Delightfully unhurried or challengingly strenuous? Gentle hill country or wild, romantic mountains? The choice is yours, be it cycling, walking, swimming or riding. And wherever you are there's sure to be a wine tavern, inn or rustic mountain lodge very close by.
Pedal your way through the riverine wetlands beside the River Danube, up hill and down dale in the land of the perry pear, through the scenic terraced vineyards and watermeadows of the Traisen Valley or from historic forge to hammer mill along the Eisenstraße tourist route: the Mostviertel boasts a large number of delightful cycle paths.
The alpine region of the Mostviertel is paradise for mountainbikers, with 68 routes to explore ranging in difficulty from mild to wild. Together they cover a total distance of 1,350 km and a total elevation of 26,000 metres. Two challenging sections of the Alpentour Austria route now also pass through the Mostviertel.
A leisurely walk in the country is a great way to recharge your batteries and inspire your mind – and that's exactly why the Mostviertel is popular with ramblers! Walks in the lowland hills often finish at a perry tavern, while the high mountains entice hikers with splendid views and clear waters.
The themed trails of the Mostviertel tell a wealth of stories: about the "Black Earls", the work of the metalworkers, lumberjacks and charcoal burners, and the power of water. Others lead visitors to fascinating historic places in the region's towns.
Climbing the Ötscher is no piece of cake: the ascent via the "Rauer Kamm“ ridge demands alpine experience and a good level of fitness. As does the alpine tour that takes in three peaks at once – Hochkar, Dürrenstein and Ötscher – if you've got the stamina to keep going for 16 hours!
Two picturesque mountain lakes – Lake Erlauf and Lake Lunz – and the riverside lidos on the Ybbs, Erlauf and Pielach are perfect for cooling off on hot summer days. Indoor adventure pools guarantee swimming fun whatever the weather, while the rivers Salza and Enns are the place to be for rafting fans.
The Mostviertel is still an insider tip for equestrians, with a current total of some 300 kilometres of marked and mapped bridle paths. 14 hotels, inns and guesthouses and 36 farmhouse holiday providers offer packages for novices and experts alike.