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Kleinwalsertal iN Winter: THE GUIDE TO THE Kleinwalsertal IN WINTER

Are you looking for a destination for your next winter break? Those looking for activity holidays swear by the Kleinwalsertal. Winter or summer, you can be sure of enjoying a magical and exciting stay here.

Read our little Kleinwalsertal guide to find out which winter sports you can enjoy here and what offers you really can’t afford to miss.

Discover the Kleinwalsertal in winter

If you have already had a winter holiday in the Kleinwalsertal you will know just how romantic our valley can be during the coldest months of the year. By December at the latest the valley is usually covered by a blanket of glittering white. This means fun and activities on the one hand, and peace and tranquility on the other. The perfect mix for a successful holiday!

Kleinwalsertal winter holidays: weather and the natural world

In summer the Kleinwalsertal is a lush green. In winter the flora and fauna go into a deep sleep like Sleeping Beauty, whilst the snow transforms the sleeping natural world into a fairytale landscape.  

From December onwards you can expect temperatures to be below freezing point. The average winter temperature is -6 degrees Celsius; however you can also look forward to hefty snowfall and over 5 hours of daily sunshine!

Does the Kleinwalsertal have reliable snow cover?

The Kleinwalsertal has a reputation for being a snow trap, a place where snow can always be expected in winter. Renowned for its reliable snowfall from December to April, the area offers perfect conditions to enjoy the best the winter has to offer.

Where is it best to spend winter in the Kleinwalsertal?

All four villages in the Kleinwalsertal are great for winter holidays with lots of fun things to do. Not to be forgotten is its proximity to Oberstdorf in Bavaria, which is easily reached along the valley access road.  

Together, Oberstdorf and the Kleinwalsertal constitute one of the best known ski areas in the German speaking area. The proximity to Oberstdorf is therefore a real plus for any ski holiday.

Spend Christmas in the Kleinwalsertal

Christmas here is really traditional. This is obvious from the slightly smaller-scale Christmas markets which normally take place each year in Riezlern and Hirschegg. By contrast, the festive Christmas market in Bad Hindelang in Bavaria is larger and more boisterous.

If you want to get into the mood for Christmas in advance, take a look at the Mittelberger Advent Calendar or the Walser Christmas Trail. Poems, videos and artistic figures all bring you closer to the Christmas traditions of the Kleinwalsertal.

Skiing in the Kleinwalsertal

Holidays in the Kleinwalsertal: winter is for skiing! A wide and varied selection of activities and winter sports facilities awaits skiers here, a fact which is helped immeasurably by the amalgamation of the Oberstdorf and Kleinwalsertal to form the larger ski area Oberstdorf-Kleinwalsertal.

The following guide provides an overview for skiing in the Kleinwalsertal

Kleinwalsertal: winter walking in the powder

You don’t have to be a skier to enjoy being in the snow: one alternative is to explore the Kleinwalsertal on a winter walk. On foot you can experience your natural surroundings much more directly, and you will find real peace and tranquility at the same time. The Kleinwalsertal has an extensive network of over 50 kilometres of prepared winter walking tracks. The Gottesacker circuit, to name but one, reaches an altitude of some 2,000 metres – even in winter. The view over the snow-covered mountains makes the walk well worth while.  

The Breitach gorge, sometimes decorated with huge, fairytale icicles, can also be accessed on a winter walk in the Kleinwalsertal.

Snow shoe walking in the Kleinwalsertal

The Kleinwalsertal also offers trails for snow shoe walkers. Have you ever tried winter walking on snow shoes? If not, why not book a tour online and let the guide introduce you to the idiosyncracies of this alternative method of transport?

Other winter sports activities available in the Kleinwalsertal

Naturally there are various other means of enjoying winter sports in the Kleinwalsertal.

Classic tobogganing

Hurtling through the snow on a toboggan is great fun – and not only for children. The valley has four toboggan runs for classic tobogganing:

  • Burmi toboggan run Ahorn in Mittelberg with a length of 150 metres,
  • Schützabüal in Mittelberg with a length of 110 metres, magic carpet for easy runs and  snow tubes available,
  • Jörihalde Bödmen in Mittelberg with a length of 150 metres,
  • Wäldele toboggan run, located outside the village with a total length of 1,000 metres.

Don’t have a toboggan? The ski hire shops also rent toboggans on request.

Year-round tobogganing with the Allgäu coaster

Do you fancy enjoying a really exciting headlong dash down the mountain, combined with the security of being strapped safely onto a modern toboggan? If so, why not visit the Allgäu coaster on the Söllereck? With a length of 850 metres, this summer toboggan run is also open for the entire winter under almost any weather conditions and offers an especially exciting but safe adventure for anyone aged 3 years or over.

Ice skating

Ice skating always brings a feeling of nostalgia. In the centre of Riezlern you can get onto the ice right through the winter – free of charge. The only cost involved is 3 € per pair for skate hire.

As you can see, winter in the Kleinwalsertal offers a plethora of opportunities for winding down and enjoying the healing power of nature. And afterwards why not recharge your batteries in the Relax-Spa at our hotel?!