Nothing is more exciting than the summer holidays finally arriving, as it is the time of the year that we get to spend an amazing time with our families. What is more exciting is planning a fun-filled summer holiday trip and creating memories that will stay with us forever. There is no better place than Austria’s top regions to enjoy several activities. Imagine family-friendly hikes and biking routes through Alpine wonderlands, lakes, adventure playgrounds, climbing parks, and animal encounters. In the glacier regions, you can even go tobogganing in the middle of the summer, explore ice caves – or challenge your loved ones to a little snow fight.
You will be able to enjoy the beauty of nature while having the ultimate fun doing several activities. Austria is known for its remarkable hiking and biking activities that simply cannot be missed. There is an activity for everyone here regardless of their age or fitness level. You will be able to choose your favorite activity and get right to it because of the proximity of nature throughout Austria’s tourist zones.
For those who love cycling, you will be able to choose to take a ride along with one of the numerous rivers or lake cycle paths found in Austria, where you will be getting the full experience by listening to the calming sounds of water or breathtaking views of the lakes. The beautiful scenery does not end here you may see high mountains, alluvial forests, orchards, vineyards, or steppe landscapes, depending on the region you chose to have your trip in.
INNSBRUCK: ADVENTURE PARKS, MOUNTAIN CARTS, AND AN ALPINE ZOO
If you are traveling with kids and you picked Innsbruck to be one of your destinations, then you must visit the local zoo and the Mutteralm pasture to enjoy some family-friendly outdoor adventures.
If you are an animal lover then visiting Europe’s highest zoo should be on the top of your list. You will see deers, wolves, eagles, bears, lynxes, and many more animals in their natural habitat. There are also several playgrounds on-site.
A large park with ponds, tree homes, wheels, barefoot walkways, and other amenities for kids of all ages. Children aged 10 and up can ride the fun-filled mountain cart track that descends from Mutteralm’s mountain to its valley station.
Then relax at the mountain hut after developing your skills on tracks ranging in difficulty from easy to severe, including jumps and obstacle courses.
ZELL AM SEE – KAPRUN: MYSTICAL HIKES, WATER FUN & SUMMER SNOW FIGHTS
When you visit Zall Am See try to make the most out of your time and try to go through as many adventures as you can. Zell am See-Kaprun in SalzburgerLand is well-known as an extra-large outdoor playground, and it has a very nice weekly kids program.
Want to experience snow in the summer? You will be able to enjoy some exciting snow fights and toboggan rides on the glacier at the Ice Arena, which is easily accessible by mountain railway.
Have a thrilling adventure hike Schimdolin, the region’s mascot, featuring a climbing, and motocross park, a Flying Fox, a dragon cave, and much more.
The lake and its three lidos offer water activities such as action rides on fun tires, banana boats and water skis, boats, SUP, and kayak rentals.
HOHE TAUERN NATIONAL PARK: NATURAL WONDERS OF SUPERLATIVES
The Hohe Tauern National Park is the largest protected area in the Alps, it is a fascinating alpine landscape, one that stretches much further than the eye can see. With a surface area of 1,856 square kilometers. It is truly magnificent scenery that stays engraved in the memories of visitors forever.
The 48 km Grossglockner High Alpine Road follows the contours of the high mountain with all its thirty-six turns and bends, facilitating a close, direct experience of forests, flowery meadows, rocky heights, and the summit region of the Grossglockner, including the largest glacier of the Eastern Alps, the Pasterze. There are four themed playgrounds, several exhibitions, and numerous rest stops along the road.
The Krimml Waterfalls in the Hohe Tauern National Park are a beautiful place to visit and can be reached by car in 40 minutes from the High Alpine Road. These waterfalls, the fifth highest in the world and the highest in Europe, tumbled down almost 385 meters. If you approach too closely, be prepared to get drenched! Make sure to visit the WasserWelten (“Worlds of Water”) Krimml while you are at the waterfalls: Children may experiment, play, and learn at the same time in this interactive exhibition about water in all its forms.
You will find more than 10,000 animal species and 1,800 plants in the Hohe Tauern Mountains. The area is a haven of tranquility, wonder, and seclusion. The best way to experience the National Park’s natural habitats is on a guided tour led by a National Park Ranger.
KITZB?HEL: TREASURE HUNTS & A WILDLIFE PARK
Although Kitzb?hel is renowned as the most iconic sports destination in the Austrian Alps, it is also a family haven in the summer. Various enigmatic, thrilling, and enjoyable locations are just waiting to be discovered by visitors in the native grass highlands and the dark woodlands.
Using a GPS device (or your smartphone), locate hidden containers, or geocaches, on this treasure hunt to discover secret locations and breathtaking views.
If you’re an animal lover you will be able to get a close experience with over 300 alpine animals such as dear, goats, sheep, lamas, and donkeys at this wildlife park near Kitzb?hel. There’s also a petting zoo for the little ones.
Go on a fun guided tour where you will be able to discover llama trekking as a special type of hiking. The whole family will enjoy some fresh air and hiking with animals!
ST. JOHANN IN TIROL: ADVENTURE TRAILS, PARKS & MOUNTAIN CART
In addition to hiking and bike paths, adventure parks, outdoor pools, and a weekly program, St. Johann in Tirol offers a wide range of kid-friendly activities.
This is a 3.8 km long thrilling mountain cart route that you can enjoy a cart ride down to the valley, through forests and pastures, including tricky turns and spectacular steep sections.
The largest high ropes park in the Kitzb?hel Alps with different courses, including a Flying Fox and zip line one, and special children’s areas.
Main Image Credit: (C) Austrian National Tourist Office