Top 15 Best Hiking & Trekking Tours in Austria

19 January 2020

The scenic backdrop of the Austrian countryside combined with the magnificence of the Austrian Alps makes this one of the most epic hiking destinations in the world. Whether you're new to hiking or you're an Everest-status adventurer, there aren't many outdoor activities that compare to hiking in Austria. 

Exploring the best hiking trails in Austria isn’t just an amazing way to take in the great outdoors, but it also gives trekkers a flavorful taste of Austrian culture. One of the best ways to explore the country is by hiking village to village in Austria, so this is the perfect opportunity to check out under-the-radar destinations that you wouldn’t normally visit. 

The country is home to hundreds of long-distance hiking trails and thousands of classic day hikes, all just waiting to be explored. With over 15,000 miles of official Austria hiking trails in the Tyrol state alone, it's normal to feel overwhelmed when planning out your hiking vacay. 

This trekking guide can help by mapping out the 15 best hiking and trekking tours Austria has to offer.

Eagle’s Walk

Eagles Walk

Eagle Walk is one of the most well-known long-distance hiking trails in Austria. It’s located in Tyrol, a western state that’s located in the heart of the Austrian Alps, and offers a variety of trekking vacations to choose from. The entire Eagle Walk spans 270 miles and is divided into 33 different segments. You can choose to do just one stage of the walk for a daylong hike, or many for a multi-week trek. 

Most Eagle Walk Austria hiking tours focus on the Wilder Kaiser Mountains. The first 3 stages of the walk are located in the Kaiser Mountains, so our suggestion is to start here and then decide if you'd like to add more to the journey. Stages 1 to 3 will only take 2 or 3 days to complete, but this portion of the trail takes you through a variety of Austrian landscapes, including lakes, waterfalls, riverbanks, gorges, and of course, mountains. 

  • Distance: 24 miles (Stages 1-3)
  • Countries Spanned: Austria
  • Duration: 2-3 days
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Accommodation: Mountain Huts, Campsites
  • Tour Recommendation: Alpine Exploratory

Pinzgauer Spaziergang

If you’re looking for a classic day hike, this next one is one of the best places for hiking in Austria. Pinzgauer Spaziergang is one of the best day hikes in all of Austria, taking only about 6 hours to complete the entire thing. Out of all the hiking trips we’ll cover, this is a can’t-miss adventure, but it does require a certain level of fitness. 

The main attraction of Pinzgauer Spaziergang is the Hohe Tauern mountain range. You'll get to take in the icy summit views of the Hohe Tauern throughout the hike. Some visitors of Pinzgauer Spaziergang say that the prettiest alpine views in the entire country take place at the very start of the hike as you make your way up the Schmittenhöhe cable car, so be sure to pay attention. 

  • Distance: 11 miles
  • Countries Spanned: Austria
  • Duration: 5-7 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Accommodation: None Needed
  • Tour Recommendation: Self-Guided

Gosaukamm Circuit

Hiking tours of the Gosaukamm Circuit start from the small town of Filzmoos, and the entire hike circles around the dominating Gosaukamm Massif. This 14-mile trek is known for its imposing scenery and superb peaks. It's possible to complete the entire thing in just one day, but the better option is to break it up into two days and spend one night at the Gablonzer Hut. 

  • Distance: 14 miles
  • Countries Spanned: Austria
  • Duration: 1-2 days
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Accommodation: Mountain Hut
  • Tour Recommendation: Sherpa Expeditions 

Zirbenweg Trail

Zirbenweg

Zirbenweg Trail is a short and scenic hike that's perfect for the laid-back hiking crowd. Intense hiking vacations don't often include Zirbenweg, but if you're looking for something easy in Tyrol, this is a great option. Just because this hike is marked as easy doesn't mean it lacks in beauty the stunning backdrop includes views of Inntal Valley and the Karwendel Mountains. 

