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Nothing quite beats the feeling of reaching a summit and looking down at the world. It is a feeling of freedom, of thrill, of exhilaration – and Austria’s summit platforms are the best places to experience it.

1. Dachstein Mountain, Upper Austria/Styria

Located centrally within Austria on the border of Upper Austria and Styria, Dachstein mountain stands at 2,995 metres (9,826 ft) high. And yet, reaching its summit is not as difficult as one might think: From the town of Ramsau am Dachstein, take a cable car up to 2,700 metres (2,296 ft) and watch the green pastures below turn into rugged rocks, as the lift passes by craggy cliffs. Right next to the mountain station, the first of four spectacular viewpoints awaits: the Dachstein Sky Walk.

Dachstein mountain

Dachstein mountain

Austrian National Tourist Office

Unmissable Dachstein Highlights:

  • Dachstein Sky Walk Sitting at 2,700 metres (2,296 ft), the Dachstein Sky Walk offers breathtaking 360-degree views. On the horizon, you’ll see stunning mountain ranges that include Großglockner – Austria’s highest at 3,789 metres (12,431 ft) –, Hochkönig, and Großvenediger mountains.
  • The Stairway to Nowhere At times, there will be a bit of queue to climb down the Stairway to Nowhere’s 14 steps. From there, you’ll reach a glass platform that gives you a clear view of what’s below and all around you: pure nature.
  • Austria’s Highest Suspension Bridge One of the newer attractions on Dachstein mountain, this suspension bridge is 100 metres (328 ft) long, weighs 63 tonnes, and was built from 30,000 parts. Below your feet, a 400-metre (1,312 ft) drop might make you a bit queasy.

  • 5fingers Viewing Platform Made up of 5 different platforms protruding over a 400-metre (1,312 ft) drop like a hand (hence the name), 5fingers has fantastic views over the region’s lakes and valleys. One of the “fingers” is made of glass – not for the faint of heart!
  • Dachstein Sky Walk Sitting at 2,700 metres (2,296 ft), the Dachstein Sky Walk offers breathtaking 360-degree views. On the horizon, you’ll see stunning mountain ranges that include Großglockner – Austria’s highest at 3,789 metres (12,431 ft) –, Hochkönig, and Großvenediger mountains.
  • The Stairway to Nowhere At times, there will be a bit of queue to climb down the Stairway to Nowhere’s 14 steps. From there, you’ll reach a glass platform that gives you a clear view of what’s below and all around you: pure nature.

2. Pyramidenkogel Platform, Carinthia

Located in Carinthia in Austria’s sunny south, the corkscrew-like Pyramidenkogel is the highest wooden viewing tower in the world (100 m or 1,312 ft). The best part: you can take an actual slide back down.

View of Carinthia from Observation Tower Pyramidenkogel

View of Carinthia from Observation Tower Pyramidenkogel

Austrian National Tourist Office

3. Hohe Wand Sky Walk, Lower Austria

Set within the Hohe Wand nature park just an hour outside of Vienna, this observation deck offers long, panoramic views, and a feeling of limitless freedom.

Hohe Wand Sky Walk

Hohe Wand Sky Walk

Lower Austria Tourism

4. Adlerhorst Viewing Platform, Tirol

Situated along the Eagle Walk, Tirol’s award-winning long-distance hiking trail, Adlerhorst viewing platform is modelled on an eagle’s nest and made from wrought-iron metal. Here, on top of Gschöllkopf mountain, a 360-degree view awaits. Great as a destination for hiking trips!

Adlerhorst viewing platform

Adlerhorst viewing platform

Achensee Tourismus Viewing platform Adlerhorst

5. BIG 3 in Ötztal Valley, Tirol

Sölden in the Tirolean Ötztal valley is home to no less than three mountains over 3,000 metres (9,843 ft) – the “Big 3”. Cable cars will take you to viewpoints on each of the three peaks, where you’ll be able to see as far as the Italian Dolomites in the south and the Zugspitze (Germany’s highest mountain) in the north.

the village Sautens in the Ötztal valley

the village Sautens in the Ötztal valley

Ötztal Tourismus

6. Kitzsteinhorn Mountain, SalzburgerLand

Two hours from the city of Salzburg, a year-round world of snow and ice awaits: Located at 3,000 meters (9,843 ft), the Kitzsteinhorn glacier and the “Summit World 3,000” have amazing views and experiences in store: Take a guided hiking tour or go tobogganing in the middle of summer!

Top of Salzburg, Kitzsteinhorn

Top of Salzburg, Kitzsteinhorn

Kitzsteinhorn

7. Top of Tyrol, Stubai, Tirol

Glacier summit platforms tend to offer spectacular views, but the Stubai Glacier is taking it one step further: Located at 3,210 metres (10,532 ft), its Top of Tyrol viewing platform makes you feel like you’re suspended in air and has views of 109 (!) mountains that measure above 3,000 m (9,842 ft).

