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Whether you are planning a solo hiking trip or a walk with a group of friends, the mountains and trails of Austria are a fantastic option for European active holidays. Walking holidays in Austria offer the perfect combination of stunning mountain scenery, culinary pleasures and friendly hospitality to hikers from all over the world.
The beginning of the Alpe Adria Trail passes through Austria’s Carinthia province, which boasts the sunniest weather in the country, as well as a network of well-marked walking trails. Every day there will be rugged mountains, spectacular gorges, shady pine forests and alpine meadows studded with wildflowers. As well as good times with friends, and friends made along the way.
Walking holidays in Austria invariably involve gastronomic as well as physical experiences. At the end of the day, cosy mountain huts welcome hikers to rest and re-energise. A hot shower, a hearty meal and a warm bed are the order of the evening. Well-deserved culinary treats await as dedicated mountain kitchens serve up tasty Pinzgau cheese dumplings and bauernschmaus farmers’ stew, washed down with excellent beer. Don’t forget the digestif – Austria’s famous schnapps is the perfect way to finish a day full of satisfying exertion and beautiful impressions.
One of the most famous mountain huts is the very first on the Alpe Adria Trail– the Kaiser Franz Josef’s Hohe, at the foot of the Grossglockner mountain. It has an informative visitor centre and is named for the Austrian monarch who came hiking here in 1856 with the Empress Elisabeth. Alpine hospitality is legendary and the people of the mountains enjoy share their love of the land with guests from the first to the last stage of the Alpe Adria Trail.
Time your walking holidays in Austria to coincide with one of the many traditional festivals. When the Alpine summer comes to an end the farmers bring their cows down from the mountain pastures and celebrate the Hoagascht festival with tale telling, delicious food, music and dancing.
Regional and seasonal delicacies are washed down with local beer, wine and schnapps. It’s time to sit by the fire and give thanks for a wonderful summer and a wonderful day of hiking.
There is no doubt the Alpe Adria Trail is an especially well-organised long distance hiking route and the Alpe Adria Trail Booking Centre is there to help you plan your trip. From advice on and booking of accommodation to luggage transportation, the friendly staff offer a valuable service.
Of course you can also organise everything yourself if you prefer. However you choose to tackle the Alpe Adria Trail, you can be sure your walking holidays in Austria and beyond will be hugely satisfying.