Holiday activities in the mountaineering villages are as varied as the places themselves. But all mountaineering villages have one thing in common: they are all dedicated to sustainable alpine tourism. The history of these places has been characterised by early Alpinism and even today this tradition can still be felt here.
Stimulation without hustle and bustle, liveliness without noise, intimacy without a lack of respect, enjoyment without worries, movement under your own steam – these key words typify the relaxed active holiday in the Austrian mountaineering villages.
In the mountaineering villages you can get involved in all varieties of mountain sport.
These range in the summer from simple hikes, via mountain tours to alpine climbing routes and difficult high-altitude tours. This is supplemented by various newly built fixed-rope routes and attractive sports climbing areas.
In winter, apart from classic ski touring, there are many opportunities for snow shoe hikes of all degrees of difficulty, and ice-climbing, cross-country skiing or ice-skating are also possible in many mountaineering villages.
Some places have turned into true specialists in a specific sector. The mountaineering villages of Malta, for example, is very well-known as a Mecca for the ice-climbing scene, the Villgratental is the place to go among ski touring enthusiasts, Steinbach am Attersee provides interesting opportunities to combine mountain sports with water sports.
Novices can learn the basics of mountaineering in a wide range of different courses or go on tour with a mountain or hiking guide. But nature lovers without any sporting ambitions can also enjoy the alpine world in the mountaineering villages: quite a number of natural jewels are easily accessible at the head of the valley, such as the idyllic Almsee in Grünau im Almtal.
The mountaineering villages provide something for everyone who is enthusiastic about mountains, from easy family hikes down to challenging mountain hikes to the highest peaks of Austria!