For picture-perfect landscapes coupled with an acute sense of tradition, look no further than our walking holidays in Austria. The local communities here have kept many of their old customs: the high pastures are still farmed, prize-winning Austrian cheeses are made in the mountains and traditional Austrian dress is often worn. Quaint refuges, cafés, restaurants and bars are dotted around the mountains and in the hamlets and villages, providing welcome refreshments during our walking holidays in Austria – as well as delicious cakes and strudels…
For many people, walking holidays in the Austrian Tyrol typify the best of the Alps: dramatic scenery with jagged, snow-capped mountains towering above lush, flower-filled meadows, and picturesque villages where geraniums spill brightly from the balconies of rustic wooden chalets. Of course, those same mountains are covered in glorious snow in winter, making Austria a superb destination for winter walking too!
Heading just a few hours east, the Austrian lakes offer an equally glorious mix of valley views, secluded beaches and local life. On rest days, the opportunities are endless – whether you want to try your hand at exhilarating water sports or meander through nearby fairy-tale cities, our walking holidays in Austria offer an unbeatable experience for everyone.
Walking Holidays in Austria
8 Daysfrom£ 1,559
Self-Guided Holidays (Excl. Flights)
Fabulous scenery and a choice of activities including walking or cycling
Breathtaking Scenery: One of the main highlights of walking holidays in Austria is the breathtaking scenery that surrounds you on every step of the journey. The Austrian Alps dominate the landscape, with their majestic peaks, snow-capped mountains, and cascading waterfalls. Whether you choose to trek through the Tyrolean Alps, along the Wachau Heritage Trail or along the famous lakes, you will be in awe of the natural beauty that awaits you at every turn.
Well-Maintained Trails: Austria is renowned for its well-maintained network of hiking trails, making it an ideal destination for walking holidays. Whether you are a novice or an experienced hiker, there are trails suitable for all levels of fitness and expertise. From leisurely strolls through lush meadows to challenging hikes along rocky ridges, the well-marked trails ensure you can explore the landscapes with ease and without fear of getting lost.
Cultural Heritage: Aside from its natural beauty, the country is also rich in cultural heritage, adding another layer of interest to walking holidays in Austria. As you walk through the charming villages and towns, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in Austrian history and traditions. From the pilgrimage route of the Tyrolean Way of St. James to the idyllic villages of the Wachau Valley known for their wine production, there are plenty of cultural treasures to discover along the way.
Varied Wildlife: Austria’s diverse landscapes are home to a wide range of flora and fauna, making walking holidays here a paradise for nature and wildlife lovers. As you explore the alpine meadows and dense forests, you may spot majestic golden eagles soaring overhead, marmots scurrying between rocks or chamois gracefully bounding through the mountains. The diversity of wildlife in Austria adds an element of excitement and surprise to your walking adventure.
Authentic Alpine Cuisine: No walking holiday in Austria is complete without indulging in the country’s authentic alpine cuisine. From hearty stews and dumplings to mouthwatering pastries and freshly brewed beer, Austrian food offers a delicious blend of hearty and flavoursome dishes. As you traverse the trails, you will come across mountain huts and traditional alpine restaurants where you can refuel with local specialties.
How long are your walking holidays in Austria?
Our awe-inspiring Austria trips range from eight to nine days, giving you plenty of time to soak up your serene surroundings. In some you’ll settle down in the same hand-picked hotel throughout, while in others you’ll make your way from base to base – with our team taking care of your luggage transfers of course.
Are your walking holidays in Austria guided?
If you’re setting out on our walking tour in the Austrian Tyrol, you’ll be guided every step of the way by one of our expert local guides. They’re more than route-finders however – you’ll hear fascinating insights into the region and its traditions, while ticking off the best local hideouts along the way. Leaving for the lakes? Our self-guided options include detailed kilometre-by-kilometre notes to keep you company on routes that have been tried and tested by our experts.
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Whether you’re looking for activity-packed adventures, opportunities for sightseeing or relaxing rest days in a luxury pool and wellness centre, our walking holidays in Austria have got it all. If you’d like to customise one of our trips to make it that extra bit special, we’ll try our best to make it happen.
Great trip from start to finish showcasing lots of different parts of Sri Lanka. The hiking was great and really got you away from the tourist hot spots. Beautiful scenery up in the mountains and forests, tea plantations, lakes, waterfalls. It was more beautiful than I had imagined. Hotels were all of a good standard, several with pools. I would have preferred not to camp the one night but that is just me! I liked that there weren’t lots of long road journeys and the itinerary was well paced. Lots of opportunities to sample Sri Lankan food. Great wildlife and birds. We were lucky enough to spot a leopard but the safari would have been fun even if we hadn’t as there was still lots to see. Overall, a brilliant trip as you see and do so much in the 15 days.
