HIKING IN AUSTRIA
Hiking is a popular pastime in Austria and throughout the Danube republic
there is a vast network of well-maintained hiking paths. The far-flung hut
system in the Austrian Alps makes it possible to go on long cross-country
hikes. In Austria, as in other Alpine countries, a popular variation is
“hiking without luggage”. These are guided tours with the bags left behind
in the morning and waiting for the participants in the evening in their
What could be easier than booking a hiking tour right here in the United
States. Wanderweg Holidays is an American tour operator with a quarter
century of experience in organizing great hiking tours to over 30 Alpine
locations and four types of programs, among these are the WUNDERBAR program
and the VILLAGE-TO-VILLAGE tour, a self-guided “hiking without luggage”
tour. Call Wanderweg Tours toll-free at 800-270-ALPS or access the Web site
of the Austrian Tourist Office, www.austria.info/us
Often referred to as a global winter sports capital, Innsbruck twice hosted
the Winter Olympics. It offers Old World history combined with some of the
best ski-mountains in the world.
Innsbruck not only boasts one of the best mineral rich drinking water
qualities in Europe, it is also a hiker’s paradise. Autumn is hiking time
and pleasant temperatures make a hike across Innsbruck’s mountains even
more attractive. South of Innsbruck, the Olympic Patscherkofel Mountain
gradually rises into the ski. Visitors enjoy the leisurely 4-mile hike on
an almost flat mountain path. A cable car or chair lift takes hikers 6,500
ft up the mountain.
St. Anton am Arlberg
This famous international ski village and BEST OF THE ALPS resort in Tirol
maintains its traditional charm. It has recently announced new ski runs.
Even less practiced skiers and snowboarders will enjoy an even wider
variety of pistes in the coming season.
On November 28, 2003 the ski season starts in St. Anton with a big party.
The “Wedel Weeks”, starting November 29, 2003 are intent on attracting
visitors with special offers up to December 20. Guests arriving in the
first week will only pay 328 euro per person for a total of seven nights,
including breakfast! 160 miles of prepared pistes, 111 miles of powder snow
runs, and 83 cable cars and lifts are awaiting visitors from the United
States and beyond. www.stantonamarlberg.com
For more information on Austria, please visit www.austria.info/us