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Upper Austria

Upper Austria is a beautiful province, with museums, bike routes, great hotels and castles. Take a look at our information and tips for activities and attractions in Upper Austria.

Lakes and Nature

Hallstatt, Upper Austria © Österreich Werbung / Wolfgang Weinhäupl Hallstatt, Upper Austria © Österreich Werbung / Wolfgang Weinhäupl

Upper Austria

Along the Salzkammergutweg, the most famous Upper Austrian lakes and warm thermal springs of drinking water quality line up like beautiful pearls on a string, surrounded by a stunning mountain backdrop.
Bathing lakes in Upper Austria
Golf © Österreich Werbung / Leo Himsl Golf © Österreich Werbung / Leo Himsl

Golf in Upper Austria

Golfers – from amateurs to professionals – immediately fall in love with Upper Austria for its exquisite golf greens amongst crystal-clear lakes and majestic mountains.
Land of passions
Wanderreiten im Nationalpark Kalkalpen © Oberösterreich Tourismus GmbH / Hermann Erber Wanderreiten im Nationalpark Kalkalpen © Oberösterreich Tourismus GmbH / Hermann Erber

Trail riding in the Kalkalpen National Park

The Kalkalpen National Park is one of Austria’s most mysterious landscapes. This secluded mountain and forest area can be best experienced on horseback.
Trail riding in Upper Austria
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
Carinthia's lakes offer great opportunities to cool down during a hot summer day or as a break during your bike trip © Österreich Werbung / Andy Küchenmeister Carinthia's lakes offer great opportunities to cool down during a hot summer day or as a break during your bike trip © Österreich Werbung / Andy Küchenmeister

Cycling Along Austria's Rivers & Lakes

Scenic cycle paths lead along picturesque rivers and glittering lakes, all well-signposted with wonderful stop-off opportunities along the way.

The most popular routes
A earned break at lake Hintersteiner on the third stage on the Eagle Walk © Tirol Werbung / Jens Schwarz A earned break at lake Hintersteiner on the third stage on the Eagle Walk © Tirol Werbung / Jens Schwarz

Lake and River Hiking

Austria's legendary hiking trails provide plenty of opportunity to encounter natural waters along the way, from tranquil rivers and lakes to captivating gorges, canyons and waterfalls.
The best lakeside hiking trails

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Cultural Highlights

Ars Electronica Center / Linz, Oberösterreich © Österreich Werbung / Peter Burgstaller Ars Electronica Center / Linz, Oberösterreich © Österreich Werbung / Peter Burgstaller

Upper Austria Architectural Highlights

A day in Upper Austria can be short if you want to experience all its architectural gems. Linz is a cosmopolitan city that houses culture and arts, and the surrounding historic towns such as Bad Ischl and Hallstatt are treasure troves of splendid buildings. Venture further into the province to find countless tremendous abbeys and monasteries.
An architectural round trip of Upper Austria
The Getreidegasse is Salzburgs Highstreet and offers traditional Austrian cafés to enjoy a nice shopping break © Österreich Werbung /  Diejun The Getreidegasse is Salzburgs Highstreet and offers traditional Austrian cafés to enjoy a nice shopping break © Österreich Werbung / Diejun

Austria's Longest Shopping Streets

It's easy to browse the day away along one of these favourite shopping streets. The longest shopping mile of all is Mariahilfer Straße in Vienna, followed by Landstraße in Linz.
Shopaholic's galore
At the Austrian markets you have the opportunity to buy directly from regional farmers © Wörthersee Tourismus GmbH / Pixelpoint Multimedia At the Austrian markets you have the opportunity to buy directly from regional farmers © Wörthersee Tourismus GmbH / Pixelpoint Multimedia

Popular Markets

Farmers’ market, flea market or potters’ market: Markets are a feast for all senses and a celebration of colours, scents and voices.
Austrian market culture
Advent market at Linz © Österreich Werbung / Andreas Röbl Advent market at Linz © Österreich Werbung / Andreas Röbl

