There is no place more beautiful than the mountain pastures of western Austria and this hiking trip will introduce you to some of the best that these mountains have to offer.
We will meet you at the airport in Zurich where we’ll board the train for Austria, switching onto a smaller valley train line to bring us to Schruns in the Montafon Valley. There we’ll check into Hotel Auhof which will be our headquarters for the next 8 nights.
Each morning we’ll set out directly on foot, or start with a cable car ride, to explore a new part of the valley. The difficulty of the hiking will be moderate, as we will generally traverse the sides of mountains, rather then climb directly up or down.
For lunch we’ll picnic or eat at a mountain hut and at the end of the day we’ll return to our hotel for a spell in the hot tub or sauna before settling into a gourmet dinner.
About the Hiking
As this valley in Austria is a ski center in the winter, there are a number of major cable cars which we’ll use to climb out of the valley and quickly arrive above tree line. Once there, we’ll be walking through mountain pastures and over an occasional pass. While we won’t be rock climbing or crossing any glaciers, the hiking will be of an intermediate nature and there will be few ways to cut a day’s walk short. The trail surface can be rocky or muddy in sections.
We ask that all hikers on this trip have good hiking equipment, be in moderate to good condition, and be ready to carry oneself on foot throughout the day. If you have any questions about whether this trip is appropriate for you, please contact us so we can talk it over together.
The Hotel Auhof
We’ll enjoy comfortable rooms in this three-star hotel that measures up to and exceeds Austria’s high standards for hospitality. The rooms each have private bathrooms and comfortable beds.
Spa facilities at the hotel include sauna, steam room and Kneipp pool.
Austrian hotels are known as much for their cuisine as their lodging and we’ll be well fed with a large breakfast buffet and a four-course dinner each night. Vegetarians can be easily accommodated.