Keyvisual Winter 23, © Josef Wittibschlager

Active through the winter in Lower Austria

When the day starts in the snow and ends in a leisurely atmosphere at the hut, you know that you have arrived in winter in Lower Austria.

The first snow does not just make children's eyes shine. When the thick snowflakes fall in a zig zag from the sky, we are already in the starting blocks. The skis are taken out of the cellar, the ski trousers are tested to see if they still fit this year, the snow height reports are checked.

Be the first to whizz down the slopes at sunrise inhaling the fresh winter air on the cross-country trails or warming the mittens on the warm stove bench  – hut romance included. The silence of the winter landscape is only interrupted by the crackling and crunching of snowshoes hiking comfortably uphill, step by step, next to the snow-covered trees. For all those who have renounced skiing, we have sussed out the perfect winter hiking trails for you. If you move a lot, you also need energy. And where do you get the energy faster than the incomparable poppy seed noodels that you certainly get nowhere better prepared than in the Waldviertel.

The winter secrets in Lower Austria are not buried under a thick blanket of snow. Look forward to the discovery.

What is there to do in winter in Lower Austria?

Skiing, cross-country skiing, tobogganing, snowshoe walking, city trips in the winter, or even better going for winter walks accompanied by animals?

Whether for families with children, winter sports enthusiasts, explorers of snow-covered landscapes or wellness lovers - Lower Austria offers a wide variety of holiday experiences for the winter.

Winter holiday activities in Lower Austria don't just include classic winter sports, like skiing, snowboarding or cross-country skiing, but also offer special, relaxing or cosy holiday moments. If you're planning a winter holiday with kids, the fun walking tours with cuddly animals, such as alpacas, donkeys or llamas, should be on your to-do list, because your kids' eyes will positively light up, even at freezing cold temperatures. Mountain sports enthusiasts will be where the action is in Lower Austria's most beautiful ski resorts, skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing and going on skiing tours - including breaks in comfortable ski cabins. Snow-covered roofs, narrow lanes under blankets of snow, the aroma of winter culinary specialities and cultural exploration tours of popular sightseeing opportunities - city travellers will get lost in the wintry atmosphere of Lower Austria's most beautiful towns. Or would you prefer a quiet romantic break for two? Experience the pleasant quietness of winter on a wellness trip to Lower Austria.  

Winter transforms Lower Austria into a snow-white paradise

Cross-country skiing, © Niederösterreich Werbung, Kathrin Baumann

Cross-country skiing regions

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Fun in the snow for young and old, © Gerald Demolsky

Winter tips for families

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Winter hiking

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Snowshoeing on the Rax, © Tereza Bokrová

Snowshoe hiking

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Alpaca hiking, Waldviertel, © Waldviertel Tourismus/

Winter beyond the slopes

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