From hiking around Innsbruck to visiting Leutaschtal, these are some of the best walking holidays in Austria. This is what hiking in Austria is all about!
I feel like this is something I’m saying a lot at the moment, but I really think Austria is such an underrated holiday destination. With gorgeous mountains, glistening lakes and waterfalls dotted all over the place, a walking holiday in Austria is the perfect way to spend your summer holiday.
I have travelled around Austria a fair bit during the summer and it’s one of my favourite hiking destinations in the world. Most recently I hiked around Alpbachtal and Wildschonau in the heart of Tirol, but I’ve also visited Innsbruck, Salzburg and Zell am See-Kaprun. As I said, I really love walking holidays in Austria!
One of the things I love about hiking in Austria is its so easy to completely immerse yourself in nature. No matter where you look there are jagged snow-capped mountains towering over lush meadows. Also, all the old-school wooden chalets and huts that you see everywhere is like stepping back in time.
If you’re looking for a little inspiration on what the hiking is like here, check out this amazing 8 day hike on the Alpe Adria trail – this is one of the best hikes in Austria that you’ll remember for a lifetime.
Hiking in Austria
In today’s fast paced life, sometimes it’s better to slow time down. I live in London so I know all about that.
Well, slow holidays are all about taking your time to appreciate where you are in that particular moment. For me that means putting in some good music, finding a hiking trail and walking for a solid 8 hours. It’s the simple things, right?
All of these walking holidays featured are with Inntravel, the walking holiday specialists. Most of these are multi-day adventures where you leave the car behind and clock up the miles. Also, you’ll be staying in 3* or 4* accommodation each night to rest those weary feet.
So, if you’re looking for somewhere to completely get away from it all then these are some of the best walking holidays in Austria for your next trip!
Also, check out this blog post to find out some of the best hiking spots in the Austrian Alps. There are a load of off-the-beaten track destinations that you might not have thought of in this one.
From Austrian Tirol to the Bavarian Alps
If you’re looking for a walking holiday in Austria to really sink your teeth into then this is the one for you.
This is an epic 13-day hike through the heart of Tirol in Austria to the Bavarian Alps in Germany taking in the most gorgeous scenery.
Starting in Mösern, you’ll walk through places like Ober Weidach, Mittenwald and Linderhof (as well as passing through some typical Tirolean villages).
Your second week takes you towards the mighty Zugspitze, the highest mountain in Germany, where you’ll get some of the best views around. Also, you get to say you’ve summited the highest mountain in Germany which is a bonus.
The walking here is moderate to challenging with most days on the trip taking around 6/7 hours.
This trip is for 13 nights and includes breakfast, the majority of dinners and 3*/4* accommodation. You can find out more about walking holiday in Austria and Bavaria here.
Hiking in Leutaschtal
Just west of the city of Innsbruck are the jagged peaks of the Wetterstein chain. This area marks the border between Austria and Bavaria in Germany, an amazing place for an Austrian walking holiday.
One of the most picturesque valleys is Leutaschtal, where a string of pretty villages runs alongside the river and the lower slopes are thickly forested. This is where you’ll spend most of your time hiking.
This hike is a 7-night trip that loops around from Mösern, through Ober Weidach, over to Reindlau before heading back to Mösern again. Honestly, all of these places are so beautiful and you’ll fall in love with each one. It’s hard to pick a favourite that’s for sure.
The walking here is fairly easy with most days on the trip taking around 4/5 hours.
This trip is for 7 nights and includes breakfast and dinner in three different 4* hotels. You can find out more about walking holidays in Leutaschtal here.
Hiking around Lake Achensee
Lake Achensee is one of the most popular places to visit for hikers in Austria. With the Karwendel Mountains in the background, this lake is picture-postcard perfect. I mean, the photos don’t do it justice.
On its western shores lies the pleasant typically Tirolean village of Pertisau, which in turn guards the entrance to two valleys leading deeper into the mountains. This is where you’ll spend most of your time walking.
Based at the 4* Superior Hotel Wiensenhof in South Tirol, there are a number of fantastic hiking trails all on your doorstep. There are paths that go around the lake or take you up into the mountains. And when you’re finished you can come back to the hotel and relax in the sauna before dinner in the evening.
The walking here is easy to moderate with the majority of hikes taking around 4 to 5 hours.
This trip is for 7 nights and includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks in a 4* hotel. You can find out more about walking holidays in Lake Achensee here.
A relaxing walking holiday in Tirol
If you’re looking for a really relaxing introduction to Austria then take a look at this one.
Based in the Stubai Valley, this is what Austria is all about in the summer. Flower-filled meadows everywhere, the distant clanging of cow bells, the mountains in the background.
The hiking here is really easy going and pitched for all ages and all abilities. It’s more about enjoying where you are as opposed to taking on some strenuous summits.
On this holiday you’ll stay at the Milderer Hof hotel. This is a classic Alpine, chalet-style hotel occupying an enviable location midway along the Stubai Valley. This is the perfect place to unwind after each day and there’s a sauna and swimming pool too.
The hiking here is very easy with most days on the trip taking around 4/5 hours.
This trip is for 7 nights and includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks in a 4* hotel. You can find out more about walking holidays in Tirol here.
Hiking around Innsbruck
Innsbruck is one of my favourite towns in Austria (you can check out my blog post about some of the best things to do in Innsbruck). Nestled at the bottom of a valley and surrounded by the mountains, many people consider Innsbruck just a winter destination with world-class ski resorts. However, there is so much to do here in summer too. When it comes to what to do in Innsbruck, there is so much to see and do here.
From visiting the Imperial Palace to checking out the stunning views at the top of Nordkette Mountains, Innsbruck is just another gem you have to visit in Austria.
This trip is a really easy going 4-night holiday where you’ll explore some of the best hiking trails around Innsbruck.
Your trip starts in the city itself where you’ll find out why this is one of my favourite places in Austria before going on some hikes in the Stubai Valley.
This trip is for 4 nights and includes breakfast every day, 2 dinners, 2 light lunches in two different a 4* hotels. You can find out more about walking holidays in Innsbruck here.
This post was in association with Inntravel, the slow holiday specialists. As always, views are entirely my own and without bias.
Which one of these guided walking holidays in Austria would you choose? Let me know in the comments below!
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Sunday 12th of March 2023
Hi I'm looking for a strenuous trip hiking in the Austrian Alps in early June (1-7) as a solo hiker. Can you make recommendations about where to go based on snow and huts open? THANKS!