The Hills are still alive in Austria! If you are looking for picture perfect scenery, fresh mountain air and crystal clear lakes, Austria offers an abundance of choices. Following is our selection of some of the most scenic Alpine resorts.
Innsbruck and its Holiday Villages
Innsbruck, the capital of Tirol, is particularly charming with its medieval flair. Architectural highlights from past and present can be found at every corner. Innsbruck and its surrounding holiday villages are a walker’s paradise. Let a cable car whisk you up the Patscherkofel Mountain and walk the Pine Tree Trail –locally known as Zirbenweg, a 4 mile long panorama promenade in the midst of a nature preserve. Seefeld
Situated on a high, sunny plateau at 3600 feet, Seefeld is a genuine paradise for all who appreciate recreation, a healthy climate and stunning panoramic views. Easy to follow walking tours, ranging from half an hour to several hours, have been designed by the local tourist office. Explore the nearby villages of Leutasch, Scharnitz, Reith, and Mosern Buchen and immerse yourself in the Tyrolean way of Life. Alpbach Valley
Hundreds of balconies festooned with colorful flowers dot the villages of Alpbach and neighboring Reith, just a 45 minutes drive from Innsbruck. With its timbered housing and historic inns, the villages are known as some of the most beautiful in all of Europe. Marked trails lead along sparkling mountain brooks and through woods and pastures with grazing cattle. The local tourist office will gladly assist with advice and suggestions to suit all levels of fitness and interest. Hallstatt
Pristine lakeside village in the heart of the Salzkammergut region and a recognized World Heritage site with 4500 years of history. The Dachstein mountain towers over Hallstatt from 3004 meters and is the highest in the region. Explore ice caves and ancient salt mines, with miles of hiking and plenty of lakeside relaxation. Lake Constance Region and Bregenzerwald, Vorarlberg
Austria’s smallest and westernmost province, Vorarlberg, is nestled between the picturesque Lake Constance area in the west, and the Arlberg in the East. Apart from lovely walks on the shores of Lake Constance and other gentle trails, there are cable cars and chair lifts that lift you up the mountains. Cozy alpine huts serve delicious local food. Salzburger Land
Millions of people around the world recognize the lake district near Salzburg from the movie classic “The Sound of Music”. Spectacular lakes surrounded by imposing mountains provide the backdrop for rewarding explorations. Walk along the crystal clear waters of Wolfgangsee and Fuschlsee, where you can board a steamship to get from one place to another. The nearby Saalach Valley has become a favorite walking destination with its multi-day “Hiking without luggage” programs.