Of all the long-distance hiking trails on this portal, Höfe Trail Osttirol is the shortest. And that's a good thing! Because that beautiful trail starts in Sillian, in the upper Drautal valley, climbs the gentle Kartitscher pass and follows the East Tyrolean Gailtal valley to the small village of Untertilliach on the border to Carinthia, will encourage you to slow down and be mindful. Like hardly any other long-distance hiking trail, the Höfe Trail Osttirol corresponds to the "Slow Trail" attribute, as it immerses itself in the genuine vision of an intact mountain farming cultural landscape and even more in the daily life of the people in the villages through "farm experiences".
The Höfe Trail is the ideal offer for all those who want to immerse themselves in a very special antithesis, far away from performance pressure on holiday, and want to get to the root of the mystery of whether time is lagging behind here or already ahead. On gentle paths, across flower meadows, through shady forests and from village to village. Like the mountaineer village of Kartitsch or Obertilliach, for many the most beautiful mountain village in Austria.
This is how the Höfe Trail Osttirol takes you into an oasis surrounded by the globalized world economy, carefully cultivated, sustainably managed and rewarded with a sheer enchanting variety. And it's an excellent hike to take: Individual and with an attractive trail booklet as an essential accessory. Or guided, to gain an inspiring and unique insight into the life of the people of this region and their amazing skills developed over many generations: The mountain farmer, the night watchman, the beekeeper, the herb fairy.
No matter which itinerary you choose on the Höfe Trail, the "Official Höfe Trail Info and Booking Center" of the award-winning Trail Angels will be happy to help you plan your hiking trip through this idyllic region of East Tyrol!
The best season for a Trail trip at Höfe Trail is from mid-May to the end of October depending on the snow conditions and the opening periods of the accommodations.
From a technical point of view the Höfe Trail has minor difficulties. A certain surefootedness on rooty hiking trails in the forest is nevertheless a requirement. All stages follow hiking trails with a white dot, so they are classified as hiking trails according to the Tyrolean Trail Difficulty Rating System (see https://www.tyrol.com/things-to-do/sports/hiking/safe-mountain-hiking). A certain hiking experience is recommendable, even if you never cross the forest line and are far away from rugged peaks (highest altitude 1.20 m).
From a conditional point of view, this Trail is like few other Trails something for pleasure seekers: All of the three stages take between 4 hours and 4 hours 45 min straight hiking time - accurate to look back on an active day but perfect to spend enough time admiring, relaxing and enjoying. And enough time for the farm experiences. An appropriate physical preparation is nevertheless unavoidable, depending on your fitness level.
The Höfe Trail is suitable for children from 8 years with good condition and is also highly recommended to introduce them to the rural farming life.
Due to their requirements, long-distance hiking trails and trekking routes are not suitable for persons with limited mobility. In order to clarify individual cases (degree of disability), it is recommended to contact the Trail Info & Booking Center before booking.
More information about the classification of the mountain trails and the technical and physical preparation of the tour can be found
For the Höfe Trail a "normal" equipment for high alpine hikes on unpaved paths is completely sufficient. Sufficiently sturdy footwear with a good sole for unpaved paths is a "must". In principle, you spend a lot of time at the bottom of the valley and always below the forest line - however, especially in autumn at an altitude of 1.600 m above sea level, it can become quite fresh (single-digit temperature range during the day), so that you need to bring sufficient warm clothing. Here to the detailed equipment list of your Trail journey.
Tip: With our luggage service, you can tour with a light-weight day backpack, while your main luggage (max. 20 kg) is transported from one accommodation to the next. We recommend luggage insurance for peace of mind.
For a closer look, check out the detailed information for each stage along the trail here. The times are average values and may vary depending on personal fitness, number and length of breaks, weather conditions, etc.show Stages
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Along the Trail three different accommodation categories - regionally assessed - are offered:
Basic: Simple, clean, practical - Inn or bed & breakfast
Classic: Higher standard - good middle-class guesthouse or hotel**/***
Comfort: Accommodation for high demands - Hotel**** partly with wellness area
The Höfe Trail leads through very rural regions. In some simple accommodations it can happen that only shared bathrooms are available.
Children between the ages of 6 and 14 receive a 35% discount if they stay in a room with two full-paying adults.
Three different types of catering are available to you in the partner accommodations:
Breakfast: morning buffet or breakfast served at your table
Half-board: Breakfast and dinner (usually 3 courses)
Regional half-board: Half-board, with a regional specialty served for dinner (i.e. Osttiroler Schlipfkrapfen)
Please enter any individual dietary requirements (vegetarian, vegan, food intolerances etc.) in the ‘comments’ box. Our team at the Trail Info & Booking Center will do their best to accommodate your request.
A comprehensive mobility service is offered for the realization of your stress-free Trail journey:
Luggage service: Hiking with a light day pack; luggage (max. 20 kg) is transported from accommodation to accommodation. We recommend taking out luggage protection insurance.
Back transfer: Practical collective transport from the individual destination of the Trail journey back to your starting point.
Shuttle Services: The shuttle services necessary for carrying out the Trail Trip are included in the overall mobility package. Further individually requested shuttle services, e.g. in case of bad weather, illness, etc., are gladly organized by the Trail Info & Booking Center. These shuttle services are not included in the travel price.
During your Trail journey you can make use of the special service in the Trail Info & Booking Center, which turns your Trail journey into a particularly safe, well looked after and thus unforgettable experience:
Trail Hotline, Angel´s Service: This is available with advice and action daily during your Trail journey, also beyond the office opening times from 8:00 clock to 20:00.
Guide: Our certified mountain guides are well trained and have an excellent knowledge of the area. In addition, they can provide you with a lot of knowledge about the nature and culture of the East Tyrolean nature and culture, making a hike with our guides to a varied and safe trail trip. All costs incurred (guidance, accommodation and food and travel) for the mountain guide are included under "Guiding".
Advanced Trail Travel Documents, Angel's Service: Professionally prepared, detailed and ideal for the preparation of your trail trip. The documents will be sent in good time before departure by e-mail (PDF, print @ home).
For this Trail journey you have three possibilities of arrival (not included in the price):
With your own car: Parking is available at the respective starting points of the Trail journey. Detailed information is included in the booking documents. Most of the parking spaces are free of charge and are not monitored! The return transport will bring you back to your car.
By train: The following train station is at your disposal: Sillian station. This is connected to the national station Spittal an der Drau via a regional train running every hour (1x change at the Lienz station). Sillian railway station is also connected from the west by the Pustertal railway line from Brixen. The Höfe Trail is therefore easy to reach by train, as the trail starts directly at Sillian station.
By plane: The following international airports can be recommended for arriving by plane - Salzburg, Innsbruck and Klagenfurt.
Arrival Shuttle Service - not included in the price: Brings you to the starting point of your Trail journey and at the end of the trip back to the ideal train station or airport. The Trail Info & Booking Center will be happy to organize this shuttle service for you.
Trail travelers are very welcome here! From simple cosy accommodations to upscale 4* Hotels: The partner companies, hand-picked according to our criteria, are actively involved in the further development of the Trail.show partners
Here you will find all relevant information about your travel destination such as currency, entry requirements, food & drink, health and vaccinations and literature tips.Show Travel Information
Trail Information & Booking center, Travel Agent
Trail Angels GmbH
9821 Obervellach 15
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Trail Angels GmbH
Obervellach 15, 9821 Obervellach, Österreich
Eintragungs-NR. Veranstalterverz. des bmwfi: 2016/0005
Tel: +43 4782 93093