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Walking Holidays in Austria

Explore and experience Austria on a self-guided walking holiday, a wonderfully relaxed way to discover the beauty of this Alpine country. Austria is a real walker's paradise, with lush green meadows filled with colourful wildflowers, stunning Alpine valleys and plenty of dramatic mountain views.

Since 2008, Macs Adventure has been helping walkers to explore the wonders of Austria on foot. With the freedom to create your own itinerary and the knowledge that our team have the expertise to tailor-make this trip to perfectly suit you, you can book your walking holiday in Austria with confidence. 

Our Austrian hiking trips include some of the best hikes in the country. Take on the dramatic Kitzbühel Alpine Trail (KAT Trail), with its stunning views, quality spa hotels and baroque towns. Embark on the E5 Alpine Crossing, as it takes you through Italy, Austria and Germany. Alternatively, walk in the footsteps of Ötzi, a natural mummy found by the Similaun Mountain on our Otztal Trail trips.  Slow down with a stroll along the shores of the Salzburg Lakes, soaking in the impressive Alpine backdrop and traditional towns.

We have carefully selected and researched our favourite Austrian walks so whatever your interests, we can arrange your ideal walking holiday.

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  • Why choose Macs Adventure to book your walking holiday in Austria
    Why choose Macs Adventure to book your walking holiday in Austria

    Macs Adventure has been running self-guided walking holidays in Austria since 2012.  Our extensive research and our partnership with our German sister company, lead us to seek out more and more areas where we could help people to discover Austria on foot. 

    From humble beginnings, we now send over 200 walkers to Austria every year, each walking the route that excites them the most. We provide the freedom to choose your route, itinerary and travel companions and discover Austria at your own pace. 

    We know how daunting it can be, setting off on an adventure of this scale and we quickly realised how important it was to have amazing partners on the ground in Austria to deal with any issues that you might come across.  We are proud to say that we work incredibly closely with all our accommodation suppliers and luggage transfer teams and should you have the slightest issue, they will fall over themselves to help you out. 

    We offer a flexible, tailor-made hiking experience that gets you in comfortable, friendly overnight accommodation in local B&Bs and guesthouses. We carry your bags to lighten your load so you can concentrate on simply putting one foot in front of the other and enjoying the unique culture, food and scenery of Austria. No hostels, no leaky tents, no heavy bags on your back just a straightforward active holiday that you can book with confidence that we have it all covered for you. 

    We want to showcase our expertise, by giving you all the resources you will ever need.  In the planning stage, we have free guides and a host of staff with their own Austrian experiences, waiting to answer your questions. On the route, we use high-quality digital mapping as well as the best maps and guidebooks to make sure you find your way.  

    We love the alpine scenery of walking in Austria and our main aim is to make sure that you do too.  

  • Which Alpine Crossing is for me?
    Which Alpine Crossing is for me?

    There are some wonderful Alpine Crossing which take you through Austria. These unique tours allow you to complete each crossing while enjoying the comfort of private rooms in high standard accommodations, as well as bag transfers to help lighten the load. Here are some of our most popular ones:

    The E5 Alpine Crossing (Grade 5) Starting in Oberstdorf, embark on this classic Alpine crossing, finishing in Meran. Experience three countries in one legendary trek; Germany, Austria and Italy. This is one of our tougher alpine crossings with long days and sizeable ascents and descents and terrain that covers scree, rocky and exposed paths with sections of rope to aid ascents/descents. We only recommend this walk to experienced alpine walkers or novices with a good level of fitness and a head for heights. It is ideal for those who don’t want to sacrifice comfort and enjoy hiking away from the crowds. Stay in 3* hotels/guesthouses and spend one night in a mountain hut (private room).

    Across the Alps: Bavaria to South Tyrol (Grade 3) This tour takes you through the Eastern Alps from German Bavaria to Italy’s South Tyrol via Austria on this moderate inn to inn walking tour. This unique route has been designed by us with the Alpine novice in mind, or for those who are simply looking for a comparatively easy-going Alpine experience. Rated moderate, no Alpine experience is required to complete this tour, just a good level of fitness. You should be happy walking 13-19km and 500-1000m of ascents/descents a day. However, almost all the walks can be shortened if required. Stay in high-quality 3 and 4* hotels, and your bag will be transferred each day, giving you the freedom to walk with just a small day pack

    Tyrolean Alps: Garmisch to Innsbruck (Grade 5) Walk from Germany to Austria through the Bavarian and Tyrolean Alps, Explore the historical old town of Tyrol’s capital - spend a night in the heart of the Tyrolean Alps in a traditional hut. This trip involves a mixture of moderate to strenuous hikes, whilst staying in lively cultural hubs such as Garmisch and Innsbruck. Graded moderate, there are some significant ascents and descents involved, perfect for working up an appetite for some of the hearty local cuisines! Optional walks allow a rest day if preferred. If you are looking for the best of both worlds, then this is the tour for you!

  • Local Cuisine
    Local Cuisine

    Kaiserschmarren

    This dish is a favourite in the office and we have to admit that “Kaiserschmarren” is an icon of Austrian cuisine, not especially of Tyrol but is so delicious it needs to be mentioned. Kaiserschmarren is a fluffy shredded pancake, which has its name from the Austrian Emperor, Kaiser Franz Joseph I, who was very fond of this kind of dish. Made from a sweet batter using flour, eggs, sugar, salt, and milk, Kaiserschmarren is baked in butter, torn with forks and served with stewed plums.

    Speckknödel

    A real staple, which you will find at most local restaurants. It is a large round boiled bread dumpling with bacon mixed through it. The dish is most commonly served with sauerkraut and salad as sides.

    Gröstl

    Known as Gröstl, which is grated potatoes fried with bacon and onions which is usually served with a fried egg, a real Alpine filler after a long of day of hiking.

    Kasspatzln

    The direct translation of this dish is  ‘cheese sparrows’, “Kasspatzln” are a thick type of egg noodle cut into small piece with grated cheese, oven-baked and sprinkled with fried onion. A savoury delight!

     

  • Walking in Austria - Through the Austrian Alps

    Take a walk through the Austrian Alps with this video to get a snapshot of what it is like doing a self-guided walking holiday in the Austrian Alps. 

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