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    Hikes in Austria

    Are you looking for the best hikes in Austria? We’re here to help! Austria is a mountain playground for hikers, and a popular destination for outdoor holidays. The Alps make Austria one of the best hiking destinations on earth. There is so much hiking to explore, you could easily spend years exploring all the wonderful hiking Austria has to offer.

    Austria has charming mountain towns that you can base yourself at to explore the local hiking trails. While normally packed in winter, summer is low season in most of these towns. This translates to lower prices and a great time to explore such legendary locations as St. Anton, Mayrhofen, Sölden, Zell-am-See, Kitzbühel, and of course, Innsbruck.

    Find the best hikes in Austria using our guides below. Our guides to the best hikes for Austria cover the best Innsbruck hikes and the best hiking in the Zell am See region. In Innsbruck, plan your trip to take in the highlights of this wonderful town and explore the surrounding mountains on foot. For the Zell am See region, our list of best hikes helps you plan a family-friendly holiday to the area, exploring Zell am See and Kaprun.

    15 Greatest Hikes in Austria

    Immerse yourself into the best hiking culture in the Austrian Alps! This is the ultimate outdoor adventure playground for hikers with heart pounding summits and rolling green hills. There are countless trail options, chances are you’ll need to visit a few times to hike them all! Within the Austria Alps, you’ll discover some unique geological features, such as Ice Age valleys, verdant heaths and alluvial cones. Grab your hiking boots and hit the trails!

    • Halltal: Prepare for a challenging and strenuous hike on this incredible mountain. Offering panoramic views, the hardships are worth the reward once you reach the summit!
    • Goetheweg: This trail offers some of the most stunning aerial views of Innsbruck. Follow the path around the slopes of the Nordkette Mountain to observe Innsbruck and the Inntal.
    • Kellerjoch Loop: Set off on a relatively easy hike that takes you to the peak of Kellerjoch. Perfect for those who want panoramic views, without too much of a challenge, Kellerjoch is ideal.
    • Sellraintaler Höhenweg: This is one of the most beautiful, challenging and rewarding hikes in the Innsbruck area. Walk through the valley of Sellrain for incredible views and few crowds.
    • Berlinerhütte over Mörchnerscharte: Explore a section of the famous “Berliner Höhenweg,” which is part of the annual Steinbockmarsch challenge on this epic hike.
    • Zittauer Hütte: This moderately challenging hike brings adventurers alongside a faded glacier, past a pristine lake and finishes with incredible views.
    • Ahornspitze: Step off from the Ahornspitze lift and enjoy the gentle ascent up to Edelweißhütte. Continue to push onwards to take in the exposed summit of Ahornspitze.
    • Tristner: For one of the most challenging hikes in the Mayrhofen area, try the Tristner hike. If you can make it to the top, you’ll be rewarded with epic views over the Zillertal.
    • Imbachhorn: This is one of our favourite hikes in the Zell am See area. Prepare for a long, strenuous hike, but at the top, you’ll get amazing lookout points over Zell am See, Zeller Lake, and the Glockner group.
    • Schwalbenwand & Schönwieskopf: Set out on an amazing hike conquering two incredible mountain peaks on one hike. Though no huts or restaurants on route, pack a lunch and plan for an incredible full day.
    • Glacier lake & Geiβstein: Tackle the two unique areas in the high alpine above Kaprun. Hike past a glistening mountain lake, pass the Kitzsteinhorn ski area and enjoy a pint at a traditional mountain hut.
    • Kapruner Loop: Our absolute favourite in the Zell am See area, the Kapruner Loop explores the mountain village of Kaprun, while also offering views over Zeller Lake and the surrounding mountain peaks.
    • Kemater Alm: Explore one of the most naturally stunning places on this easy hike––Kemater Alm. Walk past verdant, rolling meadows, incredible mountains and a quaint farmers village.
    • Wolfsklamm: Follow the trail to an ancient pilgrimage site, passing through narrow canyons and past a trickling river along the way.
    • Plauener Hütte: Enjoy views of the pretty Zillergrundl reservoir, then continue onwards to the Plauener Hutte for a delicious lunch with beautiful mountain views.

    When is the Best Time to Hike in Austria

    Our favourite month to hike in Austria is July, thanks to the pleasant temperatures with a warm breeze. The average temperature during the month is 21 degrees Celsius, offering plenty of sunshine and cooler nights. Autumn is also a fantastic time to visit, with quieter hiking trails and moderate temperatures. Autumn also offers some incredible fall foliage and leaf peeping opportunities.

    Best Regions to Hike in Austria

    When people think of hiking in Austria, most immediately think of Innsbruck. This stunning area is certainly a popular destination for both summer and winter activities. Considered the Capital of the Alps, this is a great starting point for hiking the Austrian Alps and building stamina up in the mountains. Explore the quaint mountain town of Mayrhofen for breathtaking alpine hikes and incredible local flora and fauna. Mayrhofen is a wonderful example of traditional Austrian architecture and design and you’ll be dazzled by the local charm. If it’s glacier mountain hiking you’re after, head to Zell am See and Kaprun, which is known for its glacier on the Kitzsteinhorn mountain. This is the ultimate family-friendly destination with a wide range of hiking trails available, including plenty of quick day hikes for little ones.

