When planning a summer trip to Austria, we recommend spending the majority of your time in the Austrian Alps. Here, you’ll experience the satiating intersection between culinary tradition and the great outdoors. Whether you’re hiking, cycling, climbing, or walking, your outdoor pursuits will be enriched by the jovial atmosphere and hearty fare of Austrian mountain huts and Almen (“Alpe” in Vorarlberg).
Accommodation in the Austrian Alps ranges from budget-friendly Pensionen (guesthouses) to luxurious wellness hotels. There’s an extremely high standard of hygiene in Austria, so no matter the price point, accommodation will be impeccably clean. Many Austrian accommodations include breakfast and dinner (half board) in their room rate.
In this round-up of the best places to stay in Austria in summer, we’re highlighting our favorite towns and hotels in the Austrian Alps for hikers and active-travelers.
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Best Places to Stay in Austria in Summer
- Lech am Arlberg, Vorarlberg
- Lechtal Valley, Vorarlberg and Tirol
- Schruns, Montafon, Vorarlberg
- Mayrhofen, Tirol
- Schladming, Styria
- Admont, Styria
Lech am Arlberg, Vorarlberg
Lech am Arlberg is a posh ski resort town in Vorarlberg. Cradled by the Lechquellen Mountains and the Lechtal Alps, darling Lech is a delightful destination in the Austrian Alps for hikers, walkers, and families with children. Outdoor pursuits range from easy valley walks to strenuous climbs. E-biking is also particularly popular and most hotels in the region rent out e-bikes to guests.
Things to Do in Lech am Arlberg in Summer
- Walk the first stage of the long-distance Lechweg (Lech River Trail).
- Hike from Lake Formarinsee to Lake Spullersee.
- Visit Zürsersee, a gorgeous lake accessible by the Seekopfbahn chairlift from Zürs. From Zürsersee, you can hike to Ravensburger Hütte.
Where to Stay in Lech am Arlberg in Summer
Things we loved about our stay at Hotel Gotthard:
- You can join a guided hiking tour, organized by the hotel, at no extra charge. All planned hiking trips for the week are displayed at the reception. You just have to register the day before, by 6 pm. During our stay, there were guided tours to Omeshorn, Zug Valley (Lechquellgebiet), Zürsersee to Zug, and a mountain herb-themed walk.
- Hotel Gotthard brews their own beer: Omes. Don’t leave without trying their Arlbeer.
- The location is perfect. It’s situated in Lech village, very close to the Lech Rüfiplatz bus stop, the tourist office, and the Rüfikopfbahn.
- The wellness and sauna area features a herb steam bath, Finnish sauna, bio sauna, infrared cabin, Kneipp basin, and a relaxation room with waterbeds. There’s also a large indoor pool and a family sauna. This is where we rejuvenated after trekking the Eagle Walk across the Lechtal Alps.
Oberlech (“Upper Lech”) is located on the Lechquellen mountain slopes overlooking Lech am Arlberg. This is where you’ll find the chic ski-in-ski-out hotels. Depending on what you want to do, Oberlech is either more convenient or less convenient. For example, if you want to hike to the summit of Mohnenfluh, Lake Butzensee, or Kriegeralpe, it’s best to stay in Oberlech, as you can easily hop on the Petersbodenbahn.
However, if you want to catch buses to Formarinsee, Spullersee, or Zürs, you first have to get down to Lech. It’s a beautiful 20-30 minute walk from Oberlech to Lech, but it does add one more logistical step to your day. You can also take the Bergbahn Lech – Oberlech.
We stayed at the family-friendly, five-star Hotel Sonnenburg in Oberlech. This is an ideal holiday hotel if you’re traveling with children because you can take advantage of their free childcare service, which is provided 5 days per week, 5 hours per day, in summer. The hotel also has a 24-hour children’s playroom, a youth room, and even a cinema with daily screenings of children’s movies.
Hotel Sonnenburg is one of the most unique accommodations we’ve experienced because it’s also a literature hotel. You’ll find a curated box of books in your bedroom. You’ll also stumble upon books by the pool, lobby, and of course in the hotel library. At breakfast, you’ll receive a daily leaflet with the weather forecast, daily book recommendation, the dinner menu, and any events (e.g. Lech Musicians Day) and hotel offerings (e.g. yoga). And, throughout the year, there are literature events as well as literary-themed exhibits in the hotel.
Lechtal Valley, Vorarlberg and Tirol
Lechtal is an alpine valley named after the River Lech, stretching from Vorarlberg into Tirol. The Lech valley is bounded by the Allgäu Alps in the north and the Lechtal Alps in the south.
The most well-known village in Lechtal is Lech am Arlberg, due to the popularity of its ski resort. Beyond Lech am Arlberg, you’ll find a string of lesser-known, quiet villages scattered across the valley.
