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Highlights In 16 Photos Of The Austrian Countryside

Highlights in 16 Photos of the Austrian Countryside

I’m home from a walking trip with Country Walkers, a tour company out of Vermont. The week-long trip started in Vienna and ended in Prague, with six of the seven days in the Czech Republic.

Our first day involved an hour long shuttle to the starting point – Hollabrunn in Austria’s beautiful wine country. For the next 10 kilometres (6 miles) we strolled through sleepy villages, past fields filled with seven foot high sunflowers and meandered down country lanes surrounded by vineyards – with grapes just weeks away from being harvested. About half way into the walk, George our driver for the week, set up a snack station – something we came to look forward to everyday though we also learned to go easy on the snacks once we saw how much food was served at lunch time.

As we discovered from our two lovely Czech guides, René and Marie, Austria’s countryside is broken up into small farm plots of about 150 acres – which was quite evident when you got to any high point that provided big vistas of the landscape. Thanks to communism, the Czech Republic markedly differed with farms averaging closer to 3,000 acres in size.

The walking portion of the day ended in Ziersdorf with beer, a fantastic white wine called Jungmayr – from Austria’s famous Grüner Veltliner grape, creamy garlic soup (so much for all those calories we just burned) and a big plate of goulash.

Here’s a look at the highlights of the Austrian countryside in 16 photos.

Highlights in 16 Photos of the Austria Countryside

There’s not another soul around on these quiet paths through the countryside

Highlights in 16 Photos of the Austria Countryside

Red roofed villages are a common sight

Highlights in 16 Photos of the Austria Countryside

Plum trees dripping with fruit

Highlights in 16 Photos of the Austria Countryside

Walking through the vineyards – part of Austria’s beautiful Weinviertel region

Highlights in 16 Photos of the Austria Countryside

Grapes are almost ripe

Highlights in 16 Photos of the Austria Countryside

Seldom used stairwell is pretty with summer flowers

• Highlights in 16 Photos of the Austrian Countryside

Farm country broken by old oak forests (Photo credit: Rene Janouch)

Highlights in 16 Photos of the Austria Countryside

Love the variety of doorways; no beige here

Highlights in 16 Photos of the Austria Countryside

Fields of sunflowers over 2 metres tall

Highlights in 16 Photos of the Austria Countryside

Most of the route through the Austrian countryside was flat or very gently rolling

Highlights in 16 Photos of the Austria Countryside

Despite the clouds it rained once on a week long walk

Highlights in 16 Photos of the Austria Countryside

Snack time on the walk

Highlights in 16 Photos of the Austria Countryside

Fields of pink buckwheat get plowed under

Highlights in 16 Photos of the Austria Countryside

Loved the contrast in colour

Highlights in 16 Photos of the Austria Countryside

Farm holdings in Austria are typically 150 acres and less

in 16 Photos of the Austria Countryside

With wildflowers, centuries old buildings look particularly beautiful

Have you ever done a walking trip in Europe?

Leigh McAdam

 

Leigh McAdam is a Calgary based writer, author, photographer and social media enthusiast with over 57,000 followers. Her blog: HikeBikeTravel is frequently cited as one of the top travel and outdoor adventure blogs in Canada.

Author of Discover Canada: 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures
Co-author of 125 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta

This Post Has 6 Comments
  1. I’ve loved your updates on FB, and this collection is a beauty. We’ve done miles and miles of walking in Europe, but never taken an organized walking tour. Looks like it was great fun!

  2. Excellent article, thanks for sharing this 🙂

    Austria is an incredible country and somewhere I have had invested interest for a number of years.

    The countryside is absolutely breathtaking. I adore the photos you have taken here, they really show off Austria for all it’s incredible majesty.

    Keep up the great work!!

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