About this Austria walking region
The landscape of Upper Austria ranges from the fertile riverbanks along the Danube to the pretty wooded hills of the Mühlviertel between the Danube and the Czech border to the alpine terrain of the Salzkammergut, the Kalkalpen National Park and the Pyhrn-Priel areas further south. The popular Salzkammergut region has so much to discover that we’ve given it its own section on this website – but for the best part, Upper Austria remains undiscovered by mass tourism, which is partly what makes it so appealing. We have hand-picked some of what we believe to be the finest areas for walkers and hikers.
The Mühlviertel is one of the region’s many highlights; an unspoilt area of natural beauty, featuring forests and meadows, fields and marshes. With its age-old traditions, this is a land where time stands still and where tourists rarely venture.
Located south of the historic town of Steyr is another gem, the National Park Kalkalpen, Austria’s second largest national park (the largest being Hohe Tauern). The scenery comprises masses of untouched forest, interspersed with peaceful alpine meadows, valleys and gorges. The park’s highest peak is Mt. Hoher Nock (1,963m/6,440ft).
In the region’s southern area, bordering on National Park Kalkalpen, lies the popular Pyhrn-Priel walking area, with its rich cultural heritage. The almost magical beauty of this area’s natural landscape makes it a wonderful destination for walkers and hikers.
Walking in Upper Austria
Go your own way! Gentle hiking options in Upper Austria’s north-east ● Peaceful and wild-romantic, with a refreshing lack of mass tourism ● Away from the major urban centres ● Crystal-clear air and a wonderful landscape of forests, meadows, fields and ancient farmhouses ● Network of around 600km/373mi waymarked walking trails.
Belongs to what’s affectionately dubbed ‘The Green Roof of Europe’ ● The most northerly part of the Mühlviertel ● Where Austria meets Germany and the Czech Republic ● Access to 500km/311mi of walking trails ● Numerous opportunities for exciting cross-border walks ● Good access to Mt. Plöckenstein (1,379m/4,524ft).
Just north of Upper Austria’s capital city, Linz ● The wonderful roll of the wooded countryside is more Bohemian than Austrian ● Explore the picturesque Freistadt, with its medieval border town feel ● Many well-preserved Gothic churches, various fortresses ● A stronghold of folk traditions ● Wide choice of easy walks and rambles.
National Park Kalkalpen
One of Upper Austria’s prime hiking regions ● National Park Kalkalpen with its large expanses of untouched forest, wild gorges and hidden wildflower meadows ● Classic Alpine landscape, which rises to Mt. Hoher Nock (1,963m/6,440ft) ● Steyr Valley and Ennstal Valley, providing access to several mountain peaks above 2,000m/6,562ft.
Located in the southern part of Upper Austria, next to National Park Kalkalpen ● Less touristy than some other Austrian Alpine regions ● 600km/373mi of best-maintained hiking trails ● Themed walks and rambles and rustic mountain huts ● Unspoilt villages such as the quaint Hinterstoder ● Mt. Grosser Priel (2,514m/8,248ft).
More great places to go walking in Austria:
Wachau Valley & Krems, Tyrol - Western Tyrol, Steiermark (Styria), Salzkammergut, Salzburger Land,
Carinthia, Tyrol - Central Tyrol & Innsbruck, Tyrol - North-Eastern Tyrol, East Tyrol, Vorarlberg