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Active winter holidays in East Tyrol Activities in winter

Sleepy valleys and the Hohe Tauern national park will make you enjoy the glittering snowy splendour also off the pistes and lifts. Spirited toboggan runs, seemingly endless cross-country ski trails, ski tours for mountain lovers… East Tyrol, your mountainous Tyrol, has more than enough winter activities in store for you. You only have to decide what you would like to do first in your winter holidays.

Winter activities

Ski touring Ski tours

East Tyrol: an insider tip for ski tourers

Ski tours enjoy consistently high popularity with winter vacationers and locals, and for a good reason. Anyone who has ever climbed a mountain with their own powers and rewarded themselves with a run down in the soft powder snow knows what winter magic means. The Tauerntal valley offers a lot of routes for ski tours in the Granatspitz and Venediger mountains. Dreamlike tours can also be tackled in the Kalsertal valley with Austria’s highest mountain, the Grossglockner with 3,798 metres above sea level, the Virgental valley with the Grossvenediger (3,666 m) as well as the numerous side valleys in and around Matrei in East Tyrol.

Ski tours in East Tyrol

Is there nothing you like better than trudging through the snow? Then get your snowshoes, maybe a guide, and go for the winter landscape. In the Hohe Tauern national park region, everything is still a little bit quieter, more original, and simply perfect to let go of everyday life. Healthy alpine air and the probably best panorama far and wide, away from the masses, are added on top. The cozy huts, where an apple strudel, hot chocolate, and mulled wine will taste especially good after such a winter hiking tour.

Matrei in East Tyrol is not only a place to go when it comes to your ski holidays. Every few kilometres small valleys open up through which wonderful, snow-safe cross-country ski trails wind. Friends of Nordic sports will also find the best conditions! It’s best to start at the Matrei Tauernhaus right at the entrance of the romantic Gschlösstal valley. Several cross-country ski trails can be explored here:

  • the Tauernhaus trail
  • the Moos trail
  • the Löppwald trail
  • the Gschildalm trail

In addition, there is also a 4-kilometre-long cross-country ski trail right in the village of Matrei.

More cross-country ski trails can be reached with the local bus comfortably and reliably:

  • East Tyrol’s national park valleys Virgen,
  • Prägraten am Grossvenediger and
  • Kals at the Grossglockner
  • 6 kilometre long run whose start on the Gorneralm can be reached with the cable car. Attention: You have to share the run with skiers. 
  • Tobogganing run Fallwindes, also in Kals.
  • A romantic natural toboggan run will also await you at the Würfelehütte Virgen - with a stop at the hut of course.

A winter landscape surrounded by 3,000 metre summits such as in East Tyrol can be so romantic! There are so many more activities!

  • A simple walk through the village Matrei
  • A ride with the horse-drawn sleigh
  • Ice skating
  • Bavarian curling
  • A snowball fight in front of Hotel Goldried