Take the train directly to snowy landscapes – winter hiking around Gastein

Your footsteps crunch in the snow, clean mountain air brushes your cheeks, and bright winter sunshine illuminates the snow-covered slopes of the Hohe Tauern – welcome to winter hiking in Gastein. In winter, dense, glittering snow covers the impressive Alpine nature, plunging the peaceful valley into a winter slumber. On your hikes, quaint villages, quiet tributary valleys, murmuring brooks and picturesque vantage points await you in between the peaks.

Winter hiking in Gastein is very meditative as you watch snow trickling off trees and icicles glistening in the sun. Frau Holle usually wishes the Gastein Valley well thanks to its high alpine location. You can explore the beautiful scenery on a network of winter hiking trails, the best of which we’ve included in this Collection. You can choose from 11 trails that will take you to magnificent panoramic views, cozy huts, wintery streams, and through plenty of crunching snow.

Work your way steadily through forests and across open fields, over gentle hills and up steep passages. The well-prepared and well-marked paths make your journey of discovery through the varied valley even better. You could also rent a pair of snowshoes if you wish.

Gastein has a range of accommodation to choose from and it is always easy to reach the start of the hikes, you can choose whether you bring your car or take public transport. The hikes are spread out across Dorfgastein, Bad Hofgastein, and Bad Gastein. Often, you can even reach the trail from your accommodation on foot.

After the hike, or as a nice pitstop, a few huts, inns and cafés await you. And then of course the Gastein Valley is also known for its soothing thermal water... but we’re getting off topic. First we hike. Prepare to be fascinated and invigorated while winter hiking in the Gastein Valley.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    01:24
    3.27 mi
    2.3 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Trudge through the breathtaking backdrop of Sportgastein ...... and forget space and time. It is not the same with a few hikers who set off into the dreamy high valley. Once you have arrived, you will immediately see what we are talking about: The spacious, sunny valley floor welcomes winter sports enthusiasts of all kinds. From cross-country skiers to skiers - yes, you will even see a few dog sleds flashing past you with a little luck.But the Nassfeld also proves to be a unique area for hiking. The glittering snow, the historic houses that date back to the gold mining era, a frozen waterfall here and there ... It is already one of the most beautiful places of strength that the Gastein Valley has to offer.Speaking of power: after an extensive round, you can of course fill up on site. For example in the Valeriehaus, which welcomes its guests every day in winter.The best way to get to Sportgastein is by bus (gastein.com/service/mobilitaet-vor-ort) or your car (note: there are toll fees on the road).

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  • Intermediate
    03:04
    6.82 mi
    2.2 mph
    725 ft
    725 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    A cinematic hike through one of Gastein's four sack valleys.The Kötschachtal is the starting point for several (literally) breathtaking tours and therefore attracts many hikers, especially in summer. In winter, the magic that it radiates is not felt less intensely.You can get there by car or bus line 555 (gastein.com/service/mobilitaet-vor-ort) and get off directly at the former hotel village "Grüner Baum".And with that your wonderful hike through the Kötschachtal begins. Along the driveway, you hike into the valley to Malerwinkel, where one romantic old farmstead after another opens up. Further past the breathtaking sky wall, a towering granite gneiss rock, you follow a wide path through the high forest with a magnificent view of the Tischlerkar group.After about an hour full of astonishment and admiration of the untouched nature you reach the Alpenhaus Prossau, which provides hungry winter hikers with delicious dishes at a height of 1,278 meters. The way back is the same, only that completely new, breathtaking views open up from this side.

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  • Easy
    01:37
    3.85 mi
    2.4 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Imperial walk from Bad Gastein to Böckstein and back.The Kaiserin Elisabeth promenade leads you from Bad Gastein center or the Stubnerkogel valley station along the Gasteiner Ache to the idyllic Alt-Böckstein. As soon as you step in, you will see a monument on the rock to whom this path was named.If you are looking for the winter sun, then this flat promenade is the place for you. With the rippling sound of the Ache in your ear and a view of the heights of Sportgastein, you make your way even further into the valley. It doesn't matter which bank side, because both offer you well-marked and cleared paths. For this reason we have created a circular walk for you.Your goal is, enthroned on a small hill above Böckstein, the baroque pilgrimage church "Maria vom guten Rat". It's worth taking a look inside. Then it goes back towards Bad Gastein.

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  • Easy
    01:13
    2.71 mi
    2.2 mph
    250 ft
    250 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Away from the hustle and bustle and into the romance.There is a lot going on in summer and winter in the Angertal. If you feel like a quiet winter hike, this is the place for you. Just follow this route - the Angertal romantic path - and find out why.At 1,180 meters you hike in the footsteps of the miners to the end of the valley. Who or what you come across? First of all one or the other skier on the descent from the mountain, cross-country skiers who are just getting on their skis, and like-minded winter hikers.You trudge past the valley station in the Angertal, between the Hirschenhütte and the Alpengasthof Angertal - into which it is worthwhile to return on the way back - through and further towards the valley head. Where the trees finally become denser, it becomes calmer again. And you can enjoy the pleasant silence and soothing mountain air. The same path takes you back to the lively valley, which also led you towards the quiet side of the Angertal.You can reach the Angertal by car or ski bus, which brings winter sports enthusiasts into the Angertal several times a day (gastein.com/service/mobilitaet-vor-ort).

