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Winter highlights in Austria’s Tyrol – 18 Tours for every age

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Winter highlights in Austria’s Tyrol – 18 Tours for every age

Hiking Collection by Tirol

18

Tours

50:04 h

101 mi

14,275 ft

Austria’s Tyrol is great in both summer and winter. With magical winter huts, mystical frozen lakes, spectacular views, and kilometres of quiet hiking trails, you can fully enjoy the snowy silence of winter here.

As the temperatures fall, the regions of Achensee, Kitzbüheler Alps, Eastern Tyrol, Kufsteinerland, Wilder Kaiser, Wipptal, Olympic region Seefeld, Tyrolean Oberland, Lechtal and Innsbruck are transformed into wonderlands. We’ve selected 18 easy to moderate hikes that allow you to discover Tyrol’s winter highlights with the entire family in tow.

In Kartitsch, for example, you can join the European Winter Walking Days event, which offers a special hiking program and a shuttle service. You could include the two hikes in Kartitsch in this Collection too. For information on the Walking Days, see here: osttirol.com/en/discover-and-experience/events/european-winter-walking-days/?utm_campaign=Newsletter%20Osttirol&utm_content=Europaeische%20Winterwandertage&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter%20Osttirol

The Kitzbüheler Alps are wild and romantic. Here, you can complete a circular hike along a Roman road through snowy landscapes between Oberndorf and Kitzbühel. There is also a great exploratory Tour at the foot of the Kitzbüheler Horn. You can choose from a range of guided Tours too. There’s something for every ability level in winter. Take a look, here: kitzbueheler-alpen.com/en/kam/tyrol.html

In summer, you can plunge into the crystal-clear water of Lake Achensee in the Achen Valley. In winter, you watch the mist rise in the morning, revealing the snow-covered peaks of the Karwendel Mountains. Lake Achensee is an amazing place to go on winter hikes such as a Tour to the Gramaialm or the Bichlbach Circular Trail. If you’re up for an adventure, the guided hikes with a nature park ranger might be perfect for you: achensee.com/en/activities/winter-activities/winter-magic/winter-hiking/#regdl=categories

In the Kufsteinerland, we recommend hiking to the most beautiful place in Austria, the spectacular Antonius Chapel, which was awarded this title in 2016. If you would like a guide for this hike, you can find info here: kufstein.com/en

Another well worth visiting destination is the Hintersteiner See in the Wilder Kaiser region. You can find more info about it here: wilderkaiser.info/de/region/hintersteiner-see.html

Winter hikes are healthy – especially in the Wipptal valley. You can find out more information (in German) here: wipptal.at/de/wipptal-erleben/gesundheitswandern. We recommend the Tours through the Schnitztal valley and around the Maria Waldrast monastery.

Top up your vitamin D levels on the sunny Seefeld Plateau. Here, you hike through the forests of the Wildmoos protected area and visit a cosy alpine pasture. You can also try your hand at a multi-day Tour: seefeld.com/en/winter-3/winterhiking/long-distance-hiking

The Lechtal valley, Tyrolean Oberland and Mieminger Plateau in the Innsbruck region also reveal the wonders of hiking in Tyrol. On the Mieminger Plateau, you can taste regional specialities in its farm shops along the gourmet route. In the Lechtal valley, you hike along thundering waterfalls to magical winter huts (lechtal.at/en/winter/active-winter/huts-pasture-huts-in-the-winter). In the Tyrolean Oberland, you gaze upon panoramic views from the Kleiner Mutzkopf.

The hikes in Tyrol in winter are as multifaceted as the regions themselves. We hope that this Collection gives you some good tips for your hiking holiday. See you in the snow!

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    Intermediate
    04:01
    9.21 mi
    2.3 mph
    675 ft
    675 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Starting in Oberndorf in Tirol, today you circle the Kitzbüheler Ache, which connects the place with the nearby Kitzbühel. The so-called Römerweg takes you over 15 kilometers not only into a powdery, snowy landscape and a network of cleared, flat paths, but also into lively Kitzbühel and the farmhouse museum, where you can learn a lot about Tyrolean culture.With …

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  • Intermediate
    02:36
    5.15 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,075 ft
    1,075 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In 2016, the Kaisertal was voted the most beautiful place in the country by thousands of Austrians. This slightly more than eight kilometer hike will quickly show you why. From Sparchen am Inn you make your way over the bridge on the Kaiserbach to the oldest inn in the valley. There you can let Gitti and Otto Pirchmoser pamper you with Austrian specialties on the way back.

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  • Easy
    01:34
    3.51 mi
    2.2 mph
    325 ft
    325 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Sources that are hidden from you in the ground feed the crystal clear Hintersteiner See on the Wilder Kaiser. Since the lake only has an area of 55 hectares, you can walk around it once on this idyllic hike. The starting point is the small town of Hinterstein, from where you start your tour on the northern bank. Since the hiking trail runs along an asphalt road almost all of the time, it can also be used with a stroller.

