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Winter hiking tips

Rambling through the snow in the brisk winter air does not only feel good but is healthy, to boot. Add to that the positive effect of high altitudes, air and sun.

Winterwandern in Lech Zürs am Arlberg © Lech Zürs Tourismus GmbH
Hiking trails around Lech Zürs am Arlberg with sun terraces, alpine huts and several stops on route
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Winter hiking in the Bregenzerwald through picturesque landscape

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.

White Trails
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.
Tipp: Interactive Winter Hiking Trails in Vorarlberg

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.

290km of hiking and snowshoeing trails crisscross the Montafon. Bartholomäberg alone has 60km of winter hiking trails, add 100km of signposted snowshoeing routes.

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.

Schneeschuhspaß im Brandnertal, Foto: walser-image.com, Alpenregion Bludenz
Winter hiking fun in Brandnertal.
Winterwandern am Gottesacker, Kleiwalsertal
50km of groomed and prepared winter hiking trails can be found in the Kleinwalsertal.

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. Guided walking tours are organised on Wednesdays.

Weekly guided snowshoe rambles (half-day and all-day tours) as well as full-moon hikes are offered 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.

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