Located in Central Europe, almost two thirds of Austria belongs to the Alps. It’s no wonder that the country is a number one destination for mountaineers, skiers, and hikers. You’ll find hundreds of marked hiking and biking trails going through steep mountains, lush meadows and valleys, and sunny alpine lakes. On food or by bike, just follow one of the naturalistic paths across Austria and discover the beautiful scenery of the country.Read more about holiday cottages in Austria
Located in Central Europe, almost two thirds of Austria belongs to the Alps. It’s no wonder that the country is a number one destination for mountaineers, skiers, and hikers. You’ll find hundreds of marked hiking and biking trails going through steep mountains, lush meadows and valleys, and sunny alpine lakes. On food or by bike, just follow one of the naturalistic paths across Austria and discover the beautiful scenery of the country.
The amazing landscapes of Austria
You can find just a handful of countries where stunning natural landscapes live in a perfect harmony with the commanding urban environment, and Austria is one of them. One morning you’re sitting in a charming coffee house in the center of Vienna, eating the famous “Wiener Frühstück” - Austrians’ favourite breakfast. Just two hours later you can be ascending the soaring peaks of the Vienna Alps in Lower Austria. You can stay there until the late evening hours to ski in the largest resort for night skiing in Europe.
Would you like to visit the largest National Park in the Alps? Here’s your chance. Hohe Tauern National Park is located in Austria on 1.856 square kilometre terrain, and split over the provinces of Carinthia, Salzburg, and Tyrol. The aris large area harbours an extraordinary mountain range that has been forming for millions of years. Impressive massifs of cirques and valleys, mighty rock formations, and high peaks, including the highest one in Austria - Gross Glockner (3.798m). Walking through the altitude belts you will go through all the climatic zones from Central Europe to the Arctic. These extreme changes in the weather conditions and all the waters of the Alps is what keeps changing the majestic landscape of the Hohe Tauern National Park to these days. Skiing on the white highland, hiking in the greenest scenery, swimming in crystal clear lakes, Austria is a backdrop for relaxing and adventurous activities in nature.
Diverse flora and fauna
Hohe Tauern is the first National Park in the country, and also one of the biggest in all Europe. The large area is a wild habitat of a whole third of all animal species in Austria. You can say hello to 15,000 different species, originating from Central Asian tundra, the Arctic, and even Southern Europe. It even has its own big five: the bearded vulture, the mighty ibex, the impressive golden eagle, the sweet marmot and the gracious chamois. If you have a good view of the rocks and cliffs there’s a good chance to see the ibex. The two powerful horns these excellent climbers have can help you notice them. For all the bird lovers, you also have the opportunity to observe and admire the griffon vulture and the tiny goldcrest. Other animals that you can witness in Austria are mostly typical for Central Europe: marmots, mountain cows, deer, hares, martens, pheasants and foxes. You should be careful when going to the southern central mountain regions, because bears are still part of the resident wildlife there.
In the spring, when the winter sports season is over, the snow starts melting and the Austrian nature comes back to life. The white turns to green, the rivers and lakes thaw, and birds return to breed. Thanks to the differences in altitude and climate, the number of plant species in this country is very diverse. Like Finland, Austria is one of the most forested countries of Europe. Broadleaf woodlands, but also dense pine forests. Book a cottage in a hilly forested region and marvet at the beautiful scenic nature from your window. The gentle hills and valleys uncover breathtaking views of green meadows, while the higher lands have acres of scree with dwarf shrubs and colorful variety of flowers, lichens, and fungi. Even the coldest areas you can find valuable plant species like the beautiful snow-white edelweiss. Many of the plant species are rare and protected.
What to do when staying in a Austrian cottage in nature?
Spectacular sights, lakes, glaciers, verdant heaths, caves. Go biking, hiking, or skiing in Austria to discover the astonishing nature all around you. In one of our Austrian cottages or chalets you are always in remote locations in unspoiled natural places, so you are free to explore the wildlife on your doorstep. During the winter Austria is a perfect destination for winter sports. Skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, après-ski, anything is possible. In the summer Austria is a wonderful destination to catch your breath, perfectly suitable for hikers. The temperatures are pleasant, even when you are moving in the mountains at high altitude. Well-constructed walkways are plentiful, allowing you to choose many different directions. Put on your backpack, bring water, hop into your walking shoes and go! You can relax in between at one of the many mountain lakes or enjoy an apple strudel in a cozy restaurant along the route. In the summer you can enjoy water adventures like canoeing, kayaking, rafting, and fishing.
The best accommodations to book for your trip in nature
There are a few things to consider when booking a nature house. First, how many people are you planning to go with? For a quick romantic getaway pick one of our intimate cabins or charming tents. But if you’re planning a long holiday with your whole family it’s best to choose a spacious cottage, chalet, or villa. The adventurists also have a great variety of accommodation types to choose from. From glamping homes like tents, yurts, and caravans, to bungalows and treehouses above the ground. Apartments and b&b are another popular choice and very convenient if you want advice about the best places to visit and activities to do in the region. You also have the possibility to combine your active holiday in nature with a spa retreat. We offer luxury homes with a swimming pool, sauna, and/or jacuzzi for some relaxing time after an exciting day of skiing in the Alps. Whatever you decide, remember that our nature houses are always situated away from the crowds and mass tourism, so you have all the freedom to spend your time as you wish. Explore nature, relax by your private pool, bring your bike and skis, and enjoy everything that Austria has to offer.