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Best of Winter in Germany and Austria — get ready for the snow!

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Best of Winter in Germany and Austria — get ready for the snow!

Hiking Collection by Best of Winter

7

Tours

17:44 h

32.9 mi

8,325 ft

The days are getting shorter, the leaves are changing colour and nature is gradually readying itself for the cold season. Your legs are already tingling and you can't wait to finally trudge through knee-high snow again, race down steep slopes and actively experience the winter mountain world, right?

We know the feeling only too well. That's why, in this Collection, we've created seven winter Tours in the German and Austrian Alps to inspire you for your next snow adventure – be it with snowshoes, touring skis or on the cross-country ski trail. So that it’s not too hard to choose an adventure from our Winter Wonderland routes, our ‘heroes’ reveal their favourite routes and reveal what makes them so unique.

If you are a fan of ski tours and like to really earn your descents, then you can follow Edi Huttegger on his route through the Grossarl Valley or try out Harald Hollwöger's favourite trail in the Ausseerland–Salzkammergut. Both promise you grand views and exhilarating descents. Or you can follow in the footsteps of Toni Palzer—one of the world's best ski mountaineers—through the Berchtesgaden region.

Do you prefer cross-country skiing to deep snow? Then former ski racer Regina Sterz has a tip for a fantastic route in Carinthia’s Hohe Tauern National Park. Are snowshoes your thing? You can explore the Karwendel Silver Region on Harry Prünster's favourite route or hike through the snowy Dachstein Salzkammergut on Betty Jehle's leisurely Tour. Deniz Göcen, a ranger in the Ammergau Alps Nature Park, reveals where you can enjoy the best views with your snowshoes in her region. As varied as the Tours are, they all await you with a magical winter landscape, fantastic views over the snow-covered peaks and lots of fun in the white stuff.

Our Best of Winter heroes show you the most beautiful corners away from the popular winter sports strongholds because we’re committed to gentle winter tourism. It’s an added bonus if you can leave the romantic landscape undisturbed. Our experts know where it's best to switch off. Always remember to check the avalanche danger before heading out on any route. Once done, all you need is to get your winter clothes and equipment together and check the weather. Then you can fully immerse yourself in the glittering, white mountain world and enjoy the best of winter. Who knows, you might even meet one of our heroes on their favourite route.

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Tours & Highlights

  • 01:25
    3.48 mi
    2.5 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft

    “In addition to two children and a hotel, my time is very limited, but when it works out, the Seebachtal is my first port of call - in summer and winter. My favorite cross-country skiing circuit is in the Seebachtal all the way to Lake Stappitz. ”Former ski racer Regina SterzSurrounded by steep rock faces, frozen waterfalls and the …

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  • 03:03
    4.66 mi
    1.5 mph
    1,925 ft
    300 ft

    “This wonderful tour leads over the Tauplitzalm, the largest lake plateau in Central Europe. From there it goes right into the middle of the Dead Mountains. The wonderful panorama at the end of the tour on the summit of the Großer Tragl is also unique. The tour through the various scenic features that accompany you to the summit is unique. ”Ski instructor Harald Hollwöger

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  • 01:19
    2.53 mi
    1.9 mph
    325 ft
    300 ft

    “The winter tour on Bad Kohlgrub's local mountain Hörnle is accessible to everyone without much effort. Either with the nostalgic Hörnle suspension railway or on foot as a winter hike. It's my absolute favorite place to work in the Ammergau Alps Nature Park! ”Ranger Deniz GöcenNo wonder Deniz likes this part of the mountains so much: On your way …

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  • 01:52
    3.28 mi
    1.8 mph
    1,050 ft
    975 ft

    "Once at the top, you will be rewarded with a wonderful all-round view of the Berchtesgaden National Park with Watzmann, Wimbachgries and Hochkalter." Ski mountaineer Toni PalzerToni Palzer - one of the world's best ski mountaineers and racing bike professional - learned to ski in Berchtesgaden. It goes without saying that he knows and loves the region. 350 vertical …

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  • 03:34
    6.99 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,475 ft
    1,475 ft

    “Many of the routes that I take often are in the Karwendel, but I prefer to walk to Hausstatt and stop at Hüttegg. If possible, I toboggan from Hüttegg over the toboggan run to Schwanner. Perfect free time fun! ”TV presenter Harry PrünsterHarry recommends this tour with guaranteed snow, because the panorama over the Inn Valley is simply fantastic. …

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  • 04:11
    7.12 mi
    1.7 mph
    3,325 ft
    3,325 ft

    “This tour is ideal for both beginners and advanced skiers. Moderately steep ascent. Magnificent panorama. The many stone pines in the Ellmautal are a feast for the eyes every time. Especially when they are thickly covered by fresh snow, they stand there like mighty statues. Those who are not very good at deep snow can ski down the street from the Alm. ”Tour guide Edi Huttegger

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  • 02:20
    4.80 mi
    2.1 mph
    175 ft
    975 ft

    “Nature has always been a part of me, on my days off I like to be outside alone. But what excites me most is bringing people - especially children and young people - into nature. That's why I feel really good as a forest educator and hiking guide. ”Hiking guide Betty JehleA leisurely tour with a few meters of …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    32.9 mi
  • Duration
    17:44 h
  • Elevation
    8,325 ft

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