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These are two contrasting countries, each with a great deal to offer the walker and mountain visitor. Germany’s landscape is one which ranges from lowland to Alpine, with vast forests and rolling hills, while Austria is mainly mountainous, comprising the peaks and valleys of the eastern Alps.
The range of Cicerone guides to Germany includes various long-distance routes, including the historic 423km ‘Romantic Road’ in southern Germany and The River Rhine Trail following the spectacular river. Not forgetting the Rhine Cycle route also, which passes through Germany on its journey to the sea. Another cross-border cycle route which crosses into Germany is the Danube Cycleway, with magnificent scenery and wide cultural diversity.
Mountain walking in Austria is a delight, with a good, well-marked network of paths, and peaks slightly lower than those in the western Alps. Here you can try some easy trekking routes in the Stubai and Zillertal, or challenge yourself with the long-distance Adlerweg, or Eagle’s Way.
(Photo from 'Walking in the Bavarian Alps')
www.aacuk.org.uk (Austrian Alpine Club)
Guided / Self guided Trips:
www.russell-hafter-holidays.co.uk (Self-guided walks in Germany)
www.elevationholidays.com (Specialist in Austrian holidays)
www.bikeandhikeaustria.eu/index.htm (Biking and hiking in the Salzkammergut area)
www.bentstours.com (Cycling and walking holidays)
www.bavarian-forest-holidays.com (self catering apartments)