Since I started to hike a lot again, I was also looking for nice hiking spots in Austria where I am able to travel to sustainably. My hubby and I do not own a car and never regretted not having one. He loves to go by train anyways and I am happy as long as someone else takes me vom A to B – I hate driving myself and have never gotten the hang of it. So going by public transport is not only much better for our environment, it’s also much cheaper than owning a car and much more relaxing as you do not have to cope with all the crazy people out there that have won their driving license in the lotteries.
So a couple of months ago I stumbled over “Bahn zu Berg” – a non-profit organization that is dedicated to support sustainable travel and hiking in Austria. I was hooked and therefore joined the Facebook group of theirs sharing my first hikes there. Not long in I joined the ranks of writers for the site, adding more content for hikers that are less offspring of mountain goats :P. Not much into “Berg” (= mountains) myself but more into hills (but “Bahn zu Hügel” does not sound as fancy…) as my constitution and knees are not yet ready for steep slopes and rough terrain and I am terrible scared of heights too.
So if you also want to leave your car at home or do not even own one or if you are traveling to Austria and do not want to rent an expensive car but want to go for some hiking nevertheless, you should check out the website and get some inspiration on what can be done. The site is in German only but I am sure that Google translate will work just fine as German-English translations are mostly okay nowadays. You’ll find GPX tracks for downloading to your devices as well as information on which train or bus to use, how long it takes and what the highlights of the tour are. All tours have been tried and tested by the authors themselves – we all walk the talk so to say.
Check it out, give it a try and happy hiking!