© Tirol Werbung / Frank Stolle
© Tirol Werbung / Frank Stolle

East Tirol: Explore Austria's First Winter Walking Village

The highest mountains in Tirol, the largest national park in the Alps, more hours of sunshine than most places in Austria – three excellent reasons to discover East Tirol and in particular Kartitsch, Austria's first official winter walking village.

Seen from North Tirol, the region of East Tirol enjoys a remote location separated from the "rest" of Tirol by the Italian province of Alto Adige. However, it is exactly this remoteness which makes it so popular with walkers. Many of the side valleys around the Hohe Tauern National Park, the craggy Lienz Dolomites and the Carnic Alps are serenely peaceful and the perfect place to get away from it all for a few days. Kartitsch in the Gailtal Valley has officially been named Austria's first winter walking village thanks to its excellent winter walking infrastructure and friendly accommodation providers who know what hikers want and need during their stay.

Experience

In 2018, Kartitsch was named Austria's first winter walking village. It was chosen for its outstanding network of well-maintained trails catering for all ages and fitness levels leading to some of the most beautiful spots in the region. Certified hotels and other accommodation providers are specialists in welcoming walkers and offer services such as pole hire. The region also has a number of experienced guides who will be happy to show you the best of Kartitsch and tell you all about the flora, fauna and history of this beautiful location.

Food & Drink

The Klammerwirt has a claim to being the oldest guesthouse in Kartitsch. Founded in 1545, it started life as the Rauchenbacherhof and has been run by the same family since 1730. It serves a small selection of meals ideal for recharging your batteries after a long walk. Game dishes are also available (please book ahead), served in the 200-year-old wood-panelled snug.

Accommodation

The clue's in the name at the Hotel Waldruhe in Kartitsch. "Waldruhe" translates as "forest peace", so it is little wonder that this hotel is located on the edge of a forest and offers total peace and quiet. Its modern rooms with stylsh decoration, including pine beds and oak flooring, offer a warm and welconing atmosphere. The hotel also has a spa with a sauna and steam bath. Perfect for relaxing tired muscles!

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