Snowshoeing at Nature Park Kaunergrat, © Archiv TVB TirolWest/Daniel Zangerl
Snowshoeing at Nature Park Kaunergrat, © Archiv TVB TirolWest/Daniel Zangerl

Tirol’s Natural Gems in Winter

Tirol's nature parks are a great place to experience winter from a new perspective. Winter highlights in the region's nature parks and the Hohe Tauern National Park include guided tours following animal tracks as well as moonlight snowshoe adventures.

Escape the hustle and bustle of Tirol's ski resorts and get back to nature with a trip to one of the region's natural gems. These peaceful winter landscapes can be explored using snowshoes or via well-maintained winter walking trails. At the same time, visitors should always remember that many animals hibernate over the winter and do not wish to be disturbed. With temperatures falling as low as -20°C in winter, they need to rest in order to survive in the harsh environment of the Alps. Therefore, please stick to the marked trails and avoid making too much noise.

Winter Hikes with Swarovski Binoculars

Despite the thick layer of snow that covers the region in winter, there is plenty going on under the surface - even during the cold months of the year. Trained  Nature Watch Guides will take you on a guided tour of the Karwendel Nature Park and explain how animals and plants survive in this harsh environment. You wil be given powerful Swarovski binoculars and invited, with the help of the guides, to search for tracks left in the snow by animals.

  • From 1 December 2018 until 31 March 2019 the tourism board in Hall-Wattens organises a guided hike every Tuesday at 10:00. Guides will accompany visitors into the Karwendel Nature Park, where they will be given binoculars. The tour begins at the parking area Hinterhornalm in Gnadenwald and lasts around 2.5 hours. More info and bookings: +43.5223.45544-0, office@hall-wattens.at, www.hall-wattens.at
  • Several Nature Watch guided hikes are held every week in the Hohe Tauern National Park. Location include the Deferggental Valley, Kals am Großglockner, the region around Lienz and the Virgental Valley. Walks start at 9:30 and take around 4 hours. Info and bookings: +43.4875.5161-10, nationalparkservice.tirol@hohetauern.at, www.hohetauern.at (German only)

Full Moon Snowshoe Hikes

  • When the Moon is full and bathes the winter landscape with nocturnal light, the Hohe Tauern National Park organises guided snowshoe hikes. In 2019 there will be guided hikes on 20 and 21 January as well as on 18 and 19 February and 20 and 21 March. Hikes start at 19:00. For information on meeting points and to book a place contact: +43.4875.5161-10, nationalparkservice.tirol@hohetauern.at, www.hohetauern.at (German only)

 

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