Austria’s Hiking Villages

Have you ever felt the Magic of Walking and inhaled the fresh mountain air while out on a hike? Have you ever stood gazing at meadows full of alpine herbs and flowers or felt the sun beating down on the rocks of the mountain? Come and experience one of those magical moments when you pause, with the summit up ahead of you and behind you the people, barns and houses that grow a little smaller with every step upwards you take.
Enjoy unique experiences in one of Austria’s hiking village regions and discover hikes that suit your preferences. Feel the energy that nature imparts when you hike up to a mountain lake and savour the breathtaking views of Austria’s mountain ranges when you finally reach the summit.

Whether you enjoy having time to yourself and prefer to head off alone or will be heading out with your family and dog – the magic of walking is felt by each person in their very own way. Get out your walking boots and hike across the mountains from one of Austria’s hiking villages.

Wandern im Kaiserbachtal, © Franz Gerdl, TVB St. Johann in Tirol

11 hiking regions

Tyrol – the heart of the Alps! Nowhere else, you will find a similar mountain panorama and such beautiful alpine meadows.

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16 hiking regions

The interplay of culture and nature makes the country so special, and therefore it is an ideal destination for your next hiking holiday.

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Styria, the green heart of Austria – Let yourself be pampered by the regional specialities of Styria.

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Wanderung zum Wolayersee, © Österreichs Wanderdörfer, Karmen Nahberger

4 hiking regions

The most southern province of Austria invites you to hikes on the Austrian, Italian and Slovenian side.

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Mohnfeld im Sonnenuntergang Armschlag©Karmen Nahberger
Lower Austria

3 hiking regions

In about 60 km from Vienna, you can reach the Viennese Alps and be in the middle of nature.

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Wanderung über den Gantekopf zur Alp Nova, © Stefan Kothner - Montafon Tourismus GmbH

4 hiking regions

The locals describe their country as a “relaxing untouched land” – Experience it yourself!

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Hiking State Tyrol

11 hiking regions in Tyrol

Tyrol – the heart of the Alps! Nowhere else, you will find a similar mountain panorama and such beautiful alpine meadows. For the Tyroleans, climbing and hiking is their national sport and accordingly, they have a lot to offer. Families and leisurely hikers as well as experienced summit hikers meet in the Tyrolean mountains.

St. Johann in Tirol © Wandersommer 2019
Holiday Region TirolWest

“Soak up the summer in TirolWest”
TirolWest truly offers something spectacular for everyone, and its excellent geographical location at the intersection of Switzerland, Germany and Italy gives you access to a plethora of fantastic destinations. Hike to your heart’s content: you can meander at a leisurely pace or make your way across challenging high-Alpine terrains. The sky is the limit!

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Olympic region Seefeld

“Seefeld: the sunny side of summer”
The sun-drenched Seefeld Plateau lets you soak up the summer in style. Enjoy musical performances, cultural festivals and sports events in five authentic towns across the idyllic Olympic region. Wildly romantic hikes, alpine adventures and tasty treats beckon you to come and experience the beating heart of the Tyrolean Alps for yourself.

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PillerseeTal – Kitzbühel Alps

“Ready, steady – LET GO!”
Nestled into the Kitzbühel Alps, the Tyrolean Pillerseetal valley spans the Wildseeloder mountain, the Buchensteinwand mountain with its impressive vistas, the Loferer and Leoganger Steinberge mountains and the Steinplatte Waidring. Its five alpine towns provide the perfect backdrop for unforgettable moments among the peaks!

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St. Johann – Kitzbühel Alps

“The hiking hot spot between the Kitzbüheler Horn and Wilder Kaiser mountains”
St. Johann in Tyrol, Oberndorf, Kirchdorf and Erpfendorf are the region’s main towns. Hikers of any level get to take in the spectacular contrasts of nature, from rugged limestone cliffs to alpine meadows covered in flowers. After your hike, treat yourself to a hearty platter of cold cuts at one of the mountain cabins and take a deep breath – you’re in nature.

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Brixental – Kitzbühel Alps

“Breathe free – spend your summer in the Brixental valley!”
Unspoilt nature and perfect holidays: the Brixental valley has no need for artificial mass tourist attractions. Instead, its guests get to experience their very own idea of paradise in the summer as they explore the natural landscapes of the High Alps – a boon for your mental and physical health.

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Ausblick Ötztal

“Seeking the ‘white gold’ of the mountains”
As many as 250 mountains over 3000 metres provide the perfect backdrop for a summer holiday full of adventure and relaxation, wild waters and tranquil lakes. Head to the Stuibenfall, Tyrol’s tallest waterfall, or dare the Ötztal Trek, a magnificent long-distance hiking trail through the High Alps. Wherever you go, you will be rewarded with unforgettable impressions.

