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Whether it’s the path less taken, or one well-worn by the confident passage of many, what matters is the journey itself - where scenery inspires, effort is rewarded, and time with oneself is transforming.

With a landscape conducive to discovery, Austria’s mountains, forests, and alpine valleys offer a glimpse into an impressive and untouched natural world to those who’ve made the trek on foot or two wheels.The pursuit of outdoor activity is a passion shared by Austrians themselves, and your hosts across towns, villages and resort regions will only be too happy to guide you along the way or point you in the right direction - after all, warm hospitality is a hallmark of any Austrian holiday.

Come and find where your trail leads…

Where will the trail take you?

Biking on the Höttingeralm © Innsbruck Tourismus / Mario Webhofer Biking on the Höttingeralm © Innsbruck Tourismus / Mario Webhofer

Innsbruck in Tirol

This lively Tirolean capital exudes a cool Alpine vibe with lots to do, see, and shop within easy reach. Overlooking it all are the mountains, only a 20-minute ride by scenic cable car direct from Innsbruck’s town centre.
City sights & mountain magic
Hiking in Kitzbühel © Michael Werlberger Hiking in Kitzbühel © Michael Werlberger

Kitzbühel in Tirol

In summer, Kitzbühel's green, grassy slopes are dotted with wide hiking paths and a network of mountain bike trails. Along the way, you might even spot chamois, deer or other wildlife native to the region.
A mountain world of gorgeous green
Hiking in Lech am Arlberg © Lech Zürs Tourismus GmbH / Christoph Schöch Hiking in Lech am Arlberg © Lech Zürs Tourismus GmbH / Christoph Schöch

Vorarlberg

Vorarlberg’s enviable topography, eye-catching architecture, an event calendar filled to the cultural brim, and an enticing foodie scene, offer visitors a blend of enduring tradition and recreational pastime.
In step with tradition
A traditional Austrian farm with the valley in the background © TVB Wildschönau A traditional Austrian farm with the valley in the background © TVB Wildschönau

Wildschönau in Tirol

An authentic summer holiday in the Tirolean Alps starts here in Wildschönau. Aptly translated as ‘wild‘ and ‘beautiful‘ this valley of recreation caters to the whole family in a glorious natural setting.
Unspoiled and breathtakingly beautiful
Mountain biking © TVB St. Anton am Arlberg / Wolfgang Ehn Mountain biking © TVB St. Anton am Arlberg / Wolfgang Ehn

St. Anton am Arlberg

The all-season holiday resort of St. Anton in Tirol certainly lives up to its motto ‘Into the outdoors, from dawn till dusk’ in an enviable mountainous setting ripe for exploration on foot or on two wheels.
Outdoor exploration starts here
Bike trail along the Danube © OÖ Tourismus / Hermann Erber Bike trail along the Danube © OÖ Tourismus / Hermann Erber

Danube Cycle Path

With many cultural and scenic attractions along its banks, the Danube Cycle Path is one of Europe’s best known cycling routes. Signposted, paved, and nearly flat along its entirety means self-guided tours are an easy option.
A gentle ride of discovery
Fun, action and adventure in the mountains © Franz Gerdl Fun, action and adventure in the mountains © Franz Gerdl

St. Johann in Tirol - Kitzbüheler Alpen

The marvelous location of St. Johann in Tirol in the Kitzbühel Alps speaks for itself as you listen to the sounds of nature on a themed hike, cycle tour, World Cup mountain bike race, or from one of the area’s many cosy alpine inns.
Mountains of adventure in the Kitzbühel Alps
Couple enjoying the view © Alpbachtal Seenland Tourismus Couple enjoying the view © Alpbachtal Seenland Tourismus

Alpbachtal in Tirol

Step into the pretty pages of Alpbach and its alpine environs and let the story of your summer hiking or cycling holiday write itself from your home base of ‘Austria’s most beautiful village’.
A storybook setting
Hiking in the Zillertal valley © © Österreich Werbung / Peter Burgstaller Hiking in the Zillertal valley © © Österreich Werbung / Peter Burgstaller

Zillertal in Tirol

Love the high of a summer holiday? Time spent in the pristine setting of the Zillertal actually means just that, as visitors reap the regenerating benefits of mountain recreation at varying altitudes.
At the height of well-being
Outdoor area of the Interalpen Hotel Tyrol © Interalpen-Hotel Tyrol Outdoor area of the Interalpen Hotel Tyrol © Interalpen-Hotel Tyrol
Hotel Recommendation
Near Seefeld, Tirol

Interalpen-Hotel Tyrol

Interalpen-Hotel Tyrol, set beautifully in the open, mountainous setting of the Seefeld high plateau, offers a five-star stay at one of Tirol’s leading luxury hotels. Expect warm hospitality and top notch service.
5-star superior luxury in a stunning setting
Exterior view of the hotel with pool © Gartenhotel Theresia Exterior view of the hotel with pool © Gartenhotel Theresia
Hotel Recommendation
Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Salzburg

Gartenhotel Theresia

No request goes unheard at this exceptional, family-run hotel located in a beautiful slope-side setting in Saalbach Hinterglemm, one of Salzburgerland’s top recreational resort regions. Hiking and bike trails on the doorstep.
A stylish stay with personal touches
Blindsee trail © Tiroler Zugspitz Arena / U. Wiesmeier Blindsee trail © Tiroler Zugspitz Arena / U. Wiesmeier

