Freshly fallen snow is sparkling under the midwinter sun. Your breath is now visible in the clear air. It’s cold but the sun rays are feeling warm on your skin. Right before you, there's a scenic landscape of beautiful frozen rivers, fairytale-like forests and white mountain peaks. You are hiking along cleared paths, through silent valleys and forests. A cozy hut is inviting you to sit at the open fire and drink a cup of hot tea. Can you imagine, how it feels? - That’s winter hiking in Tyrol.
While the skiing slopes are often busy, you can enjoy the silence of the magical winter landscapes. Many routes around the Tyrolean ski resorts are cleared for winter hiking and provide a perfect alternative to the busy ski slopes. It doesn’t matter if there is a lot of snow or only white frost on the meadows, these little hikes guarantee a lot of highlights along the way. Castles, ruins, monasteries, exceptional views onto the Tyrolean mountain ranges and idyllic trails through forests. Just put yourself into some warm clothes and get out into the beautiful cold. Oh, and feel free to add your winter photos to our highlights to show others how beautiful they are all year around.
Not for nothing, the Kaisertal was voted Austria's most beautiful place in 2016. An excellent hiking area, nestled between the Zahmer Kaiser and the Wilder Kaiser. Even in winter you can hike the valley easily.The valley can only be reached via the imperial staircase. Quickly gaining in height, you climb the 285 steps and are rewarded with a great view.Even if today a road leads into the valley, the traffic is limited, since only the 35 inhabitants of the valley there may also use a car.From the Antoniuskapelle you just go back the same way. If you are particularly fit and ambitious, you can also follow the path and then turn left up to Ritzau Alm. Return it goes over a somewhat steeper forest and then back over the Kaiserstiege into the valley.
The picturesque Hintersteiner lake is unfortunately no longer a secret. But in winter you will experience absolute peace and solitude in nature here. The path to the lake and the roads around the lake are cleared even in winter. The only exception is the Seespitz path through the forest but as this is often done in the winter, usually forms a well walkable trail in the snow.The ascent from Scheffau is not too difficult and is rewarded with a wonderful view of the Wilder Kaiser reflected in the lake. Who is fit follows the forest path to the left around the lake. Those who prefer it more comfortable, can reach the right and in a few minutes the Seestüberl. A Seeumrundung is absolutely recommendable!Back it goes again on Greidern to Scheffau. In summer you can take the "Kaiser-Jet" back to the valley.
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The hike starts at Rattenberg / Kramsach station. The small town Rattenberg is always worth a visit. And from the train station, you can already see the first destination of your hike, namely the Rattenberg castle ruins.Continue to Brixlegg. The castles and palaces in the region serve as popular photo opportunities and spread mystical nostalgia, especially in fog or snow. A visit to Gut Matzen and above all to the beautiful Matzenpark is always a good idea. Finally, the view opens up to the castle Lichtenwerth, before your way leads you along the green Inn back to Rattenberg.No matter if winter or summer, this easy walk shows many beautiful highlights of the area. And the surrounding Tyrolean mountains are always fascinating with their beauty anyway. Of course, you can also start the tour in the other direction and visit Rattenberg and its castle ruins as your final destination.
Winter, like summer, Amberger Hütte is a haven for mountaineers. Worthwhile is also a "simple" day hike to the German Alpine Club hut. A magical, snowy experience in winter.On the route, you will always get fulminant mountain views and the cozy Amberger Hütte invites you to linger with its sunny, great location.After a proper refreshment, it goes back the same way.
The tour between Austria and Germany starts in the village Vils in Tirol and ends in Steinach in Bavaria. The path leads cozy and picturesque beautiful always along the Vils.Easy to do well with children.
If there is no or little snow, then a detour to the knight playground at the edge of the Vilsweg is a welcome change for the little ones.
On the whole tour you have a great view of the mountains and at the end of the hike, a wide view opens into the Allgäu. From Steinach you reach the railroad with the Außerfernbahn back to Vils. Who is sporty, of course, can also run back.
This beautiful beginner or family tour leads from Längenfeld up to Brandalm and on to Burgstein. It is milled out during snowfall and is therefore feasible throughout the year.The absolute highlight of this tour is the 84 m long suspension bridge that connects Brand with Burgstein. The path along the rocks and through the forest is beautiful and always offers fantastic views.The snack bar Brandalm with its petting zoo is just as worth a visit as the snack bar Sigi in Burgstein. Back to Längenfeld you arrive on the old access road from Burgstein. A great tour, which is a nice change to the spa stay
Directly at the entrance to the Halltal is a large parking lot and an information center. It's really great that the valley is closed to official traffic. Therefore, it has remained calm and original. A peaceful oasis away from the busy Inn valley.The steep rock faces of the Karwendel impress, if you walk through the valley always gaining height. And St. Magdalene impresses especially with snow or even a little fog with its mystical sight.After a small refreshment in the inn St. Magdalena, it goes back through the valley to the parking lot.
The "Gramai" is a popular destination for winter hikers and cross-country skiers. The Falzthurntal offers a fantastic backdrop on the hike to the Gramaialm. In the morning and in the evening it is shady in winter, because the sun does not come over the high mountains, which enclose the valley. It's best to wrap up warm and change clothes in case you get sweaty.Especially in summer the Achensee offers a lot of highlights. A ride on the Achensee boat trip is rewarding, beautiful and even takes you to the starting point of this hike. In addition, a nostalgic bus to Gramaialm in summer, so you can even save the way to or from walking, especially the Gramaialm as a starting point for one of the numerous mountain tours choose.
Across the market town of Reutte, this uncomplicated, varied hike leads past the beautiful waters of the region.Above all, the Pflacher Au with all its waterfowl is particularly idyllic and lets you forget quickly that you are actually in the middle of a village. The tour can also be great with children, since it hardly contains altitude.
The fact that Innsbruck lies in the heart of the Alps, you realize at the latest when you come in just 20 minutes in the middle of the city on the mountain. Whether by car or the Hungerburgbahn, you are fast on the Hungerburg, the starting point, this small hike.The opinions are shared. Some prefer the Arzler and others the Rumer Alm. Both are in a great location and offer delicious traditional delicacies.This tour is especially recommended in the evenings, when the city of Innsbruck is dipped in a candle and you can enjoy a particularly beautiful view.
A tour to the Alpe Stubental is always something special, especially thanks to the host Karl "El Carlos". As the innkeeper used to say, "If people spend just one hour out in nature, they are much happier." After the partly steep but easy ascent, you are guaranteed to return to the mountain pasture and forget the hustle and bustle for a while of everyday life.On the way back you should definitely make the small but very rewarding detour on the Jungholz high trail to return to the starting point.
The region around the Wilder Kaiser is actually a single highlight. I grew up in this area and no matter how many times I see these mighty mountains, I'm always fascinated. In the ski resorts, it is sometimes hectic in the winter, since I find a hike in the quiet nature a welcome change.On this hike is especially great that you can borrow a toboggan from the landlady Sabine on the Niederalm and thus the way from the pasture to the alpine parking lot on the sled back. Incidentally, the toboggan run is also perfect for beginners! Well, have fun!If you are athletic, you can of course go back to St. Johann. If you are 20 kilometers a little too much, follow the path to the Stanglwirt and from there take the bus back to St. Johann. The suitable bus timetables can be found at wilderkaiser.info