"Do You Remember": Austria's Most Memorable Hikes
“Do you remember” tours are hikes that bring a smile on your face even years later. Check out some of Austria's highlights. #realAustria
Austria's mountains are fascinating. Powerful and seemingly unconquerable, their numerous picturesque high-altitude paths, well-secured vie ferrate and cosy alpine huts ensure a memorable summer holiday. #feelAustria
Dreamy mountain worlds! Austria's natural wonders kann be experienced on a summer hike on picturesque high-altitude trails and well-secured via ferratas. The fact that there are many traditional alpine pastures and huts along the way is more than just a pleasant side effect.
And it's not just the visitors that go to the mountains. The locals living there enjoy them just as much. Spending time in the mountains is perfect to take a break from the hustle and bustle of modern life while, at the same time, exercising in the outdoors enhances your mental and physical well-being - two of the many reasons why most Austrians are so deeply drawn to the Alps. Sharing their experience with guests is in their blood, too.
Austrians have always been deeply connected with the mountains. And it's easy to see why: they cover 63 percent of the country. The locals learnt early on how to use them for themselves and their cattle. For centuries, cultivating alpine pastures and farming on steep slopes kept them on the move. However, competitive and recreational sport is an invention of the early 20th century.
People are head to the mountains to satisfy their longing for seclusion, nature and authenticity. Austrians have been hiking and climbing through the Alps for leisure for decades, covering long distances by bike, swimming across lakes or whizzing down to the valley on skis in winter. Their ambition shows at international competitions. Austrians take part to win - and they often do.
This impressive lady is living proof that Austrians have a love of sport in their genes, no matter their age. At 89, Maria Kittl still manages an unbelievable 150 to 200 climbing crags a year. During the summer months she is usually accompanied by a mountain guide that could be her grandson. Climbing is a full body workout where every single muscle is used. Exercising in the fresh air is what keeps Maria Kittl fit and healthy. Then there's the mental challenge: Concentration, attention and a strong memory are vital when climbing.
Maria Kittl's main reason to keep her life-long passion however is the sheer joy it brings to her. She plans to continue climbing well beyond the age of 90. "There are only two options," she says. "You give up or you get stronger."
Jelly legs when looking down? Austria also offers a fine selection of hiking trails with easy climbs and moderately steep summits.Trails That Don’t Require a Head for Heights
Hiking equals happiness. And in the quiet of the Austrian high trails, far away from the busy cities, this might apply yet a little more. It's easy to become one with untouched nature here, to switch off from everyday life and just live in the moment.
But what is it really like to hike at over 2,000 metres above sea level? Let us reveal one thing: the lush green summer landscape is changing.
What some may describe as barren makes the charm of the Alps for others - and high-altitude hiking is certainly an experience not to be missed.
Hike up over iron steps, ladders and along wire ropes and marvel at the magnificent views of the surrounding mountains. One hand on the steep wall, you will notice your heart start beating faster. What an experience! Hiking in dizzling heights surely takes some courage (and strength!) but it's definitely worth it.
Austria's mighty mountains are a gorgeous playground for everyone wanting to head on an adventure on the well-secured via ferratas or aiming to consolidate their technique.
The cosy huts, popular destinations for summer hikers, can be spotted from afar. Here on the alp, surrounded by grazing cows and chirpin crickets, hikers will find a nice place to rest - with panorama views as far as the eye can see. It's easy to make friends over a cool refreshment with the cordial hosts or other guests: "How was your ascent, which animals did you see on the way?"
In a setting that looks like straight out of a picture book, taking a break is easy. And should your legs complain that they have already done enough for the day, the beautiful views will quickly proof you otherwise and make it a lot easier to get on the move again.