Krippenstein, Austria, is known for skiing, but it’s a beautiful destination for other winter activities as well.
One favorite is winter hiking which can manifest as a romantic relaxed hike, a photographer’s dream, or a more aerobic endeavor that has hikers tramping through the deeper snow with snow shoes.
Krippenstein offers a variety of hiking opportunities. In fact, the options are too many to mention in one article, but the following is a short list of easier hiking tours from the selection of possible hikes of all difficulty levels.
If you’re looking for a hiking route for the entire family, consider the Dachstein mountain plateau which also offers walks with disabled access to mountain tours lasting several hours!
- Welterbespirale: An easy hike, this starts from the mountain station via the WeltNATURerbeblick viewing platform a few minutes from the Dachstein Krippenstein mountain cable car station. This hike is an easy walk that takes about 15 minutes
- 5 Fingers: This is another easy hike which is wheelchair accessible. Walk time is about 30 minutes and offers views of the Trauntal valley.
- Heilbronner Circular Route: This mountain walk is rated medium difficulty and takes about 3 hours overall. Along the way, hikers will have a chance to see the Dachstein shark which demonstrates that the Dachstein massif was once covered by sea water millions of years ago. It also shows there were pre-historic sharks at that time.
Winter weather in Krippenstein, like many places, varies from day to day. Sometimes fog lingers in the valley for the entire day while up on Krippenstein the sun is shining.
And speaking of the sun, for those who enjoy a gorgeous sunset be sure to watch the sunset from the Lodge’s terrace for a unique sight as the setting sun is reflected on the glistening glacier. It’s stunning!
Along with winter hiking, thrill seekers can also try ice climbing, paragliding, and snow-shoe hiking.
As an added benefit, dog owners will find a number of walking opportunities that accommodate their four-legged friends. Dogs are also allowed in the gondola, but only if they wear a muzzle!
Photo credits: Mark Krupa