Uncomplicated holiday fun, adventure and outdoor recreation for people with disabilities
In the Kaunertal, this is no problem. In 2013, the Kaunertal Valley was presented with the EU’s EDEN Award for its accessible tourism project. Many businesses and facilities were modified and adapted to meet the needs of disabled visitors. Tourists now have access to the Kaunertal’s natural scenery, from down in the valley up to Drei-Länderblick (three-countries-view) on the Karlsjoch at 3,108 metres above sea level, regardless of their special needs, disabilities or age.
Kaunertal Glacier Road from 1,270 – 2,750m
From down in the valley to the edge of the eternal ice, the Kaunertal Glacier Road takes you 26 kilometres through 6 alpine levels to the unique natural landscape of the Kaunertal Glacier at an altitude of 2,750 metres. By the side of the road you will find natural attractions and lookouts, which can be viewed from the comfort of your car.
Weißsee Glacier Restaurant at 2,750m
As part of the renovation of our glacier restaurant „Weißsee“, doors, toilets and a lift were designed to make it accessible for people with a disability. The expansive free-flow area offers plenty of space and freedom of movement.
Barrier-free access by cable car to the viewing platform at Drei-Länderblick (three-countries-view) from 2,750 – 3,108 metres
There are no steps involved in getting on or off the Karlesjoch cable car and it is suitable for wheelchair users, people with reduced mobility and families with pushchairs. Our staff have been trained to be able to help disabled visitors, ensuring the ride up to 3,108 metres and the barrier-free “Drei-Länderblick” viewing platform is a relaxed and stress-free experience. From there you can enjoy a magnificent view of the surrounding mountains of Austria, Italy and Switzerland. The mountain vista that greets visitors here is one of the best panoramas in the Alps.
Naturparkhaus Kaunergrat & the walk to Piller Moor
The Naturparkhaus Kaunergrat on the Piller saddle offers a further barrier-free opportunity to experience the special nature of the Kaunertal Valley. The wheelchair-accessible Naturparkhaus is home to an information centre, including the exhibition “3000m VERTIKAL”, as well as a restaurant with roof terrace and panoramic view of the Oberinntal. The walking trail to the natural landmark, the Piller Moor, was made accessible to families with pushchairs, disabled people and wheelchair users, thanks to a number of timber walkways that were installed along the route.
Wellness at Quellalpin
Ease of access for all visitors played a major role in the design of the Quellalpin indoor swimming pool and sauna area. From the wheelchair accessible entrance area and spacious changing rooms, to the large swimming pool with pool lift and the panoramic sauna on the roof, all areas of Quellalpin are barrier free. The sanitary facilities are also equipped for wheelchairs.
Accessible Accommodation in the Kaunertal
- Named after the spectacular almost 3,500-metre high peak in the Ötztal Alps, Hotel Weisseespitze is readily accessible for guests with disabilities. Thus, the Kaunertal has been offering one of the best, barrier-free addresses in the Alpine region for years. The functionality of this 4-star hotel, including the spa area, has been adapted to the needs of wheelchair users down to the smallest detail. The all-round exceptional service starts with the accommodation and goes on to include mono ski courses and the hire of equipment.
- Hotel Kirchenwirt in Feichten in the Kaunertal is among the hotels quality tested for accessibility. The centrally located Hotel Kirchenwirt in Feichten has been designed especially with the needs of wheelchair users in mind, offering every comfort for a pleasant stay.
- Haus Renate in Vergötschen/Kaunertal offers holiday apartments for 2 to 9 people and rooms with breakfast. The apartments and the sauna area have been fully converted to cater for wheelchair users.
- For other wheelchair accessible accommodation, please enquire with the Tiroler Oberland / Kaunertal Tourism Association.