The full beauty of nature in Upper Austria is only revealed to those who feel its physical presence. And everyone has their own way of making this connection. A hike up into Alpine pastures. A stroll to a viewpoint. A challenging trek to scale a summit. Or a climb up rock faces that strains every muscle.
Mountainous areas in the south of Upper Austria - the Salzkammergut with its many lakes and the Pyhrn-Priel region - offer hikers new perspectives at every elevation. Take a leisurely turn around a lake down in the valley. Head a step higher and hike through Alpine pastures, stopping at mountain lodges to enjoy the views and a traditional "Jause", or snack. And the really athletic can strike out to the very top in the company of summit crosses, with nothing but blue skies overhead. In the north of Upper Austria, on the border with the Czech Republic, the granite expanse of the Mühlviertel region unfolds. From the viewing platforms of the Bohemian Forest and their breathtaking panoramic views into the Alps, the land gradually falls away to the south, eventually reaching the valley of the Danube.
Long-distance hiking trails are the ideal opportunity to get intimately acquainted with Upper Austria's regions with the window onto their landscapes and inhabitants opening wider with every passing stage.
The BergeSeen Trail is a big loop through the Salzkammergut. The Donausteig hiking trail explores the natural and cultural environment of the magnificent Danube river valley from Passau to the small town of Grein. And the Kalkalpenweg arcs its way from the virgin forests of the Nationalpark Kalkalpen to the Alpine pastures of the Pyhrn-Priel region.