This winter walk from Grainau to Ehrwald has an incredible highlight. The ride up to the Zugspitze is an experience itself, but the magnificent mountain panorama is without equal

Hiking in winter – just wonderful

This winter walk from Grainau to Ehrwald has an incredible highlight. The ride up to the Zugspitze is an experience itself, but the magnificent mountain panorama is without equal

GERMANY

Walk in the snowWalk in the snow

Oberstdorf in the Allgäu

Around Oberstdorf, hikers are spoiled for choice with around 140 kilometers of winter hiking trails. Whether in the remote Stillachtal or over snowy meadows and through mysterious mountain forests to Einödsbach, a lonely hamlet, – for those who seek silence, the otherwise bustling traditional place in the Allgäu offers a lot. One attraction is the Heini-Klopfer-Skiflugschanze – also known as the Leaning Tower of Oberstdorf. The ski jump can be visited by chairlift and inclined lift up to the viewing platform in the winter season and offers a wide view of the Freibergsee and the Stillachtal.

More information: www.oberstdorf.de

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Upper Bavaria

A winter wonderland with a view of the summit awaits the hikers on the Eibsee near Garmisch. The crystal-clear lake lies directly below the Zugspitze and is rightly considered one of the most beautiful lakes in the Bavarian Alps. In just two hours, the groomed trail is easy to handle even in winter. After each bend, you have a beautiful view of the shimmering green lake with its eight small islands. The trail is suitable for the whole family – when there is snow, taking the sledge makes the most fun.

More information: www.eibsee.de

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AUSTRIA

When the fresh snow crunches under your feet and the cold winter air clears your head of all the ballast – then you look forward to a cozy rest in one of the numerous inns and snack stations along the trails. Austria offers plenty of everything.

Winter idyll in Forstau // Photo: SalzburgerLand TourismusWinter idyll in Forstau // Photo: SalzburgerLand Tourismus

Salzburger Land

The winter hiking paradise Salzburger Land delights the guest with miles of cleared winter hiking trails that lead through snow-covered forests. Particularly impressive is the 12 km long hiking trail at 1,600 m on the “Roßbrand”, which is easily accessible by the Papageno railway. Or the romantic Bachweg near Forstau im Pongau, which is illuminated by the onset of darkness – an impressive winter spectacle.

The incredibly beautiful surroundings of the Gastein Valley, with its snow-covered nature, invite you to exciting winter hikes. There are over 100 km of idyllic winter hiking trails in various altitudes to hike

More information: www.salzburgerland.com/de

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Winter hiking on the Dachstein // Photo: Austria Werbung, Herbert RaffaltWinter hiking on the Dachstein // Photo: Austria Werbung, Herbert Raffalt

 

Styria

From rugged to comfortable the landscape as well as the winter hiking offer of the federal state east of the Salzburger Land, whose most famous holiday area is the Ramsau am Dachstein, present themselves. With over 70 km of trails for winter hiking, the high plateau offers ideal conditions for enjoying nature on foot. Even romantics will find wonderful winter hiking trails in Peter Rosegger’s Waldheimat around the mountain village Fischbach in the northeast of Styria.

More information: www.ramsau.com; www.joglland-waldheimat.at

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ITALY (SOUTH TYROL)

On the sunlit southern side of the Alps, winter can be enjoyed best. Lush cities, quaint villages, quiet pastures – that’s how rich in facets is the South Tyrolean countryside.

Snowshoeing on the Alpe di Siusi // Photo: Alpe di SiusiSnowshoeing on the Alpe di Siusi // Photo: Alpe di Siusi

 

Alpe di Siusi (Seiser Alm)

Snow-capped view of the Dolomites: on one of the highest mountain pastures (1,680 m) in the Schlern-Rosengarten Nature Park, hikers can expect a magnificent mountain panorama. The Seiser Alm cable car takes you up to the sunlit plateau. There you can comfortably enjoy the snow-covered landscape at low slopes on groomed paths. A special highlight are guided snowshoe tours.

More information: www.seiseralm.it/de

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Meran

From the snow to the thermal baths – the ideal mix: first a hearty winter hike on Meran 2000, the snowy skiing and hiking area up to 2,300 m above the Art Nouveau city with Italian flair, then a soothing sauna bath in the valley or relaxing massages at the Merano thermal baths – this is pure holiday happiness.

More information: www.meranerland.org

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SWITZERLAND

Of course, Switzerland with its magnificent mountain panoramas and glaciers is almost predestined for a hike in winter. The tours offer indescribable views – and in the end, often a nice stop.

Engadin

The Philosophers’ Way is considered one of the most beautiful winter hiking trails in Switzerland. Alone for the reason ofthat the Engadine Lake District from St. Moritz to Maloja are literally at your feet. Its starting point is at the mountain station of the funicular, which goes up from Samedan / Punt Muragl to Muottas Muragl. In a large loop, the route leads easily up and down in a constant change. At the end of the tour you either take the funicular back down to Samedan – or treat yourself to a racy descent on the only sledge track in the Engadine.

More information: www.engadin.stmoritz.ch

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Great views of the Swiss mountains // Photo: Beatenberg TourismusGreat views of the Swiss mountains // Photo: Beatenberg Tourismus

Bernese Oberland

The sunny high-altitude hike in Beatenberg on the Niederhorn allows dream views of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau and offers a deep view of Lake Thun. The route runs alternately through forests and over promising snow-covered alpine meadows. Although this route is not a designated sledge track, many visitors take the sleigh for the ride on the downhill sections. On foot or on skids – the winter tour is definitely a pleasure.

More Information: www.beatenbergtourismus.ch

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