4 reasons to hike in Austria

Incredible landscape from east to west

From east to west, you can hike everywhere in Austria. Whether on the outskirts of the city of Vienna or in the mountains of Tyrol: hiking tours in Austria are a dream for all mountain lovers!

The special feature: from relatively flat paths to steep mountain slopes, the red-white-red hiking country offers the right tour for every difficulty level. Quaint huts with shingle roofs, the ringing of cowbells in the ear, narrow gravel paths and flowering alpine meadows: this is hiking in Austria!

To help youget to know the variety and versatility of hiking in Austria, you will now find three different tours through this beautiful country.

Hiker with view to lake Wolfgangsee and the alpine peaks of Salzkammergut

Dive into nature: Austria, the hiking mecca

You will find a joy for hiking in Austria. Why? A breathtaking natural backdrop accompanies you at every turn from Voralberg to the eastern edge of Burgenland. The unforgettable Seenkulisse in the Salzkammergut, the rugged rock formations in Tyrol or the vastness of Lower Austria: for every hiking level there is a vast selection available.

But it’s not only the landscapes that help you forget everyday life. Along the routes there are many unique cultural sights. The Imperial Villa of Empress Sisi and Emperor Franz, a boat trip on the blue Danube or an adrenalin rush on the Dachstein Höhenrundweg: varied is the hiking country of Austria.

Hiking in the Vineyards: a multifaceted Austria

Vineyard after vineyard and one tavern after the other: this is a landscape only found in the east of Austria. Precisely in the largest federal state - Burgenland. 

The Wachau is not only known for its wonderful apricots, but also for the wines. Every year, the best grapes in the world mature in the vineyards and terraces. There’s a reason Wachau has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000.

The tours and hiking trails also lead past priceless cultural heritage, meander through the vineyards, past ruins with stunning views of the Danube Delta.

As far as the Vienna Woods, just outside Vienna, you can discover the favourite places of Austrians and get to know the country, the culture and the people from a completely different side.

Because Austria can do much more: starting with high mountain peaks, traditional tavern culture, customs and impressive landscape and scenery. There are many reasons to visit this small country! So go ahead and lace up your hiking boots!

By the way: The Eurohike team has many original hiking tours in Austria. Browse the entire programme!

Bridge at the Saalach

Walking through the country: pilgrimage

Slowing down, finding yourself, sorting out your thoughts and putting them on ice – all this works best with a long walk through the Austrian landscape. The pilgrimage is not only historic, but has also been carried out by countless people. Are you a believer, enthusiastic about the mountains or want to dive into nature as a tourist? All these reasons are perfect for a pilgrimage!

The Eurohike team recommends you go on the pilgrimage route the ‘Jakobsweg’ through the Salzburg Alpine foothills to Tyrol. You will experience the unforgettable landscapes and the Austrian culture up close and in all its glory!

Hiking stop at the Kammereggalm

Cosy: the charming alpine huts

“Griaß di, servus und hereinspaziert“ is what the locals say in their dialect to welcome you to a cosy hut. Log cabins with shingled roofs, small chimneys and windows with flowers and checked curtains complete the picture. A friendly Almöhi (owner) what a hat and whistle grins broadly and welcomes you to the benches and tables in his fine dining room.

Now all you need is a hearty snack, a tasty cider or an ice-cold beer and you’re in heaven. Delicious bacon (Speck), fragrant farmer’s bread and fresh chives. For dessert a hot doughnut (Bauernkrapfen) with a generous serving of apricot jam, lots of icing sugar and a clear schnapps for digestion. “Prost! Mahlzeit!”

Taking a break in Austria tastes different to other hiking areas. Let the hospitality, atmosphere and the delicacies melt on your tongue!

 

Hiking break at the high altitude trail along Gosaukamm ridge
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