Cycle tours for families in Austria
It is especially important that families choose the right route, so that a cycle tour is the perfect active holiday for the whole family. Cycle paths are particularly suitable for families, but variety and adventure away from the track is also important, such as river-side resorts and lakes. Austria in particular offers great opportunities for this. One of the largest rivers in Austria is the Danube.
But its two important tributaries – the Drau and Mur also offer ideal conditions for great family cycle tours. These large rivers in Austria are very well developed and boast extensive signposted cycle paths. The many glistening lakes, mostly with fresh water quality are also excellent for cycling. For a cycle tour with children, Austria is ‘nature-ally’ an excellent destination.
Cycling on the Danube for families
The most famous cycle path in Europe is the Danube cycle path. It is even called ‘the mother of all cycle paths’. Quite rightly so! The Danube runs across Austria for a full 350 kilometres. It meanders through Upper and Lower Austria and on to the capital city of Vienna, past castles and palaces, through baroque cities and lovely places. Depending on the section, the landscape changes a bit, and culinary specialities differ according to region, but are always delicious! The large plains of Austria are all along the Danube and make cycle paths wonderfully flat and easy. The condition of the paths are unparalleled. Almost every kilometre on both the north and south sides can be covered on separate paths. As there is also an outdoor pool in almost every location and many other adventures along the route for kids, no family member will be bored. With the Danube Cycle Path from Schärding to Linz, from Linz to Vienna and the cycle tour Danube & the Inn, you will find three wonderful cycle tours in the region.
Cycling in Tyrol for families
The Austrian province of Tyrol calls most of the Austrian mountains its own. It’s hard to believe that you can cycle here with families. But where there are mountains, there are usually valleys. And the alpine mountains provide a wonderful backdrop for cyclists – and you won’t get enough of the ‘sugar sprinkled’ peaks. On our cycle tour along the Inn Cycle Path, you will meet flat paths along the river Inn. The highly praised cuisine of Tyrol cannot be ignored either: the hospitable innkeepers are particularly keen on sharing flavoursome and local ingredients – hearty cooking takes place in Tyrol. Many great dishes are also on the menu for young active-holidaymakers.
Cycling in Styria for families
Styria is ‘the green heart of Austria’, because more than 60% of land is covered with forest and another 25% by meadows, orchards and vineyards. It is understandable that in addition to the colourful landscape, the tasty culinary delights are also part of a cycle tour in Styria. Who hasn’t heard of the delicious pumpkin seed oil which can’t be left off any salad from a Styrian kitchen? The southern location of the state also offers plenty of sunshine and consistently beautiful weather. The most wooded and green province in Austria is perfect for all nature-loving families!
Cycling in Salzburg
Waterfalls, gorges, alpine pastures, rivers, lakes, glaciers, marshland, mountains, national parks…actually, not a single natural spectacle is missing in the Salzburg region. Except the sea maybe! But you won’t miss out as there are many beautiful bathing lakes in Salzburg. Ten lakes alone are part of one of our family-friendly cycle tours. Clearly, natural resources are one of the reasons why families feel comfortable in Salzburg. Another is certainly the provincial capital of Salzburg, the birthplace of the famous composer Mozart. A visit to the world-famous cultural city can’t be missed out on our cycle tour along the Tauern Cycle Path.
Cycling in Carinthia for families
Over 200 bathing lakes – that’s an overwhelming number of lakes to visit in Carinthia. Most of them have drinking water quality. That alone is enough to make a great family cycling holiday. But Carinthia has much more to offer. Above all the mild climate makes for lovely lakeside days in the already warm spring and makes the sun a daily companion. You will notice that Carinthia is the southernmost province of Austria. A pinch of ‘southern serenity’, which Carinthian inhabitants have, mean there is always a friendly and relaxed atmosphere to welcome holidaymakers with kids. Of course, along the lakes there are also well-developed cycle paths that offer stops for the children at swimming spots on our cycle tour along the Drau!
Walking holidays for families in Austria
It is no coincidence that Austria is called the ‘Alpine republic’. In Austria, the Alps cover almost two-thirds of the country’s surface – around 60% of the area is mountainous. Of these, nearly 1000 mountains are higher than 3000 metres. This large number of mountain worlds offer hikers a unique variety and almost limitless hiking opportunities – and is of course also ideal for hiking families.
