Joseph Koó, traditional Blaudruck (indigo dyeing) textile artist, at his workshop in Steinberg, Oberpullendorf, Burgenland, Austria © Rudolf Abraham

Austria Travel Writer & Photographer

Affairs of the heart – hiking & heritage

There’s really nowhere quite like Austria for hiking. The mountains, lakes and high pastures of the Austrian Alps are an outdoor and landscape photographer’s dream, the network of hiking trails is seemingly inexhaustible, the mountain huts some of the most welcoming I have ever stayed in. At the same time its art, architecture and cultural heritage are fascinating beyond words, and as a travel writer and photographer, Austria is a place I’ve found myself drawn back to again and again. I wrote the first English-language guidebook to the Alpe Adria Trail, more than half of which runs through the Austrian state of Carinthia, I was a contributing author to the Lonely Planet Austria guidebook, and I’m the author of a guide to day walks among the lakes and mountains of Austria’s Salzkammergut region.

Austria travel writer – guidebooks & articles

Hiking guidebooks to the Austrian Alps, Dachstein, Salzkammergut, Salzburgerland, Carinthia, Styria, Upper & Lower Austria

As well as hiking guides for Cicerone and Bradt, articles I’ve written on Austria range from hiking across Salzburgerland on the Salzburger Almenweg, to hotel reviews for The Telegraph (Salzburg and Linz), and family winter walking and skiing holidays in Zell am See, Gastein and the Paznaun Valley – for Guardian Labs, JRNY Magazine, Lonely Planet, Morning Calm (Korean Airlines), National Geographic Traveller UK, The Telegraph and The Great Outdoors, among others. I’ve photographed and written about Unesco Intangible Cultural Heritage in Austria including falconry in the Waldviertel, the carnival (Schemenlaufen) in Imst, and traditional blaudruck (indigo dyeing) textile artists in Burgenland, Upper Austria and Vienna.

You can find more information about the guidebooks I’ve written on Austria below:

Austria hiking Salzkammergut guidebook travel writer photographerWalking in the Salzkammergut – The Austrian Lake District

Published by Cicerone, 2021

My new hiking guide to 30 day walks among the lakes and mountains of Austria’s stunningly beautiful Salzkammergut region and the Unesco-listed Dachstein massif. Available here.

Alpe Adria Trail Slovenia Austria Italy hiking travel writerThe Alpe Adria Trail – From the Alps to the Adriatic through Austria, Slovenia & Italy

Publised by Bradt, 2020

2nd edition of my guide to hiking this epic 750km route through the mountains of Austria, Slovenia and northern Italy, from the Grossglockner to the shore of the Adriatic.

…and here are a few of the articles I’ve written on Austria over the years:

Shades of Blue (Hidden Europe)
Galleries, grandeur and fairytale villages – Austria’s cultural, historical and luxury highlights (Guardian Labs)
A guide to the food and drink of Austria (Love Food)
Salzburg’s best swimming spots (Lonely Planet)
Mountains worth their salt – Austria’s Salzkammergut region (JRNY Magazine)
Family hiking adventures (Family Traveller)
Why the Austrian Tyrol should be your next summer getaway (National Geographic Traveller UK)
From the Alps to the Adriatic – Hiking the Alpe Adria Trail (The Great Outdoors)

Austria Travel & Documentary Images by Photographer Rudolf Abraham

Photography from Austria’s lakes and mountains, landscape, hiking, slow travel, Unesco Intangible Cultural Heritage

For images of Austria – including hiking in the Salzkammergut region, the Unesco-listed Dachstein massif, and the Austrian states of Salzburgerland, Upper and Lower Austria and Carinthia, as well as falconry, indigo dyeing and other intangible cultural heritage in Austria – please visit Rudolf Abraham Photography, or click on one of the galleries below.

Austria Falconry Photography Unesco Intangible Cultural Heritage Schloss Waldreichs
Austria travel and documentary photography
Austria Salzkammergut hiking landscape photography
Hiking in Salzkammergut and Dachstein