Things to Do in Lechtal in Summer
- Hike part of the Lechweg (Lech River Trail). Starting at Formarinsee (the source of the Lech River) and ending in Füssen in Germany, this leisurely 120-km long-distance hiking usually takes 6 to 8 days to complete.
- Hike in the Lechtal Alps. We started our 6-day trek across the Lechtal Alps in Elmen, a village in the Lech Valley.
- Visit Almdorf Fallerschein, an alpine village in Tirol.
- Bike along the 52-kilometer-long Lech Cycle Path, from Reutte to Steeg.
- Marvel at the colorful frescoes, painted on the facades of farmhouses across the valley.
Where to Stay in the Lechtal in Summer
LechZeit is a hotel and restaurant in Elmen, situated within Naturpark Tiroler Lech. Encircled by meadows on one-side and forest on the other, this alpine-modern hotel couldn’t be more perfectly situated. We particularly loved the alpine-minimalist interior design, the restaurant (serving excellent Tirolean food), and of course the location. When you stay in LechZeit, you’ll receive a complimentary Lechtal Aktiv Card, which grants you free use of the Lech valley hiking buses and shuttles, regional gondolas, and more.
Schruns-Tschagguns, Montafon, Vorarlberg
Montafon Valley stretches 39-km from Bludenz to Bielerhöhe in Vorarlberg. Encircled by the Verwall, Silvretta and Rätikon mountain ranges, this alpine region is an excellent place to stay in Austria in summer for hiking.
Montafon valley is made up of ten villages, the largest being Schruns-Tschagguns. Schruns is located on the opposite side of the Ill river from Tschagguns, but they are essentially one town. This is the best base in Montafon Valley, because of easy access to transit, gondolas, hotels, shops, and restaurants.
It’s exciting to stay in Schruns because you can hike one day in the crystalline Silvretta, the next day in the limestone Rätikon mountains, and the day after in the Verwall (also crystalline). You can go on guided tours across glaciers and summit Piz Buin, the highest mountain in Vorarlberg. Families can visit charming Alpe(n), where alpine dairy farms still produce cheese, and scenic Hütten (mountain huts).
Multi-day hikers can tackle a section or the complete 13-stage Montafoner Hüttenrunde. We hiked five stages of the trail and fell absolutely in love with the region.
Things to Do in Montafon in Summer
- Walk the circuit trail from the Silvretta Stausee (at Bielerhöhe) up Bieltal, over the Radsattel to Wiesbadenerhütte, and back down to Silvretta Stausee.
- Hike the Montafon Hut-to-Hut Circuit (Montafon Hüttenrunde) across the Silvretta Alps.
- Drive the Silvretta High Alpine Road.
- Eat Montafoner Sauerkäse (Sura Kees) at an Alpe (alpine dairy). We recommend Alpe Vergalden, a 1-hour walk from Gargellen.
- Watch the Almabtrieb (pasture drive) processions in September.
- Visit Wormser Hütte for one of the best views of the Montafon Valley.
- Eat regional food at Löwen Gaststube in Tschagguns.
Where to Stay in Montafon in Summer
If there’s something we’ve learned about traveling in the Alps, it’s that you always need a plan for rainy days. The weather in the mountains can always change, and when it does, it’s important to have a hotel you can thoroughly enjoy. If you stay in Löwen Hotel, you can take advantage of their extensive spa and wellness area, totaling 3000 square meters, which is a vacation in and of itself. This 4-star-superior hotel enthralls with its alpine-chic interior design, three restaurants, and professional staff. If you stay 3 nights or more, you’ll receive a Freizeit Pass, which grants you free access to regional cable cars and buses.
Löwen Hotel Montafon is also a BergePLUS partner hotel, which means that all guests can freely participate in the BergePlus guided hiking, mountain biking, e-biking, and via ferrata tours in Montafon Valley.
If you’re looking for a budget/mid-range option, Hotel Krone is a great option in Schruns.
The Austrian State of Styria (Steiermark) doesn’t benefit from the same press as Salzburg and Tyrol (Tirol), and perhaps that’s a very good thing. There’s something so authentic and down-to-earth about Styria. When we reminisce about all the mountain huts (Hütten) we’ve visited, it’s the Styrian mountain huts that have left the most lasting impression, because of their endearing charm, hospitality, and relaxed atmosphere.
The Styrian town of Schladming sits at the base of the Schladminger Tauern mountains, which form part of the Austrian Central Alps. Located in the Schladming-Dachstein holiday region, this lovely alpine town is the ultimate base for exploring both the Schladminger Tauern and the Dachstein mountains (Northern Limestone Alps). The Schladming-Dachstein region boasts 1000 km of hiking paths, 1000 km of mountain bike routes, and 22 via ferrata climbs.
Because these two mountain ranges are part of different mountain chains, you can expect vast scenic diversity. When you’re craving alpine landscapes characterized by glaciers and craggy limestone peaks, head to the Dachstein. When you want to saunter around an alpine lake, head to Schladminger Tauern.
