Five Winter Walks in the Pitztal

Snow depths that you remember from your childhood dreams… Winter in the Pitztal in western Austria is not all about skiing and snowboarding.

Those who prefer to take it a little easier and simply enjoy the beauty of nature will find total relaxation when winter hiking in the soothing peace of the snow-covered countryside.

Hike to the Gogles Alm

One starting point for this idyllic trail is the car park at the “Gogles Alm” turn-off below the Kaunergrat Nature Park House in the direction of Fließ. Another starting point is at the fish pond in the village of Piller.

The sun terrace set on an alpine meadow offers breathtaking views of the Upper Inn Valley, the Pitztal and the Kaunertal. You also have a clear panorama of the Ötztal Alps, the Samnaun group and the Verwall group.

Walking along the valley floor

The valley trail in the Pitztal
© Chris Walch

You can hike a full 21 kilometres on the valley trail from Mittelberg to Wiese. The snow-covered meadows, roofs and trees create a special winter atmosphere. It is possible to enter and exit the winter hiking trail in every hamlet, so visitors can design a suitable duration for their walk.

Harbe circuit in the Kaunergrat Nature Park

The Gacher Blick viewing platform
© TVB Pitztal

The beautiful Harberunde circular walking route starts directly from the car park at the Kaunergrat – Pitztal Nature Park House. The Gacher Blick viewing platform offers an impressive view of the Upper Inn Valley.

Around the Rifflsee

Walking around the Rifflsee
© Daniel Zangerl

A valid pedestrian ticket or ski pass is required for the ascent to the starting point at the Rifflsee cable car station. On the leisurely route next to the cross-country ski trail, you can admire the snow-crystal-covered Rifflsee from various perspectives.

Winter hike through Stillebach

The trail through Stillebach
© Biohotel Stillebach

The starting point here is the Stillebach bus stop, where visitors cross two bridges to reach the prepared winter hiking trail. The walk leads through Stillebach past a picturesque lake and numerous frozen waterfalls, where you can watch ice climbers at their sport. An evening hike also has its own very special charm.

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