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Nature experiences around the Winter Hiking Village Kartitsch

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Osttirol

Situated at 4,444 feet (1,356 meters) above sea level, the altitude of this village ensures snow, as well as being one of the places with the most hours of sunshine in Austria. Kartitsch in East Tyrol is located in one of the most beautiful high valleys of the Alps and is the first official winter hiking village in Austria. This idyllic mountaineering village fulfills all your desires for near-natural winter experiences. While you're here, one thing is guaranteed: awesome seasonal hiking. On a total of nine certified winter hiking trails you can explore the picturesque mountain landscape around Kartitsch. All signposted routes are maintained and cleared throughout the winter to enable you to hike effortlessly through the snow-covered winter landscape.

You'll stomp over snow-covered meadows and winter forests and you'll come into harmony with the quiet and sleeping nature. The authentic mountain village of Kartitsch in the East Tyrolean Gailtal is the ideal base for your personal winter hikes.

During the winter hikes the focus is entirely on experiencing nature - along the hiking trails you will find only simple, winterproof resting places, which are also available in summer for hikers. For a cozy stop, there are inns and huts along the hiking routes or in the small villages around Kartitsch.

The guided tours on the winter hiking trails are particularly beautiful: Twice a week, you can dive even deeper into the winter nature, because the guides know every secret of their mountains and forests. On Wednesdays, torchlight and lantern hikes also provide a rustic romantic experience — including a steaming cup of hot punch.

You can find even more inspiration at the Tyrolean winter wall specialists: tirol.at/reisefuehrer/sport/winterwandern

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Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    05:14
    6.95 mi
    1.3 mph
    2,000 ft
    1,500 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 the hiking car park at the Gasthaus Dorfberg in the Kartitscher district St. Oswald. From here you follow the signposted hiking trail out of the village and walk steadily upwards through the sparse mountain forest. Sometimes the snowy trees on the wayside tower high above your head, sometimes they give you a view of the surrounding mountain landscape.Soon the forest clears and finally opens to a wide, snow-covered mountain meadow. Before you can clearly see the summit of the Dorfberg. Since the summit itself can only be climbed by ski, the winter hiking trail leads you from here in a few hairpin bends down to the valley. Before you start the descent, you can still enjoy the magnificent view of the snowy Carnic Ridge and the snowy Gailtal.Afterwards you follow the signposted path through the sparse mountain forest down to Kartitsch Rauchenbach. From here the Postbus takes you back to the winter hiking village Kartitsch.

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  • Intermediate
    01:03
    2.48 mi
    2.4 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The winter hike Wiesenweg connects Kartitsch with the tranquil district of St. Oswald. The path runs over wide, snowy mountain meadows and accordingly you enjoy a wonderful panoramic view on this tour. The best thing about the hike: in St. Oswald, the Gasthaus Dorfberg awaits you for a leisurely break in the warm parlor.From Kartitsch you follow the signposted hiking trail past some farms through the snow-covered landscape of the Gailtal. Without any significant difference in altitude, there is a magnificent view as far as St. Oswald. There you can indulge yourself in the inn with regional specialties before you hike back to Kartitsch on the same way.

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  • Easy
    01:41
    2.57 mi
    1.5 mph
    375 ft
    375 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Winklertal is the main hiking valley of Kartitsch. In summer, hikers climb through the picturesque valley to the Obstansersee and the hut of the same name. In the deep winter, however, this path is snow-covered, but on our round trip you can explore the peaceful valley in the snow.From Kartitsch you follow the barely traveled road to the sports center. Here you can skate in the winter under the open sky.From the sports center you can take a prepared winter hiking path into the Winkler valley. The rocky summit of Rosskopf soon appears high above the trees. You can especially admire the mountain from the bridge, where you cross the Winkler-Tal-Bach.From the bridge, on the other bank of the stream, you drive through the forest back to Kartitsch. Soon, the forest clears and gives you the view of the winter hiking village and the snowy surroundings free.

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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 in the direction of Innerlerch. Turn to the left and walk along the edge of the forest with a wonderful view.At the next fork, just before the farms of Innerlerch, the Innerland circular trail turns sharply to the right. Here, the path leads you through a light mountain forest a little uphill. After a short time you have reached the highest point of the circular walk. From here you hike leisurely downhill on a wide winter hiking trail through a snowy forest.At a crossroads you come back to the trail to the village mountain, which leads to the left uphill. On the other hand, you turn right and walk back in some hairpin bends to the starting point of the hike.

