Austria

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Hohe Tauern - by Henk Nouws Thinking of Austria evokes images of the Alps and trekking from hut to hut. Many mountain groups have their own "Höhenweg", high altitude hut to hut trail.

Less well known are the 10 Austrian long distance hiking trails. These trails cross all the country's majestic mountain ranges - Ötztal, Zillertal, Stubaier Alps, Hohe Tauern - but also pass through more pastoral and less touristic regions of Austria. Sometimes the trails coincide with European long distance trails.

Don't be mistaken: Austrian long distance trails are not for the feeble. Time and again the trails mean serious business, including glaciers and short stretches of scrambling on rocks (maximum Grade II). To complete a trail on foot can easily take several months. Varying in length from 400 to 1300 km, and combined with the considerable differences in altitude, these trails pose challenges to be reckoned with. So, compared to the French GR's, the Austrian long distance trails are on another level altogether. Make sure you master all skills of walking in high mountains: techniques of orientation, gear, surefootedness, stamina.

To keep hikers happy, after all we are hiking for fun, Austria has taken excellent care of lodging, food and drink. Wherever you go up into the mountains, you will find well managed huts, offering a comfortable bed, beer, and top meals you will never find down the valleys: all purely natural and 100% homemade. More than merely an overnight stay, this is enjoying!

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  • tracks&trails 2013-06-25 11:32:07
  • Dutch expats interested in climbing and hiking
  • Hello there!

    We are working on a pilot program about climbing and hiking to be shot in Tannheim and we are looking for Dutch expats who would be interested in participating.

    If there is anybody willing to do it, please write to jazmin@crossriver.nl.

    Thank you in advance!

    Jazmin
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  • Darryl 2012-12-16 08:56:28
  • An Australian coming to hike in Tyrol needs your help!
  • Hi everyone,

    My girlfriend and I are coming to Tyrol, Austria to hike in the Alps from Jun 27th-30th, 2013. But we have no idea about the area, and the suitability of trails, so I thought I might ask around Traildino for guidance.

    Can anyone recommend a trail or particular region in relation to the following details:

    1. We stay the night in Innsbruck, 26th June, before commencing hike on the 27th.
    2. We intend to spend three nights, in three different alpine huts (27th, 28th, 29th) before leaving for Munich by train (30th).
    3. We are young, fit and healthy, and look forward to the exercise of the trail. But we are not professional hikers with equipment.
    4. We enjoy spectacular scenery, wondrous mountains and high altitude.

    Thanks in advance. Love and peace xoxox.
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  • Silverlaker 2012-09-09 23:25:50
  • Dachstein Salzkammertgut 8 day circular route
  • I am looking for information on this hike. Most of the info I find is in German. I planning to do this hike in September of 2013. I would like route suggestions and accommodation info. I am open to making this hike longer if possible. Can anyone help me?
    • Henk Nouws 2012-09-11 12:19:56
    • Check Openstreetmap for some route suggestions:
      http://hiking.lonvia.de/en/?zoom=11&lat=47.68239&lon=13.61483
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