Winter in the Tannheim Valley

The Tannheimer Tal in the north of Tyrol has a lot to offer. One author called it the “most beautiful high valley in Europe” and the 16 kilometres long valley is a small but lovely winter sports paradise.

Sports enthusiasts can find challenges there at three different altitudes…

Level One – Winter Walking & Crosscountry Skiing

Winter walking in the Tannheimer Tal
Winter walking in the Tannheimer Tal
© TVB Tannheimer Tal | Willi Roth

What visitors to the six villages especially love are the winter hikes from settlement to settlement past old farms and romantic chapels on the wide valley floor. The network of winter hiking trails covers more than 80 kilometres.

There is also an excellent network of cross-country trails. A total of 140 kilometres of cross-country trails are available to choose from, from picturesque trails along the scenic Vilsalpsee to the race track of the famous SKI-TRAIL cross-country marathon in mid-January. The Tannheimer Tal has also been awarded the “Tyrolean Cross-country Ski Trail Seal of Approval”, which is only awarded to the best cross-country skiing regions.

Another plus point: the cross-country trails usually start right on the doorstep. Those who want to take a break on the way simply take the ski bus, which is free for guest card holders.

Level Two – Descents and Ascents

Skiing in the Tannheimer Tal
Skiing in the Tannheimer Tal
© TVB Tannheimer Tal | Wolfgang Ehn

What makes the Tannheimer Tal particularly unique is that visitors can ski every day in a different ski area without having to travel too far.

Choose between the Neunerköpfle near Tannheim with its callenging and particularly panoramic pistes or the Krinnenspitze with four lifts and the longest natural toboggan run in the region. Next door at the Füssener Jöchle near Grän there are excellent powder snow slopes on the Jochalpe. Jungholz is ideal for families with its wide and clear descents directly on the edge of the village. The Rohnenspitze and the Wannenjoch offer a choice between a sporty FIS downhill run and relaxed wide carving pistes.

Snow is guaranteed in all the areas. After all, they start at around 1100 metres above sea level and reach up to just under 2000 metres.

Winter hikers also feel at home up on the 2nd level. There are a number of marked winter hiking trails from the top of the lifts rising from the valley. Snowshoe tours off the beaten track through the quiet winter landscape are also popular and the Tannheimer Tal offers eight toboggan runs, with most of them short and easy and therefore suitable for children and the inexperienced.

Level Three – Panoramic Views from the Sky

Ballooning in the Tannheimer Tal
Ballooning in the Tannheimer Tal
© TVB Tannheimer Tal | Achim Meurer

The mountain lift at the Neunerköpfle is also used by paragliders, who can experience the Tannheimer Tal from a bird’s eye view if the thermals are right. Guests who are not paragliding pilots themselves can share this impressive experience up close during a tandem jump.

And there is even more. Balloonists, who have been making a pilgrimage to the valley every January for a quarter of a century, enjoy the trips over the Allgäu Alps to the Alpine foothills with a view of the royal castles.

At the balloon festival and throughout the year, passengers can experience the unique feeling of floating silently above the peaks. This year, the balloon festival will take place for the 25th time in the Tannheimer Tal in mid-January. On two evenings visitors can experience the unforgettable spectacle of the traditional ‘balloon glow’.

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