Five Spectacular Winter Walking Destinations

Glittering snow, crystal clear air and bright sunshine. More and more people are discovering the beauty of winter on well-prepared hiking trails.

An added bonus are the documented positive health effects of getting out and about in the winter months. The following 5 untouched winter landscapes in the Tyrol are some of the loveliest for winter hiking.

Seefeld in Tirol

Winter walking in Seefeld
Winter walking in Seefeld
© Olympiaregion Seefeld

The Olympiaregion Seefeld offers the first long-distance hiking trail in Tyrol. For four days, the participants can immerse themselves in the snow-covered mountains surrounding the Seefeld plateau.

The four stages lead through the Leutasch valley, the Wildmoos nature reserve, to the Peace Bell in Mösern and finally to the Wetterstein hut.

The Achensee

Winter walking near the Achensee in Austria
Winter walking near the Achensee
© Lisa Hörterer

You can learn a lot about the winter habits of deer, hare and other wild animals during the winter hikes in the Karwendel Nature Park on the Achensee.

Among many other topics, the nature park rangers explain the survival strategies the wild animals use to survive a hard winter. The hike lasts four to five hours and first leads to a vantage point with a view of the Hinter- and Vordernutz. Afterwards, you can fortify yourself in the cosy Falkenmoosalm near the lake.

Kartitsch

Winter walking in Austria's East Tyrol
Winter walking around Kartitsch
© Christian Riepler

The small mountaineering village of Kartitsch in Austria’s East Tyrol lies at an altitude of 1356 metres above sea level.

Since 2018 it has been titled “Austria’s first winter hiking village”. Here, winter hikers can immerse themselves in the snow-covered landscape of East Tyrol on nine prepared and signposted winter hiking trails.

If you stay overnight in one of the certified winter hiking establishments, you can safely leave your rucksack, hiking poles and seat pads at home, as the hiking equipment is provided. In addition, winter hikers can enjoy guided tours and a free bus service.

Kitzbühel Alps

Winter walking in the Kitzbühel Alps
Winter walking in the Kitzbühel Alps
© Fritz Beck

The Kitzbühel Alps are ideal for relaxation without forgetting the sporting component of a winter break.

The high plateau of Bichlach is particularly suitable for winter hiking. The ascents are moderate, but the view of the Kaisergebirge mountains is all the more breathtaking.

Centrally located between Kitzbühel, St. Johann and Kirchberg, there is a large selection of accommodation – from rustic farmhouses to luxury hotels.

Kufstein

Winter walking near Kufstein
Winter hiking in the Kaisertal
© Oliver Soulas

Once a month – always at full moon – a very special guided winter hike starts from Kufstein.

Early in the morning, when it is still pitch dark and only the moon lights the way, the participants set off for the Kaisertal, which was voted the “most beautiful place in Austria” in 2016.

Those who have climbed the 280 steps and 670 metres up to the Ritzau-Alm will be rewarded with an unforgettable dawn and a delicious breakfast.

More information: www.tirol.at