Winter holidays at Lake Weissensee

The beautiful setting of the Weissensee Nature Park

At Lake Weissensee, situated at 930-2,200 metres above sea level in the Gailtal Alps, life is more thrilling; a bit more peaceful; and definitely more enjoyable. It’s not surprising, given that the cleanest swimming lake in the Alps is also known as “nature’s playground”. Here, conditions were created by nature that benefit everyone.

In winter, the Weissensee Nature Park becomes the largest frozen ice surface in Europe. Enjoy a quiet winter in the family-friendly ski resort, on a cross-country ski tour through pristine nature, or on a winter hike through the sparking snow-covered landscape.

Stay at accommodation where you will be warmly welcomed and enjoy delicious food from the Nature Park. You can expect no frills, but plenty of authenticity. This is pure enjoyment you will taste. We champion gentle tourism and resource-conserving recreational activities, and have been awarded the “European Prize for Tourism and the Environment”, the “European Village Renewal Prize” and the “2014 Nature Park of the Year” award. We are also a member of the “Alpine Pearls” group.

Stargazing in the Weissensee Nature Park

People have always been fascinated by the starry night sky. In the Nature Park region, you can see the stars especially well because there are not many artificial lights. Take a full moon or new moon hike with a trained Nature Park ranger and see how impressive the power of nature can truly be. After your hike, you will stop by the Naggler Alm for a delicious meal.

Torch-lit hikes in a world of ice

What do fish, frogs, snakes and the tiniest residents of Lake Weissensee do in winter? With a torch in hand, join a Nature Park ranger on a hike across the frozen ice in the Weissensee Nature Park, all the way to the Tschatscheleria. Learn interesting things about the ice and its influence on the fish and small animals during the cold months of the year.
After lighting a bonfire, you can wrap dough around our homemade skewers and grill them over the open fire while enjoying everyone’s company.

Adventure trekking tour with small animals (horses, ponies, dogs)

Take care of animals together / and hike together with animals.
Help take care of small animals with our Nature Park ranger Robert Röbl and prepare for a Nature Park hike. Our focus here is livestock farming over generations of well-kept agriculture around Lake Weissensee. Then we will take a hike through the snow and, if you are quiet, you can learn about the survival strategies of wild animals who spend their winter in the snow and ice.

Bavarian curling - Lake Weissensee style

All levels of Bavarian curlers can play with coach Robert on Lake Weissensee’s natural ice tracks at the Tschatscheleria. These events are full of fun and are a popular meet up for Bavarian curling players.

Nature Park educational trail - tip for bad weather days

Have fun and experience something new around the Weissensee Nature Park.
What does a raptor’s talon feel like?
What types of trees are found in the Weissensee Nature Park and how can I tell how old they are?
Treetop punch to make you as strong as a bear.
Jumping pit for long jumps with a field mouse, rabbit, fox and deer.
Be creative with a natural construction set.
Interactive stations let visitors experience the great diversity of plants and animals in the Weissensee Nature Park for themselves. Join us to explore your holiday destination from a new perspective. The Nature Park rangers look forward to your visit!

Excursions: flora and fauna in winter

On this 3-hour hike with expert guidance (Hans Peter Sorger and/or Manuela Siller from Respect Wildlife) you will learn interesting facts about the hibernation strategies of local animals, explore their trails (tracks, feeding traces and much more), and discover the area’s winter plant life. Get more information and sign up by calling: +43(0)664 1142885 or +43(0)664 894  8254.