Austria is a walker’s paradise, with hundreds of miles of well marked trails through some of the most pristine natural environments in Europe. From the high mountain trails of the Tyrolean Oberland in the West, to the more gentle terrain of central Tyrol, and the hills around Austria’s ‘Lake District’, there is something for everybody. Choose from guided walks run by Inghams, your hotel, or the tourist office, or simply take a map and explore yourself. Paths are well sign posted and with the easy use of cable-cars and gondolas to help you reach the tops of the mountains, you can relax and enjoy the views and the descents.
Walking is the big draw for many of our guests coming to Austria who return time and time again. To help you with your holiday planning, you will find extensive walking information on all relevant resort descriptions and we have listed our favourite and most popular walks - many of which come recommended by our resort Reps, who know the areas the best!
High Alpine Areas - For rugged and dramatic mountain trails, remote sparkling lakes, spectacular ridge walks, snowfields and glaciers, we recommend: Ischgl, Galtür, Obergurgl, Neustift (Stubai Glacier), Lech, St Anton, Mayrhofen
Lower Alpine Areas - For rolling hills, verdant valleys, meadows and pastureland. Most resorts offer idyllic rural scenery, but special mentions go to: Alpbach, Filzmoos, Seefeld, Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Söll, Ellmau, Westendorf, The Wildschönau Valley: Niederau, Oberau
Short Walks - For panoramic viewing points accessible by lift, gentle paths and lake-side strolls try: St Wolfgang, St. Gilgen, Zell am See, The Wildschönau Valley: Niederau, Oberau, Neustift, Seefeld.
Nature lovers are well catered for wherever they go in Austria. In the early part of the summer the meadows are awash with wild flowers and higher up it is easy to find alpine roses, gentians and orchids on the side of trails. Remember, the higher you climb, the later the flowers will be in bloom! There is ample opportunity to spot wildlife, including marmots, chamoix, ptmigan and ibex.
There are good networks of chairlifts, gondolas and cable-cars in most villages which transport hikers to viewpoints and peaks in the summer months. In many resorts there are special walkers’ buses which stop at the start and end points of walks. Please note that some lifts only open mid June-mid September.
In most resorts a resort card or walkers’ lift pass can be purchased (in some resorts it is given Free - see below), which include unlimited use of lifts and walker’s buses, as well as Free or discounted entrance to local attractions. Prices and inclusions vary across resorts. See individual resorts or hotel descriptions for details.
Free Resort Cards - All cable-cars, gondolas and walkers’ buses are FREE to guests in the following resorts:
Nordic walking is an excellent way to keep fit and is much like a summer version of cross-country skiing. Nordic Walkers use poles similar to ski poles to work the upper body and for extra speed. Some hotels and tourist offices offer Free Nordic pole hire, guided walks and instruction. We recommend:
A special way to experience the serenity and beauty of the mountains is to stay overnight at a remote (warmly furnished) mountain hut, high above the village. A guided walk to the hut, followed by a traditional Tyrolean supper and a hearty breakfast the next morning, are offered free of charge to guests at the following hotels:
We have greatly expanded the walking descriptions on every resort description In Austria to give you a proper guide to the type of walking terrain you can expect, and a list of the most popular walks to enjoy on your holiday. Many of these come recommended by our Reps, who know the areas best!
Many village tourist offices also often run free guided walking programmes open to all visitors in resort.
Many of our hotels offer their own weekly programmes of guided walks with professional guides, often exclusively for Inghams guests, and completely free of charge.
Our exclusive Inghams 7 night guided walking holiday allows you to choose your hotel in the Tyrolean villages of Söll or Ellmau as a base to explore the famous ‘Wild Emperor’ mountain range in the heart of the Austrian Tyrol. This special small group tour of 4 guided walks per week with a professional mountain guide includes a Free Walking Maps and Free Alpine flora and fauna guidebooks. Walks are suitable for most recreational hikers.
Our walking weeks are a popular walking holiday option too. From a single resort centre, discover the surrounding mountains with a qualified guide. Up to four organised walks take place per week, with one or two days free in between. A perfect mix of activity and relaxation, for the ideal walking holiday.
Possibly the simplest way of stretching the legs is to explore local trails independently, from gentle strolls to all day hikes. Options are outlined in all resort introductions, such as lift passes up to the higher trails in many Austrian resorts and the availability of pre-bookable maps.