On the road with the kids, © Andreas Jakwerth

Hiking tips for families

The young hikers train early! The themed trails, which follow in the footsteps of Lilli Marilli or Jochi, the funny horse, are guaranteed to get children excited about hiking.

Are you ready for an adventure? Follow the numerous themed trails, adventure routes and nature trails for children. They are not only exciting and educational, but also make hiking fun. Interactive stations inspire even the smallest hikers to use their five senses to learn about exciting topics and to engage with the nature and wildlife of Lower Austria. What could be better than hiking with the whole family through alpine meadows, down the region’s Kellergassen (wine cellar lanes), or along the edge of a gorge?

We have picked out the most beautiful themed trails and pram-friendly routes for you.

Top themed hiking trails for children

Walk through the Ysperklamm gorge, © Waldviertel Tourismus/www.ishootpeople.at

The fresh kick of Ysper Gorge

You can walk 4 kilometres through the wild and romantic Ysper Gorge and admire the interplay of wood, stone and water. Somewhat more demanding sections make this jewel of nature particularly interesting for older children.

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Discover Coronas Ant Trail, © Gerhard Buchacher

Discover Coronas Ant Trail

The 2.5 km long theme trail takes you back in time to the footsteps of the queen of the forest. 15 playful and instructive (inscription only in German) stations explain the life of the small, strong forest dwellers and accompany families along the way.

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Klettern am Peilstein, © Raimo Rumpler

On the Peilstein climbing path

Like the region - the Peilstein adventure trail is dedicated to climbing. Specially designed for families with children, it is easy to master. And because stopping for some good food and drink is also part of it, the loop road begins and ends at the Mostheurigen.

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Llama hike, © Naturparke Niederösterreich / Naturpark Hohe Wand

Animal hikes at the Hohe Wand

The Hohe Wand is in itself a great region for hikers. The tours get even more unique when accompanied by animals - in the form of llamas and alpacas. The peaceful animals can be led here on a leash.

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on the Holzweg (Wood Path) in the Mendlingtal, © Mostviertel Tourismus/weinfranz.at

On the Holzweg through the Mendlingtal valley

In the Mendlingtal Adventure World, the last functioning timber rafting facility in Central Europe awaits hard-working hikers - and all around there are great pedestrian bridges, bridges and steps that make the region particularly attractive for families.

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Hochmoor-Schrems Nature Park, © Naturparke Niederösterreich/weinfranz.at

The mysterious Schrems nature park trail

The Schrems nature park trail leads on bridges and paths through the mystical high moor. Here you will find moor frogs and a plant world that is second to none. From carnivorous underwater plants to beautiful sundews, everything is there!

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Hagenbachklamm, © Naturparke Niederösterreich/Robert Herbst

Splashing in the Hagenbach Gorge

The Hagenbach Gorge near St. Andrä-Wördern is the perfect destination for families, especially in summer. Here you can walk along well-shaded and simple paths next to gorges and rocks. Shallow and easily accessible places invite you to splash around.

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Jöchis Höfe - Adventure in Annaberg, © Mostviertel Tourismus/weinfranz.at

Jöchis Höfe - Adventure in Annaberg

With Jochi, the frolicking horse, families can hike to 11 farms where the stable doors are wide open. Here you can watch the animals eating, look over the shoulders of farmers and of course hand out lots of treats and pets. There are two different routes - one is 8.5 km, the other 4.5 km long. Starting points for the hike are at the Joachimsberg or at the Ötscher base in Wienerbruck, which is easily accessible to the public with the Mariazeller Rail. The hike on Jochis Höfeweg is also very much appreciated by guests of the JUFA Annaberg Mountain Experience Resort, the accommodation is 7 km from the Höfeweg.

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Secrets in the Donau-Auen National Park, © Rita Newman

Secrets in the Donau-Auen National Park

During the guided hikes through the Lobau, it can happen that you meet beavers. On the hikes through the water forest you can discover many a secret up close - especially on the Obere Lobau nature trail. Offer available in the languages: German, English and Slovak.

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