Best excursions in Austria
From must-see sights to under-the-radar attractions, our handpicked excursions make it easy to experience some of Austria’s best bits. Get ready for natural wonders, history and culture as we share our favourite days out…
Head into the Hohe Tauern National Park on a coach trip to visit the 380m-tall Krimml falls – the highest in Austria. You can stop by the plunge pool at the bottom to feel the spray on your face, before climbing the waterfall trail to the top. The 4km path winds through trees, with viewing platforms along the way where you can get a closer look at the rushing water. If you’d prefer to take things easy, hop in a taxi to the lookout point at the top of the path instead.
To make a day of it, combine your visit to the waterfalls with a trip on the Pinzgauer local line, one of Austria’s most scenic mountain railways. The train runs between Zell am See and the nearby village of Krimml and your ticket includes a shuttle transfer to the waterfalls.
Available from: Kaprun, Kitzbühel, Mayrhofen, St Johann in Tyrol and Zell am See
Salzburg City Tour
On the banks of the Salzach river, Salzburg is a city brimming with music and culture. Your guide will show you top sights like Mozart’s birthplace and the flower-filled gardens of the Mirabell Palace – which film buffs might recognise from The Sound of Music. Afterwards, you’ll have some free time to pop into a café for coffee and cake, or potter around the old town admiring the concert halls and Baroque townhouses. And to see a different side of the city, add on a boat trip and take a leisurely trip down the river.
Available from: Kaprun, Kitzbühel, St Johann in Tyrol and Zell am See
Grossglockner Scenic Tour
Sit back and enjoy views of Austria’s most impressive peaks on a coach trip up the Grossglockner High Alpine Road. Opened in 1935, it winds its way around 36 hairpin bends to the foot of country’s highest mountain, Grossglockner. You can admire the 3,789m-high summit from the sun terrace at the Kaiser-Josef-Höhe visitor centre, then go into the museum to learn about the history of the High Alpine Road. And if you feel like stretching your legs, take a stroll along one of the themed walking trails – keep a look out and you might spot marmots and ibex hiding among the rocks.
Available from: Kaprun and Zell am See
Hidden Lakes Tour
Our guided tour through the Tyrol region takes in some of Austria’s lesser-known spots and harder-to-reach places. The varied itinerary changes for each trip, but you could visit the peaceful waterside village of Walchsee or tranquil lake Hechtsee – home to a mythical mermaid named Hechta. You might also get to see some historical treasures like Kufstein’s 13th-century fortress and the medieval town of Rattenberg, known for its glass-blowing industry.
Available from: Kitzbühel, Scheffau, Söll and St Johann in Tyrol
Lessons in Strudel
Visit Café Rainer in St Johann to learn all about one of Austria’s must-try foods, strudel. The Rainer family have been baking it here for generations, and they’ll show you how it’s done – from the thin, flaky pastry to the spiced apple filling. Of course, you’ll also get to taste it for yourself, and you’ll get a copy of the recipe so you can try making it at home.
After the demo, you can burn off some of that extra energy by taking a leisurely stroll to the nearby Eifersbach waterfall.
Available from: Kitzbühel and St Johann in Tyrol
Best of the rest
Eager to see more? Here are some of our other favourite days out in Austria.
Innsbruck City Tour: Take a trip to the Tyrolean capital, where a local guide will show you around places like the Golden Roof building in the old town and the Olympic ski jump.
Berchtesgaden: Explore this scenic Bavarian town and take a tour of Hitler’s mountain hideout, the Eagle’s Nest.
Neuschwanstein Castle: Enjoy a guided tour of this romantic, 19th-century castle, famous for its fairy-tale-style turrets and spires.
Hallstatt: Spend a day in one of the prettiest villages in Austria, with its waterside setting, wooden chalets, Gothic church and salt mine.