Nature & Adventure
A vacation in Austria gets you close to nature and allows you to get to know the people and the wonderful traditions of Austria. Austria’s landscapes are incredibly varied and the options are endless. Be it a walk through Austria’s Alps or biking along Austria’s great rivers. Keep in mind that you are never far from historic city centers, cultural events and gourmet restaurant.
Walk Austria’s Alps
There are numerous ways to explore and experience a destination but none as intimate and personal as taking the time to enjoy your vacation destination on foot. Walking and hiking in Austria will get you close to nature and allow you to get to know the people and the wonderful traditions in Austria.
Bregenzerwald Cheese Road
The Cheese Route through the Bregenzerwald in Vorarlberg is the ideal way to explore the region and its close ties with cheese-making: from dairy farms to cheese speciality inns, and from alpine pastures to milkmaids. If you’re a cheese connoisseur, this is for you.
The Cheese Route is also an opportunity to enjoy the beauties of a lovingly tended rural landscape as well as the produce of the region’s dairy farms: creamy natural yoghurt and smooth locally churned butter.
The route is not so much a single road as a local network ideally linking the various aspects of cheese production. It takes in many of the most memorable features of the Bregenzerwald: the fine old traditional buildings, the deeply rooted crafts traditions, and folklore, all immersed in the idyllic setting of a region which remains a world in itself.
HIGHLIGHT: Alpine Dairy Farming Museum in Hittisau
The exhibit includes an alpine dairy kitchen exactly the way it was used 300 years ago. The expert tour guides explain how the various historic utensils were used in the making of the cheese.
Open: Wed 10 am – 5 pm
Popular Walking Resorts
The Hills are still alive in Austria! If you are looking for picture perfect scenery, fresh mountain air and crystal clear lakes, Austria offers an abundance of choices. Following is our selection of some of the most scenic Alpine resorts.
Innsbruck, the capital of Tirol, is particularly charming with its medieval flair. Architectural highlights from past and present can be found at every corner. Innsbruck and its surrounding holiday villages are a walker’s paradise. Let a cable car whisk you up the Patscherkofel Mountain and walk the Pine Tree Trail –locally known as Zirbenweg, a 4 mile long panorama promenade in the midst of a nature preserve.
Situated on a high, sunny plateau at 3600 feet, Seefeld is a genuine paradise for all who appreciate recreation, a healthy climate and stunning panoramic views. Easy to follow walking tours, ranging from half an hour to several hours, have been designed by the local tourist office. Explore the nearby villages of Leutasch, Scharnitz, Reith, and Mosern Buchen and immerse yourself in the Tyrolean way of Life.
Hundreds of balconies festooned with colorful flowers dot the villages of Alpbach and neighboring Reith, just a 45 minutes drive from Innsbruck. With its timbered housing and historic inns, the villages are known as some of the most beautiful in all of Europe. Marked trails lead along sparkling mountain brooks and through woods and pastures with grazing cattle. The local tourist office will gladly assist with advice and suggestions to suit all levels of fitness and interest.
Pristine lakeside village in the heart of the Salzkammergut region and a recognized World Heritage site with 4500 years of history. The Dachstein mountain towers over Hallstatt from 3004 meters and is the highest in the region. Explore ice caves and ancient salt mines, with miles of hiking and plenty of lakeside relaxation.
Lake Constance Region and Bregenzerwald, Vorarlberg
Austria’s smallest and westernmost province, Vorarlberg, is nestled between the picturesque Lake Constance area in the west, and the Arlberg in the East. Apart from lovely walks on the shores of Lake Constance and other gentle trails, there are cable cars and chair lifts that lift you up the mountains. Cozy alpine huts serve delicious local food.
Millions of people around the world recognize the lake district near Salzburg from the movie classic “The Sound of Music”. Spectacular lakes surrounded by imposing mountains provide the backdrop for rewarding explorations. Walk along the crystal clear waters of Wolfgangsee and Fuschlsee, where you can board a steamship to get from one place to another. The nearby Saalach Valley has become a favorite walking destination with its multi-day “Hiking without luggage” programs.
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