Tiroler Zugspitz Arena

The phrase ‘the Great Outdoors’ may well have been inspired the majestic, mountainous, all-ages holiday destination of the Tiroler Zugspitz Arena. Towering summits look over a landscape made for exploring and admiring.
Stretching views and lofty peaks
Trailrunning in Zell am See-Kaprun © Jakob Edholm Trailrunning in Zell am See-Kaprun © Jakob Edholm

Zell am See-Kaprun

Upholding the adage that all good things come in threes is Zell am See-Kaprun’s majestic trio of mountains, glacier, and lake – a fantastic natural spectacle 365 days of the year with action all around.
Experience the diversity of the Alps
Front view of the Hotel Trattlerhof © Hotel Trattlerhof Front view of the Hotel Trattlerhof © Hotel Trattlerhof
Hotel Recommendation
Bad Kleinkirchheim, Carinthia

Hotel Trattlerhof

A continuous tradition of hospitality greets all guests at the Trattlerhof alongside a cosy ambience that reflects the lifestyle of the region, A new, nearby 12km mountain bike flow trail makes its debut summer 2017.
Tradition and alpine charm

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Outdoor area of the Interalpen Hotel Tyrol © Interalpen-Hotel TyrolOutdoor area of the Interalpen Hotel Tyrol © Interalpen-Hotel Tyrol

Interalpen-Hotel Tyrol near Seefeld

5-star superior luxury in a stunning setting
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Front view of the Hotel Trattlerhof © Hotel TrattlerhofFront view of the Hotel Trattlerhof © Hotel Trattlerhof

Hotel Trattlerhof in Carinthia

Tradition and Alpine charm
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Trailrunning in Zell am See-Kaprun © Jakob EdholmTrailrunning in Zell am See-Kaprun © Jakob Edholm

Zell am See-Kaprun

A majestic trio of mountains, glacier and lake
Experience the diversity of the Alps
Hiking in the Zillertal valley © © Österreich Werbung / Peter BurgstallerHiking in the Zillertal valley © © Österreich Werbung / Peter Burgstaller

Zillertal in Tirol

At the height of well-being  
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A traditional Austrian farm with the valley in the background © TVB WildschönauA traditional Austrian farm with the valley in the background © TVB Wildschönau

Wildschönau in Tirol

Unspoilt and breathtakingly beautiful
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Blindsee trail © Tiroler Zugspitz Arena / U. WiesmeierBlindsee trail © Tiroler Zugspitz Arena / U. Wiesmeier

Tiroler Zugspitz Arena

Stretching views and lofty peaks
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Biking on the Höttingeralm © Innsbruck Tourismus / Mario WebhoferBiking on the Höttingeralm © Innsbruck Tourismus / Mario Webhofer

Innsbruck in Tirol

City sights & mountain magic
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Mountain biking © TVB St. Anton am Arlberg / Wolfgang EhnMountain biking © TVB St. Anton am Arlberg / Wolfgang Ehn

St. Anton am Arlberg in Tirol

Outdoor exploration starts here
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Couple enjoying the view © Alpbachtal Seenland TourismusCouple enjoying the view © Alpbachtal Seenland Tourismus

Alpbachtal in Tirol

A storybook setting  
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Panoramablick © Michael WerlbergerPanoramablick © Michael Werlberger

Kitzbühel in Tirol

A mountain world of gorgeous green
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Bike trail along the Danube © OÖ Tourismus / Hermann ErberBike trail along the Danube © OÖ Tourismus / Hermann Erber

Danube Cycle Path

A gentle ride of discovery in Lower Austria, Upper Austria and Vienna  
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Awe-inspiring nature in Vorarlberg © Vorarlberg Tourismus / Dietmar DengerAwe-inspiring nature in Vorarlberg © Vorarlberg Tourismus / Dietmar Denger

Vorarlberg

In step with tradition  
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Exterior view of the hotel with pool © Gartenhotel TheresiaExterior view of the hotel with pool © Gartenhotel Theresia

Gartenhotel Theresia in Saalbach-Hinterglemm

A stylish stay with personal touches
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Fun, action and adventure in the mountains © Franz GerdlFun, action and adventure in the mountains © Franz Gerdl

St. Johann in Tirol

Mountains of adventure and fun
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Alpine way of life

Alpine Way of Life © © Österreich Werbung Alpine Way of Life © © Österreich Werbung

The height of living

With unsurpassed peace and tranquility, mountain-fresh air and the natural fragrance of forests and meadows, life in the unspoilt mountainous arena has an unspeakably special quality and offers up a wonderful panacea to the stresses and strains of modern-day life.

So much so, in fact, that many young people are now bucking the trend and not moving to the bright lights of the city but rather choosing to stay in the mountains, not wanting to leave the unique sense of community, slow-paced lifestyle, sustainable living and organic produce.

With over 4,000,000 Austrians living in the Alps in an arena with 731 mountain peaks over a whopping 3,000m, read on more to discover the pure sense of happiness that can only come from living at lofty heights.

  The Alps and the people who actually live there

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