomy and recreation.From
From famously big winter opening celebrations to legendary après-ski. If partying and the pistes go hand in hand for you, then Austria is where you will find the ultimate bashes. But not just party animals are served well here as there is a whole range of exclusive bars, rustic mountain huts and gourmet restaurants waiting to be discovered.
Take in an opera on Lake Constance, or kick back on the sandy shores and allow the gentle waves of one of Vorarlberg's lesser known aqua beauties to trickle over your toes.
Did you know that most Austrian ski regions celebrate their winter and ski opening with famously big parties? Find out what is happening, where and when on your ski holiday in Austria.
Fore! Austria has established itself as having some of the best golfing in Europe. With Alpine golf, greens surrounded by vineyards and courses attached to luxurious spa resorts, it is hard to overlook Austria’s rise as a veritable destination for golfing holidays.
Austria’s most unusual school can be found high on a mountain pasture. Here on the Kalchkendlalm visitors can learn about the bread and butter of life in a centuries-old farmhouse.
Tranquillity, simple pleasures, flower-strewn meadows and starry skies that city dwellers can only dream of. Discover the true luxuries of our time at an altitude of 1,400 metres in the mountain valley of Villgratental in East Tirol.
Innsbruck’s futuristic landmark is the Bergisel Ski Jump, known particularly as one of the venues for the international Vierschanzentournee competition.
The region of Grünau im Almtal is as fresh and green as the name promises. Dense forests and tranquil lakes, where you can find inner harmony and revel in nature’s treasures. A secret hideaway, not just for bird watchers.
Enjoy the luxuries of the good life - simply live in beautiful surroundings, eat and drink well, and savour the landscape. A recipe for total relaxation when staying at a Pure Living holiday home.
Whether you prefer leisurely hikes or challenging summit climbs, take your pick amongst 650km of walking trails and via ferrata routes in the Olympiaregion Seefeld.
Tirol is a world leader in its facilities to help disabled people reach its peaks. In addition to extensive ski facilities in winter, there are 24 approved wheelchair hiking routes for summer. And with the help of Roll Rinn stretchers, it is even possible to reach the summit of a mountain.
A downloadable walking guide and an online platform with GPS are great initiatives by Zell am See-Kaprun, making for stress-free holiday planning from the comfort of home.
The High Mountain National Park of the Zillertal Alps offers grand views and unforgettable mountaineering adventures, plus 3 interesting permanent exhibitions.
Explore Zell am See-Kaprun's majestic peaks - the 3000m Kitzsteinhorn and the 2000m Schmittenhöhe - on a varied range of short and also more challenging routes.
Fitness enthusiasts can take off into the stunning alpine landscapes of Zillertal on a total of eight diverse routes at the Run & Walk Park in Mayrhofen.
Tirol has 17 top golf courses with the Alps as backdrop, so you can combine your golf holiday with other outdoor activities such as climbing and mountain biking.
Athletes with calves of steel compete for €20,000 in prize money at the Ischgl Ironbike mountain biking race through the Alps. The 79km-long course, with an altitude difference of 3820 metres, features demanding tracks, steep climbs and rapid descents.
The authentic charm and varied slopes make Alpbachtal and Wildschönau ideal for family winter holidays.From
Endless slopes, untracked powder snow - experience the Austrian mountains off the beaten track with a guided snowboard tour, or take to one of the many funparks.
Snow-covered mountains, blue sky, perfect slopes just waiting for the first track. Austria is the ideal place to make your skiing dream come true.
Carinthia's well groomed slopes are ideal for families. Blend alpine skiing with a spa break in the Villach region.From
For a short while in summer, the Alpine pastures transport animals and people alike into an intoxicating mood.
For centuries, the tradition of three-level pasture management in the Alps has been practised in Vorarlberg. This results in some unusual and rare types of cheese. The “Käsestrasse Bregenzerwald” (Bregenzerwald Cheese Trail) invites you to experience this cultural heritage, the people, their hospitality and, of course, the cheese.
Planning a ski holiday with kids is more difficult than you might think. That's because there are so many family-friendly winter offers in Austria that it's hard to make a decision where to go.
In Hochpustertal there are three skiing areas ideally suited for families, the largest of which is the Thurntaler near Sillian with its 45km runs of all levels, going up to 2407m of sun-flooded slopes with views of the Dolomites and no waiting at the lifts.
The ski resort of Simonhöhe in St. Urban makes a special promise to kids learning to ski or snowboard: Should they not feel confident on the slopes after a week, then they can repeat the course free of charge!
As part of the Snow Waltz Package the Wildkogel Holiday Arena offers a free ski course, intensive snowboard training, or attendance at the guest kindergarten. The best value family winter break.
There are hardly any winter sports enthusiasts who nail their boards to the wall when taking a time out from skiing, never to be used again. Most skiers head back to the pistes sooner or later, and Tirol's Silberregion Karwendel is a great place to do so.
Handlebar and saddle remain, but the wheels are replaced by skis on the snowbike, and the pedals are simply not needed for your swift ride down the mountain.
Just bring a good mood and the love of snow - fitness levels and experience can stay at home when you head to the "NTC Blue Day" Fun Park in Carinthia's Nassfeld.
Summit platforms usually offer a spectacular view, but the Stubai Glacier took this one step further with a platform suspended in air, accentuating the image of the mountain.
