Walking is a major attraction for visitors to Austria. With hundreds of miles of excellent marked trails through some of the most pristine natural environments in Europe it’s not hard to see why. From the high mountain trails of the Tyrolean Oberland to the more gentle terrain of central Tyrol and the hills around Austria’s ‘Lake District’, Austria provides an excellent variety of walks.
Walking Highlights in the Austrian Mountains
The extensive high-altitude, Alpine footpaths set amidst glorious mountain peaks make Obergurgl a haven for enthusiastic hikers. Challenging routes crest the tops of the mountain peaks, while the valley offers more sedate walking. We definitely recommend a delightful riverside walk to Sölden, which passes waterfalls and mountain huts. Keep an eye open for the abundant flora, including golden eagles, chamois and marmots.
Situated within the Glemm Valley, Saalbach and Hinterglemm are surrounded by rolling hills and countryside. The beautiful Alpine meadows are the perfect place to admire the wonderful wild flowers and the scenery is dotted with rustic mountain huts. This scenic area of Austria offers hundreds of miles of well-marked paths, making it one of the easiest areas of the country to explore on foot. The themed walking routes are ideal for families.
Walking Highlights in the Austrian Lakes
The enchanting village of Fuschl am See is situated between the tranquil shores of Fuschlsee and idyllic, rolling hillsides and low altitude mountains. The area is ideal for gentle strolls around the lake and through magical pine forests. For more challenging walking, head along the hiking trails to the top of Schober Mountain.
Achensee is perhaps the prettiest lake in the Tyrol. It’s crystal clear, glacial blue waters are breathtakingly beautiful. The area is also fantastic for walking. The lakeside promenade is ideal for a short, casual stroll and the dramatic peaks that surround Pertisau are great for keen walkers, with over 450km of marked hiking trails.