The best picnic spots in Austria



At this time of year the warm sunshine and the balmy summer evenings draw us magically into the open air and out into the countryside. Wonderful restaurant gardens and pavement cafés attract guests with good food and cool drinks under their sunshades. And they are already very crowded. So why not look for a nice spot and enjoy some peace in the countryside?

Sun, a good mood and a basket full of goodies are the only prerequisites for a successful picnic. A picnic under the blue sky is also not such a strain on your travel budget.  Whether alone, as a couple or in a group, in the mountains, in the woods or near the water - the possibilities are endless. The main thing is fun! So pack your picnic baskets, a good bottle of wine, a comfortable blanket under your arm and off you go! We've put together some of the best picnic hotspots in the country for you.

Picnic in the heart of the city

The big advantage of having a picnic is that you can put your blanket down wherever it pleases you. So you can save the search for a free table in the restaurant. In particular the really nice gardens in the heart of the city are very quickly full.  All the more reason to look for a spot on your own - far away from the hustle and bustle.

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Urban and central

Next to pretty sights and a great selection of shops and boutiques the Austrian cities offer many green oases to relax. Our tips for the most beautiful picnic spots in the city.

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Away from the hustle and bustle

If it gets too loud, too busy and too hectic in the city, then pack up your belongings and head out to the countryside. Go where the birds sing, the flowers smell sweetly and the grass grows really long and wild. You don’t even have to go that far from the city to find an idyllic picnic spot in the middle of nature. Our tips are ideal for a day’s excursion.

Out of the city

The countryside is really so close! Pack some tasty food or order a ready-made picnic basket – and off you go in search of nature. 

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Nature pure: A picnic in the heart of the alps

Some federal states offer picnic options which are absolutely spectacular. Every visitor is immediately enchanted by the majestic mountains of Tyrol. More than 500 peaks exceed the 3,000 metre mark, and more than 600 different glaciers cover the high mountain areas on the main Alpine ridge. But you do not have to go that high in order to breathe in Tyrolean Alpine flair. Lush, green alpine meadows offer idyllic picnic areas en masse - including imposing views of the mountains.

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Mountain peak experiences on the picnic blanket

In the Tyrolean mountains you will find countless hiking trails and magnificent panoramic views. With your own picnic basket you do not have to rely on the alpine huts, but can take a break and enjoy some refreshment everywhere. The only question is where to go.

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hotels: Hotel Europa Wien, Hotel Rathauspark Wien, Parkhotel Schönbrunn, Hotel Schloss Wilhelminenberg, Hotel Congress Innsbruck, Hotel Europa Salzburg


Mei Lie Tjia

At the age of five Mei Lie Tja emigrated with her parents from Shanghai to Vienna. Since then she has been both fascinated and obsessed by Vienna. Mei  loves photo safaris in the chic, bohemian districts, discovering new cafés (espresso with lots of sugar) and writing short stories about magical Vienna.  Since she has become the mother of two children, she no longer has so much time for that – has however discovered a new side of Vienna. One which also has lots of surprises in store for families.

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