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Wandern im Nationalpark Hohe Tauern Osttirol, © Martin Lugger
East Tyrol

“Mountains that touch your heart”
The hiking trails of East Tyrol have every ingredient of a life-long passion born from a single attempt. Its long-distance trails come in virtually every conceivable length, difficulty, elevation and landscape, offering something to everyone regardless of their level. Thanks to the high altitudes involved, the views are nothing short of breath-taking.

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“A relaxing break in a heavenly setting: the Wildschönau high valley”
Wildschönau at the heart of Tyrol is a high valley dotted with charming holiday villages and rustic farms. Take a leisurely walk to a rustic mountain cabin and enjoy hearty Tyrolean treats – the summer cable cars will take you to the trail head in no time. A high-altitude summit tour at 2300 metres rewards you with incredible views!

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WilderKaiser © Daniel Fischer Wandergutesiegel
Wilder Kaiser

“The greatest mountain range in the Alps”
Courageous climbers and experienced mountaineers have flocked to the ragged cliffs and famous peak of the Wilder Kaiser mountain since time immemorial. At its foot lie the towns of Ellmau, Going, Scheffau and Söll, all of which carry the Hiking Quality seal. Hikers can explore the Kaisergebirge nature reserve during a guided hike or a mountain hut tour over multiple days.

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Gipfelkreuz_Voldöpperspitz, (c) Alpbachtal Seenland Tourismus Wandergutesiegel

“Mountains, lakes and time for me”
In Alpbachtal you experience pure Tyrol in the midst of the mountain world of the Kitzbühel Alps and the Rofan Mountains. The combination of gentle and rugged mountain worlds, Tyrol’s warmest bathing lakes, adventurous nature experience gorges as well as cultural sights are unique. Nine authentic villages and Austria’s smallest town characterise the region with its unique history and culture.

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“Hopfgarten/Kelchsau – hiker‘s paradise!”
Hopfgarten and the places around the most beautiful scenic mountain in Tyrol, the Hohe Salve, provide all conditions for an unforgettable hiking holiday. With 700 km of marked hiking trails in the idyllic mountain pastures, the mountain world of the Kitzbühel Alps is as unique as it is varied: Whether for families, hikers or peak climbers -Hopfgarten makes every hiker’s heart beat faster.

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Hiking State Salzburg

16 hiking regions in Salzburg

Most people associate Salzburg with Mozart and the Salzburg Festival. The beautiful landscape and mountains that Salzburg has to offer, are often only noticed at second glance. The interplay of culture and nature makes the country so special, and therefore it is an ideal destination for your next hiking holiday.

Morgenstimmung auf der Schlossalm, © Gasteinertal Tourismus GmbH, moodley Wandergutesiegel

“Gastein – recharge, reawaken, resurge”
Nestled among the stunning nature of the Salzburg Alps, the Gasteinertal valley with its three towns of Dorfgastein, Bad Hofgastein and Bad Gastein is truly a sight to behold. Each of the towns is a source of powerful energies and good health. Boost your mental strength, revitalise your senses and treat yourself to some deep relaxation. In Gastein, you can have it all.

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Blick auf Annaberg, © sky blue

“Hiking with a view: the foothills of the Bischofsmütze mountain”
Hit some of the more than 300 well-marked hiking trails to explore the mountains of Salzburg in all their versatile glory, treat yourself to a leisurely walk across rolling mountain pastures or climb towering summits – and don’t forget to recharge your batteries with a hearty meal in an Alpine hut afterwards.

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“Explore, experience, enjoy the Saalachtal valley “
Explore the ragged Lofer-Steinberge mountains, the gently rolling pastures of the Lofer region, the Unkener Heutal valley, the Weißbach nature park, the Saalachtal Natural Wonders with its two gorges and one of the world’s longest cave systems: the ALMErlebnisBUS bus service, AlmTaxi and two Almbahn cable cars will get you there in no time.

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Histor. Ortsansicht von Radstadt

“Tour magical mountainscapes “
The town of Radstadt is surrounded by magical landscapes: to its north are the peaks of the Dachstein massif, towering at an altitude of 3000 metres, while the Radstadt Tauern range to its south is crisscrossed by countless hiking trails. Enchanting lakes beckon you to take a scenic rest, and the well-marked hiking routes lead you past cosy mountain cabins.

