Mon. Jul 15th, 2024

Nowhere in the world quite compares to Austria. A landlocked country in the heart of Europe overflowing with diverse, awe-inspiring vistas bringing in 30 million international tourists annually. Where hills come alive with snow-capped peaks, lush valleys carpeted in vibrant wildflowers, crystal-clear lakes, and castles at every turn.

If you’re reading this, then you must be in search of the best views in Austria. Eric and I have been lucky enough to call Austria our home for nearly 3 years and have put together what we consider to be the Top 8 Most Beautiful Mountain Top Views In Austria.


Schafberg

5,850ft above Wolfgangsee in the Salzkammergut region, the Schafberg is a view you simply cannot miss. Reach the top by hiking or by boarding the Schafbergbahn, the steepest cog railway in Austria.

Trail starting point: Ried 72, 5360 St. Wolfgang im Salzkammergut
Hiking duration: 6 hours round-trip
Cogwheel parking lot: P7
Cogwheel duration: 35 minutes
Cogwheel price: €30.60 (one-way) / €43.60 (RT)
Best season:
Summer
Weeks we visited: Week 7 & Week 51

Schafberg

Gmundnerberg

The Gmundnerberg is one of the most famous panoramic mountains in Upper Austria. It is where the dead mountains come alive and the place we come to as often as we can. You can reach the top by hiking or driving to the top–we’ve always done the latter.

Trail starting point: 4813 Altmünster
Hiking Duration: 2 hours 35 minutes
Car parking lot: Berggasthof Urzn
Best season: All of them

Gmundnerberg

Loser Mountain

The Loser Mountain summit is a small plateau with a limitless panoramic view of the surrounding Ausseerland peaks

Trail starting point: Loser-Alm
Duration: 15 minutes drive up the toll road and 15 minutes walk up to Augstsee.
Best season: Summer and Fall
Price: €18 toll-road ticket
Weeks we visited: Week 27 & Week 44

Loser Mountain

Traunstein

The Traunstein is the highest mountain on the Traunsee peaking at 5,548 ft and directly across the lake from our home. It is an iconic mountain with an incredible view. The only way to enjoy the view is by climbing to the top.

Shuttle parking lot: Parkplatz Seebahnhof 1 & 2
Climbing starting point:
The Naturfreundesteig
Duration: 3-4 hours
Best season: Summer
Prices:
€5 shuttle ticket to get to the trailhead
€26/person to sleep at the Traunstein Haus
Week we visited: Week 94

Traunstein

The Europakreuz at the Feurkogel

The Europakreuz is one of the most popular hiking destinations at the Feurkogel and for good reason. From the cross, you have a panoramic view of the Traunsee, Langbathsee, and the mountain peaks of the Salzkammergut.

Parking lot: Free parking at the valley station of the Feuerkogel cable car
Cable car price:
€24.70 round-trip
Best season: Summer and Fall
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Week we visited: Week 81

The Europakreuz

Untersberg

The Untersberg straddles Austria and Germany on the outskirts of Salzburg. This Massif became famous for its role in The Sound of Music. Whether you hike up or take the convenient cable car, the views will be majestic. Make sure to check the webcam though before you set out on your adventure. It can be disappointing to reach the top only to find yourself in a thick cloud with no views.

Parking lot: Untersbergbahn GmbH, Dr. Ödlweg 2, 5083
Cable car price:
€28 (Adults) €10 (Dogs)
Operating Hours: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM (depending on the season)
Best season: Fall and Winter
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Week we visited: Week 56

Untersberg

Baumgartlkopf

The Baumgartlkopf lies within the Hohe Tauern National Park among the mesmerizing Tyrolean Alps. The sunrise views, the shrieking marmots, the sharing of the trail with no one but a flock of sheep, and the howling wind at the highest peaks are noises we have not forgotten. Hopefully you will have a chance to experience it too.

Parking lot: Edelweißspitze, 5661 Fusch an der Großglocknerstraße
Best season: Summer and Fall
Week we visited: Week 90

Baumgartlkopf

Gaisberg

An iconic peak overlooking Salzburg, revealing the city’s charm against the backdrop of the majestic Austrian Alps. Reach the top by car or on foot any time of year.

Parking lot: Kohlmayr’s Gaisbergspitz
Best season: All Year
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Week we visited: Week 106

Gaisberg


This list will be growing as we make our way to more mountain tops, so check back to see which ones make our list!

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