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  • Intermediate
    02:13
    3.16 mi
    1.4 mph
    675 ft
    700 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Kartitscher district Hollbruck is famous for its pilgrimage church and for the untouched, surrounding nature. Even in winter, there are various hiking trails to explore this area extensively.Starting from Hollbruck, you hike across open, snowy meadows to the south in the direction of Hollbrucker Tal. Soon you will be surrounded by a dense mountain forest that gently muffles all surrounding sounds.After a while, the signposted Hollbrucker Rundwanderweg branches sharply to the right. Through the snowy forest, it goes slowly uphill. The trail runs here only a few meters away from the edge of the forest and so you can see time and again the surrounding snow-capped mountains between the trunks.After turning right again, the Hollbrucker Rundwanderweg takes you back to Hollbruck in a loop. You leave the forest and in front of you opens a magnificent winter panorama with a view of the Gailtal Alps and the Puster Valley.Only a little later you reach the starting point of your hike again.

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  • Easy
    01:03
    2.25 mi
    2.2 mph
    400 ft
    125 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    South of Kartitsch, several quiet valleys stretch between the foothills of the Carnic Ridge. The Erschbaumer Valley is one of the most beautiful of these valley landscapes and can be visited on a leisurely winter hike.From Kartitsch you walk through an open winter landscape to the east. Soon the winter hiking trail leads you into a dense mountain forest. The snowy forest seems to swallow all the sounds and in this mystical silence, you continue to wander comfortably.After a while, you will reach the bridge over the wintry Verwbaumer-Tal-Bach. From the bridge, you have a nice view into the valley and the mountains of the Carnic ridge towering high above the head of the valley.At the bridge, you finally turn around and follow the trail back to a turnoff. Here you keep right and leave the winter forest. After a short stretch over a snowy meadow you reach the Kartitscher district Bachler. With the Postbus you drive back to Kartitsch.

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  • Easy
    00:54
    1.45 mi
    1.6 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This short circular walk follows the Gailbach over the snow-covered meadows around Kartitsch and offers you a beautiful view of the wintry Gailtal.Your round trip starts in the center of Kartitsch. From there, the path leads you past the village church and up to the Gailbach. You turn right and walk along wintry meadows along the banks of the Gailbach.Arrived in the district of Gail, you cross the creek on a bridge and make your way back. Here you walk along some farms and enjoy the view of the surrounding mountain landscape.Back in Kartitsch we cross the bridge and continue to the starting point of the hike.

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  • Intermediate
    02:21
    3.50 mi
    1.5 mph
    550 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Schuster valley is a quiet side valley of the Gailtal valley and lies directly south of the winter hiking village Kartitsch. Even in winter you can explore the picturesque valley on a small circular walk.Leave Kartitsch heading south and cross a snowy meadow. Shortly thereafter, the trail leads you into the dense and quiet mountain forest. The path rises gently and runs parallel to the Schustertal stream, which even in winter still leads a little water.Keep your eyes open during your walk, because sometimes you can see some of the animal forest dwellers looking for food deep in the snow.At the highest point of the hike you cross the creek on a narrow bridge. Here you have again a great view of the wintry Schuster valley. Through the forest, it goes along the stream back to the starting point of the hike.

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  • Intermediate
    02:22
    3.60 mi
    1.5 mph
    525 ft
    525 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Hollbruckertalweg leads you from Hollbruck into the quiet valley of the same name. Especially in winter you can experience real seclusion and untouched nature in the Hollbrucker valley.Your hike to the valley begins in the Kartitsch hamlet Hollbruck. From the pretty pilgrimage church you follow the signposted winter hiking trail southwards into the valley. First, you will wander through an open winter landscape, but soon a larch forest surrounds you.Along the wintry Hollbrucker-Tal-Bach, you will hike gently up the valley until you cross the creek on a bridge. Now it's off the valley on the other side of the river. The winter hiking trail leads you past some farms to the edge of the forest, where you can enjoy a wonderful view of Kartitsch, St. Oswald and the surrounding mountains.In a loop, it goes back to the stream and on to Hollbruck, the starting point of the circular walk.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    9
  • Distance
    30.1 mi
  • Duration
    18:45 h
  • Elevation
    5,300 ft

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