The sparkle of the last snowflakes in the first rays of sunlight:
Winter hiking in the Kaunertal mountain world is something very special.
Winter hiking in the Kaunertal: Experience the nature park & glacier region while walking
Skis and snowboard can stay at home for once: Experience winter from a different perspective while hiking in Kaunertal! A snowshoe hike slows you down and lets you enjoy the winter landscape at first hand. Or you can drive high up on the Kaunertal Glacier Road and let your gaze wander over the peaks covered in white. Here you can find all tips for pedestrians in the Kaunertal.
Enjoy the winter in Kaunertal while hiking
The Kaunertal Nature Park and Glacier Region is made for hiking in winter. No matter where you are in the valley, you are always surrounded by the fairytale snowy landscape and the view of the majestic glacier peaks.
Winter hiking in Fendels
If you want to go winter hiking high above the Kaunertal, you should visit the Winterberg Fendels right at the entrance to the valley. For example, enjoy the winter tranquillity on the easy hiking trail around the holiday village of Fendels or follow the winter hiking trail through the snow-covered larch meadows to the Wiesele church ruins.
A ride from Fendels on the Sattelboden cable car is rewarded with a wonderful panoramic view over the valley, and a stop at the Sattelklause restaurant also guarantees a cosy time. The toboggan run also starts up here.
Snowshoeing in the Kaunertal valley: Kaunergrat Nature Park
Some of the most beautiful snowshoe hikes also start right at the entrance to the Kaunertal valley: at the Kaunergrat Nature Park Centre. These include the “Harbe-Wiesen” winter hiking trail, which leads through the idyllic snowy landscape to the “Harbe-Weiher” pond, or the nearby “Feigwasser-Runde”.
By the way: The Kaunergrat Nature Park Centre always offers snowshoe try-out courses. Here you can gain your first experience as a beginner or try out larger, guided snowshoe tours such as the ascent to the “Gogles Alm”.
More winter hiking trails in the Kaunertal Valley
In addition, other winter hiking trails can be explored along the Kaunertal valley. Some particularly worthwhile routes:
- the ascent to the “Adlerblick” viewing platform above Feichten
- the hike along the toboggan run from Feichten to the (not managed) hut “Ögg”
- the hiking trail through wintery forests from Kaltenbrunn to the Falkaunsalm (also ideal for snowshoeing)
- the winter hiking trail “Kauner Wiesen” or the panorama trail in Kauns
- Further guided tours are offered by the Kaunertal Ski School and the Kaunertal Mountain Guides.
Apart from winter hiking: Kaunertal for pedestrians
Exploring the Kaunertal valley on a winter hike provides you with a well-deserved break from your daily routine. You can also recharge your batteries at dizzy heights: The Kaunertal Glacier Road – the only high alpine road in Austria that is open all year round – leads you from the valley through the diverse mountain landscape up to the eternal ice of the Kaunertal Glacier, even in winter.
Gondola ride to the national state border
Once you reach the glacier centre at 2,750 m with the car or the bus, the three gondola lifts invite you to take a ride high above the Kaunertal mountains. On all three mountain peaks you are right at the Italian border. The “Three country view” platform on the Karlesjoch (3,108 m) offers a truly impressive view of the untouched high mountain landscape of Austria, Italy and Switzerland.
Tickets for pedestrian
Would you like to enjoy the view on the glacier or soak up some winter sun? Then the Pedestrian ticket is just the right thing for one or more days. The following services are included:
- Toll for the Kaunertal scenic road
- 4 cable cars: one ascent and one descent per day with the Ochsenalmbahn, Falginjochbahn 3,113 m, Weißseejochbahn 3,044 m and Karlesjochbahn 3,108 m.
- Deck chair with blanket on the sun terrace at the Weißsee glacier restaurant