Walking in Austria – Summer 2019

Burgenland

Hike through Burgenland on the Amber Trail

Burgenland expands its hiking possibilities this year with the Amber Trail – its first bookable long-distance hiking route, which opens in autumn 2019.

Two walking routes are on offer along the amber trading route that was followed centuries ago. The 324km Eastern Route follows the border between Burgenland and Hungary in 14 stages from the Neusiedler See National Park in the north to the Naturpark Weinidylle in the south.

The 370km Western Route leads hikers in 17 stages through the Leitha mountains to Eisenstadt and to the thermal baths in southern Burgenland.

Hiking packages are bookable online to help with planning a break. The new Bernstein-Trail web platform will go online during the course of the year. Interested hikers will find everything worth knowing there, such as directions, overnight accommodation and baggage transfer services.

More info: www.burgenland.info

Carinthia

Hike the Nockberge Trail

The Nockberge in Carinthia appear to be a welcoming range of mountains with their round appearance and yet they rise to an altitude of up to 2500 metres.

The Nockberge-Trail, a new long-distance hiking route, guides walkers through the alpine pasture landscape which helps to protect the Nockberge Biosphere Reserve.

Starting from the Katschberg in the north it is possible to walk in five daily stages to Bad Kleinkirchheim. The route is easy to walk and requires little in the way of hard-core endurance as hikers are only underway from between three and seven hours per day. Of course, you can make your own way on the Trail but it is more practical and convenient to create a package with luggage service, overnight stays and transfer to the point of departure.

More info: nockberge-trail.com (German only)

Upper Austria

Long-distance hiking on the Lynx Trail

“Long distance hiking to protect the lynx in its homeland” is the motto on the Lynx Trail. The 200-kilometre-long route leads in 11 stages through three internationally-recognised large protected areas – the Kalkalpen National Park, the Gesäuse National Park and the Dürrenstein Wilderness Area – and touches Austria’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, the beech forests.

The wildly romantic mountain landscape on the way from Reichraming in Upper Austria via Styria to Lunz am See in Lower Austria is probably the largest near-natural forest area in Central Europe.

This is why the lynx was reintroduced here. The trail draws attention to this endangered animal species and thus contributes to its protection and survival.

More info: www.luchstrail.at

Tyrol

Hiking along the Isel

From summer 2019 you can hike the Isel in East Tyrol – the longest free-flowing glacier river in the Alps. The 90km trail leads in five daily stages from Lienz to the base of the glacier in the heart of the Hohe Tauern National Park. Along the route, the landscape is characterised by floodplains, river banks and islands rich in species, gorges, forests and high alpine wilderness. There are also some largely unknown natural wonders to discover, such as the Isel Falls near Feld and the Gloschlucht gorge in Prägraten.

More info: www.osttirol.com

Innsbruck-Trek

The Innsbruck-Trek, introduced in summer 2018, tours around the city in six daily stages. For each stage there are two hikes of varying difficulties to choose from. Hikers can decide whether they prefer an easy, medium or difficult route.

You can hike the Innsbruck-Trek individually or book a package with accommodation and luggage transport at the Innsbruck Alpine School. On certain dates there are also guided hikes on the Innsbruck-Trek with six overnight stays.

More info: www.innsbruck.info

Vorarlberg

The magic of mountain pines in Lech am Arlberg

The Arlberg owes its name to the robust ‘Arlen’ bushes, better known as mountain pine. Hikers will encounter these and many other plants on the new “Arlenzauberweg”.

On the way, over twenty stations, from the “dragonfly lake” to the “snow flurry”, playfully explain interesting facts about the special characteristics of animals and plants.

More info: www.lechzuers.com