Austria’s lakes and mountains are a walker’s paradise. You can choose from a gentle wander along a lakeside promenade or a hilltop hike at the top of a summer lift. So lace up and put your best foot forward on one of our five favourite routes.
Zillertal Alps, Austria
Getting to this spot couldn’t be easier – just hop on the Ahornbahn summer lift for a scenic adventure into the heart of the Zillertal Alps.
The nature park has over 1,700km of hiking trails across four valleys. Follow the wide, well-maintained tracks in any direction, and climb to the summit of the Ahornspitze for jaw-dropping views along the Zillertal valley. Keep an eye out for the local wildlife too, from birds of prey soaring above you to marmots playing on the hillside.
Want to see more of Austria’s pretty lakes? Well this circular 12km route takes in three of them – Möserersee, Lottensee and Wildmoossee.
Pass through shaded woodland and colourful mountain meadows full of wild flowers, then back down into the valley. The whole walk will take around four hours and is mostly gentle, with a few uphill sections that are well worth a little extra puff. And at the end, the Wildmoosalm mountain hut is waiting to reward you with a fresh slide of strudel.
Group hike in the Austrian mountains
One of the region’s signature hikes, The Green Ring is a glorious summer trail between the mountain towns of Lech and Zürs. It’s just under 28km long and is split into three legs. Each leg varies in difficulty but you can take them at your own pace. And you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the Austrian Alps as you follow mountain ridges, valley floors, lakeshores and rushing rivers.
The best way to take in Lake Fuschl’s emerald green waters is with a gentle stroll around the shore.
A fairly flat 11km path loops the whole lake and takes around three or four hours to walk. Set off from Fuschl am See town and enjoy this slice of Austrian heaven as you wander beneath shady trees and look out over the glimmering water.
Schmittenhöhebahn in Zell am See
On a clear day, the far-reaching views on this popular walk can’t be beaten. Start at the top of the Schattberg X-press lift in Saalbach and follow the 17km trail all the way to the Schmittenhohe peak above Zell am See.
Look out over dramatic Salzburgerland mountains, dotted with traditional wooden huts. And at the end of the route, you can look down at the bustling town of Zell am See, nestled in the valley next to the sparkling lake.
The walk takes five to six hours and is pretty gentle, with just a couple of inclines, and you can finish with a trip on the Schmittenhöhebahn lift down into Zell am See itself.
Eager to explore Austria on foot? Find out some more of our favourite views in Austria, and start planning your Lakes & Mountains holidays in Austria.
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