Things to Do in Schladming in Summer
- Hike the Schladminger Tauern Höhenweg.
- Hike from Ursprungalm to Giglachseen (Giglach Lakes) in Schladminger Tauern. We’ve described this hike in Best Day Hikes in Austria.
- Hike from Eschachalm in Obertal valley to Duisitzkarsee in Schladminger Tauern.
- “Through the Tor” hike in the Dachstein Mountains starting at Neustattalm.
- Five Huts Trail in the Dachstein Mountains starting in Ramsau Ort.
Recommended Itinerary: 7 Days in Austria
Where to Stay in Schladming in Summer
Budget | TUI BLUE Schladming is an all-around excellent accommodation in Schladming offering guests a bountiful breakfast (included), spa facilities (saunas), and a great location (located across from the Planai-Hochwurzen Cable Car).
Midrange | Thalers Mariandl is an alpine modern guesthouse featuring bright, beautifully-designed rooms, an extensive spa area, and a quiet location. You can walk to the center of Rohrmoos in a few minutes.
Luxury | Hotel Schwaigerhof is the place to stay when you don’t want to worry about where to eat, or what to do. This full-board hotel (breakfast and dinner included) spoils guests with its pools (indoor and outdoor), wellness area, and views of the Dachstein massif.
Mayrhofen, Zillertal, Tyrol
With Nature Park Zillertal Alps at its doorstep, the Tyrolean town of Mayrhofen in Zillertal Valley is one of the best places to stay in Austria in Summer.
Humming with holidaymakers and active travelers in summer, Mayrhofen has an upbeat vibe that is contagious. Traditional folk music plays a central role in town life. In the evening, restaurants and hotels host Tyrolean bands, creating a steady stream of music that accompanies you from one side of town to the other.
If you base yourself in Mayrhofen, you can embark on a number of day hikes in the Zillertal Alps like the hike to Olpererhütte, Plauenerhütte, or Bodenalm. To reach trailheads, you can use local transit.
Things to Do in Mayrhofen in Summer
- Eat traditional Tirolean food at Hotel Neue Post.
- Schlegeisspeicher to Olpererhütte Day Hike.
- Speicher Zillergründl to Plauenerhütte Day Hike.
- Gasthof Häusling to Bodenalm Day Hike.
- Grab a Schnitzelsemmel for lunch at Butcher Hans Gasser.
- Karspitze Day Hike.
- Trek the Berlin High Trail.
Learn More: Fantastic Things to Do in Mayrhofen in Summer
Where to Stay in Mayrhofen in Summer
Alpenhotel Kramerwirtis a family-run hotel, located in the heart of Mayrhofen. This traditional Austrian hotel exhibits a high standard of hospitality, food, and comfort. Their breakfast buffet is memorable. In the evening, local bands and music groups perform outside on the hotel terrace.
Budget Option: Landhotel Rauchenwalderhof
Luxury Option: Alpin Lodge das Zillergrund
Admont is a small town in Styria that feels very sedate and offbeat despite boasting the world’s largest monastery library. This ornate baroque library might also be the most gorgeous library in the world. What do you think?
In addition to harboring this architectural gem, Admont is an ideal starting place or base for hiking in the Ennstaler Alps and Gesäuse National Park. This protected area huddled around the Enns river is characterized by verdant forest, craggy peaks, and some fabulous mountain refuges. We also loved exploring Gesäuse (Xeis), because of the wildlife (e.g. Gämse) and the challenging peak summit hikes.
Though you can walk directly into Xeis from Admont, we recommend visiting with a car. You’ll feel limited without one.
Things to Do in Admont in Summer
- Visit Stift Admont.
- Eat lunch, or dinner at Gasthaus zur Ennsbrücke in Admont.
- Hike to Mödlinger Hütte for lunch via trail 608/601 from Johnsbach (2 hours).
- Mountain bike to Mödlinger Hütte via trail 672 (forest road) from Gaishorn im Paltental.
- Hike up the strenuous Wasserfallweg to Hesshütte.
- Hike to Sparafeld from Klinke Hütte. You can drive directly to Klinke Hütte via a toll road.
- Hike the Gesäuse Hüttenrunde (hut-to-hut hike).
Where to Stay in Admont in Summer
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More Information for Your Trip to Austria:
- Best Places to Visit in Austria
- Wine Tasting in South Styria
- Filzmoos in Summer
- Mayrhofen in Summer
- Grossglockner High Alpine Road
Hiking in Austria:
- Austrian Alps Hiking Destinations
- Best Day Hikes in Austria
- Best Hikes in Salzburg
- Best Day Hikes near Vienna
Trekking in Austria:
- Trekking Austria: Best Treks and Long Distance Trails
- Montafon Hut to Hut Circuit
- Eagle Walk
- Berlin High Trail
- Rätikon High Trail
- Schladminger Tauern High Trail
- Venediger High Trail