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Austria is a country of mountains and lakes with views so perfect you’ll go through memory cards like they’re film roll. Walks in Austria follow beautiful trails across alpine meadows, through deep coniferous forests and across craggy peaks. With glaciers, crashing waterfalls and exquisite nature reserves, you could pin the tail on the trail donkey and find yourself somewhere stunning. 

The vast majority of hikes in Austria lie within its mountains, valleys and hills simply because much of the nation is part of the Alps. You can choose your trails to be as strenuous or as gentle as you like, with outstanding valley trails, rushing rivers and enchanting forests. 

At height, you can easily enjoy jaw-dropping views down and along vast valleys with perfect peaks jutting out all around. Austria has particularly beautiful mountain lakes which reflect the trees and mountains like a mirror. 

From the low-lying regions to the highest mountains, hiking in Austria is hands-down excellent. 

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06:13
10.6 mi
Difficult
06:24
10.6 mi
Difficult
06:23
11.5 mi
Difficult
07:51
12.0 mi
Intermediate
03:51
6.82 mi
Difficult
06:08
13.9 mi
Intermediate
03:19
5.52 mi
Intermediate
02:35
4.68 mi
Intermediate
03:29
6.73 mi
Intermediate
02:29
5.93 mi
Intermediate
03:38
6.91 mi
Intermediate
04:07
7.93 mi
Intermediate
02:54
6.89 mi
Difficult
06:10
14.0 mi
Intermediate
03:51
6.86 mi
Difficult
06:14
9.56 mi
Intermediate
02:56
7.02 mi
Intermediate
03:03
4.89 mi
Intermediate
02:49
6.94 mi
Difficult
06:32
9.12 mi

Top 20 best walks and hikes in Austria

    1
    Difficult
    06:13
    10.6 mi
    1.7 mph
    2,650 ft
    2,650 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.
    2
    Difficult
    06:24
    10.6 mi
    1.7 mph
    2,975 ft
    2,975 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.
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    Difficult
    06:23
    11.5 mi
    1.8 mph
    2,800 ft
    2,800 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
    4
    Difficult
    07:51
    12.0 mi
    1.5 mph
    3,875 ft
    3,875 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.
    5
    Intermediate
    03:51
    6.82 mi
    1.8 mph
    1,625 ft
    1,625 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
    6
    Difficult
    06:08
    13.9 mi
    2.3 mph
    450 ft
    450 ft
    Ferry
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.
    7
    Intermediate
    03:19
    5.52 mi
    1.7 mph
    1,700 ft
    1,700 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
    8
    Intermediate
    02:35
    4.68 mi
    1.8 mph
    1,175 ft
    1,175 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
    9
    Intermediate
    03:29
    6.73 mi
    1.9 mph
    1,200 ft
    1,200 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
    10
    Intermediate
    02:29
    5.93 mi
    2.4 mph
    175 ft
    175 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    11
    Intermediate
    03:38
    6.91 mi
    1.9 mph
    1,625 ft
    1,625 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    12
    Intermediate
    04:07
    7.93 mi
    1.9 mph
    1,775 ft
    1,775 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    13
    Intermediate
    02:54
    6.89 mi
    2.4 mph
    275 ft
    300 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    14
    Difficult
    06:10
    14.0 mi
    2.3 mph
    525 ft
    525 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
    15
    Intermediate
    03:51
    6.86 mi
    1.8 mph
    1,850 ft
    1,825 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
    16
    Difficult
    06:14
    9.56 mi
    1.5 mph
    2,750 ft
    2,750 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.
    17
    Intermediate
    02:56
    7.02 mi
    2.4 mph
    225 ft
    225 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    18
    Intermediate
    03:03
    4.89 mi
    1.6 mph
    1,575 ft
    1,575 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
    19
    Intermediate
    02:49
    6.94 mi
    2.5 mph
    50 ft
    50 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.
    20
    Difficult
    06:32
    9.12 mi
    1.4 mph
    2,875 ft
    2,875 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

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Alpine trekking in Austria

Hikes in Austria benefit from having access to incredible mountain valleys, each leading to a veritable labyrinth of trails. You can set out from a pretty valley town and idle along flat routes, admiring wildflowers, traditional alpine lodges and the surrounding peaks all day long. 

If a gentle climb is your thing, throughout the mountain valleys you’ll find trails that gradually wind their way up through coniferous forests, past streams cascading down from the summits above and with birdsong filling the air. Meadows hosting grazing animals are everywhere, only adding to the flawless, picturesque nature of the country. 

If it’s a multi-day trek at altitude you’re after, not only will you find phenomenal high routes, you’ll also find fantastic mountain cafes with staggering views. Seriously challenging trails can be found in the Austrian Alps, where you can hike hut to hut and get to know the tremendous mountainous heart of the nation. 

Lakes, rivers and the mighty Danube

Austria has more beautiful mountain lakes than you can shake a walking pole at and they make for brilliant objectives on walks. The best hiking trails in Austria will usually provide you with at least a glimpse of a sprawling lake, sometimes with villages nestled along the banks, other times so secluded you feel like you’re the only person who knows they exist. 

In late spring, meltwater cascades down waterfalls and into valleys and the summer hiking season is on the horizon. Plenty of mountain valleys have sweeping rivers, many emptying into the Inn river which itself is a tributary of the mighty Danube.

Cutting across the north east of Austria, the beautiful Danube is an excellent guide for majestic hikes. Winding through forested hills and past verdant vineyards, this river is a hugely important presence. 

Hiking whenever the fancy takes you

Quiet walks in Austria are always possible thanks to its incredible number of trails but you’ll notice the busyness of alpine towns and cafes between June and August. The hiking season extends from April to October, with snow still present at altitude. 

Many of the lower mountain valleys stay relatively snow-free throughout the year and winter hiking is stunning, with snow heaped high above and clear trails. Classic alpine scenes arrive with spring, when Austria is rampant with birds, wildflowers and sunshine. It is during this time, on the cusp of spring and summer, that hiking is arguably at its best.

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