The small municipality of Gschnitz is home to 425 inhabitants and lies at the end of the Gschnitztal Valley, a side valley branching off westwards from the Wipptal Valley. The towering Habicht (3,277 metres) and the Pflerscher Tribulaun (3,097 metres) mountains are a haven for walkers and hikers in search of peace and quiet in fabulous natural surroundings.
The Gschnitztal Valley is known for its exceptional biodiversity resulting from the many different types of rock which can be found here near the Austrian-Italian border. In 2019 the villages of Gschnitz and Trins became members of the Mountaineering Villages, an association of places in Tirol committed to environmentally sustainable tourism. Throughout the valley you will find traditional farmsteads with intricate frescoes, some dating back hundreds of years. Must-see attractions include the Gschnitz Mill Village, where visitors can see how people in the valley lived and worked over 100 years ago, including milling wheat, doing ancient handicrafts and shearing sheep. There are also lots of walks and hikes around Gschnitz, from the easy stroll up to the Laponesalm hut to thrilling adventures all the way to the edge of the glacier and even multi-day hikes from hut to hut on the Gschnitztal Hut Hike. Many of the huts in the valley can also be accessed as a day hike. When it comes to mountain-biking there are two well-known challenges to take on: the ride up to the Blaserhütte and the ride to the Padasterjoch. Both lead up over 2,000 metres above sea levels and end at huts serving food and drink. The riding is tough but the views at the top are well worth it!
In winter, cross-country skiers will enjoy the Gschnitztalloipe cross-country skiing trail. There are also a number of well-maintained winter walking trails between Trins and Gschnitz.
The Gschnitztal Valley is known for its exceptional biodiversity resulting from the many different types of rock which can be found here near the…