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Do you wish to have a different and exciting vacation this year? Are you sick of all the crowded beaches and silly hotels? Then you should check our glamping accommodations in Austria. Book a nice glamping site in the Austrian Alps and feel free to do whatever you want.
But what exactly is glamping? Well, in short, it is camping with glamour, meaning that you will have more extras, like running water, shower, bed, roof over your head, kitchen and furniture. A glamping site could be a tent, yurt, a small cottage or even a tree house. Pets are allowed, of course, after all you are in the middle of nature. Our glamping suggestions in Austria are big enough for the whole family.
Home to some of Europe’s most impressive mountain ranges, river valleys, and alpine lakes, Austria is first and foremost a destination for nature lovers and outdoor explorers.
The 727 km² Karwendel Nature Park encompasses the entire Karwendel massif, making it the largest protected area in Tirol as well as the largest nature reserve in Austria. Beyond their impressive size, the Karwendel mountains are staggeringly gorgeous. Picture walls of limestone towering over idyllic green pastures and gurgling river valleys. Imagine dozens of chamois galloping down scree slopes. Encompassing 1,856 square kilometers, Hohe Tauern National Park is the largest national park in the Alps. A great introduction to Hohe Tauern National Park is the Grossglockner High Alpine Road. There are also many hiking routes that traverse the protected area, including the Grossglockner Rundwanderweg, the Venediger High Trail, and the beginning of the Alpe Adria long-distance trail. Another idea is heading to Gschlösstal Valley and hiking the Innergschlöss Glacier Trail.
Austria is famous for its many amazing lakes and rivers. Lünersee is a large alpine lake in the Austrian State of Vorarlberg. Gosauseen are three lakes located in Upper Austria. The largest lake, Vorderer Gosausee, is easy to access, as it’s only a few minutes away from the parking lot. The Wachau is an enchanting river valley and UNESCO World Heritage Site in Lower Austria between the towns of Melk and Krems. Notable landmarks in the Wachau include the Melk Abbey, Schönbühel Castle, Aggstein, and the Dürnstein Castle Ruins, where Richard the Lionhearted was imprisoned in 1193. Legend has it that the waters of Lake Weissensee have therapeutic qualities, and it is widely acknowledged as the purest swimming lake in the Alps. The region surrounding the waters, a pristine nature reserve of Carinthia, was recently granted a European Tourism and Environment Prize.
Those who can manage this trial will be rewarded with unbeatable views of the Stubai valley – sheer bliss, and among Austria’s most breathtaking natural landscapes. The waterfall in the middle of the scenery will blow your mind. The aptly named Wilder Kaiser or ‘wild Emperor’ range in Austria is a real treat for seasoned hikers, with a sprawling 400 kilometers of forest and mountain paths to get lost in. Gosau is a delightful area blessed with densely rich forests, rugged mountains and glittering streams. Between January 13 and 21 each year, the azure skies explode with color, when hundreds of Luftballons grace Gosau’s heavens for Hot-Air Balloon Week.
The possibilities are endless, when talking about activities in the Austrian wilderness. The best way to explore as many landscapes as possible is by cycling on the many paths made for that reason. But if you want to really appreciate nature and the fresh air, slow down a bit and take a walk along a hiking path in the forest or the coast of a calm lake. Take your family with you and enjoy a nice picnic afternoon under the shade of an old tree.
The more adventurous can try mountain biking or rock climbing. In the winter skiing and snowboarding are almost mandatory for tourists in the Austrian Alps. Witness some of the best ski slopes in Europe and try the steepest ones, if you dare. The bravest ones can try rafting on the Isle Trail. The Isle is Austria’s last glacier-fed river. It runs, completely uninterrupted by a dam or other man-made structure.
Austria's rivers and lakes aren’t just for swimming. You can also dive down under the waves to see a submarine made of concrete, or glide across the water’s surface. Try scuba diving at Lake Attersee, where you can find a wooden outhouse with a heart door, a bathtub, and an Austrian car from the 1930s and even a submarine at the bottom of the lake. Or travel by canoe into an underground grotto. Cool breeze rises up from the depths of the tunnels to greet you as they cautiously cast off, and paddle along the underground river, which was once a mine. Finally, you reach a lake lying almost 700 m below the earth's surface, from which a subterranean labyrinth of flooded tunnels and excavation sites can be explored. Or you can just catch some fresh fish, make a fire and enjoy in your glamping accommodation, here, in the beautiful nature of Austria.
What should you expect from the weather in Austria?
Austria has a mainly continental climate, with warm, wet summers and cold, dry winters. A humid continental climate dominates the northern and eastern regions. Significant portions of the north-central, central, southern, and western regions have an oceanic climate. A predominantly alpine climate is evident in the mountainous region of the Alps.
Summers are warm in the plains and valleys of Austria but tend to be cool in the mountains. The average high temperatures remain between 21°C in the mountains to 27°C in the plains at the peak of July. Temperatures above 35°C are rare. Thunderstorms are standard in the summer. Winters are cold and snowy. The average low temperatures are below freezing in many places and drop below -17°C in the Alps in January. Fog is standard in the valleys such as the Danube, along with low clouds. Spring is cold in the first half but warm and moist by the second half. Autumn changes from wet and warm in September to cold and dry by the end of November. Summer is the wettest season, and winter is the driest season.