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Lakes and Nature in Austria

In Austria you will find amazing scenery, beautiful lakes and stunning mountain ranges as well as lovely wine regions and national parks protecting diverse landscapes.
Boating at the Lake Zell © Österreich Werbung / thecreatingclick.com Boating at the Lake Zell © Österreich Werbung / thecreatingclick.com

Austria's Most Beautiful Lakeside Destinations

Summer in Austria: Make It Yours

This summer, we sent some Brits to Austria to take the perfect selfie. Along the way, they experienced their very own Austria, and brought back not only selfies, but life-long memories.

Read our guides to find out how to make summer in Austria yours – from awe-inspiring mountain peaks to be conquered on foot and well-marked bike trails across exhilarating terrain to culture-clad cities.


 
Our Favourite Summer Spots in Austria

Explore Austria's Nature

Grüner See Tragöss © Steiermark Tourismus / Weberberger Grüner See Tragöss © Steiermark Tourismus / Weberberger

Austria’s Most Beautiful Places, According to Austrians

Every year, the Austrian public picks the country’s most beautiful spots in a live telecast. How about visiting one of these magical places?
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Danube, Vienna © Österreich Werbung /  Popp-Hackner Danube, Vienna © Österreich Werbung / Popp-Hackner

Holidays Along Austria's Rivers & Lakes

Austria's natural waters are a great starting point to plan your break. Make it a round trip, taking in one idyllic lakeside village after the other. Commit to a bike tour along the Danube, leading through urban hubs and crisp wine regions. Or lose yourself (but not the way) on a multiday hike, stopping for a refreshing dip whenever you fancy.
Go with the flow
Impressive mountain scenery in National park Hohe Tauern © Österreich Werbung / Peter Podpera Impressive mountain scenery in National park Hohe Tauern © Österreich Werbung / Peter Podpera

National Parks in Austria

Austria is home to six unique national parks, offering a stunning variety of animals, plants and landscapes. When visiting Austria take the opportunity to admire nature in its undisturbed, pristine beauty and make sure you spend some time exploring one of these natural havens.
 
As nature intended
Dachstein Sky Walk © Österreich Werbung / Georg Popp Dachstein Sky Walk © Österreich Werbung / Georg Popp

Spectacular Viewing Platforms

Those with a head for heights are greatly rewarded in the Austrian Alps with views you could only dream of. From a variety of unique viewing platforms to suspension bridges and panorama bars, it's worth making that trip up the mountain.
Taking it to another level
Styrian Wine Roads © Österreich Werbung / Peter Burgstaller Styrian Wine Roads © Österreich Werbung / Peter Burgstaller

Austria's Wine Country

Austria’s vibrant wine scene has earned a worldwide reputation for quality and innovation, and is paired wonderfully with Austrian cuisine. The incredible thing about Austria is that all of its wine regions are easy to visit. In fact, once you step off the plane in Vienna, you've already arrived in one of the world’s most unique wine areas.
Take a sip
Danube region in Austria © Österreich Werbung / Peter Burgstaller Danube region in Austria © Österreich Werbung / Peter Burgstaller

The Danube

Europe’s second-longest river has always been an important factor in Austria's history, culture, traditions and economy.
Where cultures flow together

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Outdoor Recreation

Hiking in the Zillertal valley © Österreich Werbung / Peter Burgstaller Hiking in the Zillertal valley © Österreich Werbung / Peter Burgstaller

Walking and Hiking

Walking breaks are soaring in popularity with British holidaymakers, enticed by the ease of Austria's unofficial national pastime. Various routes of all difficulty levels await you on your walking holiday in Austria.

Take a hike
Bikepath Duernstein © Österreich Werbung / Peter Burgstaller Bikepath Duernstein © Österreich Werbung / Peter Burgstaller

Cycling and Biking

Austria offers an almost unlimited choice of cycle and mountain bike paths for all ages and interests. Whether you are looking for a challenge, or would prefer a gentler adventure such as E-Biking, you are sure to find the perfect route.

On your bike
Pure golf pleasure © TVB St. Anton am Arlberg / Christoph Schöch Pure golf pleasure © TVB St. Anton am Arlberg / Christoph Schöch

Golfing

Alpine golf, greens surrounded by vineyards and courses attached to luxurious spa resorts make Austria a fabulous golf holiday destination.
Golf the Austrian way
Faaker See © Österreich Werbung / Andreas Hofer Faaker See © Österreich Werbung / Andreas Hofer

Water Sports

Enjoy a refreshing dip, give diving a go, or take a sailboat out for the day. Browse our selection of the best lakes for waters activities per region.
Austria's best bathing lakes
Fisher on Mondsee © Österreich Werbung / Wolfgang Weinhäupl Fisher on Mondsee © Österreich Werbung / Wolfgang Weinhäupl

Fishing

Anglers from all over the world love fishing in Austria's streams, rivers and lakes with excellent water quality and of incomparable beauty.

Make a catch
Snow hiking/South of Lienz/East Tyrol © Österreich Werbung / Andreas Hofer Snow hiking/South of Lienz/East Tyrol © Österreich Werbung / Andreas Hofer

Winter Sports

An Austrian winter promises not only hours of fun with classic skiing or freeriding, but also with plenty of lesser-known snow adventures.

Top winter activities

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Austrian Moments in Motion

  • Beautiful sunset in Vienna © Österreich Werbung / Filmspektakel.at Beautiful sunset in Vienna © Österreich Werbung / Filmspektakel.at

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