Stubai - Tirol

Stubai – Tirol

Austrian National Tourist Office

8. Coral Viewing Platform, Tirol

The Triassic Park in the Steinplatte region of Tirol is dedicated to the primordial ocean that covered the land here 200 million years ago. Fittingly, the local viewing platform is shaped like a coral, one of the fossils commonly found in the area. If you’re rather safety-conscious, stay on the non-transparent coral-branch parts of the platform, but if you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, step out onto the large-meshed grid between the branches.

near Koessen /. Mountain:Steinplatte  / Tyrol

near Koessen /. Mountain:Steinplatte / Tyrol

Austrian National Tourist Office

9. Top Mountain Star, Tirol

Perhaps the best place to have a cocktail with a view: The futuristic, glass-enclosed Top Mountain Star in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl is not just a viewing platform, but also a stylish restaurant and bar.

Top Mountain Star in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl

Top Mountain Star in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl

Ötztal Tourismus

10. Glocknerblick Viewing Platform, SalzburgerLand

The Glocknerblick Viewing Platformin Bad Gastein (1.5 hours from the city of Salzburg) gives you a stunning view of Austria’s highest mountain, the Großglockner. Be sure to visit Europe’s highest suspension bridge on the way there!

Viewing Platform Glocknerblick in Bad Gastein

Viewing Platform Glocknerblick in Bad Gastein

Gasteinertal Tourismus GmbH

Bonus: Austria’s Top 4 City Views

Donauturm Tower in Vienna

Have a coffee in Vienna’s highest revolving restaurant and enjoy 360-degree views of the city. Vienna from above

Beautiful sunset in Vienna

Austrian National Tourist Office / Filmspektakel.at Vienna, Austria

“Sinnesrausch” Path in Linz

An unusual, interactive art walk high above the city that offers both superb views and an immersive experience. Linz from above

Höhenrausch circuit in Linz

Höhenrausch circuit in Linz

Linz Tourismus

Nordkette Mountain in Innsbruck

From Innsbruck’s city centre, take a 20-minute cable car ride up Nordkette mountain and marvel at 360-degree views. Innsbruck from above

Nordkette cable car - Seegrube

Nordkette cable car – Seegrube

Innsbruck Tourismus

Pfänder Mountain in Bregenz

Take the Pfänderbahn lift to get unrivalled views of Lake Constance and 240 (!) Alpine peaks in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland. Lake Constance from above

view to lake Constance from mountain Pfänder

view to lake Constance from mountain Pfänder

Vorarlberg State Tourist Board

Walking and Hiking Packages

One of the best ways to explore Austria is by foot! Find the best walking or hiking package to suit your interest and fitness level. Read more

Gemeinsam Wandern

Gemeinsam Wandern

Tourismusverband St. Johann in Salzburg

Find an Alpine Stay

These are the most idyllic hotels in the Austrian Alps! Read more

Coach connections to Austria

Taking the bus is not what it used to be. Due to the well-maintained motorways throughout Central Europe and the highly modernized buses,
coach connections to and from Austria today are a comfortable and convenient way to travel. Just lean back and relax!

Austria by coach

FlixBus

FlixBus is one of the leading long-distance providers in Europe and operates a network of around 1,700 stops within 28 countries.

Departing from London Victoria Coach Station, Vienna Erdberg or Vienna Airport can be reached within 25 to 30 hours, depending on the transfers. FlixBus offers connections with 1 transfer nearly every day as well as direct connections, especially on weekends. Within Austria, this coach provider operates a network of 34 stops which makes it easy to travel even further.
Prices from € 55 one-way.

Services:

  • 1 item of hand luggage (max. 7 kg)
  • 2 items of luggage (max. 20 kg each)
  • free Wifi, plug sockets, on-board toilet
  • low-cost snacks and drinks

Find connections

Motorway Vienna

Eurolines

Eurolines are one of the largest low-cost operators of international coach lines in Europe. They are operated by 29 coach companies who provide stops in more than 25 countries.

Departing from London Victoria Green Line Station, Vienna Main Train Station (Hbf) can be reached within approx. 25 hours, including one transfer. Eurolines provide connections nearly every day.
Prices from € 45.

Services:

  • 1 item of hand luggage
  • 2 items of luggage (max. 20 kg each)
  • free Wifi, plug sockets and USB
  • on-board toilet

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Grossglockner High Alpine Road

RegioJet

RegioJet is a private Czech coach provider, who operate bus routes around the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and 90 other cities throughout Europe.

Departing from London Victoria Green Line Station, Vienna Main Train Station (Hbf) can be reached within 24 hours, including one transfer. RegioJet guarantees the on-time arrival and, in case of a delay, offer compensation. Furthermore, this provider offers the possibility to cancel your ticket until the last minute. Connections can be found nearly every day.
Prices from € 45.