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Gerzkopf, Eben im Pongau
Eben in Pongau

“Legendary mountains and valleys”
Despite its small size, Eben has a lot to offer: more than 70 kilometres of well-signposted, safe hiking routes crisscross the idyllic landscapes and mountains surrounding it. Hike to truly spectacular sights, such as the Schwarze Lacke swimming lake in the Gerzkopf nature reserve. If the weather is less than pleasant, the Amadé spa awaits you and the kids with plenty of fun and relaxation.

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“Active hiking holidays: Flachau is the pinnacle of outdoor fun”
Flachau is the perfect place for newbie mountaineers and active families to spend an adventurous holiday in summer. Its valley is wide, its peaks boast spectacular views, its cable cars are comfortable, its opportunities endless. And its mountains are a brilliant setting for exciting bike tours and plenty of sports and adventures.

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Hochkönig (c) Wandersommer Wandergutesiegel

“That so-much-to-discover feeling”
Put on your hiking boots and hit the mountain. The Hochkönig region boasts a 340-kilometre network of certified trails that lead you to its loveliest destinations. If a simple day trip is not enough for you, pick one of the region’s several long-distance routes and we transport your luggage to your lodgings for you while you hike completely unencumbered.

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Russbach Dachstein-West

“Hiking in Salzburg’s Village”
Nestled between the Dachstein massif and Lake Wolfgangsee, Russbach sits at the heart of Austria’s most beautiful region: the Salzkammergut. Well-signposted hiking trails take you straight from the town square to magnificent, alpine lookout points; the cosy mountain huts serve home-made cheese delicacies.

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“An inspiring summer in a dual holiday paradise!”
Discover a varied network of trails at any elevation and for any level: healthful exercise for everyone. The ‘Bauernregelweg’ and ‘Mondpfad’ themed paths and the big and small ‘Tal.Weg’ trails are especially varied and suitable for all the family. Those who prefer a guided tour get to choose from a variety of themed walks, ranging from herbs to culinary highlights and mountain cabins.

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“Wagrain-Kleinarl – pure joie de vivre”
Wagrain-Kleinarl treats hikers to idyllic alpine meadows, a sense of true freedom and, once you reach the summit, a spectacular view across the surrounding peaks and valleys. Wagrain-Kleinarl’s special gems are its mountain lakes, from the emerald Jägersee to the legendary Tappenkarsee.

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Seven Summits of Saalbach Hinterglemm Wandergutesiegel
Saalbach Hinterglemm

“Welcome to the Home of Lässig”
Saalbach Hinterglemm is full of summer fun. Visitors flock to the Glemmtal valley to take in its beautiful nature along 400 kilometres of hiking trails, join up to ten free guided hikes every week, explore diverse mountain bike trails, discover themed paths and climb lofty heights at Austria’s biggest rope garden.

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Wangenitzsee, © Nationalpark Hohe Tauern, Sebastian Hoehn
National Park Hohe Tauern – Salzburg

“Summer hiking at the Hohe Tauern National Park”
Hike from the valleys of the Hohe Tauern National Park to its highest peak, and you will be crossing all climate zones from Central Europe up to the Arctic as you progress in altitude. Ranger-led tours are available, and they are a truly unique experience. The National Park Summer Card gives you free or discounted access to more than 60 attractions.

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“Culinary hikes in the tastiest valley”
Would you rather exert your muscles or spend a pleasant day sampling culinary treats? In the Großarltal valley, there is no need to choose. As many as 40 serviced Apline pastures and mountain huts have won the Großarltal valley the telling title of “Tal der Almen” – the valley of Alpine pastures.

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Kaserboden © TVB Filzmoos, Coen Weesjes

“My warm-hearted energy place”
There are certain places that have always been special to humans. Most of them bear sites of worship, special rock formations, old trees or a simple bench. Especially sensitive and aware people can sense those energies clearly, while others can simply enjoy the beauty of a special place that exudes vitality. Filzmoos has an extraordinarily high amount of such high-energy places.

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Weg zum Tappenkarsee, © Salzburger Sportwelt
Salzburger Sportwelten

“Holidays. Mountains. And you.”
The Salzburger Sportwelt region is paradise for all hikers seeking authentic alpine experiences. Well-marked trails, educational themed paths and family-friendly mountain parks keep even the littlest mountaineers occupied. The cosy mountain cabins serve up tasty delicacies made from fresh, regional ingredients.

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St. Johann in Salzburg

“Enjoyable Hikes for the whole family”
Leisurely hikes as well as the ascent with the gondola lift provide nature lovers with a true mountain experience. Do not miss a sunset on the mountain, here (children’s) eyes shine like the sun. It is exactly these moments that make the time with your favourite people unforgettable. Afterwards, traditional mountain huts invite to a “Brettljause”.

