The implementation of the Katschberger Heustadl- und Adventweg project was funded from 2016 to 2018 as part of the Austrian Rural Development Program - project type 19.3.1. The funding amount of € 224,047.07 is made up of funds from the federal, state and European Union.
Hiking at the Katschberger Advent Trail at 1.750 m
The Katschberger Advent Trail will be open from 17 December 2021 as a romantically illuminated winter hiking trail with free admission. Opening dates: Friday to Sunday, December 17-19, Wednesday December 22 and Saturday December 25. The trail will be illuminated from 2 pm to 8 pm. It will not be an event, i.e. the trail is freely accessible and there will be now tea stations or musical accompaniment.
Horse-drawn sleigh rides are possible with 2G regulation and a mask requirement on the sledge. Please make reservations for the horse-drawn sleighs directly at the Katschberg Horse Center.
The gastronomy huts Pritzhütte and the Schaidlhof directly on the Advent Trail as well as the Alpengasthof Bacher are open from December 17th, 2021 (also with 2G regulation!) during the Advent Trail times.
The shuttle bus will also be in operation between 1 pm and 9 pm between the village square of Katschberg and the Alpengasthof Bacher. (last update: December 9th, 2021).
These special times require special and safe experiences. The Katschberg Advent Trail as a winter hiking trail is definitely one of them. It doesn't take much - especially no kitsch and commerce. Enjoy the unique atmosphere and let yourself be enchanted by the wintry, pristine backdrop of the Gontal nature reserve at Katschberg at over 1,750m.
Opening Times of the Katschberger Adventweg
Due to the current lockdown in Austria, the Advent trail cannot take place as an event this year.
Quiet winter hiking at the Advent Trail...
High up in the mountains, surrounded by untouched nature, a special kind of Advent magic awaits you - the hike to the Katschberger Adventweg! Let yourself be carried away to a Christmas like it used to be with a winter Advent hike at Katschberg or a horse-drawn sleigh ride to the Pritzhütte.
With the horse-drawn sleigh to the Advent experience
A romantic horse-drawn sleigh ride over the Gontalweg is a special experience at the Katschberger Adventweg. Horse-drawn sleighs run regularly from the Alpengasthof Bacher to the Pritzhütte - the rest of the Advent path itself is only accessible on foot.
Access at the Katschberg Advent Trail
The way from the valley towns of St. Michael and Rennweg can be comfortably covered by car. There are parking spaces on the Katschberghöhe at parking lot P3. The path from the Katschberg village square to the starting point of the Wichtelweg with the Christmas maze and the forest of lights at the Alpengasthof Bacher and the horse-drawn sleigh stops can be covered either on foot or by taxi to the start of the Wichtelweg.
There is a shuttle bus driving from Katschberg village square (Katschberghöhe 30, 9863 Rennweg) to Gasthof Bacher and back again.
- Costs: 2,50 € each way: village square - Gasthof Bacher; Gasthof Bacher - village square
- Driving times: 1.00 pm to 9.00 pm
Tips for a unique Advent experience.
The Katschberger Adventweg is a real winter hike this year... This is what makes it so special. In order to make this hike a contemplative Advent experience, we would like to give some tips on the way.
- You are walking a few kilometers in the wonderfully snow-covered Gontal at over 1,750m. We therefore recommend good shoes, warm clothing and possibly a headlamp or torch.
- This year there are not so many opportunities to warm up in the huts. Therefore, the entire hike from Oberkatschberg to the end of the Katschberger Adventweg could be too strenuous for small children or the older generation. Because of that we recommend the path to the Pritzhütte for the little ones with an exciting forest of lights, a Christmas maze and the first tea stations. In addition, strollers are unsuitable for the hike.
- The winter hike is also very suitable for dogs. However, in consideration to other visitors and the horses, it is important to take the leash requirement seriously.