Winter Holidays in Lower Austria

23.10.2020, Elena Paschinger

When it comes to winter holidays, Lower Austria has always been more than merely an insider tip for those who like taking it easy.

Let us tell you why there won’t be a dull moment here!

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snowy winter landscape with alpine hut in Viennese Alps | © Niederösterreich Werbung / Michael Liebert

Enjoy Winter Up Hill and Down Dale

From Lower Austria’s highest peak, the prominent mountain Schneeberg in the Vienna Alps, to the hot springs of the spa “Therme Laa” in the Weinviertel region: Winter in Lower Austria invites you to have fun skiing in the mountains or to relax and unwind in the lowlands.

Countless Christmas markets, events and attractions will make the wait until Christmas go by faster. Visit historic places in the Mostviertel region, drink mulled wine and peek over a blacksmith’s shoulder - “Flammende Weihnacht” is the name of a magical set of events. Whether it’s after a day spent outdoors skiing or simply as a way to relax and unwind, in the brine baths “Ybbstaler Solebad”, you can indulge in the water and in soothing spa treatments.

Peaceful Winter Activities in Lower Austria

For a lot of us, the most peaceful time of the year makes us think of snow-capped mountain peaks, speeding down the hills on skis or indulging in culinary delights in one of Austria’s mountain cabins. But a winter holiday doesn’t necessarily have to be a competition of superlatives. Sometimes, there’s way more to discover if you don’t make a sound.

Tobogganing, cross-country skiing, ski touring, country walks, snowshoeing, donkey walks - there’s plenty of ways to discover the winter wonderland. In the Waldviertel region, you can go for a walk with alpacas or get insider tips from award-winning chefs. Peek over their shoulders during your winter break. This programme is called “Häferlgucker” and includes 10 different cooking classes organised all across the Waldviertel region. You can also get some advice from your host. Simply pay her a visit in the kitchen. Watch and learn...

Insider tip: Countless castles and fortresses are scattered all across Lower Austria. They are well worth a visit! Covered with a blanket of snow, these places are even more magical and mystical. Combine a day trip to one of these historic monuments with a country walk.

Ask your hosts for their favourites. A lot of idyllic spots are not listed in any travel guide.

Ski Resorts in Lower Austria: Far from Lowlands

Toboggan runs for kids, leisurely sleigh rides, “magic carpets” for the youngest skiers, demanding slopes for ski touring enthusiasts and 200+ kilometres of pistes for advanced and intermediate skiers - in Lower Austria, there’s a mountain experience for every fancy.

Get an overview of all ski resorts in Lower Austria here: https://www.lower-austria.info/ski-resorts-in-lower-austria .

Where can you expect the most reliable snow cover? Which ski resorts are ideal for families? Where can I go for a sleigh ride with my kids? What’s the best place to try snowshoeing? Where can I enjoy winter far from the hustle and bustle of ski resorts?

Highlight: “Guga hö” in the Mostviertel region - be the first one on the pistes in the early morning! Book your ticket in advance and join your exclusive skiing experience on the freshly groomed piste.

Find Your Favourite Farm, Get Set, Go...

Have a look at the farms below. All of them are located near a ski resort or other winter activities.

Each of them is also exciting in its own right. The animals are looking forward to their daily feed and to some tender loving care, also in winter!

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