Christmas Markets in Linz & Upper Austria

The fragrance of gingerbread and Linzer Torte from the Christmas markets, pastry shops and cafes, the lights of the city skyline combining old with new, and the enticements of shopping in the city of Linz all bring you that step closer towards Christmas Eve.
Visit Christmas Markets in Linz
Schloss Ort by Lake Traunsee © Österreich Werbung / Porizka Schloss Ort by Lake Traunsee © Österreich Werbung / Porizka

Weddings in Upper Austria

In Upper Austria it's all about getting married on water. Charter your very own wedding boat and cruise the picture perfect Lake Traunsee or Lake Attersee. Corny? Yes, but we love it!
Upper Austria wedding ideas
Danube region in Austria © Österreich Werbung / Peter Burgstaller Danube region in Austria © Österreich Werbung / Peter Burgstaller

Colourful Danube

For many centuries Europe’s second-largest river has served to bring together the continent’s nations and peoples, which up until today makes the Danube region a fascinating cultural meeting place.
Where cultures flow together
Exhibition at Gustav Klimt Center at the Lake Atter © www.klimt-am-attersee.at Exhibition at Gustav Klimt Center at the Lake Atter © www.klimt-am-attersee.at

Gustav Klimt Centre

In Kammer am Attersee, where Gustav Klimt spent his summer holidays, you can now find the Gustav Klimt Centre and an inspiring Klimt-themed path along the picturesque banks of Lake Atter.
Gustav Klimt in Upper Austria
Bilderbuch from Upper Austria © Niko Ostermann Bilderbuch from Upper Austria © Niko Ostermann

From Storybook to Story of Success

Having started as an Upper Austrian school band, Bilderbuch have undertaken various musical experiments to evolve into Austria’s funkiest combo since Falco.
The funk-combo from Upper Austria

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Accommodations

Hotel Mühltalhof © Mühltalhof Hotel Mühltalhof © Mühltalhof

Mühltalhof

The Mühltalhof in Neufelden is one of those places that’s so good one would much rather keep it a secret.

Mühltalhof in Upper Austria
The Baumhotel in Kopfing, Upper Austria © www.baumkronenweg.at The Baumhotel in Kopfing, Upper Austria © www.baumkronenweg.at

Baumhotel

Fancy holidaying at lofty heights? Live in a tree house on the longest treetop path in Europe. The scent of wood will follow you for your entire stay – your clothes, backpack and skin will all smell like forest by the end of your first day.
Baumhotel in Upper Austria
Terrace at the Seehof Mondsee © Hotel Seehof Mondsee Terrace at the Seehof Mondsee © Hotel Seehof Mondsee

Seehof Mondsee

At one of the most beautiful coves on Lake Mondsee, you’ll find the five-star hotel with its private 300-metre beach and award-winning gourmet restaurant.
Seehof Mondsee in Upper Austria
Außenansicht vom Hotel am Domplatz in Linz © Hotel am Domplatz Außenansicht vom Hotel am Domplatz in Linz © Hotel am Domplatz

Design Hotels in Upper Austria

Hotel and culture, experience and vision, design and interior all meet here. Discover the spirit of Upper Austria in the urban centre of Linz or on the banks of beautiful Lake Hallstatt.
Visit Upper Austria
Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron, Salzburg © Schlosshotels & Herrenhäuser Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron, Salzburg © Schlosshotels & Herrenhäuser

Castle Hotels & Mansions

Castle Hotels & Mansions is a select group of romantic castle hotels, historic country homes, manor houses, estates, restaurants and inns across Austria.
Incomparably unique
St. Martin Chalets © St. Martin Chalet / no  name St. Martin Chalets © St. Martin Chalet / no name