    Other Activities in Austria

    Few people think to hop on two wheels in Austria, but it’s an incredible destination for cycling, especially on the Drauradweg cycling path. This trail stretches over several countries for 365.3 km and takes riders past picturesque towns and incredible mountain faces. Another fantastic adventure option is to hit the water for a rafting experience. The River Isel and River Drau are both popular destinations to get the adrenaline pumping on a white water rafting trip.

    Austria's Adventure Tours

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    How to Plan a Trip to Austria

    Ready to lace up those boots and hike the stunning Austrian Alps? Let us take the stress and worry out of planning all the details with our complete trip planning guides––whether you want to visit Innsbruck, Mayrhofen, or Zell am See - Kaprun––we’ve got the 4-1-1.

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      Glocknerblick via Jetzbachsteig Hike

      Moderate
      7.4 km
      1,260 m
      5-6.5h

      The Glocknerblick via Jetzbachsteig hike is steep, challenging, and beautiful, and a great day of walking if you’re in Zell am See. You will hike up the side of the family mountain, the ‘Maiskogel,’ while enjoying the incredible view of the Kitzsteinhorn glacier, the Imbachhorn, and the reservoirs in the distance. When you reach the top, the view on the Groβglockner, Austria’s highest mountain, is waiting for you!

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      Berlinerhütte over Mörchnerscharte Hike

      Very Hard
      24.9 km
      1,889 m
      9.5-13.5h

      Berlinerhütte over Mörchnerscharte is a challenging and spectacular hike! It is part of the famous “Berliner Höhenweg” and requires sure-footedness and endurance. It is part of the annual Steinbockmarsch when people will compete against each other to show their strength.

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      Kemater Alm Hike

      Very Easy
      3.4 km
      285 m
      1.5-2h

      Kemater Alm is one of the most beautiful places in Tyrol, and therefore, it’s also one of the best places to hike. This walk takes you through lush green meadows and impressive mountains, surrounding a little farmer’s village.

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      Pinzgau Hut Loop Hike

      Hard
      14.8 km
      1,000 m
      5.5-7.5h

      The Pinzgau Hut Loop hike is a wonderful hike: not too easy yet also not too difficult. Hike up the side of the main mountain of Zell am See: Schmitten. When you reach the highest point, you are greeted with a wonderful view of the surrounding mountains, Kaprun and the Kitzsteinhorn. Plan on eating at the hut at the top, it’s wonderful!

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      Halltal Hike

      Very Hard
      25.4 km
      1,389 m
      8.5-11.5h

      Halltal is a long and strenuous hike. This typical Austrian walk takes hikers along an amazing, panoramic trail, eventually leading to Bettelwurf Hütte, one of the most popular mountain shelters near Innsbruck.

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      Schmittenhohe – Mauerkogel Hike

      Moderate
      10.2 km
      648 m
      3.5-5h

      The Schmittenhohe - Mauerkogel hike is perfect if you are a big fan of great views, reaching a mountain peak, and enjoying a hike at alpine altitude. This is another great hike near Zell am See. Starting the hike at the top of the Schmitten cable car, you are immediately surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery, and an old mountain hut. Join in on the fun!

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      Panoramaweg Penken Hike

      Very Easy
      8.1 km
      331 m
      2.5-3.5h

      If you are looking for an amazing family day with your kids near Mayrhofen, then Penken is the destination to visit. This location offers lots of playgrounds, water activities, and an amazing view from 2,000 m up.

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      Klammsee & Schneckenreith Hike

      Easy
      4.5 km
      241 m
      1.5-2h

      The Klammsee and Schneckenreith hike is a nice, family-friendly hike.  Bring the family on this small hike up to Schneckenreith. There is enough that it is an adventure, but not exhausting for small legs. Enjoy the view down on the emerald green Klammsee from the mountain farm Schneckenreith, or stick your feet in the cold water while having a picnic!

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      Natterer See Hike

      Easy
      6.9 km
      300 m
      2-3h

      The Natterer See Hike is a short adventure that will take you through a lovely forest to a beautiful lake. The trail starts directly in Innsbruck, making it accessible and pretty easy to fit into your schedule.

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      Maxhütte Hike

      Easy
      3.8 km
      438 m
      2-2.5h

      The hike to Maxhütte is a family-friendly hike with a great opportunity for kids to play at the creek and pet the goats around.

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      Zeller Lake Loop Hike

      Easy
      11.1 km
      156 m
      2.5-3.5h

      The closest hike to Zell am See is the Zeller Lake Loop hike. This is a family-friendly hike, as the hike is suitable for a stroller, so make this a family hiking trip! Hiking around Zeller See is a longer walk for little legs, there are loads of nice spots to rest, have a swim, eat an ice cream or just enjoy the mountain views. Walking around the crystal-clear Zeller lake is the perfect activity for a sunny day!

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      Themenwanderung Bergmähderweg Hike

      Moderate
      7.0 km
      736 m
      3.5-4.5h

      This stunning hike starts with a great view of the Zillertal Alps. Along the Themenwanderung Bergmähderweg, you will cross several wildflower fields and pass working farms without any engines, just like they used to many years ago. Following through old roads and winding paths, you will reach the Kolmhaus and be graced with a fantastic view of the majestic Ahornspitze.

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