From leisurely alpine hiking trails to wonderful high-altitude routes to fun themed trails, Austria offers everything a hiker’s heart desires. The views of the peaks, forests and lakes are breathtakingly beautiful every time. And the mountain peaks are not only high, but also numerous. Almost 1,000 three-thousanders can be admired in Austria. Perfect for experienced hiking families and anyone who would like to become one.
Walking in the Salzkammergut for families
Researchers, poets, writers, composers and beloved Austrian royalty Archduke Johann and Empress Elisabeth all hiked in the Salzkammergut and fell in love with its beauty. No wonder, because more than 65 bodies of water invite you to swim and enjoy yourself. Together with the many mountains, they form the backdrop for a landscape that could be lifted straight from a film. This diverse landscape offers hikers every opportunity, from cozy to exhausting. Of course, there are also countless hiking trails for families. Look at our two tours, along rivers and lakes or high on the pastures. The people of the Salzkammergut are full of joie de vivre and particularly appreciate their traditions. And the crystal-clear lakes also offer freshly caught fish, such as char and whitefish.
Hiking in the Salzburg region
There are 1800 managed alpine pastures in the Salzburg region. Countless hiking trails lead through these beautiful, but above all intact natural landscapes. In addition to the Mozart city of Salzburg, the Salzburg Pinzgau is the most important region for tourism in the province of Salzburg. Due to the extensive winter, numerous cable cars offer comfortable trips to the higher peaks. And these can also be used in summer – usually free of charge in the course of an overnight stay. And the hiking regions around Zell am See, Saalbach and Maria Alm have specialised in hosting families with children. Here in the hiking tour Salzburg Pinzgau the mountain becomes an adventure playground, mountain streams flow into a funny water feature and trees turn into a fantasy castle. A wonderful hiking region for young and old!
Multi-activity holidays for families in Austria
The conditions for real outdoor fun for families are extensive: there are high mountains and rocks, deep gorges and rivers, wide lakes and meadows. Despite the relatively small size of the country, Austria offers that and much more. Yes, there are even six national parks that are accessible for active families. So Austria is also a first class playground for all outdoor fans.
In many smaller, and traditional places there are outdoor companies that offer everything from canyoning in impressive gorges, rafting on wild rivers to climbing fun in lofty heights. And where there is such a choice in a small area, there is a lot to offer families. Whether in Tyrol, Pinzgau or Carinthia – Austria is a brilliant outdoor playground for parents and children alike.
Outdoor adventures for families in Tyrol
The proud inhabitants of Tyrol talk of their majestic mountain world, which immediately captivates and enchants visitors from all over the world. Half of the almost 1,000 three-thousanders in Austria are in Tyrol alone, in addition to more than 600 different glaciers. This mountain world offers holidaymakers a variety of activities, whether in the water, in the countryside or on the rocks. For active families the possibilities are endless. Away from the daily activities, the traditional taverns offering regional specialities invite you for a well-deserved refreshment. Dumplings, cheese boards and bread with speck (bacon) will also make the children’s mouth water. With our multi-active holidays in Pfunds and Kitzbühel you can enjoy this special outdoor region.
Outdoor adventures in the Salzburg region
‘Greatest variety in the smallest area’. That hits the nail on the head with the multi-active holidays in Salzburg. The narrow valleys surrounded by mighty mountains provide the framework for a variety of outdoor activities in Lofer. Here, the Saalach draws an impressive trail through the mountains and offers everything from canyoning in the river to climbing on the natural rock – what the hearts of every outdoor family desires. But the Salzburg region can do it differently: in the Salzburg lake district, the landscape morphs into a slightly hilly one offering many lakes with drinking quality water. Sure, mountain activities are exchanged with those on water: stand up paddle boarding is great here. The lake district is a real insider tip, especially for families with small children.
Outdoor activities in Carinthia
If you think of lakes, you automatically think of Carinthia. The region on the sunny south side of the Alps has more than 200 bathing lakes, which offer a temperature of up to 28 °C. But a part of the Alps lies in this southernmost Austrian province. Due to the many bathing lakes Carinthia has always been a well-known holiday destination for families. But in recent years, Carinthia has also become and outdoor tip for active holidaymakers with children. Whether by bike, hiking or action in the high ropes adventure course – families will find countless opportunities for outdoor fun in our multi-active holidays in Carinthia. And after the adventure, one of the warm bathing lakes is the perfect place to take a dip!