Really enjoyed this trip. I liked the busy pace, the treks, houseboat and the homestay in particular. It was only a small group but we bonded easily over a couple of beers on the first night and that continued through the duration of the trip.
This was an excellent week of walking. The paths are steep in some places but well defined and Jose guided us with care and attention on the challenging ascents and descents of the Sierra Aitana. The walks were well-paced by Jose but the days are long so you do need to be fit. We trekked through a number of landscapes illustrating the historic and current use of the area and Jose with his local knowledge enhanced our understanding of how this area has evolved over the centuries as well as the current challenges. The views from the walks were amazing – one way you could see the coast from Alicante to Benidorm and beyond and the other the folding valleys and mountains of the interior. The skies were blue and the days sunny and warm and we experienced very little wind even on the summits. We were based at the Hostel Rincon de Pepe where we had a wonderful week being looked after by Raquel. The food was amazing and hearty (three courses plus wine). The terrace was also great place to have breakfast every morning as the sun rose out of the Med, as well as a beer or two after the walk as the sun disappeared behind the mountains.
What are the best walking destinations in Austria?
Austria boasts numerous walking destinations, but some of the most popular ones include the Austrian Alps, the Wachau Heritage Trail, Tyrolean Alps and the Danube Valley. A tour of the Austrian Lakes guides you among stunning views, alpine forests and postcard pretty villages. Along the way, you’ll discover hidden gems such as St Wolfgang’s ancient cog railway, the Mozart museum at St Geilgen and beautiful frescoed houses. You can also summit mighty peaks such as the Kitzbüheler Horn, Vormauerstein and Elfer, which provide you with immense mountain views.
When is the best time to go on a walking holiday in Austria?
The best time to enjoy walking in Austria is during the summer months from June to September. During this period, the weather is generally pleasant, with warm temperatures and longer daylight hours. It’s also the perfect time to see the Alpine flora and fauna when it’s in full bloom. Even in the summer months, you’ll find fewer crowds than at other European destinations and the walking trails are more peaceful.
How difficult are the hiking trails in Austria?
Austria offers a wide range of trails suitable for all fitness levels and hiking experience. From leisurely walks on flat terrain to more challenging mountain climbs, there is something for everyone. Make sure to research your chosen trail beforehand to determine its difficulty level and your ability to tackle it. For each of our tours, we grade the activity level and give you more detailed information about the walks that are featured, so make sure you select one that you’re confident will match your fitness levels.
Do you have self-guided walking tours in Austria?
Yes, we offer a wide range of self-guided walking tours in Austria. The itineraries have been carefully curated by teams of experts to ensure you experience the main sights as well as discover lesser-known gems that are off the beaten track. We also provide detailed trips notes and suggest places of interest which you can explore at your own pace. This makes our self-guided tours ideal for anyone who wants to linger longer wherever they choose and immerse themselves in the scenery, history and culture of each destination.
How long do you need in Austria?
The duration of walking holidays in Austria can vary depending on personal preference and what you want to see and experience during your trip. To explore a wide range of walking trails and truly immerse yourself in the country’s alpine scenery, we would recommend a minimum of 7 days. A week is ample time to explore a variety of trails as well as pretty villages and historical towns where you can sample the local cuisine and learn about the history and culture.
Can I combine walking holidays with other activities in Austria?
Austria is a wonderful outdoor playground that lends itself to an array of activities that will complement your walking holiday. On our Austrian Lakes Activities trip, you can enjoy walking, cycling, water sports, boat trips and swimming. If you want to enjoy something a little more relaxing, you can also unwind at the hotel’s wellness centre or ride the cable car to the summit of Zwolferhorn for incredible panoramic views.
What kind of wildlife can I see in Austria?
Austria, a land of stunning landscapes and rich biodiversity, is home to a diverse array of wildlife. From the rugged peaks of the Alps to the serene lakes and forests, the country offers a haven for numerous animal species such as deer, chamois, marmots and eagles. You might also be fortunate enough to spot the majestic Alpine ibex, the elusive lynx and the European otter. Its forests support a variety of birdlife, including the golden eagle and the capercaillie. Additionally, Austria is known for its population of brown bears, which roam freely in some of the more remote areas.
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