It’s finally time for a holiday – time to take a deep breath and slow down for a while. Lofty mountains, with their fresh air, are ideal places to unwind from everyday life. In this Collection, we take you to the stunning mountainous regions of Vorarlberg and Tyrol in western Austria. On 12 hikes, we guide you to our favourite places in the nature around the cities of Bregenz and Innsbruck. So grab your rucksack and join us on an adventure.
You will explore the Bregenz Forest, known for its sprawling forests, vast moors, alpine meadows, and majestic peaks. The unique Kleinwalsertal Valley, which can only be reached via Germany, also features in the routes.
Further east in the neighbouring state of Tyrol, the city of St. Anton am Arlberg enchants you with its Tyrolean charm. You can explore the Tyrolean Zugspitz Arena, a collection of several small towns on the Austrian side of Germany’s highest mountain. Seefeld in the Karwendel Nature Park, which has hosted the Olympic Nordic disciplines no less than three times, boasts unspoiled nature. Finally, the region’s capital Innsbruck impresses with its beautiful old town.
Hike to a beautiful lake, climb a mountain peak, walk from one ridge to the next, or finish a short stroll with your family at a rustic mountain inn. Tyrol and Vorarlberg are wonderful destinations for a hiking holiday. If you plan to be away for a long time, you could even complete all of the routes in one go. No matter how you plan your holiday, you are sure to have a great time in the Austrian mountains.
Travel tip: ÖBB trains leave from Zurich Central Station to Austria every two hours between 6.40 am and 6.40 pm. From bigger stations, you can easily take a regional train to the start of the hikes. The SBB GA card or Halbtax-Abo (Half-Fare Card) also gives you a 15 percent discount on the Austrian part of the route. For more information, including timetables and ticket reservation, see to.austria.info/sbbchoesterreich (in German).
For more information about the six hiking regions (in German), visit:
- Bregenzerwald: to.austria.info/bregenzerwaldentdecken
- Kleinwalsertal: to.austria.info/kleinwalsertalentdecken
- St. Anton am Arlberg: to.austria.info/stantonentdecken
- Tyrolean Zugspitz Arena: to.austria.info/zugspitzarenaentdecken
- Seefeld: to.austria.info/seefeldentdecken
- Innsbruck: to.austria.info/innsbruckentdecken
This hiking trail in Hittisau is all about water. A nice round, where you will always be amazed by the strength and beauty of the streams and rivers in the region. This hike is also an experience with children.Let's start at the village fountain. Once through Hittisau you walk to the oldest covered wooden bridge in Vorarlberg, cross the comma gorge on it and stand in the middle of your adventure.Sometimes you hike along one side, sometimes on the other side of the Bolgenach and enjoy great views. You cross it with the help of the pike bridge, you pass an adventurous suspension bridge and after a short visit to the water play world you finally dive into the Engenlochschlucht. You are amazed at the power of the water, which is shown again and again along the wooden walkways and railings and also at the exit in the form of the steep bank of an ice age lake.Over the Liessenbach bridge, past the once water-powered saw Bartenstein and some watermills and the former Gasthof Alpenrose, the path finally leads you back to the starting point at Hittisau village square.
This tour takes you high up from the Hochtannberg Pass via the Widdersteinhütte. Definitely a hike for which you should have sufficient fitness. Because the 400 vertical meters you will cover in total are all concentrated on a single kilometer. Your efforts will be rewarded in many ways on the go.It starts on the 1,676 meters of the Hochtannberg Pass. Ascending in a zigzag and through wild flowers, the path leads you up to the Widdersteinhütte. When you arrive at your gates, you can take a break - you have already completed the most strenuous part of the tour. And you should absolutely enjoy the wonderful view that is revealed up here for a moment.Then it goes further east: along the plateau you march towards Koblatpass and Koblathütte. The path is leisurely and relatively flat and you always enjoy great views over the Ländle. Finally it goes downhill: Via Tschirggen you will reach the main road again, which sooner or later will lead you back to your starting point at the Hochtannberg Pass.
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Are you looking for a hike that will make both you and younger hikers happy? Or just want to escape the summer heat? Maybe instead of after an imposing summit you just feel like a deep gorge. Either way, this is the tour for you.It starts at the panorama hut in Egg. And the first highlights are not long in coming: After just a few minutes you will reach the Kesselschwand natural Kneipp area, where you can treat yourself to a refreshment. A little later you are already at the natural bridge. And it has it - surrounded by moss and flowed through by turquoise water. Treat yourself to a short break here and soak up the mystical flair.Then it goes up: You walk through forest and meadows into the Au. At a clearing you have a clear view of the Ifen and the Schwarzwassertal, shortly afterwards you dive back into the forest. The Schwarzwasserbach is already rushing beneath you. You will soon pass a beautiful waterfall and finally reach the impressive boiler holes. First along the water, then again steeply uphill you come to a bridge, from which you can once again enjoy a wonderful view of the holes hollowed out by the masses of water.You finally reach Hirschegg via a beautiful mountain trail, past a café and a fox farm. From here a bus takes you back to your starting point.
