I'm planning to head to the Alps this summer to walk the Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt. Does anyhow know how far in advance I need to book the huts? Months, weeks or just a few days? Also ...
I'm interested in combining a three to five day "rifugio" based trek in southern Austria with a visit to Vienna. In other words, I'd like to be able to fly in to somewhere nearby - Vienna, Salzburg, ...
The title really says it all, is it legal to swim in the lakes in the Austrian Alps?
I don't mean to use a tent, just a mat + a sleeping bag, or possibly a bivy sack if the weather is foul.