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Your winter in Austria’s Wipptal Valley: 10 tips for adventuring in the snow

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Your winter in Austria’s Wipptal Valley: 10 tips for adventuring in the snow

Hiking Collection by Wipptal

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Tours

03:56 h

8.34 mi

1,225 ft

If you love snow and adventuring in the Tyrolean mountains in winter, but are looking for new, undiscovered landscapes, then head to Austria’s Wipptal Valley for your next trip. The mountain valleys south of Innsbruck feel like a well kept secret for a winter holiday far away from the big ski resorts. You have plenty of space for cross-country skiing, sledding, snowshoeing or walking through a magical snowy landscape. You’ll probably find yourself alone here, so it’s the perfect place to relax, breathe in the fresh air and recharge your batteries!

In this Collection, we’ve put together 10 tips for adventuring in the snow. Each different activity takes you to a variety of picturesque places in our region. This Collection gives you a first overview of the Tours and all the wonderful sides of the Wipptal so you can dream of a winter holiday like no other.

You may be wondering where to find the Wipptal Valley. You might have already driven over the Brenner Pass from Austria to Italy. Just before the Brenner Pass, south of Innsbruck, a gentle, beautiful landscape unfolds in both directions. The Wipptal is the main valley along the Brenner Road, from which five mountain valleys branch off. The region’s valleys are so pristine that it’s hard to believe the Brenner Pass is just 15 minutes drive away. You’ll also find two Alpine Club mountaineering villages: St. Jodok, Schmirn and Vals in the Zillertal Alps, and Gschnitztal in the Stubai Alps.

There are numerous opportunities to get active in the snow away from the ski slopes here. You can enjoy an adventurous holiday filled with easy snowshoe hikes (you can rent snowshoes at the TVB office for free), a free cross-country ski trail where snow is guaranteed, natural toboggan runs and new premium winter hiking trails in every village. Amongst the solitary, silent landscapes, traditional huts and alpine pastures greet you with delicious food – they’re not to be missed.

So head to the Wipptal mountains for your next adventure and look forward to an unforgettable holiday far away from skiing hotspots.

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    Schneeschuhwanderung zum Eggerberg

    Snowshoeing Highlight (Segment)

    An easy, but all the more promising snowshoe tour takes you over 2,000 meters from the mountain station of the Bergeralm over the Nösslachjoch to the Eggerberg. A dream in white awaits you - on top of that there is a magnificent panorama. And it starts in a relaxed manner: with the ascent by Bergeralm mountain railway to the mountain station at Nösslachjoch. From there you go south at the top of the piste, then right in a steep zigzag to the summit of the Nösslachjoch. From now on, keep heading west below the ridge on the south side and follow path number 41, accompanied by wonderful views of the Wipptal and north to Innsbruck including the Nordkette to the Eggerberg.

    The return route takes the same route to the mountain station and then takes the mountain railway back down into the valley. Alternatively, you can also descend via the summer hiking trail to the Nösslachhütte and then via path number 43 and past the middle station of the Bergeralm to Nösslach (+ two to three hours walking time).

    You can find all information here: wipptal.at/karte/?mapParams=v2/de/gdi_winter/2d/-1/detail/15/47.056503234238654/11.42909611455365/18376/121097251/false/-1/- 1 / -1 / -1 / -1 / -1

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  • Intermediate
    02:32
    5.28 mi
    2.1 mph
    875 ft
    875 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    A wonderfully landscaped hiking trail leads you from the Muchnersiedlung car park past the picturesque mountain pilgrimage church of Kalte Herberge to Toldern. If you are in the mood for untouched nature, pleasant silence and a little pilgrimage in the snow, you've come to the right place.

    

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    Rodelbahn Maria Waldrast

    Sledding Highlight (Segment)

    The longest natural toboggan run in the Wipptal with around three and a half kilometers of tobogganing fun! The Maria Waldrast toboggan run runs almost parallel to the road from the Maria Waldrast Nature Resort to the toll booth at the start of the driveway. It is illuminated every evening until 11 p.m. and if you don't have your own toboggan with you, you can borrow it from the nature resort for a small fee.

    By the way: Maria Waldrast is a well-known pilgrimage monastery. So if you are making your way to this wonderful place of power, you should definitely take a look inside the facility before you start the toboggan run back into the valley. If your stomach growls, you can treat yourself to a little refreshment in the nature resort mentioned at the beginning.

    More details are available here: wipptal.at/karte/?mapParams=v2/de/gdi_winter/2d/-1/detail/17/47.128859510101364/11.404924392700197/18373/80134086/false/-1/-1 / -1 / -1 / -1 / -1

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    Schneeschuhwanderung am Obernberger See

    Snowshoeing Highlight (Segment)

    This short but enjoyable tour at the foot of the mighty Obernberger Tribulaun takes you to the Obernberger See, a natural jewel in the midst of untouched landscape. Summer and winter alike, this idyllic corner of the world casts its spell over visitors from all over the world. Especially because of the small lake church, which is not only good for photos. You should only bring some tea and provisions with you for your visit to the lake. There are no places to stop for a break here - but that is also what gives this place its natural charm ...

    From the starting point at the Waldesruh car park, you first walk over a farm road (toboggan run) to behind a bridge. From there you trudge on across the snow-covered meadows past the Unterreinsalm and Oberreinsalm and keep going uphill to the right until you reach the former inn on the lake. Now you follow the path on the right side of the lake - it leads through snow-covered forest along the entire lake shore and back to the Seegasthaus. On the way you will come across the picturesque little lake church "Maria am See". The descent is either via the toboggan run or the same as the ascent.

