Hiking In Austria – The Complete Guide

With its beautiful Alpine territory, quaint villages and baroque architecture, Austria is definitely a country worth exploring.

From long distance walking trails to shorter day hikes, no matter your preference you will find an adventure that suits your needs.

From the Eagles Walk and the Berlin High Trail, to hiking up the Kröndlhorn, there is no limit exploring the Austrian mountains.

Here is the list for Best Hikes in Europe.

Austria Hiking Trails

1. Eagles Walk

Covering 413 km broken into 33 stages, the Eagles Walk can accommodate either day hikes or multi-day treks, depending on your preferences and skill levels.

Aptly named the Eagles Walk, as from a birds eye view, the route resembles an eagle with outstretched wings.

The walk begins in St Johann in Tirol and crosses 7 mountain ranges in total. Namely, the Wild Kaiser Mountains, the Brandenberg Alps, the Karwendel Mountains, the Tux Alps, the Lechtal Alps, East Tirol  and the Wetterstein Mountains.

Fortunately the route is well signed posted, making it easy to follow. However, you can never go amiss with a hard copy map, as bad weather can make visibility poor.

The signs along the way also indicate the length and difficulty of the trail, as well as info on the huts and refuges.

Public transport in the Tirol region makes travelling in the area easy. This means that if you wish to only walk part of the Eagles Walk, you can easily make your to and from start and finish points.

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2. Nature Park Zillertal Alps

High in the Zillertal Alps, the nature conservation park was founded in 2001 and forms the largest protected area in the Alps.

Encompassing a variety of different terrain, from the cultivated valley floor to the glacier region, the park is home an amazing biodiversity of wildlife and plants.

Zillertal Alps Austria

In the park you will find narrow gorges, glacial valleys, steep mountainous walls and summits, and if you are lucky you may happen across mountain sheep and chamois, a species of goat antelope that call the mountains home.

The best way to explore the park is on foot, the Berlin High Trail is one such iconic hike which crosses the nature park.

3. Berlin High Trail

Another epic multi day trek is the Berlin High Trail. The hike begins in Finkenberg and works its way through the Zillertal Alps, taking roughly a week to complete the 85 km trail, this hike is definitely a challenge for more experienced hikers.

Following the Berlin High Trail, you will hike from hut to hut – the huts are very basic but will provide you with shelter.

Finkkenberg, Austria

If need be, you can decide to shorten the route, as each hut gives you the option of descending into the valley below.

As you will be crossing high mountain passes, it is important that you are both fit enough and not afraid of heights.

However, if you decide to tackle this trail you will be rewarded with spectacular mountain views and an unforgeable hiking experience.

4. Hike Up The Kröndlhorn

If you are looking for a day hike that still presents a challenge, hiking up the Kröndlhorn may be something worth looking into.

Taking roughly 7 hours, the trek up the 2,444 m mountain is a little more on the difficult side and it is the highest in Westendorf.

Something that makes the hike special is the little chapel on the summit of the mountain.

Kröndlhorn Austria
Photo by Nicolas von Kospoth

Once reaching the summit you will be rewarded with panoramic views of the Gerlos plateau, Krimml Waterfalls, among others, and a serious feeling of accomplishment.

You can choose to either hike the same way back or hike back via the Rotwandalm.

5. Things To Remember

Before deciding on which hike you want to tick off your bucket list, there are several things that you should keep in mind.

Firstly, you need to keep in mind your fitness levels in relation to the hikes you want to attempt.

If you only have basic hiking experience and aren’t very hiking fit it is probably best to stick to easier day hikes or begin training for something longer and more challenging.

Due to the high elevation and elevation changes that you will experience on some of the hikes, possibly altitude sickness is something that you have to be aware of.

Being naturally fit will help, but it can never hurt to give your body a few days to acclimatise if you are tackling higher altitudes. If you remember to be aware of your body and to stay hydrated, you should be able to avoid illness.

Lastly, your gear is an important element of any hike. While what you pack will depend on the nature of your hike, however, you can never go wrong with a good pair of sturdy hiking boots.

Looking for a local guide in Austria? Check out our friend, Alpine Joe.


About the author

Mark has trekked extensively in Asia, Europe, South America and Africa. He founded Mountain IQ in 2014 with the sole aim to be the best online information portal to some of the most popular mountain destinations around the world. When not writing for Mountain IQ, Mark is out exploring the outdoors with his wife!

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