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Hiking State Carinthia

4 hiking regions in Carinthia

The most southern province of Austria invites you to hikes on the Austrian, Italian and Slovenian side. In this federal state you can also visit the highest mountain of Austria, the Großglockner. But no matter on which peak you stand – the view over the mountain ranges and the valleys is priceless. Surely you will notice one of the numerous lakes, which invite you to cool off after the hike.

Meeraugen, © Franz Gerdl, Regionalmanagement Lavanttal GmbH

“Hiking the Lavanttal valley/Wolfsberg”
Wolfsberg, Austria’s first hiking town, is a vibrant community featuring a historical town centre, marvellous old houses, narrow arcades and Schloss Wolfsberg castle. The Lavanttal valley is crisscrossed by more than 200 kilometres of hiking trails, and its various areas – the Koralpe, Saalpe and Klippitztörl – offer fantastic hikes in untouched nature at an altitude of more than 2000 metres.

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Wanderung zum Wolayersee, © Österreichs Wanderdörfer, Karmen Nahberger
Nassfeld-Pressegger See/Lesachtal/Weissensee

“Alpine adventures with wondrous views”
If backpacks and hiking boots make you feel alive, the GeoPark Karnische Alpen is the place for you. One of the region’s five geo-trails starts at the Nassfeld ski resort. Hikers looking for untouched nature should head to Lesachtal and Kötschach-Mauthen. After a long day of hiking, relax your tired body with a bath in the pleasantly warm Lake Pressegg or Lake Weissensee.

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Granattor Millstätter See MTG©FRANZGERDL
Der Millstätter See. Das Juwel in Kärnten.

“Explore. Encounter.”
Hike to extraordinary spots and enjoy quality time with your loved one. The Millstätter See Höhensteig hiking route softly crosses the verdant Nockberge mountains, passing spots that tell stories about love. The final destination: the Granattor gate. TIP: Spend an unforgettable night in the “Bivouac under the stars. Rifugio sotto le stelle.“

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National Park Hohe Tauern – Carinthia

“In harmony with unspoilt nature”
Set between Austria’s tallest mountain, the Großglockner (3798 m), the Großvenediger (3666 m) and another 60 mountains above 3000 metres, this region is perfect for hiking and making unforgettable memories in nature. Active holidaymakers will get their money’s worth: a wide range of cycling and mountain biking routes, rafting and kayaking options are available in the region.

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Hiking State Styria

7 hiking regions in Styria

Styria, the green heart of Austria has something for every visitor.  rugged mountain ranges in the north, Europe’s largest region of Alpine in the east, the gentle wine region in the south. Styria offers scenic and culinary delights at a high level, which is why there are also many offers for culinary hikes. Let yourself be pampered by the regional specialities of Styria.

Region Murau © Tom Lamm

“Murau: eight mountains, one smile.”
From the gentle karst landscapes of the Grebenzen area to the breath-taking summit of the Preber, the peaks of the Murau region are a paradise for any serious hiker. Long-distance routes such as the Hemma pilgrimage trail, the glacier-to-vineyard trail and the Via Natura trail will take you past waterfalls, idyllic mountain lakes and other natural delights.

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Fischbach in the region Jogland

“Hike among beautiful flowers”
The Fischbach hiking village is famous for its healthful air, its Easter festivities and its lovely alpine flowers. It is the perfect starting point for long hikes, such as the alpannonia® long-distance route. At the height of summer, there is nothing more refreshing than a dip into the crystal-clear mountain streams or a natural bathing lake at the heart of Fischbach offer.

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Krakautal (c) TVB Krakau Wandergutesiegel

“Recharge your batteries in Austria’s best air”
The hiking and health region Die Steirische Krakau is home to the tallest waterfall of Steiermark, countless wind gaps and peaks, crystal-clear mountain lakes and rustic cabins whose unspoilt charm enchants any visitor. Activities range from leisurely valley walks to guided tours and challenging alpine hikes.

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Küstenlinie, Stausee Soboth von oben

“Varied hikes from the Koralm to the vineyards”
The Soboth hiking village is located in the Schilcherland region, near the Slovenian border. The region is a well-kept secret that has successfully kept mass tourism away. Discover this hidden gem and explore the Koralm-Kristall trail, lots of themed hiking paths and the vineyards in the valley.

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“Wild waters, picturesque meadows and fairytale paths”
Find yourself – during an extended hike along rolling meadows, a leisurely walk on easy paths or a challenging mountain tour. Recharge your batteries – on the ‘Wilde Wasser’ water routes or in our pristine forests. Feel the splendour of life, soak up spring, take in the heat of summer, marvel at the colours of autumn. Hiking at its best – hiking in Schladming.