Horse adventures for families in Austria
In Austria there are more than 40 equestrian hotels and riding stables. Riding is a tradition in Austria – just think of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna which is the oldest riding school in the world. So, it is hardly surprising that Austria offers excellent conditions for riding holidays for the whole family. Whether beginner or advanced, whether at a lodge or on the field -
we have something to offer family members of all ages. In the traditional farms on high mountain pastures, the animals are particularly good for feeding, grooming and patting. Of course, all riding instructors are very well trained and help newcomers especially get to grips with riding quickly, but always with a lot of patience and care.
Riding for families in Tyrol
Nestled between Ötztal and Kaunertal, at the foot of the highest glacier in Austria, is the Pitztal in Tyrol. Here the world is traditional and the landscape as if from a picture book: left and right, the rocks tower up into the sky and there are thunderous waterfalls to be discovered. For fun and varied walks with the family, the Pitztal is ideal. But it is even more beautiful when you explore on the back of a horse. For example, during our riding week in Tyrol. The family atmosphere, the genuine friendliness and lovely animals also warm the hearts of the little ones. And by the way, you can get to the high peaks for free with the cable cars. Tyrol is just the right place for horse lovers.
- Austria is called the ‘Alpine Republic’. Because about 60% of the area is mountainous. The Alps occupy almost 2/3 of the land area. Thus, Austria is just the thing for hiking families!
- About 40% of the country’s land is wooded, providing fresh air and nature for outdoor families.
- There are almost 1,000 three-thousanders in Austria, providing a unique backdrop for active holidaymakers.
- More than 25,000 bodies of water are in Austria – 52 of them, with an area over 50ha are among the great lakes – perfect for bathing fun and outdoor activities for the whole family.
- Countless rivers and tributaries flow through Austria, including the Drau, Inn, Salzach, Saalach, Mur and especially the Danube! Great for easy cycle tours for children.
- Due to the diverse topography of Austria, there are a huge number of natural species – a biodiversity that will astonish both children and adults.
- As many as 6 national parks, which are open to the public, are situated in Austria.
- Austria also has wide plains to offer. Approximately 30% of the area is deeper than 500 metres. The large plains lie to the east of the Danube, making attractive cycle routes for families.
Wiener schnitzel, Pinzgauer cheese dumplings, Tyrolean dumplings, Salzburger Nockerl, apple strudel…the list of tasty Austrian dishes goes on – and is also versatile. Sweet, sour, hearty or fruity, the Austrian cuisine is generally well received by little one. There really is something to suit every taste.
The Austrian people have an open heart for families. Family holidays already have a long tradition in Austria and accordingly, Austrians are friendly to smaller guests. Due to a long experience with family holidaymakers, the hotels, inns and guesthouses know what is important when travelling with kids. Almost every hotel has a playground, a swimming pool or similar.
Because when the little ones feel comfortable, the parents can also relax.
Nevertheless with all the tourism experience Austria has, the traditions have never been lost. Many farms, mountain huts and inns have retained their character and have been in the family business for decades. This is also reflected in the diversity of the houses, but also in the details. In addition, there is a unique landscape.
Do you need more reasons to take a family holiday in Austria? Or have we already convinced you to travel with Euroaktiv? If so, book your family trip to Austria right now.
- Hallstatt Salt Mine: The world’s oldest salt mine is in Hallstatt. With gondolas and meter-long slides, the salt mine goes deep underground and features a free-floating skywalk and Bronze Age cinema. Discover it on our hiking tour in the Salzkammergut.
- IKUNA Nature Resort: A 170,000m² adventure park with an action area awaits active families in the somewhat unknown town of Natternbach! A family wave slide, pedal karting and a Mystic Park are just a small part of the many attractions in the IKUNA resort. Discover it during our cycle tour Danube & the Inn.
- Krimml Waterfalls: Europe’s largest waterfalls are located in the Salzburg Pinzgau. With a drop of 380 metres, they are one of the most impressive natural spectacles in the world. The waterfalls were even proven to have natural healing properties. Discover them on our cycle tour on the Tauern Cycle Path.
- Haus der Natur Salzburg: Museums are not always the most popular places for active kids. The museum of nature and technology in Salzburg is quite different, however. Over more than 7,000 m² there are exhibitions, guided tours, feedings and more for kids. Even living crocodiles can be admired in the house of nature. Discover it on the Ten-Lakes cycle tour.
- Swarovski Crystal World: Not far from Innsbruck sits the huge Crystal World that Swarovski opened on the company’s centenary anniversary in 1995. Here children learn all about the crystal. Discover it on our cycle tour along the Inn.