Winter hiking in and around Heiligenblut am Grossglockner

In winter boots or on snowshoes: set out through the powder snow from Heiligenblut am Grossglockner

A winter wonderland in the Hohe Tauern mountains – what could be more romantic? As the sun climbs higher in sky, and an ice-cold night gives way to a brilliantly sunny winter’s day, we set out through the snow to explore some of the region’s most beautiful winter walks. Whether you choose one of the relatively flat paths in the valley, or feel like an alpine adventure at altitudes of up to 2600 m – the experience is sure to be magical.

The use of snowshoes is dependent on the chosen route. In Heiligenblut, there are eight clearly marked winter hiking paths with detailed descriptions. Snowshoes mostly come into play when we venture deeper into the Hohe Tauern National Park – the largest winter hiking territory in the Eastern Alps. Adventurers, explorers and recreational hikers are all equally catered for.

Walk, rest, enjoy

Early morning is the best time of day to set out on a winter hike. The temperatures are gradually pushed up by the rising sun, the views of the surrounding mountains become more stunning by the minute. Eight winter hiking trails offer something for everyone: the Empress Elisabeth trail takes us to the Gipperalm alpine pastures, while the Schareck summit trail begins at an altitude of over 2500 metres. In between there is the Heiligenblut circular trail, the snowy paradise of the Fallbichl, the circular trail to Apriach’s high-alpine pastures, and so much more.

Winterwandern im Erlebnisraum Großglockner/Heiligenblut

Respect your limits!

5 rules for responsible snowshoeing or ski touring:

Important for ski touring: prohibition of driving in young forest and reforestation areas.

The Natural World of the Hohe Tauern National Park...

…becomes tangible when you discover it on snowshoes. The Hohe Tauern National Park and its surrounding mountains count as the largest winter hiking territory in the Eastern Alps. Embrace the amazing feeling of walking in nature – whether you are an adventurer, explorer or recreational hiker. The Hohe Tauern National Park Rangers are available to offer fascinating insights into this amazing environment, and will happily take you on wildlife observation trips into the realm of ibex, chamois, snow hares and much more.

Visit our online portal for more fantastic hiking routes

The new brochure on Winter Hiking Trails is available at the Heiligenblut Information & Booking Center, from your accommodation provider, or online.

Feeling in the mood to do some winter hiking?

Whether you choose a valley path or snowshoe hike, with or without a National Park Ranger, on the lookout for animal tracks or simply to get some great exercise: winter hiking is both exhilarating and serene. If this sounds like something you might love, we’ll be delighted to help you plan your holiday in Heiligenblut.

For further information on any part of your holiday, don’t hesitate to contact us, send us a no-obligation holiday enquiry, or phone us on +43 4824 2700-20.

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