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“Ramsau am Dachstein – your source of strength”
Ramsau am Dachstein awaits young and old with its wonderful hiking trails and incredible views. The Dachstein glacier is home to a fascinating ice palace, the Skywalk viewing platform and a suspension bridge with a ‘Stairway to Nothingness’. The Rittisberg adventure world is a paradise for families, as are the Sattelberg and the Silberkarklamm route.

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Herbst, MTB-Wandern, © TVB Naturpark Zirbitzkogel-Grebenzen, Mediadome (6) Wandergutesiegel
Nature Park Zirbitzkogel-Grebenzen

“Nature jewel – Located in the heart of Styria”
The certified hiking region offers hiking tours, from family hikes suitable for prams, to leisurely forest walks to waterfalls, to mountain hikes with 360° panoramic views. Reading the nature is the main theme of the nature park. With certified hiking guides you can revive forgotten knowledge about nature and find nature within yourself.

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Hiking State Vorarlberg

4 hiking regions in Vorarlberg

In the west of Austria, on the border with Switzerland, lies Vorarlberg, which derives its name from its most famous mountain, the Arlberg. The locals describe their country as a “relaxing untouched land”. Anyone who has been up a mountain here and felt the magic of walking, does not really want to go back down into the valley. Vorarlberg cannot be put into words – you have to experience it yourself.

Felsvorsprung am Widderstein mit Kalbelesee und Hochtannbergpass (c)Warth-Schröcken Tourismus_Fotograf Sebastian Stiphout-2070_web

“The breath of the mountains”
At an altitude of 1200–1500 metres, some even higher, the mountains both give us breath and take our breath away. Those wishing to focus fully on their breath, the mountain and themselves will find what they need in Warth-Schröcken: here, something as mundane as breath becomes an unforgettable experience.

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Formarinsee in Lech Zürs Wandergutesiegel
Lech Zürs am Arlberg

“More time, more space.”
The region surrounding Lech Zürs am Arlberg will make your every hiking and climbing dream come true. Look around you and take in dizzying views: snow-capped peaks as far as the eye can see. What is that in the distance? Lake Formarinsee, the Steinernes Meer? So many places to go, so many possibilities. A piece of heaven that will make your heart beat faster.

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“Montafon. Make memories that last”
Humans crave genuine connections. On our quest to find them, we seek out places that are authentic and unspoilt. Rather than going higher, faster, further, we want to taste the fresh mountain air and to feast our eyes on glittering lakes. The spectacular natural scenery of the Montafon valley soothes the soul and offers fantastic adventures.

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Hüttenwanderung Hochhädrich ©Johannes Fink _Bregenzerwald Tourismus

“The inventive Bregenzerwald region”
Mountains, meadows, forests and 23 pretty villages: a typical place in the Alps, you may think. But the Bregenzerwald region will surprise you with its modern appeal. The intricate interplay of old and new timber architecture, the innovative handicrafts, the cuisine and the culture give this region its unique atmosphere.

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Hiking State Lower Austria

3 hiking regions in Lower Austria

Vienna is considered the most liveable city in the world. the nature and the hiking trails in the surrounding Lower Austria certainly contribute their share to this perceived attitude to life. In about 60 km from Vienna, you can reach the Viennese Alps and be in the middle of nature. Especially the Danube river and the gently rolling vineyards cast a spell over every hiker.

Weltkulturerbe Semmeringbahn, © Wiener Alpen, Zwickl
Vienna Alps

“The Viennese Alps in Lower Austria”
The Wiener Alpenbogen route takes you to gently rolling hills of the Bucklige Welt region and head to the Alpine pasture huts that dot the Wechsel region. Then hike along the Semmeringbahn railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Head up the 2000-metre-mountains Rax and Schneeberg, then take the Hohe Wand alpine plateau back to the plain.

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2018 Waldviertel Armschlag Mohnfeld Juli SamsungS7 © Karmen Nahberger Wandergutesiegel

“A break in the Waldviertel”
Nature is the main character on the stage of the Waldviertel region. You won’t find any artificial tat here: everything you see is completely natural. Bizarre rock formations, deep riverbeds, crystal-clear air, vast forests and colourful poppy fields: explore our sunny south and climb our tallest mountains.

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“Mostviertel Alps – high peaks, deep gorges”
The alpine region of Mostviertel surprises visiting hikers with astonishing summits, towering at an altitude of nearly 2000 metres, they are truly a sight to behold. Apart from three nature reserves, the Mostviertel Alps are also home to rare upland moors and one of Europe’s last virgin forests.

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