Aiming high in the two-country region in Kleinwalsertal - that is the motto of this tour. The hike will demand a lot from your physical condition. But first of all it starts comfortably: The ascent is done by the mountain railway for you.With the Söllereck-Bahn (ok-bergbahnen.com/at/bergbahnen/soellereckbahn/soellereckbahn-2020.html) you can hover to 1,400 meters in no time. And it starts with the almost six kilometer long climb to the Fellhorn summit. First through a beautiful raised bog, then over several peaks you follow the ridge path. You pass the Söllereckalpe, hike over the Schlappolteck and the Schlappoldkopf and enjoy great views of the mountain panorama in between. Above all, the Gottesacker plateau and the Ifen will catch your eye.Finally you reach the Fellhorn summit, a 2,038 meter high summit with a proud summit cross. Especially on weekends you have to expect a few people up here, but that doesn't bother you with these views of the Allgäu main ridge into the lowlands.Steadily downhill and over a few steps it goes to the mountain station of the Kanzelwandbahn (ok-bergbahnen.com/at/bergbahnen/kanzelwandbahn), which flies you down to Riezlern.
St. Anton am Arlberg captivates with an environment of proud mountain peaks and rugged rock faces. But there are also less difficult tours across lush alpine meadows and through species-rich valleys. One of these is the tour to the Tritschalpe, which we are introducing to you here and which, thanks to its well-developed hiking trail, is also suitable for families.It starts at the Arlberg WellCom Wellness Center in the heart of St. Anton. Head west to the Rendlbahn and once over the pedestrian bridge into path number 32. Always follow the signs for the Moostalweg and for the time being you take a leisurely hike past the Bifangalm and a dam.Then the path rises: Via a beautiful path along the western side of the Sattelkopf and finally the wide hiking path that leads through the Moostal, you will soon reach a junction towards Tritschalpe. To the right over a bridge you go to the mountain pasture. You can see it from a distance and you can look forward to the delicious local specialties that are served there.After an extended break, you can take the same route back to St. Anton.
A little more time and desire for a demanding tour that does not leave the 2,000 meter mark all the time and gives you magnificent views of the Tyrolean mountains? Then head to the Kaiserjochhaus.It starts at the Kapall mountain station (stantonamarlberg.com/de/sommer/arlberger-bergbahnen). The cable car takes away most of the altitude. But it goes even higher. You hike over the Kapallkopf first into a depression, then eastwards over the slopes of the Weissschrofen and Bacherspitze. Through alpine terrain and switchbacks you climb up to Bacheregg and Almajurjoch. From here - but also from the nearby Leutkircher hut - you simply enjoy spectacular views.After a possible rest in the hut, it goes steeply uphill again and over wonderful alpine meadows to the Hirschpleiskopf, then into a boiler below the Stanskogel and finally over the Schindlekopf to the Kaiserjochhaus.You have achieved your goal and earned a local or international treat on the sun terrace or in the cozy interior of the hut. The return is either on the same route or via route AV 641 to Pettneu.
Water, forest and wild views await you on the three-lake hike in the Tiroler Zugspitz Arena. Since the circular route can be covered without much effort, it is also popular with children.The tour starts at the sports field in Biberwier. After a while through the town and then through beautiful nature, you will soon reach the first of the three lakes: the Weissensee. Nestled between the imposing mountain peaks and surrounded by a magical forest, it makes a first nice place to linger. But you still have a good deal in front of you and now things are going uphill for now.The next stop is called Blindsee. You have to cross Fernpassstrasse in between, which - together with the Zugspitzblick that follows shortly after - requires your full concentration. You continue on a paved path and suddenly it opens up in front of you - the mirror-smooth Blindsee. Find a spot here to relax or cool off for a while.Then one is still missing. And you can only get there a short, slight up and down later. The Mittersee does not get too warm, but it offers a nice opportunity to refresh yourself in summer - before you walk back to Biberwier via relatively flat paths and past the Loisach sources.