    Everything you need to know can be found here: wipptal.at/karte/?mapParams=v2/de/gdi_winter/2d/-1/detail/17/46.99424954935666/11.405278444290163/18376/79824385/false / -1 / -1 / -1 / -1 / -1 / -1

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    Winterwanderung mit Alpakas in Gschnitz

    Hiking Highlight (Segment)

    Have you ever enjoyed hiking with patient alpacas? It's not just great fun for kids! Adults also appreciate leisurely hiking in furry company.

    With us in the Wipptal you have the opportunity to join such a spectacle every Thursday from the end of December to the end of March. Because that's where Renate Mader goes hiking with her alpacas in the beautifully snow-covered Gschnitztal. Alpacas are very curious and gentle animals and look forward to a winter hike with the whole family. You can lead the alpacas and get to know them up close. The winter hike, which starts at the Alpakahof, runs along the hiking trail and takes around one to two hours. You can register up to the day before at the Wipptal tourist office.

    Tip: With the Wipptaler guest card, participation is even free!

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    Gschnitztalloipe

    Cross-Country Skiing Highlight (Segment)

    The Gschnitztal trail is 18 kilometers long and made for classic as well as skating cross-country skiers. It begins in the area of the Trins drag lift via an access route or directly at the Trins football field. The trail leads past the villages of Trins and Gschnitz, through a picturesque landscape, to a group of houses on the ascent to the Laponesalm at the end of the valley. At the trail exit centers in Trins and Gschnitz there are large panorama boards where you can find out more about the course of the trails.

    Look forward to a wonderful tour - the Gschnitztal cross-country skiing area has not been awarded the Tyrolean Cross-Country Seal of Approval for nothing. And on the way, there is not just one, but with the Liftstüberl and the Pumafalle in Trins as well as the Hotel Kirchdach and the Alpenrose and Feuerstein inns in Gschnitz, several places to stop for refreshments.

    You can find more information here: wipptal.at/karte/?mapParams=v2/de/gdi_winter/2d/-1/detail/18/47.07651727697562/11.409913301467896/18367/79824314/false/-1/- 1 / -1 / -1 / -1 / -1

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    Einsteigerskitour zur Sattelbergalm

    Ski Touring Highlight (Segment)

    A beautiful, easy and consistently safe ski tour with a descent over a former ski slope awaits you on the way to the Sattelbergalm.

    The starting point is the valley station of the former Sattelbergbahnen. From there you briefly climb up the former piste before you branch off to the right through the beautiful forest (alternatively continue on the piste) to the former middle station (1,630 meters). The rustic Sattelbergalm awaits you here, where hut host Luis will be happy to serve you refreshments. Then keep to the left and follow a path to the signpost "Sattelbergspitze", then right up a forest path through the forest to a fence, which, by the way, marks the border with Italy. From here it's not far to the Sattelbergspitze. Alternatively, you can climb up the slopes to the summit - this is also where the descent takes place.

    Tip: This tour is also suitable for beginners and is especially beautiful when the full moon is in the sky! You can find details here: wipptal.at/karte/?mapParams=v2/de/gdi_winter/2d/-1/detail/18/47.03381158188869/11.477054357528687/18361/80240949/false/-1/-1 / -1 / -1 / -1 / -1

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    Winterliche Almenrunde in Navis

    Snowshoeing Highlight (Segment)

    Every Wednesday from the end of December to the end of March, hiking guide Karl is out and about in the Navistal to bring you closer to the three disciplines of snowshoeing, tobogganing and tasting at the pleasure triathlon. On a guided snowshoe hike from the Grün car park along the Naviser Almenrunde, after about two hours of walking, you can swap your snowshoes for tobogganing at the Naviser Hütte. After all, a descent is much more fun than the descent on foot!

    A stop at the brandy producers Maria and Franz Hörtnagl in the valley is the third enjoyable discipline at the end. Then there is a transfer back to the parking lot or to the accommodation. Registration for the pleasure triathlon at the Wipptal tourist office.

    You can find all details here: wipptal.at/karte/?mapParams=v2/de/gdi_winter/2d/-1/detail/18/47.143104172898546/11.55339002609253/18376/121097257/false/-1/- 1 / -1 / -1 / -1 / -1

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    Schneeschuhwanderung Padauner Kogel

    Snowshoeing Highlight (Segment)

    This unforgettable snowshoe hike gives you some magnificent views - not only from the 2,066 meter high summit of the Padauner Kogel. In addition, the Gasthaus Steckholzer is a rustic place to stop for a well-deserved refreshment with typical Tyrolean specialties. But first the work:

    From the parking lot next to the road in Padaun you follow the road to the Larcherhof, then the path that leads you to the summit begins. First you march through a piece of forest quite steeply up to a material cable car. There the forest clears and you hike north over the wide ridge (Padauner Mähder) and further to the summit with a cross. The descent - like the ascent - takes place via the marked path with the number 82, only you complete the round: First you descend on the Rittengrat over relatively steep terrain and keep going east, following the signs "Gasthof Steckholzer" . You finally reach it via serpentines, past a water trough, then over a wide footpath, forest and meadows.

    You can find details about the tour here: wipptal.at/karte/?mapParams=v2/de/gdi_winter/2d/-1/detail/15/47.039340596753746/11.50337545487517/18376/79824505/false/-1 -1 / -1 / -1 / -1 / -1

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  • Easy
    01:24
    3.07 mi
    2.2 mph
    350 ft
    350 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Now it's getting historic: The Trautson premium winter hiking trail not only lets you experience ingenious winter landscapes and far-reaching views, but also shows you a historically significant place. Incidentally, it also leads you over a spectacular suspension bridge. But first things first.

    

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  • Tours
    2
  • Highlights
    8
  • Distance
    8.34 mi
  • Duration
    03:56 h
  • Elevation
    1,225 ft

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