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.
Imagine Austria as a cake, sliced into 3 parts. The largest part of the country consists of the Austrian Alps. The name of the Alps is thought to stem back from the word “albus”, for white, of course referring to the snow-covered peaks. The Alpine landscape that you see in Austria today is only some 2 million years old! It was formed by the ice ages, when enormous glaciers flowing from the mountain valleys covered the area and shaped Austria’s countryside. The highest mountain in Austria is Grossglockner, with an impressive 3,797 metres peak. But for walking the Alps are still very good, because many mountains in and around the Austrian Alps have mild slopes with good walking trails.
The older and lower mountain range in Austria is the Bohemian Forest. The name talks for itself: a majestic, heavily forested mountain range. It forms a natural border between Austria, the Czech Republic and Germany. The Bohemian Forest is a popular walking holiday destination with over 500 kilometres of marked walking trails.
The third part that stretches between these two mountain ranges is the Danube valley. The Danube has always been a very important trade route and is the only major European river that flows eastwards. In Austria it flows through some very scenic landscapes and offers excellent walking opportunities. To the east, the Danube flows into the Pannonia plain, a flat area where Austria’s capital Vienna is located. Moreover, it passes through the most historical cities and towns of Austria. So, don’t miss a chance to see medieval monuments and churches situated on the banks of Danube.