Hiking holidays in the Alps

The easy hikes are perfect for families. No special training is required to explore the five scenic valleys around Gerlos or the high alpine destinations such as the Zittau mountain hut (2329 m). Don’t forget your swimwear, the crystal clear mountain lakes are ideal for cooling off. Hiking improves fitness and is good for strengthening the immune system and enhancing metabolism.

 

5 reasons why Almhof is the perfect place for hiking holidays in Austria

  • 5 x guided hikes per week with free shuttle bus
  • 2 x Family walks
  • 3 x guided tours for adults
  • Free gondolas
  • Childcare

 

 

Guided tours

5 x guided hikes per week – 2 x family walks and 3 x guided tours for adults (extensive Nordic Walking tour, easy hike and moderate hike).  

 

Information

  • Side valleys of Gerlos

    Side valleys of Gerlos

    Schwarzachtal Valley

    From the Almhof Family Resort & SPA follow the trail along the lake until you reach the inn Kühle Rast. The trail leads through a narrow forest and finally rises for about one hour through the narrow, romantic valley along the Schwarzach to the Jausenstation Schwarzachalm at an elevation of 1,400 metres. After a well-deserved apple strudel, less experienced walkers can take route no. 8 up to the Obere Schwarzachalm. Intermediate hikers can take the hiking trail into the valley. Experienced hikers can continue to the Schwarzachscharte at an elevation of 2,475 metres.

    Wimmertal Valley

    The trail starts directly opposite the Almhof Family Resort & SPA. From the valley entrance, follow the trail for about one hour on trail no. 6 to the Wimmertalalm snack station. Via Grundlochalm, Jagd- und Grundhütte even less experienced hikers can venture up to about 1,760 metres above sea level. From here, the black marked mountain path no. 6 takes experienced hikers to the Wimmerscharte at an elevation of 2,500 metres.

    Schönachtal Valley

    At the Gasthof Oberwirt, the hiking trail No. 5 rises gently to the Schönachtal valley. After a short stop at the Stinkmoosalm, which offers a wonderful view of the valley, you reach the snack station Lackenalm (1,400 m above sea level) in about an hour. Hikers with an appropriate fitness level and proper footwear can hike up to an elevation of 2,000 m on the hiking trail that starts here. The tour leads past the Iss and Pasteinalm mountain pastures and will be rewarded with a magnificent view of the mighty Schönachkees glacier. From the Issalm, you can also hike up to the romantically situated Stackerlalm (1,800 m).

    Krummbachtal Valley

    The easy hike into the Krummbachtal, which is also called the “thumb” of the five tributary valleys, could also be called “culinary tour”. Three serviced mountain huts, including the destination Krummbachrast, are waiting along trail no. 2. The trail starts at the car park at the Isskogelbahn cable car, leads past the Almstüberl to the junction Prölleralm, a quaint mountain hut. The trail continues along the stream to the snack station “Krummbachrast”. Experienced hikers with a high fitness level can continue via the Nöckental to the mountain station “Isskogel”.

    Wildgerlostal Valley

    The trail around the reservoir Durlassboden is a beautiful scenic 3-hour hike. Starting at the restaurant Seestüberl on the dam crest, the tour leads along the left bank to the entrance of the Wildgerlostal. Follow the asphalt trail to the Alpengasthof Finkau. From here, you can hike past the Leiterkammerklamm to the Zittauer Hütte which is beautifully situated at the mountain lake Wildgerlossee at an elevation of 2,329 metres. Or you can enjoy a snack and the spectacular view of the 3,300 metre high peaks of the Reichenspitzgruppe and walk back to the Seestüberl along the lakeshore past the snack station Bärschlagalm on the dam crest. The car park is situated below the dam crest.

  • Hiking with children

    Hiking with children

    Are you having difficulty motivating your children to go on a hike? Here’s some tips and tricks to increase your chances of a successful hike – and make the kids beg to go on another one.

    Tips for hiking with children

    • Adjust your goals. You may not reach the end of the trail. Be prepared to modify your hike to the enjoyment and comfort level of children. Test the children’s “stamina” and “speed” on easy walks.
    • Be patient and flexible. If children see interesting stuff along the trail, be prepared to stop and wait. Use teachable moments to explore the natural world. Let them explore, collect and watch.
    • Plan trails with features like lakes, ponds, or waterfalls along the way. Children are fascinated with water.
    • Plan many breaks and provide drinks and snacks.
    • Check weather conditions before you head out the door. Children get cold much easier than adults, especially if they get wet. Be ready with an extra change of warm clothes.
    • Children from age 6 years often want to carry their own rucksack – we provide small rucksacks for children.

    Equipment for children

    • sturdy nonslip hiking boots
    • sturdy, functional clothes that may get dirty
    • extra change of (warm) clothes
  • Hike services included

    Hike services included

    All inclusive – the following services are included:

    • 5 guided hikes per week with free shuttle bus
    • daily snack from the breakfast buffet to take with you for hiking
    • information corner with maps and tour descriptions
    • organisation of overnight stays in mountain huts
    • drying room for shoes and clothes
    • shoe cleaning station
    • WellNestl: relax and unwind in our saunas and relaxation rooms
    • infrared cabin with adjustable temperatures near the indoor swimming pool, daily from 07.00h to 21.00h

    Travel with light luggage. Available for loan at the reception:

    • telescopic hiking and Nordic Walking poles (free of charge)
    • rucksacks (free of charge)
    • umbrellas (free of charge)
    • available to hire against fee at the sports shops Sport Shop 2000 Engelbert und Sport Huber: mountain boots, rain gear, telescopic poles, mountain bikes

 

The Almhof Hotel

The Family hotel with Alpine lifestyle.

Awarded with 5 smileys and 4-star superior. Full day childcare for babies and children of all ages. 84 hours, 7 days a week with an all-round programme.

2.500M² Wellness for children and parents

Our highlight: indoor swimming pool with connection to the outdoor pool and a 110-metre giant water slide.

 

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