Hike through a nature park, to a catered mountain hut or take a short turn in the ski resort: discover the winter hiking highlights of Pitztal and experience the tranquillity and peace of your snowy, natural surroundings.
Winter hiking in Pitztal
Winter hiking in Pitztal
Enjoy unspoilt Tyrolean winter scenes
Winter hiking Pitztal
Winter hiking in Kaunergrat Nature Park - Pitztal
There are several marked winter hiking routes to be discovered at Kaunergrat Nature in Pitztal. Enjoy the landscape covered in deep snow and take in the panoramic views with tall and mighty peaks all around. The beautiful Harber pond circular route can be started straight from the car park of the Nature Park Centre. Here, the thrilling viewing platform, Gacher Blick invites guests to discover impressive insights into the region’s natural and cultural history. This makes for a perfect starting or end point of your winter hike!
Winter hiking to a catered mountain hut
The alpine pastures of the catered mountain hut Gogles Alm offer breath-taking scenery in winter too! Take in the wonderful panoramic views of the surrounding snowy mountain scenery from the hut’s terrace. Gogles Alm is open and awaits with regional delicacies on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the winter months. Enjoy your well-earned reward after an ascent of 500 metres to this mountain hut!
Snow hikes along a cross-country ski trail
Winter hikes can come into their own on a 21 kilometre long cross-country ski trail along the valley connecting Mittelberg to Wiese in St Leonhard. Experience the enchanting atmosphere of this authentic winter adventure hiking through snow-covered meadows, forests and roof-tops. You can access this winter hiking trail at every hamlet along the municipality of St Leonhard.
Go on a wonderful circular hiking route in the ski resort
A walk on the Zirben trail is an ideal alternative to skiing at Hochzeiger ski resort. The starting point of this 700 metre long winter hiking route is Zeigerrestaurant at Hochzeiger intermediate station. In winter you can also take a walk from there to the Stalderhütte or Hochzeigerhaus (hiking time ca. 30 – 40 minutes, approximately 1.5 kilometres).
On Pitztal Glacier you can take a short, ca. 10 minute walk to the Chapel of the White Light from the top station of the Glacier Express.
A circular walk around the snowy Lake Rifflsee is perfect at Rifflsee ski resort.
Switch off and unwind on one of Pitztal’s many other winter hikes.
Here in the interactive map you can find our winter hiking routes. Also in our folder Winter Hiking - Cross Country Skiing - Piste Tours you will find detailed winter hiking routes.
From Mittelberg to Wiese is 21 km long. You can enter and exit the winter hiking trail at each hamlet.
The winter hike starts at the Mandarfen-Rifflseebahn bus stop. From there, hike past the Rifflsee gondola valley station and cross the bridge. Then turn right and walk along the winter hiking trail to the next bridge. Then follow the groomed winter hiking trail in the direction of Tieflehn and from there, continue in the direction of Plangeross. Just before reaching the hamlet Plangeross, cross the main road and follow the trail on the right back to Tieflehn. There are several opportunities to take a break along this route before returning to the starting point: Siglu bar at Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten, Café Bistro at Platzl/Panorama Stüberl Mittagskogel, Pitztaler Alm, Hotel Zirbenhof and Schwalbennest bar at Hotel Wildspitze.
Starting from the bus stop Mandarfen-Rifflseebahn walk past the Rifflsee gondola valley station and cross the bridge. Then turn left and follow the winter hiking trail up to the catered mountian hut Pitztaler Schihütte. Caution: You will have to cross the ski slope! After taking a break for refreshments return via the same route to your starting point.
Starting point is St. Leonhard i. P. Gh Sonne/Liesele bus stop in Eggenstall. Cross the bridge and turn right to follow the winter hiking trail to Innerwald. Once there, follow the trail to Außerwald before crossing a bridge once again. Then turn right in the direction of Hotel Alpenhof before turning left into a moderately steep in the direction of Bichl. Walk past the partially frozen Bichl waterfall and follow the trail along the edge of the forest back to Eggenstall. Two cozy restaurants along the way invite for a cozy stop – Hotel Alpenhof and Sonne-Liesele Restaurant.
Once you have arrived at the starting point, take in the beautiful view of Rifflsee mountain lake before setting out. This easy winter hike follows the outline of the Rifflsee cross-country ski trail past Rifflsee Lake, covered in snow crystals. Sunna Alm catered mountain hut is located at the starting point and offers an inviting and cozy opportunity to have a break. Another optional stop for refreshments is Rifflseehütte, located just a few minutes' walk from Rifflsee Lake. Please note that hikers will require a valid ski lift pass or hiking lift pass for the gondola ride.
Starting point is the bus stop Piösmes-Scheibe. From there, walk out of the valley in the direction of the pub Gasthof zur Einkehr. Then cross the bridge and turn left and follow the groomed winter hiking trail into the valley to Piösmes and then continue to Stillebach. After crossing the bridge in Stillebach you can take a break at Grünzeug restaurant at the organic Hotel Stillebach. Refreshed, you can continue to walk back to Piösmes on the other side of Pitze river. At the end of Piösmes, cross the bridge and hike back on the same route to your starting point. In Scheibe Gasthof-Restaurant offers another opportunity for a break.
