• The Lendplatz Market in Graz / Market on Lendplatz

    Sustainability in Austria: Holidays with a Clean Conscience

    What is a "sustainable holiday"? It means treating resources and nature in a way that future generations will still have the chance to experience Austria's quality of life.

    Mountains, lakes, and hospitality - that's what Austria is for us. And for our guests. Taking care of clean water and air as well as a responsible use of our resources is key for both nature and Austria as a popular holiday destination. Austria is a precious natural paradise: To preserve it, a sense of responsibility, many concrete measures and the courage to make changes that benefit the environment are essential.

    Think and Act Long-Term For Guests in Austria

    •                 Sehnsuchtskampagnen 2018 - #AustrianGemütlichkeit

      Economic Sustainability Economic Sustainability

      Everything guests love about holidays in Austria is carefully considered and well-balanced by their hosts. The motto is "high-quality simplicity".

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    •                 Die Mittlere Spitalalpe im Kleinwalsertal

      Social Sustainability Social Sustainability

      Local hosts are proud of their products and the way they treat their guests. A fair working environment is key.

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    •                 Wachau apricot

      Ecological Sustainability Ecological Sustainability

      Regional products, clean air to breathe, protected natural areas and healthy biodiversity: This is what sustainable holidays look like in Austria.

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    Cable car to the Rax

    Cable cars in Austria: Up the mountain the green way

    Those loving to marvel at the mountains from above make the ascent on foot - or comfortably by cable car. This is the most environmentally friendly way to conquer a summit besides hiking. Austria's cable car companies are constantly investing in sustainability: Great fun with a low eco-footprint!

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    • Hike across alpine meadows in the Gastein Valley / Bad Hofgastein

      Gastein cable cars in SalzburgerLand

      90% of the energy needed for heating the valley station comes from a solar system.

    • View from the Schmittenhöhe to Zell am See

      Schmittenhöhebahn near Zell am See

      A huge photovoltaic system generates green electricity for rail operations.

    • Hexenwasser in Söll / Söll in Tyrol

      Cable cars in Söll in Tirol

      Parts of the cable car premises are heated with exhaust heat from the gondola lift.

    • Alpine meadow near Matrei in East Tyrol

      Brixen Sun Lift in Tirol

      The world's first solar lift: powered by sun energy only.

    Three great visions for a sustainable holiday destination

    Being close to nature and enjoying the natural and cultural landscapes in a biodiverse world is key for more and more people. And in Austria, they'll find exactly that kind of environment. There are countless projects aiming to maintain and keep improving sustainable products and services. The goal: To make Austria an all-round sustainable holiday destination for locals, guests and hosts alike. There are three core visions:

    Lavender roof with beehives and photovoltaics / Vienna

    The Vision of Technology

    The main tools for reducing our carbon footprint as a tourist destination are zero emissions, a focus on public transport and environmentally-friendly forms of energy, achieved by state-of-the-art technologies.

    The Boutiquehotel Stadthalle in Vienna is one of the prime examples of what this vision can look like in reality: It is the world's first hotel with a zero-energy balance in an urban area!

    The passive house is heated with groundwater pumps and a solar system, while a photovoltaic system provides electricity.

    Learn more about Boutiquehotel Stadthalle
    The harvested pears are ready for the first step in the cider production

    The Vision of Regionality

    Material treasures deserve just as much protection as the idealistic heritage. Maintaining traditions contributes significantly to reaching sustainability goals. Regional handicraft businesses play an important role in Austria, and are often happy to open their doors to visitors. Old craft techniques are brought back to life - and inspire guests and locals alike.

    Austria's farmers provide a variety of regional products that are particularly appreciated by visitors. Take the so-called "Most barons" in Lower Austria's Mostviertel region for instance, who combine tradition with state-of-the-art cellar technology to produce exquisite pear "most" (pear cider). Their goal is to preserve the art of traditional cidre making in the Moststrasse region.

    Learn more about the Moststrasse (Perry Road)

    The vision of the Environmentally Conscious Host

    Guests value being well taken care of in an authentic environment, by hosts who know, live and appreciate the special traditions and costums of their region.

