Hiking in Austria

Few countries reward exploration by foot like Austria. The land of Mozart is blessed with a web of well-signposted trails criss-crossing its valleys and mountain tops, so it is no surprise that hiking is said to be Austria’s unofficial national pastime.

For hikers looking for easy walking trails with good food and wine, the Wachau World Heritage trail offers a wonderful week of exploration among the rolling hills, castles and vineyards of the Danube river valley. For a family-friendly mountain escape, the Lungau region offers easy to moderate hiking trails in an idyllic natural landscape.

For experienced hikers, the Austrian Alps offer some of the most exhilarating mountain walking in Europe, with spectacular scenery among the jagged peaks, glittering lakes and pristine Alpine valleys of the awesome Dachstein mountain range. The Dachstein circuit is a classic long-distance trail with epic mountain views, while the Schladminger Tauern high route is a section of the Central Alpine Trail and one of the most beautiful hiking tours to be found anywhere in the Alps.

 

Salzkammergut: S-Trail section 1

From Lake Traunsee to Lake Attersee via the Höllengebirge mountains
7 days
4: Moderate to Challenging

Salzkammergut: S-Trail section 2

Lakes Wolfgangsee, Mondsee and Fuschlsee via the spectacular Mount Schafberg
5 days
2: Easy to Moderate

Salzkammergut: S-Trail section 3

Exhilarating hiking in the UNESCO World Heritage region of Lake Hallstatt
6 days
4: Moderate to Challenging

Salzkammergut: S-Trail section 4

Discover the beautiful lakes and impressive mountain backdrops of the Ausseerland
8 days
2: Easy to Moderate

Schladminger-Tauern High Trail

Stunning hiking trail along the high ridges of the Austrian Alps
7 days
5: Challenging

The Dachstein Classic

Panoramic alpine hiking circuit around the mighty Dachstein massif
9 days
4: Moderate to Challenging

Timeout in the Lungau

Family-friendly hiking among idyllic Alpine pastures and crystal-clear mountain lakes
8 days
1: Easy

Wachau World Heritage Trail

Walking and wine along the hills and vineyards of the Danube valley
8 days
2: Easy to Moderate