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More and more, people want to explore the laid-back charm of winter while hiking. Vorarlberg boasts an extensive network of winter hiking trails. Several resorts run guided tours, including show-shoeing and Nordic walking tours.
The network of sign-posted hiking trails is growing year by year. These trails take hikers to spots of outstanding natural beauty and romantic alpine lodges, with walking times from one to five hours.
A 40km network of winter hiking trails runs around Lech Zürs am Arlberg with sun terraces, alpine huts, and several stops en route to pause for a rest.
Some 400 signposted and partly illuminated winter hiking trails and snowshoe rambling routes criss-cross the Montafon. Bartholomäberg, a perfect sun trap, is highly recommended.
In the Bregenzerwald some 200km of winter hiking trails take hikers to sites of outstanding natural beauty. All trails are uniformly marked in conspicuous pink.
Brandnertal, Bludenz and Klostertal boast 150km of uniformly marked winter hiking and snowshoe rambling trails. Scenic winter hiking trails can be found at the Tschengla high plateau in the Brandnertal (1,250m), at Muttersberg near Bludenz (1,400m), and at Sonnenkopf in the Klostertal. The 7km walk from Sonnenkopf to Muttjöchle (2,074 m) and to the panorama restaurant Muttjöchle are high up on the list of favourite spots.
Weekly guided snow shoe rambles (half and full day tours) as well as full moon hikes are run in the Brandnertal.
In the Grosses Walsertal biosphere park hikers are spoilt by a choice of 60km of winter hiking and snow shoe rambling trails. Guests staying at BERGaktiv partner businesses may participate in guided snow shoe rambles free of charge, cable car and bus fare not included.
50km of groomed and prepared winter hiking trails can be found in the Kleinwalsertal. The 3km (optionally 5km) long “Snow Dune Experience” circuit on the Gottesacker high-alpine plateau at 2,000m altitude is a special tip. Starting at the mountain terminal of the Ifenlifte, the trail runs in a loop across high snow dunes, with superb vistas into the valley.
Hikers are spoilt for choice in the Bodensee-Vorarlberg region with trails running along the shores of Lake Constance as well as panoramic mountain trails. The network of winter hiking trails on mount Pfänder, which is accessible from Bregenz by cable car, is extensive. From there, magnificent views of Lake Constance unfold. The Karren near Dornbirn is also accessible by cable car. Several hiking trails start at the mountain terminal..
Winter in Vorarlberg 2015/16