Arrived in the silence
The Gaistal is a true hiking thausendsassa and a real alpine paradise. Known far beyond the borders in summer, it is still an insider tip for winter. When it becomes comfortably soft under your feet and the rich white crunches softly under your soles, a wonderful peace surrounds you here - from the outside and inside.
Winter has its very own tranquility. If you want, this can be explained rationally-physically, because the airy snowflakes slow down the sound waves in the air, on the ground they are less reflected, but literally partially swallowed. But you can also simply feel this silence. In the wintry Gaistal, for example.
A journey to yourself
Often it is a matter of arriving nowhere but at oneself. The important thing is not to reach a destination, but to get going. And the longer you walk, the sooner you find yourself and reflect on the simple things. The beautiful and really important ones. Without the usual distractions, your senses are sharper, your consciousness more active, and you feel a close connection to your surroundings.
Gaistalalm in winter - aerial view
The Gaistal - a snowy insider tip
Packed thickly in wintry absorbent cotton, it lies there - the Gaistal, which, with its almost endless expanse and overwhelming width, makes it easy to shift down a gear and enjoy. The Gaistal in winter: That's walking in absolute peace. If you've been there in summer, you'll get to know the valley in a whole new way. When it starts to glitter and sparkle and the deep snow-covered landscape welcomes you as if it was just waiting to be discovered, the Gaistal shows its snowy face. Cold, but full of warmth.
A true alpine paradise
The Hämmermoosalm and Gaistalalm are also open in winter and are worthwhile destinations. While you can reach the Hämmermoosalm in about an hour's walk, it takes about half an hour longer to reach the Gaistalalm. You will be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views, because the alp bears the name of the valley not without reason. It lies right in the middle of the picturesque natural spectacle, whose majestic mountain panorama surrounds you in peaceful white in the winter months and gives it an almost abstract softness.
The way is the goal ... or also the Gaistalalm
As in summer, you start at the Salzbach hiking parking lot (P3 to P5). From here, follow the directions along a wide hiking trail to the Gaistalalm at 1,366 meters above sea level. Over about four kilometers you master a friendly 140 meters in altitude. The traditional hut looks back on a long history and is still run as an active alpine pasture in the summer months. In the winter months, the hut is transformed in harmony with the surroundings, becoming cozier, homelier, cozier. Even in winter, the innkeeper Nikolai Kirschner serves regional and traditional culinary delights that delight the palate and soul alike. Perhaps you can catch a few rays of winter sunshine on the large terrace, which spread from the tip of your nose over your entire body. Comfort for the mind, so to speak.