Best Resorts for Activities & Attractions in Austria

Austria’s top things to do and see in 2016 and 2017.

Salzburg

Ots of museums and shops, Fascinating architecture, C...

Great for:

Activities & Attractions

Walking

Mountain biking

Road cycling

Kitzbuhel

000+km hiking trails, 750km cycling and biking trail...

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Activities & Attractions

Walking

Mountain biking

Road cycling

Seefeld

50km walking, hiking & via ferrata , 570km cycling p...

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Activities & Attractions

Walking

Mountain biking

Road cycling

Mayrhofen

00km cycling trails, Great for mountain climbing, bo...

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Activities & Attractions

Walking

Mountain biking

Road cycling

St Anton

00km walking trails, 200km running & biking, Awesome ...

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Activities & Attractions

Walking

Mountain biking

Road cycling

Kaprun

Ots of different cycling routes, Water sports on Lak...

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Activities & Attractions

Walking

Mountain biking

Road cycling

Lech

Retty resort, Walks along the river Lech, Themed hiki...

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Activities & Attractions

Walking

Mountain biking

Road cycling

St Wolfgang

Ccess to 345km of cycling on Salzkammergut trail, Lo...

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Activities & Attractions

Walking

Mountain biking

Road cycling

Pertisau

Ake and mountains on your doorstep, Over 450km of ma...

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Activities & Attractions

Walking

Mountain biking

Road cycling

Zell Am See

Uper climbing, Graded hiking trails, Highest panorama...

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Activities & Attractions

Walking

Mountain biking

Road cycling

Top 10 Most Popular

If you like to fill your week with lots of seeing and doing, pick an Austrian resort with heaps of activities and attractions. In lakeside resorts like Zell am See, Pertisau and St Wolfgang, you can split your time between land and water. Soak up some culture in Salzburg; home of Mozart and setting of The Sound of Music or visit resorts like Seefeld for its museums and ancient chapels.

Being in a mountainous nation that’s knee deep in history with some fascinating culture, all the Austrian resorts have activities to get stuck into as well as plenty of sights to see. We’ve shortlisted the best ten, below, where the list of things to see and do seems to go on and on... Have a browse to find somewhere that fits your bill for a fantastic week in Austria.

Holidays in the ten best Austrian resorts for Activities & Attractions

The hills are alive with all sorts of activities in the summertime at Salzburg– the world famous setting for ‘The Sound of Music’ and hometown of Mozart. See the sights around the town, a UNESCO world heritage site known for its lakeside position, colourful gardens and baroque architecture. If you fancy upping the pace and altitude, take the Untersberg cable car and walk to the peak of Salzburg Hochthron (the views are incredible).

One of the top destinations for Alpine activities, Kitz it’s also a feast for the eyes, with a colourful medieval village, stunning lakes and bright, flowery meadows. There’s oodles to do, from hurtling down the Streif to wandering round the posh boutiques - on top of mile after mile of cycling and walking trails.

The Tyrolean architecture, flower-covered meadows and glimmering Wildsee lake are enough to stop you in your tracks but Seefeld is more than a pretty face; Mother Nature has made a real adventure base here. With hundreds of kilometres to walk and cycle, 17 tennis courts, 2 golf courses and a paragliding academy, you’ll have to remember to hit pause and enjoy the sights.

Mayrhofen is ‘traditional Austrian’ from head to toe and the town has a refreshing buzz to it all summer long. Cross alpine pastures, speed down the Penken and discover deep gorges and canyons before letting your hair down with a stein and some Austrian folk music – you’d struggle to find a ‘best for Alps activities’ list that this place doesn’t crop up on.

Yes it’s the king of ski resorts but St Anton is also an incredible place in the summer. Roam the region on bike or foot and soak up glorious views of mountains, meadows, lakes and waterfalls all day long. Unlike the winter months, the summer evenings are pretty chilled – ask the barman for a local beer or wine and get some tips on where to explore tomorrow...

Kaprun is classically Austrian with wooden chalets and an imposing castle and the surrounding pine forests and pastures are ideal for enjoying the open air. You’ll find a fantastic range of cycling routes from short, gentle jaunts to challenging mountain descents and hiking and walking trails will guide you past Salzberg’s iconic rugged mountains, reservoirs and the glittering Lake Zeller.

Often ranking high on lists of ‘the prettiest’, this posh Alpine resort is one of Austria’s classics. The village is traditional and the Arlberg mountains jaw-dropping but Lech’s not just somewhere to feast your eyes upon – this is a real hotspot for walking, with a mix of easy family trails and more demanding climbs. The river dissecting the town is great to get to grips with canoeing, paddle boarding and canyoning and cyclists are spoiled for choice on a variety of paths.

At the shore of Lake Wolfgansee, St. Wolfgang is an attractive old town characterised by its colourful chalets and landmark gothic church. Pilgrims have been visiting here for a millennium, nowadays it’s best known as a mecca of outdoor pursuits – with water sports, lakeside cycle routes and hiking in the Alps just some of many possibilities.

A sunny little village, Pertisau sits on the shores of the incredible Achensee – the largest and deepest lake in the Austrian Tyrol. Bordered by mountains as well, this is a top spot for an active summer holiday. The village itself is lovely, too, and usually hosts live music events in the summer.

It’s easy to fall in love with Zell am See (there’s even a mountain called ‘Schmitten’...) and the surroundings will certainly take your breath away, but not just because they’re so beautiful – the area’s a super base for activities; climb, hike or bike the mountains, sail, paddle or swim the lake and do tonnes more in between.


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