Austria is a kind of heaven for people who enjoy getting stuck into a good hike. The country is beautiful at all times of year, but especially in winter. Let’s walk you through some of the best places you can explore on foot in the beautiful mountains and valleys of Austria.

  1. Vorarlberg

The westernmost state in Austria is where you’ll find Lake Constance, a stunning body of water that borders Germany and Switzerland.

At least 180 trails in Vorarlberg are fair game for hikers in winter. You may even be able to arrange a guided tour.

Snowshoe hiking (with a guide) here is popular with those who are feeling adventurous and want to get off the beaten track.

During this walking holiday in Austria, you can even treat yourself to a culinary winter hiking tour in the Bregenz Forest. You’ll sample some of the finest meals and desserts from the various inns and restaurants that line your route.

  1. Grossarl Valley

Based in the state of Salzburg, this valley is about 19 miles long. It has its very own market town and is informally known as the “valley of alpine pastures” by locals.

The mountains that flank the valley on either side are truly special in winter, and they’re popular with skiers and walkers alike for good reason.

If you’re travelling as a family, you can rest assured that the region is well set up for your needs. There are kids’ clubs and entertainment venues galore for younger travellers.

  1. Tyrol

The state of Tyrol is home to giant mountain peaks like Wildspitze, the second-highest mountain in the country. Climb this 3,788m peak and reward yourself with a steaming hot drink from Austria’s highest coffee bar.

Check out the Hintertux Glacier, where you can go on a fascinating excursion to “Nature’s Ice Palace”, taking a boat through its icy corridors. This glacier is also home to the only ski resort Austria has that can boast being open 365 days a year.

  1. Carinthia

Carinthia is the “Land of Lakes”. One of them, Lake Weissensee, happens to be Europe’s largest continuous ice surface. It’s perfect if you want to mix up your hiking holiday with a little bit of ice-skating fun. Come in January and you can even watch a traditional curling tournament!

Hikers will enjoy panoramic views of the lakes from the nearby mountains. Climb Mount Mittagskogel and appreciate the southernmost lake, Lake Faaker See, from 1,145 metres up.