A crisp tour with peak flair awaits you in the Tiroler Zugspitz Arena. It goes through wonderful nature up to remarkable heights. But please only in dry conditions. And with the appropriate sure-footedness.The tour starts in the idyllic Bichlbächle directly in front of the Bergmandl inn. On a meadow path that leads along the stream, you first march into the valley. You cross the peaceful rippling water over a bridge and come to a beautiful drinking fountain where you can refill your bottle. Because it continues to go uphill.You turn your back on the stream and follow a climb to the Bichlbächler Alm. Always keeping to the left, you hike past the uppermost hut and climb up to the Sommerbergjöchle. It is not far from here: A narrow path leads you up to the left to the summit cross of the Bleispitze.Once you have reached the summit, it makes sense to take a break. Hopefully you brought some food with you - now would be the perfect time to eat it. If you have enjoyed the view and the snack long enough, the same way will bring you back to your starting point.
An easy path with lots of water and beautiful nature awaits you in the Olympiaregion Seefeld. An idyllic tour that can also be mastered with children. Not least because numerous rest and cooling options await on the way.From the World Cup tennis hall in Seefeld, you first walk slightly uphill over the Möserer Mähder towards Mösern. You keep to the right, pass several hotels and soon you will reach the first of the three lakes - Möserer See. Maybe it's time for a break, or maybe you just let his beautiful sight work for you. In any case, you circle the lake and then leave it behind.Passing the Hotel Tyrol briefly over an asphalt road, you will quickly reach the Gasthof Menthof. From here you march on the Pirschtsteig to Lottensee. There is a hut by the lake where you can stop. Otherwise you will find a few nice places around its bank where you can make yourself just as comfortable.Again you walk briefly along an asphalt road to the Wildmoossee. The motto here is: keep your eyes open. Because the aperiodic lake is unfortunately not always to be found. Maybe you're lucky - the area is simply picture-perfect. With the Wildmoosalm you will also find a last nice place to stop for a bite to eat. Directly behind the hut you then enter Hörmannweg, which leads you through the forest back to Seefeld.
A circular hike that has it all. Not only when it comes to their proud length. The 14-kilometer tour through the Gleirsch Gorge shows you what water can shape. And also leads you past a rustic refreshment stop.Get on the tour at the Scharnitz information center. Always keeping to the right, you will soon come to a slightly ascending forest path. You follow this and stand a little later at a junction that leads to the Isarsteig. This climb takes you through beautiful nature, soon changes into the Nederweg and leads you past the rustic Scharnitzer Alm to the entrance of the Gleirschklamm.And this is where the demanding part of the hike begins: The wild and romantic gorge offers you great insights into hydropower. The narrow path that runs through it is only suitable for experienced hikers. So you march there, past some impressive vantage points, until you soon find yourself on a forest road again. It either leads you into the valley to the Mösl- or Kristenalm or back to your starting point in Scharnitz.
Yes, Innsbruck has some rocky and challenging tours to offer. But the city can do it differently. On this tour, for example, a wonderful path through the Karwendel Alpine Park awaits you, a delightful rest in a beautiful inn and a special place of strength.It starts in the district of Hötting, from where you walk along the edge of the forest and through the forest to the Buzihütte. Once at the hut, you enter a staircase that leads to a forest path. The "Rauschbrunnenrunde" is already written here, so you can hardly miss the way. Always nice uphill and a total of 14 hairpin bends later you will soon reach the promising Alpengasthof Rauschbrunnen at 1,088 meters. The enjoyable rest promised at the beginning is hereby secured.The only thing missing is the power place. And for that you have to walk a little further. It goes to the Knappensteig, where caution is advised in wet conditions. As an alternative to this climb, you can also turn left in good time and stay on the forest path.And suddenly it stands in front of you - in all its splendor: the Höttinger picture. A small chapel, a martyr and a couple of benches all around. In the middle of a forest clearing. Have we promised too much regarding the place of strength? Enjoy the peace up here. And then get on the Bildstöcklweg, which will lead you back to the starting point.
Innsbruck, the capital of Tyrol, is not only known for its beautiful old town with the world-famous "Golden Roof", but also for its diverse hiking opportunities. What is special about the city? You can start from your busy center on foot or by train into the wonderful mountains.This tour starts at the Nordkettenbahn (nordkette.com/de/home.html). It takes you to the Hafelekar mountain station in one swing. Once you have arrived, you first make your way to the 2,243-meter-high Mühlkarscharte to the east without great differences in height. At the back of the Nordkette you hike below the Mandlspitze and through serpentines to the mighty Mandlscharte. With its proud 2,314 meters, it is the highest point of the tour.Then it goes downhill again. You hike down to the hut of the same name via the 2,158-meter-high Arzlerscharte, which once again gives you brilliant views. You definitely deserve a hearty snack here - the magnificent view of Innsbruck is included for free.And because every hike in the Nordkette stands above all for its panorama, you end the tour again with - (well, can you guess it?) - a stunning view: on the Hungerburg, where the mountain station of the train, with which you can take the Start your journey into the valley (nordkette.com/de/home.html). Alternatively, you can take the "J" bus down to the center of Innsbruck.