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Austria is a landlocked country in Central Europe, bordering eight countries: Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

The capital of Austria is Vienna, which is also the most populous city in the country. Austria has a total area of 83,879 square kilometers and a population of approximately 8.9 million people. The official language of Austria is German and the country has a rich cultural history dating back to Roman times.

Austria is a federal state consisting of nine federal states: Burgenland, Carinthia, Lower Austria, Upper Austria, Salzburg, Styria, Tyrol, Vorarlberg and Vienna. The economy of Austria is very diversified and includes industry, agriculture, tourism and services.

Austria is known for its scenic beauty, historic cities, musical traditions and culinary specialties such as Wiener Schnitzel, apple strudel and Sachertorte.

Austria is also an important part of the European Union and is a member of international organizations such as the United Nations, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Maps of Austria for Garmin navigation devices

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Where can you find the most beautiful hikes in Austria?

Austria offers a variety of stunning hiking trails and landscapes for hikers of all abilities. Here are some places to start looking for the best hikes in Austria:

  • National Parks: Austria has six national parks, each with its own hiking trails. The national parks Hohe Tauern, Gesäuse and Kalkalpen are particularly popular with hikers.
  • Alps: Austria is known for its spectacular alpine landscapes and offers countless hikes of various levels of difficulty. Popular hiking areas are the regions of Tyrol, Salzburg and Vorarlberg.
  • Lakes: Austria also has many stunning lakes surrounded by hiking trails. Lake Wolfgang, Lake Hallstatt and Lake Attersee are just a few of the most famous lakes known for their beautiful hikes.
  • Via Alpina: The Via Alpina is a long hiking trail that leads through the Alps from Slovenia to Monaco. In Austria, the route leads through the regions of Vorarlberg, Tyrol and Salzburg.
  • Regional hiking trails: Each region in Austria has its own hiking trails and routes that are known for their unique landscapes and sights. Check with local tourist offices or hiking organizations for more information.

Overall, Austria offers a variety of hikes for every taste and ability. From the Alps and lakes to national parks, there are many stunning landscapes and hikes to explore. It pays to do some research and plan ahead to get the best experience.

A few suggestions of significant routes are right here:

Hiking routes

Northern Alpine Trail, from Bregenz to Perchtoldsdorf near Vienna or to Rust on Lake Neusiedl, 1260 km
Central Alpine Trail, from Feldkirch in Vorarlberg to Hainburg an der Donau, 1270 km
Südalpenweg, Bad Radkersburg to Sillian in Osttirol, 660 km
Pre-Alpine Trail, from the Kahlenberg near Vienna to the Mozartsteg in Salzburg via Bavaria to Lake Constance, 870 km
North-South path, from the Waldviertel to the Styrian wine country, 520 km
Mariazellerwege, several partial routes that lead to the pilgrimage site of Mariazell, 1300 km
Ostösterreichischer Grenzlandweg, from Nebelstein in the Waldviertel to Bad Radkersburg, 710 km
Eisenwurzenweg, from the Rottal to the Carinthian Seebergsattel, 580 km
Salzsteigweg, from the Sternstein to the Wurzenpass, 430 km
Rupertiweg, from Bärenstein to Triglav National Park, 563 km

Where can you find the most beautiful cycle routes in Austria?

Austria offers a variety of cycling routes, from easy river bike paths to challenging mountain roads. Here are some places to start your search for the most beautiful cycling routes in Austria:

  • Danube Cycle Path: The Danube Cycle Path is one of the most popular bicycle routes in Austria and leads along the river Danube through picturesque landscapes and towns. The route is flat making it ideal for all ages and abilities.
  • Tauernradweg: The Tauernradweg leads through the Austrian Alps and offers spectacular landscapes and mountain panoramas. The route is more demanding than the Danube Cycle Path, but still manageable for experienced cyclists.
  • Grossglockner High Alpine Road: The Grossglockner High Alpine Road is one of the most famous roads in the Alps and offers a challenging and breathtaking cycling route. The route leads through the Alps and offers spectacular views of Austria's highest mountain, the Grossglockner.
  • Salzkammergut Cycle Path: The Salzkammergut Cycle Path runs through the picturesque region of Salzkammergut in Upper Austria and offers cyclists a variety of lakes, mountains and cultural sights.
  • Via Claudia Augusta: The Via Claudia Augusta is an ancient Roman road that runs through the Alps from Germany to Italy. The route is also suitable for cyclists, offering stunning scenery and historic towns along the way.

Overall, Austria offers a variety of cycling routes for all abilities and preferences. From flat cycle paths along rivers to challenging mountain roads, there is something for every cyclist to discover. It pays to do some research and plan ahead to get the best experience.

Bike routes

Drau Cycle Route, Toblach - Varazdin (HR), 510 km
Danube cycle route north bank, Passau - Bratislava, 381 km
Alpe-Adria cycle route, Salzburg - Grado, 410 km
EuroVelo 9, Blansko (CZ) - Maribor (SLO), 570 km
Via Claudia Augusta, Donauwörth (D) - Altino oder Ostiglia (I), 753 km
Inn Cycle Route, Maloja (CH) - Passau (D), 520 km

Mountainbike routes

Lungau Extrem, round trip, 167 km
Stoneman Taurista, 123 km
Salzburger Almentour, from Lammertal to Salzkammergut, 146 km
Watzmann-Hochkönig tour, southern loop 283 km resp. north round 153 km
Zugspitz round trip, Imst, 199 km

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