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    Hiking Trails for Those With a Fear of Heights

    Looking to venture into the mountains despite a fear of heights? Good preparation and the right route will open the door to the world of mountain hiking for you too.

    Simon’s heart is racing; his legs turn to jelly as he stares into the depths. He swallows and knows he won’t be going any further now – not one step. His fear of heights has left him feeling paralysed.

    Simon is not alone with this. Around 20% of the population suffer from a fear of heights, making bridges, balconies, the second rung of a ladder, and thus also mountain hikes seem like an almost insurmountable obstacle. And that is such a shame, because they are missing out on incredible views and active adventures amidst nature. Fortunately, help is at hand. No mountain is too high with the right route and some helpful advice.

    Hiking Tips for Those With a Fear of Heights

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    • Hiking in St. Anton am Arlberg / St. Anton am Arlberg
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    • Hintersee at Mittersill / Mittersill
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    Avoid Steep Terrain and Exposed Areas

    Planning for Those With a Fear of Heights

    There are situations that don’t affect those without vertigo, but may spoil the tour for you. The best way to make sure this doesn’t happen is by being well-prepared for your hike. Choose a route with wide ridges to avoid steep and exposed sections. It’s always helpful to know how to read a map, so that you can tell if the hike leads along a forest road, how steep the slopes are and whether to expect "Schrofen" (steep, rocky terrain).

    Expert tip: You are always on the safe side with wheelchair-accessible hiking trails. They are also ideal for families with buggies.

    Wachau World Heritage Trail
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    Eight Hiking Routes That Don’t Require a Head for Heights

    These routes have everything those with a fear of heights like: flat mountain ridges with fantastic views, leisurely hikes along forest roads through enchanted woods, and insider tips such as a Celtic place of worship.

    •                     Gutensteiner Alps
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      Muckenkogel via Lilienfelder Hütte

      This route follows a forest road to the Lilienfelder Hütte and Muckenkogel with excellent views. You descend via the same path.
      To the hiking route (German only)
    •                     Hinteralm at the Mürzsteger Alpen
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      Up to the Hinteralm From Scheiterboden

      Look forward to a leisurely, lesser known hike to the Hinteralm on mostly densely forested paths through the Alplgraben.
      To the hiking route (German only)
    •                     Ameisberg at the Innviertel in upperaustria
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      Up the Ameisberg

      This easy mountain hike is a family-friendly insider’s tip and leads to a Celtic place of worship in the Upper Austrian Sauwald.
      To the hiking route (German only)
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      From Gleinkersee Lake to the Seespitz

      This there-and-back route offers various places to stop and take a dip or have a bite to eat. The summit may be too much for some, but you get the incredible views all along the way.
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    •                     Nösslachjoch at Wipptal / Steinach im Wipptal
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      Nösslachjoch – Nösslachhütte Hut – Bergeralm

      The circular trail leads from the mountain station of the Bergeralmbahn cable car across blossoming alpine pastures to the Nösslachhütte hut. From there, you head back to the cable car’s mid-way station.
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    •                     Lichtsee at Wipptal / Steinach im Wipptal
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      Hike to Lichtsee Lake

      This route leads to the idyllic Lichtsee lake, which lies below the Trunajoch summit. In summer, the Tirolean lake and its flat surroundings invite you to take a dip.
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      Fellhorn Circular Tour From Straubinger Haus

      The circular route with ascent via the Hochtrittalm is a good little mountain tour for kids, offering wonderful views. Tip: Fantastic at sunrise and sunset!
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    •                     Schieferstein at Sonnkogel in upperaustria
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      Sonnkogel Circuit on Hohe Dirn Mountain

      This easy, flower-filled circular hike near the city of Steyr offers stunning views of Kalkalpen National Park and its surroundings.
      To the hiking route (German only)

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