Horseback riding on the Mühlviertler Alm
The "lonesome cowboy" heads for the west, where the sun sets. Really? In Upper Austria, the compass needles for solitary riders point north. Beyond the Danube is where they're at home. The "Alpine cowboys" from the Mühlviertler Alm, in the largest contingent network of horseback riding trails in Europe.
The hooves thump gently on the granite ground, forests and meadows pass by slowly and make your ride an experiences for all your senses. A look at the trail riding map shows: It’s not far to the next stopping point – then there’s a well-deserved break for both horse and rider.
Located in the northeast of Upper Austria, a paradise for trail riders unfurls on the Mühlviertler Alm. Wherever the trip on the 680 kilometres of riding paths leads, one of the 50 stables or catering businesses that have dedicated themselves fully to riders’ needs is surely not too far away. Horses are given shelter and the nature-loving riders are served food and drinks.
Enterprising holidaymakers with high expectations get their money’s worth at one of the many accommodations that have been awarded the highest grade of four horseshoes. Lots of holiday packages and courses about horsemanship, ground exercises or Western riding will make your stay an unforgettable experience.
The riding paths on the Mühlviertler Alm are equipped with the most modern marking system and lead over hill and dale and past water. They give riders the opportunity to lead their “cross-country” horse through a river. Particularly adventurous riders can get their kicks with the “ultimate discipline”, orientation riding: Riders set off on an unmarked route, equipped with a map and compass, and familiarise themselves with this exciting sport.
When the day is nearing its end and the horses are back in the stalls, tired “Alpine cowboys” can then get some rest at their cosy accommodations, have something traditional to eat and make plans for the next riding adventure.