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  • Easy
    01:53
    4.42 mi
    2.4 mph
    250 ft
    175 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    A wide, white area extends in front of you and on your right the peaks Hohe Burg and Pardaster Kögl rise up into the clouds. During this tour from Trins to Gschnitz you can just let your mind wander and enjoy the winter landscape on a flat stretch. In both places you have the opportunity to stop in one of …

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  • Intermediate
    02:28
    5.30 mi
    2.2 mph
    725 ft
    700 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Sugar-covered tree tops and a snow-covered high moor: this winter hike around the Maria Waldrast monastery offers you a unique natural spectacle in addition to the highest pilgrimage monastery in Europe. If the moor is a special place in the middle of the mountains, especially in summer, the landscape shows itself from a completely different side on this 8.5-kilometer tour. …

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  • Intermediate
    02:20
    5.02 mi
    2.2 mph
    625 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    You will find a total of 12 alpine pastures and shelters in the alpine paradise Gaistal, which you can get to know from its wintry side during this hike. From the parking lot at the beginning of the valley you start the eight-kilometer tour, which always follows the course of the Leutascher Ache. You hike over the Ganghofer Weg while …

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  • Intermediate
    04:23
    9.71 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,025 ft
    1,025 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    In the middle of the Olympiaregion Seefeld is the small Wildmoos protected area on the Seefeld plateau. Beautiful winter hiking trails take you from Seefeld through the mountainous landscape first to the Wildmoossee and then to the Wildmoosalm. In total, in addition to the Wildmoossee, there are three other lakes on your route, so that you can admire the snow-covered …

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  • Intermediate
    02:57
    5.49 mi
    1.9 mph
    1,225 ft
    1,225 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This moderately difficult winter hike to the Black Lake is waiting for you at the border triangle of Tyrol, Engadin and South Tyrol. You hike for almost nine kilometers from Nauders and quickly immerse yourself in the winter world around the Kleinmutzenkopf. There are some vertical meters to conquer, but generally you can reach the lake via relaxed paths that lead you under snow-covered trees.

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  • Easy
    01:38
    3.45 mi
    2.1 mph
    25 ft
    1,450 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This hike from the Kleinmutzenkopf down to the village of Nauders is a wonderful toboggan adventure for the whole family. Your excursion begins at the valley station of the Mutzkopf double chairlift, which you take up to the Kleiner Mutzkopf. From there you make your way up the snow-covered forest paths and descend via the Riatschhof snack bar to Nauders. Or you just go with the sledge. Either way, this tour promises to be a wonderful winter getaway.

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  • Intermediate
    03:27
    4.86 mi
    1.4 mph
    2,025 ft
    2,025 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Rushing loudly, the Rotlech makes its way through the gorge and then falls several meters in front of you. You will experience this spectacle twice on this winter hike, on the way there and back. The starting point of the hike is the place Rinnen, from which you first hike to the Rotlechfall and then follow the path towards Abendspitze. …

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  • Difficult
    01:33
    3.14 mi
    2.0 mph
    525 ft
    550 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    This relaxed hiking tour, which you start in the small town of Oberbach, is quiet and, above all, suitable for families. The hiking trail leads you over five kilometers into the wooded and mountainous landscape around the Lech Valley. You hike to the Lechtaler Hexenkessel, a restaurant where you can stop off during the tour, and then over the village of Kraichen to the course of the Lech and then back to Oberbach.

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  • Intermediate
    03:24
    7.83 mi
    2.3 mph
    550 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Enjoyment is in the foreground on this 12.5 kilometer circular hike. While you are hiking through the wintry landscape of the Mieminger Plateau, you will come across several rustic farm shops that are run with a lot of passion. Each of these farm shops specializes in special delicacies. During the hike you will visit Untermiemingen and Affenhausen and then return to Obermiemingen - hopefully with a well-stocked backpack for an evening snack.

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  • Intermediate
    01:48
    4.15 mi
    2.3 mph
    275 ft
    250 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    With a depth of up to 133 meters, the Achensee is the largest lake in Tyrol - and at the same time one of the most popular destinations for day trippers. The lake lies at 380 meters above the Inn valley and separates the Karwendel mountains and the Brandenberg Alps from each other. In winter the lake and the surrounding …

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  • Intermediate
    04:07
    9.12 mi
    2.2 mph
    975 ft
    975 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Your tour today starts at the beautiful Achensee. It is one of the most popular lakes in Tyrol and enchants you even in winter with its incomparable backdrop of the Karwendel and Brandenberg Alps. The special highlight of the tour is the contrast between the gentle alpine landscape and the rugged mountains that surround the Achsensee.

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  • Intermediate
    02:24
    5.40 mi
    2.2 mph
    525 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Bichlach Rundweg combines the most beautiful things the Kitzbühel region has to offer for hikers in winter over its almost nine kilometers: perfectly groomed trails, great views of mountain beauties such as the Kitzbüheler Horn and the Kaiser Mountains and dreamy sections of the path through snow-covered winter forest. The small town of Kitzbühel, which gives the region its …

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  • Difficult
    05:22
    7.09 mi
    1.3 mph
    1,975 ft
    1,525 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Dorfberg is the local mountain of Kartitsch. This circular walk leads you from Kartitscher district St. Oswald on a developed winter hiking trail in the direction of Dorfberg. On the circular route you will enjoy beautiful, quiet larch forests and magnificent views of the mountain peaks of the Carnic Ridge.Starting point of the winter hiking trail Dorfberg is …

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  • Easy
    01:55
    4.11 mi
    2.1 mph
    575 ft
    575 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Innerland circular walk combines wonderful panoramic views of the Gailtal and the Carnic Alps with quiet and enchanted hiking trails through snowy mountain forests.From the district of Rauchenbach you wander across a snowy mountain meadow. Soon you reach the edge of the forest, where the hiking path turns right in the direction of Dorfberg and to the left …

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  • Intermediate
    02:12
    4.13 mi
    1.9 mph
    925 ft
    925 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The small town of Hintherthiersee with its surrounding farms is a real gem in the Kufstein landscape - especially in winter. The best way to enjoy the snow-white winter landscape is on this 6.6-kilometer circular hike. The best thing to do is take your sledge with you, as there is a toboggan run at the snack station.You start the …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    18
  • Distance
    101 mi
  • Duration
    50:04 h
  • Elevation
    14,275 ft

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