    In the Hohe Tauern National Park, enthusiastic rangers are happy to share their knowledge of the regional nature reserve and biodiversity. As hiking guides, wildlife watchers and gourmets, they introduce their guests to both their natural surroundings and the seasonal cuisine. Authentic first-hand experiences are guaranteed.

    Learn more about the Hohe Tauern National Park

    Holidays in Austria are so Sustainable

    •                         Drachensteigen, Ferien mit Familie auf der Gjaidalm

      Enjoy nature sustainably

      The eco-diversity of Austria's national parks is impressive: primeval and riparian forests, steppes and valley landscapes.
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    •                         Kärntner Käsnudel krendeln im Gasthof Grünwald / Dellach

      Eat and drink sustainably

      Regional seasonal products from organic farmers are used for traditional and modern cuisine: Sustainability tastes great!
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    •                         Auf der Junior Suite Terrasse mit Sitzgelegenheit

      Sustainable living

      Green electricity, a reduced carbon footprint, organic farming: More and more hotels in Austria have a sustainability certificate.
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    "The products should be made and produced by people with a heart and a lot of love, then they taste better."Josef Floh, organic farmer from Lower Austria, who only purchases products within a 66 km radius.

    Farmhouses in Lower Austria, Mostviertel
    Josef Floh

    Mobile Sustainability Full of Ideas

    •                 BUS:STOP Krumbach

      Bus fleet in Vorarlberg Bus fleet in Vorarlberg

      Guests in the "Ländle" have long been mobile without a car! Shuttle services and hiking buses are modern, comfortable, and run frequently.

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    •                 Guest card is also a ticket! Brixental Cycle Path or Wilder Kaiser Cycle Path

      Free ride in Tirol Free ride in Tirol

      Travel free of charge around the province! In the holiday regions Hohe Salve, Brixental, St. Johann in Tirol and Pillerseetal guest cards include regional transport.

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    •                 Vineyard of the Winery Lackner Tinnacher, South Styria

      Car-free in the Southern Styrian Wine Country Car-free in the Southern Styrian Wine Country

      The WEINmobil offers a comprehensive shuttle service "door-to-door" throughout all five villages on the South Styrian Wine Route.

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    •                 Landscape seen from a train

      Tirol on the Tracks Tirol on the Tracks

      Rail travel in Tirol is enjoyable, convenient, and hassle-free. Timetables and booking options can be found on the train companies' websites.

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    Hiking in the Tauerntal

    Alpine Pearls - Car-free Holidays


    Sustainably Mobile

    Going on holidays without a car? The environment will thank you! And it's easy to get around car-free in many Austrian regions:

    The Alpine Pearls - traffic-free places
    Four charming villages in the Austrian Alps with a strong focus on climate protection and sustainability, allowing car- and carefree holidays. Hiking buses, valley and ski buses, hiking cabs and carriage rides are available. On top, e-bikes and regular bikes can be rented free of charge.

    The Transdanube Pearls
    A network of regions along the Danube in Upper Austria where guests can travel sustainably by bus, train, bike and boat.

    Austria, Kingdom of Water

    Fresh, pure water is a treasure Austria is particularly proud of - unsurprisingly, therefore, the locals handle it with great care: 100% of Austria's water comes from springs and groundwater, it is crystal-clear and of great quality.

    Countless measures have been taken for decades to maintain the excellent water quality of Austria's lakes. And the efforts have clearly paid off: The EU bathing water report certifies Austria's lakes excellent water quality. 99,2 % of 261 tested waters regularly receive the top ratings "excellent" and "good".

    Did you know that ...

    •                 Railjet through Austria

      ... by taking the train instead of a car you reduce your CO2 emissions by about 80%?

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    •                 Ecological footprint at the Weidendom in the Lettmair Au / National Park Gesäuse
    •                 Komfort Zimmer mit Blick aufs Lavendeldach

      ... the Austrian Green Building Award honours sustainable construction? Energy efficiency and renewable sources are the key factors.

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