Austria travel advice

Food tips

Heather Godbert from our leading walking and cycling holiday company in Austria, Headwater:
“Austrians love to take time out of their daily routine to indulge in Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee and cake). But there’s so much more choice than the ubiquitous Apfelstrudel. You can find all manner of cakes and delicacies even in the smallest Konditorei, often served with a generous helping of cream or Vanillasosse. If you are travelling to Salzburg and the nearby Austrian Lake District of Salzkammergut, you’ll also see Mozartkugeln. Dedicated to the composer who lived in the city, these chocolate covered marzipan and nougat balls pack a punch and have to be tried!”
Lottie Joynes, from our specialist holiday company WearActive, has this advice:

Wildlife spotting

“Our hut is next to Hoe Tauern National Park, it’s the largest nature reserve in Central Europe. We have ibex, golden eagles and bearded vultures in really high concentrations compared to the rest of Austria. You’re actually more likely to see wildlife in the valleys in the winter. In the summer the wildlife goes up high, but when the snow falls, the animals descend to the valleys. The golden eagles come down and you can actually see them from our hotel – they nest nearby.”

Walking holidays

“We run two types of trip for hikers, one in summer and one in winter. In summer we have a maximum of 14 guests at a time. After a morning yoga session you’ll go out for a hike with our guide. She’s National Park qualified, which means she’s studied for two years and knows nearly everything about the area. You can ask her about the local flora and fauna – she knows all about the animals in the park: even down to family specifics and how many offspring they had last year. A lot of guests like learning about the flora and edible plants. We cook a lot with edible plants gathered from the hillsides.”

Walking in North Tyrol

Claire Outditt from our specialist holiday company Exodus Travel has this to say about walking in the Tyrol: “The Tyrol is an exceptional region for walkers and trekkers. Lots of trails, from easy to very challenging, wonderful scenery, delicious food… I personally love the local culture, the fact that waiters/waitresses wear traditional outfits in the majority of establishments. And the walking is just beautiful.”

Packing tips

Heather Godbert, from our supplier Headwater, shares her Austria packing tips:
“If out trekking, take walking poles – when on Austria’s multitude of mountain and valley paths, they come in really handy for summer hiking and winter walking (although a ‘basket’ on the end is recommended when it gets snowy). And don’t forget the sun cream – over the summer months, it can get surprisingly hot in Austria.”
Claire Daniel from our supplier, Exodus, on how to beat the ice: “In winter it is a good idea to bring Yaktrax-style spikes to wear under your shoes when walking in town: it can be quite icy, so these are great little things to have!”

Cycling on the Danube

Nicola Croom, from our specialist holiday company World Expeditions, has this advice on cycling the Danube: “One of Europe’s longest and most renowned rivers, the Danube is a great option as a first cycling holiday: it is paved, almost flat (and often slightly downhill) and really easy to cycle. The route is clearly signposted, so you can cycle without feeling stressed that you might get lost. Just concentrate on enjoying the ride and taking in the ever-changing scenery, as you pass through various countries and interact with different cultures and people.”
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Tips from our travellers

At Responsible Travel, we think the best people to advise our travellers are often... other travellers. They always return from our tours with packing tips, weather reports, ideas about what to do - and opinions about what not to.

We have selected some of the most useful Austria travel tips that our guests have provided over the years to help you make the very most of your holiday - and the space inside your suitcase.
Get as fit as you can before you go. Take layers of clothes for skiing and lighter clothes to wear indoors - Austrian hotels are very warm!
- Amanda Ariss on a cross country skiing holiday in Austria
“Read Michael Palin’s New Europe book before you go as it gives a brilliant insight into some of the history and culture of the whole area, not just the 5 countries we visited. Anyone who has the time would greatly benefit by reading up on any of the history of any of the places we visited.” – Helen Spooner on a Vienna to Budapest tour

“In the past we have always downhill skied, but this time we decided to try cross country skiing having never done it before. It took a short while to learn the basics and by the end of the week we were able to complete a cross country journey - with no broken bones!” – Elizabeth Musetti
Pack your swimming costume as you can swim in the nearby lake! Be sure to take poles, and try both levels of walking trips.
– Nicola Hubbard booked a Walking holiday in the Austrian Tyrol
“The place is pretty remote which has both positives and slight downsides. You get to know everyone in the group pretty well as you’re with them every day. If you go in the spring or summer, take the ski gondola up to the top, the view is incredible.” – Anna Bullock booked an Austria yoga and walking holiday

“Book travel insurance and definitely bring walking poles. I think that walking poles should be considered necessary on the alpine walks rather than being listed as merely helpful.” – Anna Norris booked a self-guided Germany and Austria walking holiday.
Written by Eloise Barker
Photo credits: [Page banner: Robert J Heath] [Food tips: Ungry Young Man] [Wildlife spotting: Bernd Thaller] [Walking in North Tyrol: Leo-seta] [Packing tips: Ralph Arvesen] [Amanda Ariss quote: Simon] [Nicola Hubbard quote: Allie_Caulfield]