  • Distance: 4.5 miles
  • Countries Spanned: Austria
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Accommodation: None Needed
  • Tour Recommendation: Self Guided

Berliner Höhenweg

If you’re focusing on multi-day hiking tours in Austria, check out Berliner Höhenweg. This is the perfect multi-day adventure that involves hut to hut trekking through the Zillertal Alps. Over the course of a week, the altitude reaches an overwhelming 10,000 feet, so this is not a trek to take lightly. But if you’re up for the challenge, Berliner Höhenweg is a good choice.

Aside from the unbelievable views, the best part of Berliner Höhenweg Austria hiking trips is the mountain huts that you'll be staying in along the way. Our favorite is the Berliner Hut, which is the hike's namesake. If you plan on making this trek during the summer months, be sure to book your mountain hut stays with plenty of notice. 

  • Distance: 43 miles 
  • Countries Spanned: Austria
  • Duration: 7-8 days
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Accommodation: Mountain Huts
  • Tour Recommendation: KE Adventure Travel 

Filzmoos Moor

Hiking in Austria doesn't have to involve intense trekking. Even if you don't consider yourself a mountaineering expert, this is an all-inclusive activity. This is especially true of the Filzmoos Moor trail, a family-friendly excursion that can be completed in a few hours. Along the trail, you'll spot tons of wildlife that will have the kids jumping for joy, like frogs, dragonflies, and birds. 

  • Distance: 4.5 miles
  • Countries Spanned: Austria
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Accommodation: None Needed
  • Tour Recommendation: Self-Guided

Stubai Hohenweg

No hiking Austria excursion should go without views of the Stubai Alps. The Stubai Alps serve as the border between Austria and Italy, and the views are nothing short of impeccable. A weeklong adventure along Stubai Hohenweg is the best way to take in these views. If you’re new to hiking, move on to an easier option; Stubai Hohenweg involves several tight passageways and steep exposed inclines. 

Trekking the 75-mile trail can be completed in 8 or 9 days. The most popular starting point is located in Neustift, but this starting point isn’t set in stone. The route involves 9 different stages, each one ending with a comfortable mountain hut stay overlooking alpine views. 

  • Distance: 75 miles
  • Countries Spanned: Austria
  • Duration: 8-9 days
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Accommodation: Mountain Huts
  • Tour Recommendation: KE Adventure Travel 

Vier Seen Kunstwanderung

The literal translation of Vier Seen Kunstwanderung is 4 Lakes Art Hike, which will make complete sense once you've climbed to the summit of Schmittenhöhe. Schmittenhöhe serves as an open-air art gallery, overlooking 26 massive man-made sculptures. It's less than 3 miles but count on spending half the day climbing the steep-ish incline while you take in all the outdoor art. 

  • Distance: 2.75 miles
  • Countries Spanned: Austria
  • Duration: 4-6 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
  • Accommodation: None Needed
  • Tour Recommendation: Self Guided

Peter Habeler Route

Peter Habeler Routes is one of the toughest climbs when it comes to hiking in Austria. It's a 35-mile stretch that was named after a hiking legend. Peter Habeler was the first person to accomplish Everest without the help of supplemental oxygen. You won't be taking on a task as challenging as that one, but Peter Habeler Route is a difficult trail, to say the least. 

The trail focuses on the western portion of the Zillertal Alps with 6 individual stages and a steady ascent of more than 13,000 feet. As one of the toughest hikes in Austria, the main perk is that this route is more remote than many others. 

  • Distance: 35 miles
  • Countries Spanned: Austria
  • Duration: 6 days
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Accommodation: Mountain Huts
  • Tour Recommendation: Mountain Sports Zillertal 

Koasa Trail

Koasa trail

Koasa Trail is another long-distance trek that stretches just over 40 miles. It cuts through the St. Johann region in the Wilder Kaiser mountains. The altitude gain is similar to the Peter Habeler Route, reach 12,300 feet throughout 5 stages. There are many highlights to Koasa, but the main ones are Griessbach Gorge and Niederkaiser Ridge. 

