A largely Alpine country with a large network of well-marked trails through mountains and valleys, Austria is a real paradise for walkers of all abilities.
The Tyrol in the country’s south- eastern corner typifies the charm of the Alps; precipitous snow-capped peaks, verdant meadows and quaint villages of wooden chalets with window boxes full of flowers. It’s possible to walk between mountains huts and refuges but there are also many places to stay in the villages from where you can enjoy easy access to the trails via the excellent local bus services and chairlifts and cable cars that serve winter skiers. Alpbach is one such popular base for walkers and has been voted as Austria’s prettiest village.
Alpine Austrians are a welcoming and traditional people and national dress is worn quite often. Local cuisine is hearty with meals such as schnitzel and potatoes or goulash and dumpling providing very satisfying fare after a day out on the trail. Other than tourism, farming is still very much the mainstay of the economy in the mountains. Trekking the valleys and high pastures you’ll gain an insight into the lives of Tyroleans, far removed from the hustle and bustle of 21st century city life.
With your days spent on the trail in the crisp mountain air taking in inspiring views, enjoying fresh food and staying in tranquil villages; a walking holiday in Austria can provide the perfect combination of exercise and relaxation.