Vom Ausgangspunkt wandern Sie talauswärts dem Gehsteig der L16 bis zum Orts Ende entlang. Anschließend folgen Sie rechts dem präparierten Winterwanderweg bis nach Weißwald. Achtung: Sie müssen einmal die Landesstraße überqueren. From the starting point walk out of the valley along the L16 until the end of the village Plangeroß. Continue on the well groomed winter hiking trail to Weisswald. Attention: You have to cross the road L16. The sport and spa hotel Seppl is the first opportunity to take a break on this route. Cross the bridge on the left in front of the hotel and then hike back in the direction of Plangeross. Then cross the L16 country road and turn left to return to Plangeross and Hotel Sonnblick. The last few metres to the starting point are along the pavement. In Plangeross, Bergwerk restaurant is a comfortable place to take a break.
Starting point is the bus stop in Stillebach. Cross the bridge next to the barn. Then turn left and walk along the groomed winter hiking trail until you reach the next bridge. After crossing the bridge, continue to walk on the right, past the frozen lake to the organic hotel Biohotel Stillebach. From there return via the tarmac road to your starting point. The hotel's restaurant Grünzeug is an inviting opportunity to have a break.
The famous Tyrolean artist, Professor Rudi Wach, created his “Chapel of the White Light” at apoint just a few minutes’ walk from the glacier restaurant “Kristall”. The Kapellenweg leads off the ski slope to the chapel and invites you to relax. A crystal of white granite, breaking out from deep inside the earth joining the light of the sky. The altar carved out of a single piece of granite is part of this great crystal. It forms the inner core of the crystal. At the same time it combines the elements of earth and light. 33 people can gather around it. It embodies spiritual communication. It becomes the centre. The incoming sunlight is refracted by coloured windows, producing a joyful feeling of harmony and welcome security, causing a dialogue to take place between the physical and the spiritual, between the inner and outer world of people. Tip: Take the Wildspitzbahn gondola up to Café 3440, where you can enjoy the panoramic views of the Wildspitze, the highest peak of Northern Tyrol while enjoying a delicious piece of cake. For even greater views to marvel at walk up to the viewing platform, just a few paces from Café 3440.
Setting out from the bus stop, walk out of the valley until you reach a bridge. Before the bridge follow the groomed winter hiking trail on the right. This will take you along the Pitze river through the wild and romantic Kitzgarten gorge until you reach the hamlet Wiese. To return, follow the same route or, for ease, use the shuttle bus to return to your starting point. To shorten your wait for the bus, stop for a coffee at Hotel Gasthof Wiese.
Winter Hiking Hochzeiger
Pine trail: circular winter walk
Winter hiking at Hochzeiger in Pitztal is closely connected to the pine. The pine, also known as the “Queen of the Alps”, is a high-alpine tree. It is said to promote well-being and have harmonizing properties. Some pine trees can be up to 700 years old. There are very beautiful pine forests at Hochzeiger in Pitztal.
The pine trail circular winter hike leads trough a beautiful pine forest with views of the sun-kissed ski slopes at Hochzeiger. The starting point of this winter hike is the Zeigerrestaurant at the intermediate station. The winter hike (approximately 700 m long) follows a path in the direction of Zollberg through a pine forest and ends at the Zeigerrestaurant at the intermediate station. You can enjoy the impressive panoramic views from the viewing platform of the twelve metre high pine cone adventure tower. Single trip tickets are available for winter hikers and walkers at the gondola ticket office. The Zeigerrestaurant is particularly inviting.
For all winter hikers there is a special offer at Hochzeiger: The Zirbenweg - the winter hiking round trip at the middle station.
Winter hike from the intermediate station to the bottom station
There is a sun-kissed winter hiking trail with panoramic views that starts at Hochzeiger intermediate station, then on to the mountain huts Tanzalm, and then further on to the Stalderhütte or Hochzeigerhaus. The starting point for this winter hike (with numerous options for a break at the mountain huts) is the mountain station of the gondola at 2,000 metres. It is only a few metres to the Tanzalm and the Hochzeigerhaus or Stadlerhütte are only about 1,500 metres further away. Take a leisurely stroll back to the intermediate station and spare your knees by taking the gondola back down to the bottom station. Or continue to walk to the hamlet of Kaitanger (car park at Hochzeiger mountain railways) from the Hochzeigerhaus or Stadlerhütte. This section of the walk will take approximately an hour.
Rifflsee Winter Walking
A both relaxing and highly romantic winter walking tour in the snow-blanketed Rifflsee area creates memories staying with you forever.
First you take a panoramic mountain gondola ride while indulging in the magnificent mountain world of the Pitztal Alps. On a lovely hiking tour towards the snow-covered Rifflsee mountain lake or Rifflseehütte you inhale the crisp and clean Alpine air, accompanied by uninterrupted vistas of 3,000 m high summits.
The quaint sun terrace of Restaurant Sunna Alm invites sun worshippers to take a rest and restore energy also in winter.
- Winter walking trail towards Rifflsee mountain lake (5 kilometers)
- Rifflseehütte mountain inn and back again (3 kilometers)