Heiligenblut can look back on a long history as a travel destination for those who are hungry for exercise. Already in the 19th century the place was very popular as a starting point for mountain tours to the Großglockner and numerous other peaks with alpinists from all over the Habsburg Empire. A little later, the “summer visitors” discovered the advantages of the Glocknerdorf and as early as the 1930s the local tourism pioneers recognized that the Heiligenblut mountain landscape is particularly attractive for skiers.
Zero waiting times, free natural snow slopes, varied runs for all skill levels with a view of the great mountains around the Großglockner. Soar up with 12 lifts and cable cars and slide down into the valley on 129 hectares of finely groomed slopes.
The Freeride Arena offers 15 km² of free ski space in high alpine terrain. Countless variations with up to 1500 m difference in altitude beckon in powder and firn. The service for freeriders is comprehensive: the freeride checkpoint at the middle station provides information about the current avalanche situation, shows the open and closed ski routes and enables the current avalanche transceiver check. The information about the local weather with wind speed and temperature complement the important check for every freerider.
Tours of all levels of difficulty to the most beautiful slopes and peaks in the impressive Heiligenblut mountain landscape describe even Feinspitze as a top class. The Fallbühel at 2600 m is particularly popular as a starting point for numerous tours. You can safely get to the most beautiful places when accompanied by local experts – the Heiligenblut mountain and ski guides know where to go!
The altitude of Heiligenlut guarantees excellent trail conditions from December to spring! Two trails in the valley and one high-altitude trail with a total of 12 kilometers and classic and skating trails are available free of charge.
The Hohe Tauern National Park and its surrounding mountains are the largest winter hiking area in the Eastern Alps. The winter wonderland of the national park offers the ideal experience for every type of hiker: whether on simple, cleared winter hiking trails to cozy alpine huts, with snowshoes through the white sparkling mountain wilderness of the Hohe Tauern, or guided by national park rangers into the valley of the ibex.
The Ponwald natural toboggan run, which is illuminated in the evening, is 500 m from the town center and easily accessible on foot. Right next to it is the ice rink with a heated changing room.
Ice stock sport is a popular sport in Carinthia. In Heiligenblut, locals and guests like to meet at the curling rink at Gasthof Sonnblick, where fine mulled wine is served to warm you up.
In the Heiligenblut ice climbing garden, beginners and inexperienced people can take their first steps in the ice vertical under the guidance of certified mountain guides. Numerous icy waterfalls around Heiligenblut have long been popular with connoisseurs and professionals.
Try snow rafting & alternative snow sports equipment like the “Snowfox”. Horseback riding or a sleigh ride. Take a long walk on the numerous winter hiking trails. Heiligenblut offers many possibilities of movement for every taste and every temperament.
The summer freshness has gone out of fashion and the leisure time behavior of winter guests has changed – what has been preserved is the impressive natural landscape of the Heiligenblut mountain area, which offers countless opportunities for outdoor activities all year round.
In addition to the Großglockner, numerous 3000m peaks tower into the sky. Some peaks require a lot of alpine skills. There are other routes that “alpine beginners” – naturally accompanied by a mountain guide – can easily “pack”.
Celebrate unique summit experiences on high alpine climbing tours with the Heiligenblut mountain guides or find Kraxl fun with the whole family in the Heiligenblut climbing park. High ropes course, climbing wall and playground are a must for kids who are hungry for exercise. The via ferrata in the adjacent Möll Gorge with 2 different levels of difficulty is a highlight that should not be missed!
Countless paths lead to the most beautiful places in the national park. From a leisurely stroll along the Möll to the demanding Großglockner mountain run, where the world’s elite take on the challenge. 50 km of selected, marked running routes and also approx. 50 km of Nordic walking routes, the possibilities to discover Heiligenblut and the National Park on foot are almost limitless!
The Glockner cycle path through Mölltal combines great, high-alpine surroundings and comfortable cycling along one of the cleanest rivers in Austria. For relaxed cycling fun, you can use the Mölltaler cycle bus: downhill cycling uphill bus. The royal stage from Heiligenblut to Kaiser-Franz-Josephs-Höhe is of course a must for ambitious cyclists. Mountain bikers can choose from 26 day tours in the national park with a length of 755 km and 25,900 meters of altitude, from easy to difficult.
Wildlife watching, cultural-historical hikes, glacier excursions, panning for gold, fishing, hut trekking, tennis, squash, indoor swimming pool, children’s parties, nature playground, village festivals, … alone, as a couple, with family and friends. The vacation time in Heiligenblut am Großglockner and in the middle of the national park brings unforgettable moments and relaxation for young and old.
Long extinct, the Alpine ibex returned to the Hohe Tauern habitat in 1960. This is thanks to intensive resettlement efforts that began in Heiligenblut. Today the Alpine Ibex is inextricably linked with the Glockner area and the Hohe Tauern. His imposing stature and impressive climbing skills make him the undisputed ruler of our mountains. With the House of Ibex in Heiligenblut, we are honoring the successful comeback of the Alpine King in a visitor facility that sets new standards.
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