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Your Gesäuse in the heart of Styria


Where there is a hiking trail in summer, there is an opportunity for snowshoeing in winter. The Gesäuse in its white winter dress makes you forget a lot of things, for example that appointments and obligations are waiting at home or that there might not be any snow at home at all. The winter hike on snowshoes is a gentle alternative to the ski adrenaline on the deep snow slopes. On snowshoes, you trudge along designated trails, get to know the so often propagated winter peace once up close and personal, and get to places where no one else goes. Peace outside and peace inside, where can you find that?

Those who do not want to go alone or are not quite sure can join a guided snowshoe hike or register for the Snowshoe BaseCamp, where independent snowshoe hiking is "taught" over several days. The National Park has even thought of something special with a deer guarantee and offers with the guided tour "With the snowshoes to the red deer" a wildlife observation together with a professional hunter of the Steiermärkische Landesforste. Information about the tours in the Styrian Eisenwurzen Nature Park can be obtained from the Nature Park office in St. Gallen.

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step by step

You have to work for the Gesäuse, especially in winter. If you want to go high, you have to walk. But not necessarily on skins. The non-skier is not condemned to a life in the valley. He can walk the mountains, admittedly not in mountain boots, but in snowshoes. And is far less dependent on good snow than the ski tourer: whether powder or slush, it is all the same to the snowshoe hiker. Thanks to snowshoe claws!

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Snowshoeing in the Gesäuse


Our mountains are more than their legendary peaks. They are a daily lived whole of Gesäuse nature and Gesäuse man. We have summarized our absolute highlights around the topic of snowshoeing for you here. What is still missing in this work of art is you.

Johnsbachtal valley

Johnsbach is located in the middle of the National Park, hidden in a side valley, somewhere in the middle of nowhere, on the south side of the Hochtor Group. This makes Johnsbach a starting point for snowshoe hikers, especially in winter.


Steep gorges, impressive rock formations and colorful vegetation. This is the setting for the Salza and the valley around it. But also in winter this landscape convinces with beautiful snowshoe hikes.

around the kaiserau

The Kaiserau is a high plateau at 1,100 m above sea level that offers many opportunities for winter sports enthusiasts of all kinds.


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Discover your gesäuse

You don't buy the Gesäuse at the lift ticket counter. The Gesäuse wants to be experienced by you with heart and soul. Whatever you have in mind, your dream experience is waiting behind the next click. The rest is up to you.


to know

Before you and the Gesäuse really get started, we have compiled the most important tips and information about snowshoeing. If you still have questions, just contact our team - we will be happy to help you personally.  



eat & sleep

They are rustic and outspoken, the Gesäuse inns.  And "regional" is not a code word in the Gesäuse, but a duty. In their backpacks they have a selection of Styrian classics to delight the palate. The traditional preparation awakens a thousand and one memories and, on balance, simply makes you blissful.

And restful sleep is possible in the Gesäuse anyway. Hotels, guesthouses, huts and campsites are scattered all over the Gesäuse. Everyone is sure to find a comfortable bed for the night. That's a promise!