If you want to travel with your family, friends or in a like-minded group to pursue a certain activity with friends, Austria is always a great holiday destination. Partly, that is due to its unique location, partly to the sheer endless possibilities for group activities.
From the east of Austria to the west, you will find almost every terrain you can think of. Flat in the east, with the Alps in the west. In between, you have countless possibilities to enjoy rivers, lakes, hiking and biking or just relax on a quiet farm. No matter which age or fitness level, in Austria everyone can find the right activity according to his needs. Even extreme athletes will not be disappointed.
Depending on the activity you and your friends are following, your destination will be crucial. Did you come for fun in the wet? There are endless rivers and lakes where you can enjoy your hobby. Stand Up Paddling (SUP) is one of the newer water sports, which took the country by storm. If you are a beginner to the SUP, you are well advised to set up camp by a lake or a quiet river. You will soon find other people who are here for the same reason. Maybe you can organise a race between the locals and your SUP group.
Kayaking, canyoning, sailing and white water rafting are just a few other water activities you can choose from. Even for those who want it wilder, more wet, more daring, Austria won’t let you down. Visit one of the many rivers, to experience the ride of your life.
Tip: If you stay for a week or only a few days, book early because the best spots are booked out quickly.
If cave diving is on your bucket list, in Austria you have the chance to tick it off your list. Visit the Koppenbrüller Cave near Hallstadt and experience the magnificent underwater world with an experienced diving instructor.
If caves are your thing, there are many other caves to visit. – However, you do not have to dive. Experience on foot some of the magnificent world-famous ice caves, for example the Ice Caves in Werfen near Salzburg. On underground secured walk ways, you can admire stalactites in an enchanting play of light.
Depending if you visit the Alps in winter or during a summer holiday, there are many different activities to experience.
Hiking is not just for the family or groups of friends, hiking is for your soul as well. You can enjoy the beauty of the mountains and find your inner peace. Most of the highest mountains can be reached with cable cars. However, someone once said, the best places in the mountains you can only reach by foot.
For those who love to live high, you can find accommodation in one of the traditional alpine lodges. Such a stay is particularly spectacular in early spring or late autumn when the cows are “dressed up” to be taken up to or down from their alpine summer residence. This is an event in which the entire village participates. In many cases, there are markets with stalls selling local produce.
Winter time in the alpine region has its own charm. Over the years, skiing and snowboarding have become a national sport and is popular with young and old. Many ski resorts organise skiing after dark, only by the dim light of torches, which are carried by the skiers themselves. Spending Christmas and New Year in one of the high up located ski resorts will create memories, you and your family/friends will be talking about for a long time to come.
However, it can’t be winter all year long, if you choose summer as your skiing holiday, Austria offers several glaciers where you can enjoy skiing even during the summer time.
If you visit Austria for driving and touring, there are many scenic drives to enjoy. A pleasure which is best enjoyed during the warm summer months, when the roads are safe and dry. Motorcyclists are just as welcome.
Tip: If you do not own your own motorcycle or cabriolet, you can hire them in every bigger city in Austria.
Tandem paragliding flights are adventure activities, which will not only create incredible unique memories, they will give your group a special bonding. Fly free like an eagle and enjoy a 30-minute flight at heights of 2,500m with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains below, Bookings can be made at relevant outlets.
Last but not least, in Austria, there is plenty to do for all who are here just for hiking and biking. If you are a child or a grandparent, there are treks and hikes to suit everyone.