Activities in the Austrian Alps don’t stop with favorite activities that draws visitors to the Austrian Alps – skiing. Come summer and the Austrian Alps bustle with summer activities, especially in July and August, which are also the peak travel months for the Austrian Alps and the Tyrol area.
Vacationers from all over Europe flock to the Austrian Alps and the summer time activities. Here you’ll find; hiking, trekking, biking, horseback riding, or just taking in the fresh mountain air and the scenery. Even prior to summer, spring time can also be a great time to visit the Austrian Alps; the crowds are down and you’ll get to enjoy the serenity, take in the explosion of alpine flowers and enjoy the stunning mountain views. Some will even claim, as I would, that spring time is the best time for hiking and enjoying the outdoors. Whether you choose guided hikes or go it alone, hiking in the Austrian Alps is about as good as it gets.
A word of caution – in the Alps, the weather can change rapidly and it’s advised to check with the locals about conditions and what to wear. If staying in a Gasthof, the person running the guesthouse will be a great resource for you.
As we get into summer, besides the typical active and outdoors activities, music definitely fills the air in the Austrian Alps. As elsewhere in Austria, music is just a part of the Austrian culture. There’s the world famous Salzburg Music Fest in Salzburg, celebrating its favorite son, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and that city’s musical heritage. Go a bit further West and you’ll find the Innsbruck Summer Festival in this the Tyrolean capital.
Also in Tyrol, the town of Erl celebrates with the Tyrolean Festival Erl and its presentation of classical music set amongst the spectacular outdoors. Lastly, there’s the Summer Festival at Lake Constance, at the far Western edge of Austria, which features world class performances set on the largest floating stage in the world. Besides being the setting for this spectacular Music Festival, Lake Constance shares its shores with Switzerland and Germany.
In the summer many of the larger lakes, or “see” as they are called in the Austria, become a playground for campers, boaters, canoers, sailors, swimmers and even divers. The relatively moderate elevation of these lakes allow the water to get to a comfortable temperature during the summer season, making them ideal for summer activities. Between Salzburg, Carinthia and Tyrol there are over 20 such “sees”, each with its own charm and many with great resorts and spas. Check out the “Alpine Beaches” for detailed information.
Austrians are also proud of their equestrian heritage and horseback riding is definitely one of the summer time activities, and is especially wonderful in the Tyrol area, where there’s the opportunity for horse back rides along ridges and enjoying the alpine flowers and spectacular vistas. A number of resorts offer a day in the saddle followed by spending time in a great spa. And then there are the 10,000 or so springs of pure mountain water feeding the Alpine lakes and streams.
In the Fall, of course you have the change in color of the leaves; many of the tourists will have left, the rates are down and this could be a glorious time to visit the Austrian Alps and just enjoy the peace, quiet and rustling leaves. As you can see, this is a magical place.
As we get into winter, skiing is again king. Check it out at Austrian Alps Winter Activities