From rolling hills to gentle pastures, rugged mountain peaks and glaciers. Despite being small in size, Austria offers a broad range of landscapes, many of them unique. There are waterfalls such as the Krimmler Waterfalls, numerous rivers and lakes, glaciers such as the Kitzsteinhorn in Zell am See-Kaprun, bathing lakes with drinkable water and ice caves you can visit like the Eisriesenwelt Werfen - the biggest in the world.
The signage of hiking trails in the Austria Alps is clear and uniform across all regions. There are red-white-red marks usually painted on trees or rocks, and sign posts at crossing points showing directions, duration and sometimes even the level of difficulty of the trail. This broad network means even beginners can undertake self-guided walks on secure paths. Of course it is still recommended to prepare any hiking tour into the mountains with due caution, respecting external factors such as the weather, but also the endurance and experience of all participants. Maps and advice can always be obtained from the local tourist offices.
On almost all sign-posted hiking trails in Austria you will sooner or later come across one of the countless mountain huts which offer authentic cuisine and often also basic (some even sophisticated) accommodation facilities for those who attempt a long-distance hiking trail. Family-owned mountain restaurants and cosy mountain inns will invite you to linger. We can recommend, for example, the Steinbockalm on the Hochkönig in SalzburgerLand, or the Wedelhütte in the Hochzillertal area of Tirol.
In the mountain inns you are usually treated to home-made Austrian delights, regional specialties and sometimes even produce right from the Alpine pastures in front of the hut. Cold plates are popular (such as the famous Austrian “Brettljause”) and breads with all types of spread, but also traditional warm dishes such as Wiener Schnitzel, Schweinsbraten, Käsespätzle or Kaiserschmarren.
Most regions offer summer cable cars or chairlifts to get up the mountains and to enable all hikers access to the most panoramic trails and to visit the most scenic summit platforms without hours of strenuous ascent on foot.
There are plenty of hiking trails in Austria which make walking an adventure for the entire family. There are adventure hiking trails with interactive stations, educational trails or even hiking trails which can be done with a stroller. In addition, Austria offers specialized accommodation options for a family holiday such as the Kinderhotels or farmstay holidays.
About 27% of the Austrian surface is under natural protection. 6 national parks, 50 nature parks, 7 biosphere reserves and many more local nature protection areas have been set up to protect unique species of fauna and flora, cultural landscapes and traditional ways of living. Various regions in Austria have also started to implement a scheme for sustainable tourism. Measures include car-free holidays and electro mobility or use of local sources of food or energy. The Austrian National Parks also offer special educational programmes for their visitors.
Hiking has a long tradition in Austria and is the country’s unofficial national pastime. There are many villages in the Austrian Alps that really dedicate themselves to hiking or mountaineering. Austria's Hiking Villages are a perfect base for a hiking holiday with easy to difficult day hikes. These villages offer special services for your hiking holiday, such as free material to plan your hiking tour or free guided hikes by partner hotels.
Austria offers a huge variety of different hiking options and themed walks. Climbing up one of the countless mountain peaks, hiking from pasture to pasture, following a long distance hiking trail or just enjoying a leisurely day hike - all of this is part of the Austrian hiking experience!
The European emergency number 112 is valid for the whole of Europe. You can call this number even without reception, SIM card, or credit on your mobile phone.
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Tirol is a world leader in its facilities to help disabled people reach its peaks. In addition to extensive ski facilities in winter, there are 24 approved wheelchair hiking routes for summer. And with the help of Roll Rinn stretchers, it is even possible to reach the summit of a mountain.Hiking without barriers
Scattered woodlands, crisp mountain air and crystal clear streams. Hiking in Austria can offer everything a keen rambler needs. Let Ramblers Worldwide take you on a walking holiday to the beauty of Austria. Call 01707 331133 or book online.Browse holiday packages
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