Winter can be mild or it can be biting. In any case, Upper Austria is well-equipped for unadulterated winter fun. Ski regions from Dachstein in the south to Hochficht in the north awaken exciting moments in fresh powder snow - whether for families and beginners, sporty ski enthusiasts or passionate freeriders. Revel in a winter holiday at the location that best suits you.
Upper Austria: incredibly surprising
Upper Austria is a microcosm of everything that constitutes Austria as a whole. A compact Austrian panopticon that promises extraordinarily surprising experiences. A melting pot of culture, constantly bubbling with new developments. A land exuding joie de vivre, which has a surprisingly authentic and invigorating effect.
A journey into the heart of Upper Austria.
Embark on a breathtaking journey of discovery with British video artist Geoff Tompkinson through Upper Austria, his new home.
Soar from the viewing platform at the highest mountain in the land, across crystal-clear lakes, majestic mountain worlds and traditional Alpine huts. Set off on a journey through time, where culture is incredibly synchronous ‒ from Hallstatt, which shaped an entire era in the early period of our human history to the Future Lab at the Ars Electronica Center in Linz, which is way ahead of its time. Discover the cultural treasures and extraordinary landscapes.
Be inspired by this astonishing trip into very personal moments.
In the Salzkammergut region, mountains and lakes come together to form an inspiring backdrop. Then there's the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut. And imperial history. Refreshing summer retreats experienced by Gustav Klimt and others. The holiday region of Pyhrn-Priel stages its mountains as a sports arena, from the World Cup ski region of Hinterstoder in winter to hiking, climbing and adventure in summer. Feel history in every nook of the Danube Valley. Castles and ruins tower atop mountain ridges, pointing the way for wayfarers on the Danube Cycle Trail. And in the midst of it all, the regional capital of Linz, seated on the banks of the Danube. Voted European Capital of Culture in 2009, this UNESCO City of Media Arts pulses with a contemporary culture scene. The highlands of the Mühlviertel promise vast expanses and restorative pleasure. Old artisan crafts and tradition flourish here, constantly reinventing themselves.
Summer freshness rediscovered.
Imposing mountains and stunning lakes, world-famous locales such as the UNESCO World Heritage site of Hallstatt, the charming imperial town of Bad Ischl or St. Wolfgang on the banks of the Wolfgangsee: all are the perfect invitation to rediscover the meaning of a summer retreat.
Dive in and start living, right here and now. You'll soon be rubbing shoulders with the grandeur of past times.
One of the Alps' most beautiful outdoor fitness centres.
Sometimes tranquil and contemplative, sometimes wild and rocky, just like you: the mountains of the Pyhrn-Priel region.
Whether on a breathtaking mountain bike tour, on a guided hike in the Kalkalpen National Park or embarking on the labyrinthine paths of the Wildererweg ("Poacher Trail"), one thought and two words will follow you all the way home: incredibly powerful.
Currently anchored in the future.
Linz is a place of transformation. It is evolving; and its visitors evolve with it.
The former steel town is a pulsing cultural institute today and a city that's all the rage. Progress is always on the agenda here. As a UNESCO City of Media Arts, Linz is an international hub of creativity. A city whose open-mindedness and dynamism is tangible wherever you go.
Danube Upper Austria.
Moving bends and stirring outlooks.
Go with the flow along the Danube, and discover that the most beautiful way to get from A to B is to follow the curve. Try cycling on the Donauradweg (Danube Cycle Trail) or hiking on the Donausteig (Danube Trail) and you'll see what we mean.
Enjoy the legendary view points, such as the Schlögener Schlinge oxbow, and delight in the charming spots and sophisticated cultural experiences that line the route of this great river.
Precious space for fresh ideas.
Lush green meadows, mystical forests and gentle hills - the "Granithochland" of the Mühlviertel region in the north of the country is the perfect invitation to stretch your legs and exercise your mind.
Refreshingly different, with down-to-earth people who build their "Steinbloßhäuser" stone farmhouses out of granite and whose strong will and determination is forever shaping new things.
Exciting ideas for your holiday in Upper Austria
The individual areas that make up Upper Austria are also the setting for a whole range of leisure activities, from cultural excursions to health breaks to outdoor sports. Hikers delight in the mountains and Alpine pastures of the Salzkammergut and around the Nationalpark Kalkalpen (Limestone Alps National Park) as well as the Mühlviertel region or the Danube Valley. Cyclists follow the rivers and tour the lakes. Culture vultures prize the lively festival scene, in which all of the federal state's regions participate. Surely there's something here for everyone?
Upper Austria's holiday cards
Give your wallet a break with Upper Austria's holiday cards!