A couple taking a winter walk in Bad Kleinkirchen in the snow-covered nature.

Winter Hiking in Kärnten: Bad Kleinkirchheim

Winter hiking in Kärnten has gained significant popularity in recent years and is now one of the most favoured outdoor activities alongside skiing. Especially the Nockberge mountains with their stunning views inspire visitors on a leisurely winter hike.

Explore Bad Kleinkirchheim and the surrounding area on enchanting walking tours – an impressive nature experience for young and old.

Winter Hiking in Kärnten: Explore Breathtaking Landscapes!

Venture through our idyllic valleys and snow-covered forests on over 60 km of groomed winter hiking trails. Discover the diversity of the Nockberge mountains in Kärnten – at your own pace. Enjoy the peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of the ski slopes, replenish your strength amidst the magnificent winter scenery, take a deep breath savour the sole sound of the softly crunching snow beneath your feet. Trudge through the winter wonderland with sturdy shoes and wrapped up warmly – sunshine moments for nature lovers!

Winter Landscape in the Mountains of Carinthia

Top 5 Winter Hiking Trails in Kärnten / Bad Kleinkirchheim

Discover the magic of the snow-covered Nockberge mountains on a winter hike in Kärnten. We have listed our TOP 5 hiking trails for you:


Bad Kleinkirchheim: St. Oswald Winter Hiking Trail

Start your winter walk at the Brunnach biosphere park railway. Follow the hiking trail, passing by the Kirchleitn village of Großwild, until you reach Wegerstadl.  Stop for a moment, take a deep breath, relish the fresh winter air and savour the impressive natural spectacle. Then continue past “Alte Schmiede” smithy to the Kirchleitn village of Kleinwild. The trail continues to the left until it crosses the slope below Gasthof Hinteregger (inn). Keep to the right and follow the short hiking trail down to the starting point.

At a glance:

  • Elevation gain: 213 metres in altitude
  • Distance: 5.2 km
  • Hiking time: approx. 1.5 h
  • Difficulty level: easy
  • How to get there: You can reach St. Oswald by car and park at the parking lot of the Brunnach biosphere park cable car.


Feld am See Winter Hiking Trail:

Start the hike at the church square in Feld am See and head north into Seestrasse. The easy route leads to the village of Erlach at the end of the Feldsee lake without any major inclines. The hike back to Feld am See follows the Feldsee promenade path. Lake Brennsee, with its romantic location and glistening ice surface, is particularly appealing to leisurely hikers in winter. Its natural mirror ice provides the ideal setting for ice skaters! (at your own risk!)

At a glance:

  • Elevation gain: 20 metres in altitude
  • Distance: 3 km
  • Hiking time: approx. 45 min.
  • Difficulty level: easy
  • How to get there: By car: drive directly to the church in Feld am See, which is the starting point of this tour.


Winter Hikes on the Sunny Side of Bad Kleinkirchheim:

Let Bad Kleinkirchheim reveal an entirely different side: Meet up a biosphere park ranger at the tourist information centre in Bad Kleinkirchheim and embark on a stroll on the sunny side. As you pass churches, old farms with grain silos and a marvellous view of the surrounding area, the ranger will provide fascinating insights into the culture and history of this famous village.

  • Please bring with you: sturdy shoes, sportswear
  • Guided tours: with a guide
  • Difficulty level: easy
  • € 19.- per person (free of charge with a Sonnenschein Card)



Winter Hikes, Traditions & Indulgence

This special winter hike leads from the Turracher Höhe through wintry stone pine forests to Saureggen, a small district in the biosphere reserve community of Reichenau.

Families have lived and worked on the highest farms in Kärnten for generations, shaping the landscape of the region. When it gets quiet again on the farms in winter, the time has come to cultivate and practise old crafts and traditional customs.

The Grabner family of mountain farmers, known as "Hochsinner", introduces visitors to the old custom of “räuchern” (smoking), which is practised here especially in the time before the "Raunächte” (nights between Christmas and 6 January) and during "Maria Lichtmess” (40 days after Christmas).

The farm of the Grabner family is the highest estate in Kärnten that is open all year round.

After enjoying tea or mulled cider and a regional delicacy, you can savour the beauty of the region on the last part of the hike, before taking the Nockmobil (transportation service) back to Turracher Höhe.






Meeting point: 01:00 pm at the valley station Turracher Höhe panorama lift



  • Guided hike with a biosphere ranger
  • Stop off at the “Hochsinner” mountain farmers
  • Tea or mulled cider and a regional Christmas delicacy
  • Get to know rural customs and crafts – especially “räuchern", a smoking tradition
  • Return journey to the starting point with the Nockmobil transportation service
  • € 58.- per person


Winter Hiking in Carinthia with Wellness and Culinary Delights


After a hike through the snow-covered scenery of the Nockberge mountains, you are welcomed to an exclusive chalet with its heated outdoor tub. Treat yourself to the GUT warmth of the panoramic sauna before you cosy up by the fireplace! At Trattlers Einkehr, right next to the chalet village, we'll pamper you with culinary delights.



Immerse yourself in an exquisite winter holiday experience at Trattlers Hof-Chalets and explore the unique mountain world of Kärnten on a winter hike in Bad Kleinkirchheim!

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