Chalets & Holiday Homes in Austria

Skiing and hiking chalets come in all sizes and all standards in the Austrian Alps, with some including luxury facilities such as saunas. Use our chalet finder to source your ideal lodgings.
Plan your alpine break
Spiegelsee with Dachstein, Styria © Wanderhotels / Herbert Raffalt Spiegelsee with Dachstein, Styria © Wanderhotels / Herbert Raffalt

Wanderhotels - Best Alpine

Located in beautiful Alpine landscapes, Wanderhotels know all about hiking with free guided tours, equipment and hiking taxis, plus spas and fabulous cuisine.
The best hiking hotels in the Alps
Kinderhotels Family © Kinderhotels Europa Kinderhotels Family © Kinderhotels Europa

Kinderhotels Family Holidays

Tired of theme parks and caravan sites? Looking to avoid the cost of a far off resort? Want to treat your family to a holiday that combines child-friendly fun with superior amenities and comfortable accommodation, and gives you the feeling that you’ve "gone somewhere" at fantastic value for money? Kinderhotels is the irresistible choice.
Having an amazing time

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Skiing and Winter

Two skiers enjoy the sun on the piste © Österreich Werbung / Wolfgang Zajc Two skiers enjoy the sun on the piste © Österreich Werbung / Wolfgang Zajc

Winter Openings in Austria

Did you know that most Austrian ski regions celebrate their winter and ski opening with famously big parties? Find out what is happening, where and when on your ski holiday in Austria.
Dates and events at a glance
Die Nacht der Sterne - Nationalpark Hohe Tauern bei Nacht © Kärnten Werbung / Klaus  Dapra Die Nacht der Sterne - Nationalpark Hohe Tauern bei Nacht © Kärnten Werbung / Klaus Dapra

Charming Winter Hideaways

At narrow valley ends, in remote mountain regions or natural reserves, you will find pristine winter hideaways with plenty to offer.
The quiet beauty of winter
Flyvende snowboarder i Snowpark i Tirol © Österreich Werbung / Wolfgang Zajc Flyvende snowboarder i Snowpark i Tirol © Österreich Werbung / Wolfgang Zajc

Snowboarding

Experience the Austrian mountains off the beaten track with a guided snowboard tour, or take to one of the many funparks.
On Tour with Your Board
Freeriding © Millstätter See Tourismus GmbH Freeriding © Millstätter See Tourismus GmbH

Freeriding in Austria

High-end ski and snowboard training camps that are run by Austrian snow experts and legends, plus the best resorts for freeriding.
An unforgettable experience
Cross-country skiing in Bregenzerwald © Bregenzerwald Tourismus GmbH / Adolf Bereuter Cross-country skiing in Bregenzerwald © Bregenzerwald Tourismus GmbH / Adolf Bereuter

Cross-Country and Nordic Skiing

Looking for cross-country skiing tracks in Austria? Here are some classic tracks for cross-country skiers and skaters.
Search tracks
Schneeschuhwanderung am Dachstein © Österreich Werbung / Herbert Raffalt Schneeschuhwanderung am Dachstein © Österreich Werbung / Herbert Raffalt

Snowshoe Hiking

Snowshoe hiking is a special way of experiencing nature, far from the modern world. Here are the best places to try it in Austria.

Snowshoe Hiking in Austria
Winterwandern am Dachstein © Österreich Werbung / Herbert Raffalt Winterwandern am Dachstein © Österreich Werbung / Herbert Raffalt

Winter Hiking in Austria

Winter hiking in Austria is a great way to enjoy beautiful winter landscapes. Here are some of our favourite places for a winter hike.
Austria's Best Winter Hiking
Winter magic © Österreich Werbung / Robert Maybach Winter magic © Österreich Werbung / Robert Maybach

Horse-Drawn Sleighs and Dogsledding

A horse-drawn sleigh ride or a dogsledding adventure – in Austria, you can experience winter in tandem with animals.

More on Horses and Huskies

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