Walking Across Europe is superb so get on your walking boots to see the region at its very best and really get away from it all.
For a gentle walk choose Austria’s Lake District in Salzkammergut. Snow-capped peaks, pine-clad hills, lush green meadows and unspoilt forest trails are all waiting for you on this walking holiday, with no compromises, this is one of the most beautiful walking holidays you will ever set off on; Luxury 4-star hotels throughout; swimming opportunities every day.
Crystal-clear, turquoise lakes, babbling streams, tranquil shores, secluded bays create a perfect backdrop to your trip, also making up the swimming opportunities, and let’s be honest, who wouldn’t want to be relaxing in a secluded bay in Austria on their walking holiday.
Picturesque waterfront villages, postcard-pretty castles and cobbled streets crammed with attractive frescoed houses allow the walker to delve deeper into the Austrian culture and be taken in by the tradition and beauty with which it is surrounded.
Varied rest day choices: watersports, mountain rail rides, lake cruisers and Mozart’s fairytale city of Salzburg. A rest day on this walking holiday is much the same as any other; rest, for the day. Do what and go wherever you feel like, but on this holiday in this part of Austria, you won’t want to stay put.
Spectacular scenic views, wooded forest trails, picture-perfect ‘chocolate box’ villages and swimming opportunities galore! The walks are relaxed, following mainly well marked routes, with options to extend most days. This walking holiday is for everybody, whilst all the walks provide brilliant scenery and views throughout; they are all achievable by any type of walker, thus making it enjoyable for any walker.
You stay in unrivalled 4-star luxury, family-run hotels throughout. With never more than 30 rooms, the hotels are all calm and relaxing places to stay, with ‘feel good’ wellness centres and high levels of quality and attention to detail. All of our hotels allow the walker to come home from a wonderful days exploring and relax in peaceful surroundings.
Day 1 – Arrive in Bad Ischl
Day 2 – Bad Ischl to Strobl 14km/4 hr or 19km/6hr
Day 3 – In Strobl
Day 4 – Strobl to St Gilgen 14km/4hr
Day 5 – In St Gilgen
Day 6 – St Gilgen to Fuschl 12km/3hr
Day 7 – In Fuschl
Day 8 – Fuschl to Mondsee 11km/3hr
Day 9 – Leave Mondsee
8 night, hotel-to-hotel, self-guided walking. Departing Every two days from 15 May ’13 to 22 Sep ’13
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For more moderate walking head to Tyrol region. Its capital town Innsbruck has many beautiful medieval buildings. Through cable cars you can reach a wide range of high level walks. This is a perfect example of a value-for-money holiday. At reasonable prices, you not only get 4-star hotel with heated indoor pool, saunas, steam bath and excellent food, but a glorious mix of snow-capped peaks, dramatic valleys, picturesque forests on this independent walking holiday with choices of level every day to maximise your comfort level of walking.
Perfect signposting, mountain lifts and cable cars, 450km of walking trails make it easy to find your way around during your stay in Austria.
Traditional Tyrolean villages, pretty frescoed houses, onion-domed churches, panoramic trailside restaurants for lunch, the same as many walking holidays allows the holiday walker to see the country they are visiting in the light and cultural traditions it is supposed to be seen in.
7 night, single centre, self-guided walking. Departing Saturdays from 25 May ’13 to 21 Sep ’13
Day 1 – Arrive at Innsbruck
Day 2 – Hochmoos and the Wildmoos 14km/9mi/5hr
Day 3 – Frenchman’s Climb and the Leutaschklamm Gorge 15km/9mi/6hr
Day 4 – Gaistal Balcony Walk 17km/11mi/5.5hr
Day 5 – Free Day
Day 6 – Walk on the Wild Side 11km/7mi/3hr or 13km/8mi/4hr
Day 7 – Seefeld High Mountain Walk 12km/8mi/3.5hr
Day 8 – Return home
To sign in for this walking tour, go to www.headwater.com
Austria has six National Parks where you can admire Austrian flora and fauna. The most famous national park in Austria is the Hohe Taurern National Park. This huge nature reserve of almost 2000 square kilometres has two, opposite to each other, looks. On one hand it’s one of Austria’s wildest and most natural high mountains. But on the other hand you’ll find some of Austria’s friendliest and most inviting mountain pastures here.The Hohe Taurern National Park covers part of the provinces of Carinthia, Salzburg and Tyrol and is a classic walking holiday destination. Here you can see Austria’s highest mountain, the Grossglockner, as well as Austria’s biggest glacier. There are also many waterfalls and alpine meadows full of wildflowers to enjoy during your walks.
Another magical place to go on foot is the Kalkalpen National Park. It’s Austria’s largest protected forest area. If you go walking in this part of Austria you may want to explore some of its many interesting caves and karst landscapes. Species like Brown Bear and Lynx still occur in this part of Austria, together with a wide variety butterflies and plants.
The youngest National Park of Austria is the Gesaeuse National Park that lies in central Austria. It’s very good walking country with a varied relief. Rock, woodland, water and alpine pastures dominate the landscape in this part of Austria.
The High Mountain National Park of the Zillertal Alps offers grand views and unforgettable mountaineering adventures, plus 3 interesting permanent exhibitions.
It’s one of the most spectacular national parks in Austria, as the 3000m mountains feature narrow gorges that spread into glacial valleys and their tributaries, steep rock walls, summits and glaciers. A wide variety of programmes are offered at the park, including guided hikes and themed walks. There are also three interesting permanent exhibitions that are very informative and fun for the whole family.
All the national parks in Austria have an extensive and well marked network of walking paths and trails, making them fantastic walking holiday destinations.