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  • Intermediate
    02:04
    4.63 mi
    2.2 mph
    50 ft
    1,175 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Fantastic views and a rushing companion.This winter hiking trail begins in the lively Angertal valley, at 1,180 meters above sea level, from where numerous walkers, cross-country skiers, ski tourers and skiers start their adventures in winter. So you too - it goes out towards Bad Hofgastein.The best way to get to Angertal is by ski bus. He starts his journey several times a day (gastein.com/service/mobilitaet-vor-ort).And so you trudge there. Through crunching snow, sometimes through snow-covered forests, sometimes with great foresight. Until you reach the Hartlgut snack station after just under two kilometers and thus a possible stopover. So much can be said: The homemade specialties and the fantastic view up there are definitely worth a short breather.From the snack station you follow the path - still slightly elevated and with a view of the Gastein Valley. Then finally he will lead you there. And you stroll along the icy cold Ache towards Bad Hofgastein center.

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  • Easy
    01:27
    2.85 mi
    2.0 mph
    600 ft
    600 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Easy climbs with a rewarding view.This winter hike starts in the heart of snow-covered Bad Hofgastein. You walk towards the valley station of the Schlossalm lift - resist the temptation to let yourself “fly” up the mountain - and start the gentle climb along the ski meadow.Surrounded by leaf and coniferous trees, the path winds uphill to the Brandnerbauer. And once you get up here, you not only have the chance to soak up vitamin D properly, but you also get a wonderful view of Bad Hofgastein.So: enjoy the winter sun and let the view work on you. You can go back the same way that brought you up.

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  • Easy
    01:32
    2.95 mi
    1.9 mph
    750 ft
    750 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From the lively pedestrian zone to the idyllic chapel.Your winter hike starts behind the Bad Hofgastein parish church. You start to ascend along a cleared road towards Kronwald. With the sun on your face and the constant view of the valley below, you hardly notice the altitude difference that you cover here.And then you can see it in front of you: the Annencafé, which serves delicious dishes in summer and winter. Especially when the weather is fine, a dream place to take a break. A hot tip is the protected place on the house wall.The way back is the same as the one who led you up here. But wait! Before you start it, you should take a few minutes to pay a visit to the Annenkapelle - and thus the actual goal of this tour - to recharge your batteries and enjoy the wonderful view of Bad Hofgastein.

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  • Intermediate
    02:27
    5.71 mi
    2.3 mph
    325 ft
    300 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Hiking - on the sunny side of the Gastein Valley.Are you longing for the sun? You are certainly not alone - now in winter. But on the so-called "circular hike over the villages" just right. Because it always leads you on cleared paths to where it is sunniest in the Gastein Valley.So always follow the sun! The circular hiking trail leads you through all southern districts of Bad Hofgastein. Starting in the town center, you first hike on the sunny east side of the valley to the Gastein bathing lake and back over the west side, past the Weitmoser Schlössl into the village.A nice round that is not only scenic, but also culinary. On the way there are some traditional Gastein businesses that are happy to cater for you. From the pork knuckle to the classic Sacher cake - you won't leave this hike on an empty stomach.

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  • Intermediate
    02:08
    5.16 mi
    2.4 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Relaxed through the valley with a view of the Gastein giants.Yes, the Ache also makes its rushing curves through the first part of the Gastein Valley - Dorfgastein. And that's why there is of course an idyllic promenade waiting for you to relax through the winter wonderland.This section leads you from the Mayerhofen district to the Luggau district. First along the water and then via a geology adventure trail back towards Dorfgastein center. Always in view: the peaks of the Gastein Valley.For children, this means: discover, discover, discover. And we advise you at this point: just stroll, soak up the sun and enjoy the fresh Gastein air!Tip: Part of this hike (old road from the municipal office to the Stöcklgut) is illuminated in the evening and is therefore ideal for a romantic walk under the starry sky.

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  • Intermediate
    03:36
    7.92 mi
    2.2 mph
    925 ft
    925 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Educational idyllic hike with a majestic end.There are many legends about the Gastein Valley. A very special way tells you more about it: The Dorfgastein legend trail.He takes you from Unterberg to Klammstein and tells you interesting facts about Gastein's mysterious side. How does he do it? By having several saga boards ready for you. A path that attracts many hikers both in summer and winter. Big and small alike.At the end there is another Gastein landmark waiting for you: Klammstein Castle, which rises high up on a hill at the very beginning of the valley. If you are out in January, you can take a look inside. Guided tours are also offered. Otherwise, it is a real highlight from the outside, which you can enjoy as long as you like. Before returning to Dorfgastein on the same route.

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  • Easy
    00:57
    2.30 mi
    2.4 mph
    50 ft
    75 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Small round - big effect.The walk from Harbach to the Präaubauer and back to the Luggau district of Dorfgastein proves in many ways to be the "perfect little round". For example, for "kicking your legs" after dinner (please do not forget your headlamp), a cozy round with the family or going for a walk with your dog.Past meadows and forests, starting from Harbach, you make your way over the Alte Bundesstraße on the sunny east side of the valley. After a while you cross the Gasteiner Ache and hike next to the railway line, past a small chapel and through Luggau back to your starting point.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    11
  • Distance
    48.2 mi
  • Duration
    21:30 h
  • Elevation
    4,050 ft
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