Wondering what to wear for summer in Austria? Join me as we explore and gather inspiration for summer excursions & outfits in Austria, with a special focus on the breathtaking Austrian Alps. We recently embarked on a family adventure to the majestic Grossglockner, the highest peak in Austria at a staggering 3,798 meters above sea level. The journey unfolded on the High Alpine Road, the highest mountain pass road in Austria, and let me tell you, it’s nothing short of unique and beautiful!
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ROAD TRIP TO THE AUSTRIAN ALPS
Choosing one of the last days of August, just before the High Alpine Road closes in October, we wrangled our crew of four kids (including my stepson, who joined us for a vacation stint) and hit the road. This wasn’t my first rendezvous with Grossglockner; I recall a trip a few years back where the weather in August played tricks on us. Starting with warm and sunny vibes, we soon found ourselves shivering in 5 degrees surrounded by fog. The remedy? A hot and spicy Gulaschsuppe in a traditional hut. Not a bad turn of events! This time, though, the mercury hovered around 16 degrees, much more forgiving.
THE HIGH ALPINE ROAD
The High Alpine Road, with its 36 majestic turns, is a pleasure in itself. Our first pitstop was a dreamy spot surrounded by waterfalls, green valleys, serene lakes, and wildlife. We hiked along the valley, mingled with resting cows, snapped pics with an adorable calf, hopped over small rivers, and marveled at the purity of the waterfalls. Fun fact: did you know staying near a waterfall is super healthy, thanks to the abundance of negative ions stimulating the immune system? Well, neither did I until this trip, but there is an amazing and very informative webpage about Grossglockner, in which you can not only find interesting info like this, but every possible detail needed to organize your trip.
After a delightful break in the valley, we made our way to a rustic hut for coffee and cake, letting the kids burn off some energy at the nearby playground before resuming our journey.
The road eventually led us to the Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe, where the view of Austria’s tallest mountain was nothing short of breathtaking. Picture this: a grandiose vista of the “black mountain,” standing at 3,798 meters, surrounded by alpine scenery shaped by nature’s colossal forces. It felt like standing in front of a living painting.
Grossglockner boasts the longest perpetual ice in the Eastern Alps, and as a safety measure, the High Alpine Road closes around October’s end due to impending winter weather. In the past, people cleared the road of snow, but now it’s done by vehicles like the adorable ‘Oscar’ we encountered on our way back.
And of course, the road itself, nearly deserted, begged for some photos. Wrangling a family of six for a pic? Almost impossible, but the chaos in those shots was pure gold!
WHAT TO WEAR FOR SUMMER IN AUSTRIA
Now, let’s talk fashion for a moment. For a summer day in the mountains, I opted for a mix of flexibility and style. Jeans shorts provided the movement I needed, paired with hiking boots, a basic white tank top, and a utility jacket. Autumn vibes kicked in with thick, long wool leg warmers. A fedora hat covered me for wind, light rain, or sun. The finishing touch? My round bag, bohemian, lightweight, and practical. I’ve linked similar pieces from my favorite e-shops for you to check out.
Interested in exploring more excursions around Austria? Find here 10 lessons I learned from my trip to Venice and how I styled the same utility jacket again.
Until next time, keep it stylish!
Boots: Timberland tall, Timberland low boots
Cargo Jacket (similar): Revolve, Asos, Strictly Influential
Top: Asos, Strictly Influential
Jeans shorts: Revolve
Leg Warmers: Asos
Bag (similar): Revolve, Asos