<p>The perfect destination for a family holiday in the Alps, experience everything Austrian Alps summer holidays have to offer.</p>

Luxury Summer Holidays in the Austrian Alps

The perfect destination for a family holiday in the Alps, experience everything Austrian Alps summer holidays have to offer.

Published at: 24 May 2022
Last updated at: 8 Aug 2022

The perfect destination for a family holiday in the Alps, experience everything summer holidays in the Austrian Alps have to offer. Providing a breathtaking backdrop of green meadows and mountain streams, Austria has a plethora of activities to enjoy on your summer holiday including hiking and mountain biking, as well as golf and river rafting. Below are some highlights of what you can expect on your summer holiday in Austria.

Alicia Bryan
Alicia Bryan

Explore the breathtaking hikes in the Austrian Alps this summer

Dig out your hiking boots and enjoy a walking holiday in the Austrian Alps this summer. A paradise for hikers, on foot is the perfect way to discover the beautiful landscape of the Arlberg with a 300 km network of clearly-marked trails to explore.

Well known as the host of the Hahnenkamm downhill race in winter, Kitzbuhel in summer has a new lease of life with over 1000 km of summer hiking trails set amongst meadows and gentle mountain rivers, as well as breathtaking waterfalls. Fans of the winter Hahnenkamm downhill ski race can even hike sections of this legendary ski race during their summer family holiday in the Austrian Alps. From rustic huts to alpine restaurants, the hiking network of Kitzbuhel also has numerous places to stop for a break where you can admire the breathtaking scenery.

For lovers of art, Lech in summer is the perfect place to combine both admirations for hiking and artwork. Where art meets nature, the Green Ring am Arlberg hiking trail incorporates sculptures and art created by Daniel Nikolaus Kocher, a Tyrolean artist. Whilst exploring the Alps in Lech, hikers will come across several doors within the trail each with different designs. This artwork encourages hikers to open doors and stop to appreciate the stunning sun-drenched landscape around them.

Couple hiking in the summer in LechPhoto: Wandern Lech Zuers Tourismus / Daniel Zangerl
Summer hiking in St AntonPhoto: TVB St. Anton am Arlberg / Josef Mallaun
Summer mountains Lech walkingPhoto: Daniel-Zangerl/ Lech-Zürs-Tourismus
summer golfing in LechPhoto: Zug lech zuers tourismus/ Christoph Schoech

Lower your golf handicap in the Austrian Alps this summer

Firmly established on the global golfing map, Austrian Alps summer holidays offer top-quality golfing for everyone to enjoy. From St Anton to Kitzbuhel, there are some outstanding golf courses in the Austrian Alps including the nine-hole course in St Anton and the Golf Club Kitzbuhel-Schwarzsee with spectacular views of the Wilder Kaiser mountains.

Golfing in Zug am Arlberg also sees a course stylishly embedded into the Zugertal valley. This 19-hectare golf course is Austria’s highest, at 1500 metres above sea level. Tee off in the mountains with more than 140 golf courses to discover during your stay.

Climbing and Via Ferrata in Austria

For the adrenaline seekers of the group, the via Ferrata around St. Anton am Arlberg are internationally renowned. Tackle the Arlberg via Ferrata and experience one of the five prettiest but most difficult Alpine tours in St Anton. For those looking to try this activity for the first time, St Anton also offers 7 practice courses in the area.

Popular for ice climbing in winter, Lech in summer also has a variety of climbing courses to enjoy during the warmer months of the year. The mountain schools offer suitable climbing courses for all beginners providing the necessary knowledge on the right climbing and safety techniques needed to ensure a safe climbing tour. Once you have mastered your technique, why not try one of the fixed rope routes in Lech, or if you would prefer there are plenty of traditional climbing routes to discover.

Summer cycling in KitzbuhelPhoto: Kitzbüheler Alpen/ Mirja Geh

The Austrian Alps in summer provide the perfect backdrop for mountain biking

Offering a huge network of biking trails, Tirols landscape is the ideal setting for avid mountain bikers. With a perfect combination of terrain that challenges both beginner and experienced mountain bikers, from steep climbs to breathtaking winding mountain trails, biking holidays in the Austrian Alps provide plenty of fun for all members of the family.

With more than 800 km of leisure and mountain bike tracks to explore, Kitzbuhel is a particularly popular summer destination in Austria for biking enthusiasts whilst mountain bikers can also try something a little different in St Anton by taking on the Pump Track at the EldoRADo - Bike Areal Verwall. With around 6,000 km of signposted mountain bike routes, there are plenty of trails to explore. Those looking for a challenge during their biking holiday can take on the Bike Trail Tirol, the longest multi-stage mountain bike ride in the Alps.

Summer family holidays by the Austrian Lakes

Summer in the Austrian Alps would not be complete without a visit to Austria’s spectacular lakes. The Austrian Alps have some of the most scenic lakes in Europe and are popular with both tourists and locals alike for swimming in the hot summer months. Some of the most visited lakes in Austria include Achensee, Zellersee and Lake Hallstatt.

Should you be looking for an alternative to swimming, the fun experience of watersports is a great way to cool off in the Austrian Alps in summer. Enjoy a kayaking tour around St. Anton am Arlberg with both private and group courses available or take on one of the adrenaline-fuelled activities of rafting, canyoning and tubing during your summer holiday in Austria. For those visiting St Christoph, why not sail on Lake Constance with both guided and unguided tours available while the lakes of Schwarzsee and the Gieringer Weiher in Kitzbuhel also make for idyllic spots to take an invigorating swim or a gentle row along the riverside.

For families visiting Lech, children up to 14 years old can enjoy a free adventure program with activities such as scuba diving and canyoning.

Lech lake in summerPhoto: Lech Zürs Tourismus / Daniel Zangerl
Man sat by lake in LechPhoto: Lech Zürs Tourismus / Daniel Zangerl
Two people walking near a lake in LechPhoto: Daniel-Zangerl / Lech-Zürs-Tourismus
Arula lech in summer jacuzziPhoto: Arula

Discover our luxury chalets to rent in the Austrian Alps

Enhance your holiday experience and stay at one of our luxury summer chalets in the Austrian Alps. We have an excellent choice of summer chalets in Austria including centrally located apartments for couples, family-friendly chalets in the heart of the Alps and large luxury chalets for groups.

Our chalets have everything you could need for your stay including state-of-the-art technology, superb spa facilities and impressive mountain views. Explore our summer chalets to rent in Austria or contact a member of our team to start planning your luxury summer vacation in the Austrian Alps today.