Have you ever dreamed of seeing the snow-capped peaks through the eyes of a bird, without motor, without noise? Winter paragliding can offer you just that.
Austria's smaller ski regions are especially family-friendly, thanks to their manageable size, attractive prices, boundless equipment and courses for skiers of all ages. We guarantee you'll be back year after year.
An Austrian winter promises not only hours of fun with classic cross-country skiing or even freeriding, but there are also plenty of less known adventures such as snowbiking or airboarding to be had.
The day is not enough. That is why the fun continues by night at Austrian winter destinations, with the world's longest toboggan run, nighttime sleigh rides, snowmobile sessions and plenty more.
What could possibly motivate a reasonable human being to tramp up a mountain on shoes resembling tennis rackets? The answer is easy: the promise of an unforgettable exerience in the wild that can only be had by moving beyond the flurry on the ski slopes.
Some of Austria's best ski areas can be found in SalzburgerLand, and most of them offer a floodlit run.
There are endless opportunities to carry on skiing long after sunset on your ski holiday in Upper Austria.
Plenty of ski resorts in Lower Austria switch the floodlights on after dark, giving you even more time to have a ball on the slopes.
St. Johann, Kitzbühel, Söll...The list of famous winter resorts that offer night skiing in Tirol is endless.
A constant flow of keen skiers flocks to Styria and its nighttime ski runs every winter.
Your day is by far not over when the sun goes down over the mountain tops in Vorarlberg.
From Nassfeld to Turracher Höhe, see which slopes offer nighttime skiing sessions in Carinthia.
What an amazing feeling to carve down the slopes on a floodlit ski run, and what a choice you have in Austria!
When the stars come out, the Wildkogel sledding arena in Salzburger Land is just starting to heat up.
Saalbach-Hinterglemm greets adventure seekers after dark with plenty more than just après-ski.
While many end the day at an Alpine hut, skiers who don't tire are drawn to the moonlit peaks of the Zugspitz Arena.
Not only skiers can have all the fun after dark. Here is a selection of floodlit parks for snowboarders.
For a moonlit ride across snowy meadows, book a nighttime Segway tour in the Tyrolean Serfaus.
Join the evening hike to the floodlit toboggan run on Carinthia's Katschberg, or enjoy a nighttime sleigh ride.
Enjoy a pre-wedding pamper at Alpenresort Schwarz, float to the mountain top in the Zillertal wedding gondola, or host a sparkling ceremony at Swarovski Crystal Worlds. You will find endless amounts of wedding inspiration in Tirol.
For a number of years now there has been a free ski course for children in Tirol's Silberregion Karwendel. The kids learn to ski in just one week in a family-friendly ski area where snow is guaranteed.
E-Bikes make light work of those uphill tracks. If you’d love to go on a cycling holiday, but fitness levels within your party vary, the E-Bike is the perfect solution. It’s a normal mountain bike which has been modified with a battery. With four levels of acceleration, riders can coast downhill at their leisure, then use the battery to ride up the other side.
Glacier, mountains and lake. Zell am See-Kaprun offers an all in one alpine winter with a 100% snow guarantee.From
With the webcam service you can always keep an eye on your holiday destination! In addition to live images you will find weather forecasts and more information on Austria’s best hiking routes.
Walking breaks are soaring in popularity with British holidaymakers, enticed by the ease of Austria's unofficial national pastime. Well signposted trails web across valleys and mountain tops, with many routes offering lodge-to-lodge connections whereby you do it on foot while your luggage is moved by your hosts.
Famous for its adrenalin-fuelled snowboarding, crazed partying and nocturnal chalet-hopping, Snowbombing takes place in the Tirolean resort of Mayrhofen every year.
More and more of us are trying to live a less energy-intense lifestyle. We choose organic products, reduce the consumption of energy and waste, and recycle. People who lead a green lifestyle at home would expect the same from their holiday destination.
Skiing and hiking chalets come in all sizes and all standards in the Austrian Alps, with some including luxury facilities such as saunas. Use our chalet finder to source your ideal lodgings.
Beautiful valleys, quaint farmhouses and baroque monasteries provide a fantastically scenic backdrop for a tour of Austria by bike. Discover the classic route, the Danube Cycle Path, for a truly breathtaking experience of Austria's great outdoors.
From families to pros, from recreational riders to first timers, in the Zillertal biking is a whole lot of holiday fun.
The Eagle's Walk is the longest hiking path in Europe. Its main route winds through Tirol’s most gorgeous regions, from St. Johann to St. Anton am Arlberg.
There could be no better backdrop when reaping the benefits of Nordic Walking than Austria. So why not make it a part of your next holiday?
In the Nockberge Mountains, located in Carinthia, you will find a world-renowned medicinal plant. Its distinct scent and exceptional healing powers are there to be discovered by anyone out taking a stroll.
Emerald green and nestled between the Karwendel and Rofan mountain ranges is Austria's largest mountain lake: the Achensee. Discover this natural gem and the outdoor activites that it has to offer.
„Find your true inner self where nature is at its purest" is the motto of a lot of people who choose the wildly romantic mountain scenery and clear lakes of the National Park Hohe Tauern to relax.
More than 50 million people have crossed the Grossglockner High Alpine Road throughout its history. It is a breathtaking nature and driving experience of about 30 miles.
Grosses Walsertal in Vorarlberg is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve with the motto “use nature without harming it”, winning the area the highly accomplished EDEN award.