• Nationalpark Neusiedler See-Seewinkel / National Park Neusiedler See

    22 Very Different Ways to Hike by the Water

    You know the feeling: it’s set to be the most beautiful summer’s day. But just lying around in the heat? There’s got to be more than that.

    Want to experience something refreshing? Here are four very different ways to be close to water when hiking in Austria, with plenty of recommendations for your tour: from birdwatching by salt lakes to trails along thundering wild streams in enchanted gorges and tours that lead right through the floods. 

    Birdwatching at Lake Constance in Vorarlberg

    5 Times Birdwatching in Austria and 1 Bonus Tip


    Colourful Birds in Sight

    A steppe landscape in Austria? With more than 340 different species of bird, some of them extremely rare? This combination will not just excite avid birdwatchers.

    The landscape around Lake Neusiedl is unique and surprises with dense reed beds, sand steppes, and pastures, but also with shallow salt lakes or "Lacken", as they are called in Burgenland.

    One particular treasure is the Neusiedler See-Seewinkel National Park, and if you spot bee-eaters, purple herons or even rare great bustards, you won’t want the tour to end. You can head out on your own or with an experienced ranger, but don’t forget your binoculars either way!

    Should you discover your passion for birds, Austria offers plenty of courses and workshops on identifying birds, bird protection, and bird photography, of course.

    Hiking: From the Glacier to the Sea

    Fantastic views across the lakes and surroundings are your reward for hiking up high. Options range from quick detours to the summit to multi-day tours.

    One particularly notable example is the Alpe-Adria-Trail, offering 43 stages across a considerable 750 kilometres. The long-distance hiking trail leads from Austria’s highest mountain, the Großglockner, through three regions– Carinthia, Slovenia, and Friuli Venezia Giulia – to the Adriatic. Rivers, lakes, and finally the sea are the silent yet impressive companions on this journey. Take the two stages by Lake Millstatt, for example, in which the views of the water resting far below change with every metre you climb. And after descending from the Millstätter Alpe, you get your reward: a well-deserved swim in the crystal clear lake.

    Discovering Wild Waters on Foot

    Do you like things to be spectacular? Hiking to wild waters guarantees intense encounters with nature, feeling the force of this primary element up close.

    You can get particularly close at the Krimml Waterfalls, which offer plenty of superlatives. They are said to be one of the world’s most impressive natural spectacles and Europe’s highest. What is certain is that there is a well maintained waterfall trail with plenty of vantage points and platforms that leads you right up to the raging water.

    • Krimmer Wasserfälle / Krimml Waterfalls
    • Grawa Waterfall in Upper Stubai Valley
    • waterfall Stuibenfall, Ötztal valley
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    • Waterfall at Bad Gastein

    Be Prepared to Get Wet

    This tour is not for the faint-hearted. The torrent forces its way through narrow gorges, cascading down into a bubbling pool from a great height – with you right in the middle of it. When canyoning, you only hike half the way up to the entrance of a gorge. The way down involves climbing, jumping, sliding, and swimming, accompanied by a guide and protective equipment, of course. Your courage is rewarded with completely new insights into almost untouched nature and the realisation that adrenaline can really heat you up!

    •                     Canyoning in Ötztal valley

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      Canyoning in Tirol
    •                     Canyoning in Kleinwalsertal valley / Kleinwalsertal

      Walking Through Water

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      Canyoning in Vorarlberg
    •                     Johnsbacher Almenrunde - Gesäuse

      Canyon or Work of Art

      Climbing, abseiling, sliding in a geological wonder world.
      Canyoning in the Bruckgraben
    •                     Canyoning SalzburgerLand

      No Rock Too High

      Countless jumps into narrow gorges. You need strong nerves here. 
      Canyoning in the Strubklamm
    •                 Iseltrail stage 2

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      The long way round
    •                 Mountain lake on Giggler Spitze