  • Distance: 41 miles
  • Countries Spanned: Austria
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Accommodation: Hotels, Inns, B&Bs
  • Tour Recommendation: Self Guided

Lechweg Trail

Lechweg Trail

Lechweg is yet another destination to experience long-distance Austria hiking at its finest. Lechweg Trail span 75 miles and moves along Lech River the entire way. Even though this is a long-distance trek that will take about a week to complete, it’s a fairly easy journey. As opposed to a mountain trek, this one remains fairly flat since it focuses on roving alongside the river. 

As you make your way along Lechweg Trail, you'll be able to cross another country off the list. According to the European Hiking Association, Lechweg is the first official long-distance trail to be cross European country borders. You'll start in Austria but make your way into Germany, not just connecting 2 countries, but also 2 cultures. 

  • Distance: 75 miles
  • Countries Spanned: Austria, Germany
  • Duration: 7-8 days
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Accommodation: Hotels, Campsites, B&Bs
  • Tour Recommendation: Lech Tal 

Burgenland National Park

Burgenland National Park

Take your pick of Burgenland hikes, there’s plenty to choose from. Burgenland is a national park that’s most well-known for being the first cross-border national park in Austria. It’s a bird watcher’s paradise, home to nearly 350 unique species of birds. But you don’t have to love winged creatures to appreciate all the Burgenland has to offer. 

One of our all-time favorite hikes in the national park is the Lange Lacke Loop. It’s just over 5 miles long, making it the perfect half-day trip for beginner to intermediate hikers. There’s a parking lot located directly next to the trailhead, so getting to the loop is easy. This hike does require some physical fitness, but it’s suitable for all hiking levels. 

  • Distance: 5.3 miles (Lange Lacke Loop)
  • Countries Spanned: Austria
  • Duration: 2-3 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Accommodation: None Needed
  • Tour Recommendation: Self Guided

Ötztal Alps

Ötztal

Ötztal is a must-see spot for anyone planning on hiking in the Alps of Austria. The ultimate Ötztal Alps excursion is a 3-day trek starting and ending at the Acherkogelbahn Gondola in Oetz. Throughout the trek you’ll cross through sweeping views of the Ötztal Alps, the main attraction being the Ice Giants, which is the world’s largest ice cave. 

Another cool stopping point along the way is the highest cascading waterfall in Tyrol. This trek goes through rugged terrain the entire way through, so it’s not for everyone. It requires strong endurance and even stronger ankles. You’ll physically test yourself for 3 days, but the views along the way make it completely worth it. 

  • Distance: 20 miles
  • Countries Spanned: Austria
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Accommodation: Mountain Huts
  • Tour Recommendation: Ryder Walker Alpine Adventures 

Tiefenbach Gorge

There are quite a few hiking trips in Austria that include Tiefenback Gorge in the itinerary. But you don’t have to embark on a long-distance trek to see the magnificence of Tiefenbach. There’s a well-maintained walking trail making its way from Kramsach to Brandenburg, and the Gorge is situated about midway through. 

Bizarre is the best word to describe the rock formations of Tiefenbach, but the waterfalls careening down the steep-sided ravines are best described as magical. During your time at the gorge, be sure to check out the highest viewpoint, but be careful - it’s not far from the rushing waters of the gorge. 

  • Distance: 5 miles
  • Countries Spanned: Austria
  • Duration: 2-3 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
  • Accommodation: None Needed
  • Tour Recommendation: Self Guided

E5 Alpine Crossing

Top-end our list of the best hiking in Austria, let's cover one more long-distance trail: the E5 Alpine Crossing. This crossing passes through countless summits and valleys as it makes its way through 3 countries (Austria, Germany, and Italy). If you embark on this quest, plan on spending at least 6 days in the most remote parts of the Alps. 

  • Distance: 65 miles
  • Countries Spanned: Austria, Germany, Italy
  • Duration: 6-7 days
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging
  • Accommodation: Mountain Huts
  • Tour Recommendation: Macs Adventure