Services:

  • 1 item of hand luggage (max. 15x25x35 cm)
  • 1 item of luggage (max. 30 kg)
  • free Wifi, plug sockets, built-in entertainment systems
  • drinks, and refreshments

Find connections

Highway in Innsbruck

Union Ivkoni

Union Ivkoni is the biggest bus carrier in Bulgaria but also travel to more than 150 towns in Central and Western Europe.

Departing from Victoria Green Line Coach Station, the coach arrives at Vienna Erdberg Station but also stops in Salzburg or Linz. The trip usually includes no transfer and takes about 30 hours.
Prices from € 85.

Services:

  • 1 item of hand luggage (max 5 kg)
  • 1 item of luggage (max. 50kg)

Find connections

Getting to London with National Express

National Express offers connections from any national express departure point within the United Kingdom to London.

Find connections

Snowboarding – Stubai/Tyrol

The 5 Best Places for Snowboarding in Austria

Endless slopes, untracked powder snow – these are Austria’s top 5 places to go snowboarding.

Hit the slopes

  • Skiing in Ötztal

    Skiing in Austria

    Known for warm hospitality, love of après-ski, and passion for smooth pistes and deep powder, no one does skiing better than the Austrians.

    Austrian Pistes Await

…or…

  • Snow hiking/South of Lienz/East Tyrol

    5 Activities Beyond the Ski Slopes

    Experience the beauty of an Austrian winter beyond the slopes, with snowshoeing, dog sledding, or even igloo building.

    Beyond the ski slopes

  • Ice skating at the Vienna Ice Dream

    Ice Skating in Vienna

    Come to Vienna for the ultimate magical winter experience: ice skating whilst surrounded by magnificent historic buildings.

    Get on the ice

  • Family holiday in Schladming

    Winter Hiking in Austria

    Winter hiking in Austria is a great way to enjoy nature and beautiful winter landscapes.

    Discover more

  • Stubai, Tirol

    Snowshoe Hiking

    Snowshoe hiking is a special way of experiencing nature, far from the modern world. here are the best places to try it in Austria.

    Snowshoe Hiking in Austria

  • Cross-country skiing in Bregenzerwald

    Cross-Country and Nordic Skiing

    Looking for cross-country skiing tracks near to a hotel or resort in Austria? Here is a selection of classic tracks for cross-country skiers and skaters full of twists and turns.

Or Would You Like to Discover Austria’s Romantic Winter Wonderland?

  • Winter magic

    Horse-Drawn Sleighs and Dogsledding

    A romantic ride through the countryside on a horse-drawn sleigh or a more action-packed dogsledding adventure – Austria offers a wide variety of ways to experience winter in tandem with animals.

    Read more

  • Vienna Christmas market

    Christmas Markets in Austria

    Glistening lights, seasonal treats: From the middle of November until the end of the year, Austria is the place to find romantic Christmas markets.

    See our most beautiful markets

  • Lesachtal in Carinthia

    Austria’s Most Charming Winter Hideaways

    When it comes to winter resorts, bigger does not always mean better. Remote mountain regions, offer visitors pristine winter hideaways.

    Read more

Austrian Traditions

  • New Year's fireworks in Innsbruck

    New Year’s Celebrations

    Whether you start the New Year in style attending the New Year’s Ball or celebrate it on the streets of any town in Austria – the choice is all yours.

    Read more

  • Silent Night Chapel Oberndorf

    The “Silent Night” carol

    It touches people from all nations and cultures: the carol “Silent Night, Holy Night!” is an expression of the deepest reflection of peace.

    Read more

  • Christmas market

    Austrian Christmas Traditions

    The time from late November to the end of the year has a very special meaning in Austria. Visit Austria’s Christmas markets, try some Glühwein, and enjoy the spirit of Christmas…

    Merry Christmas – the Austrian way

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Grossglockner High Alpine Road adventure

From Austria’s highest mountain, the mighty Großglockner, to palm trees growing on the sunny town square in Lienz, the region’s largest town, there are few places that offer such a diverse landscape as East Tirol.
The towering peaks of the Hohe Tauern and the Dolomites have given this enclave set apart from the rest of Tirol a reputation as a haven for hiking and mountaineering.

High alpine trekking

 

The high mountains and the Grossglockner: What was once reserved for experienced mountaineers only, has been an experience for young and old since the construction of the Grossglockner High Alpine Road, which enjoys unbroken enthusiasm and fascination.

Much has changed since the opening of the Alpine Road in 1935. The road became wider, safer, and more comfortable. Exhibitions and museums, huts and mountain inns, visitor centers, and information points focus on the diverse mountain world with its fauna and flora in the middle of the Hohe Tauern National Park.

The mountain road blends harmoniously into the landscape offers a unique mountain experience – and for more than 80 years has provided 48 kilometers of incomparable driving pleasure.

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