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Winterwandern in Schönenbach © Alex Kaiser - Bregenzerwald Tourismus (4)

Tips for winter hikers

Tips for winter hikers

There are plenty of activities for those prefer to stay off the ski slopes in winter. Winter hiking trails guide you through picturesque landscapes and to lovely viewpoints.

Tips for winter hikers

We have compiled several tips for your hikes through the snow:

  • Make sure that you have the right equipment with you, such as suitable, waterproof boots (e.g. hiking boots) and warm outerwear.
  • Other useful items include: headgear, gloves, snow goggles or sunglasses, sun screen.
  • “Shoe chains” prevent slipping on ice and snow: they are available from shoe shops and sport shops.
  • Trekking poles are also helpful.


Winter hiking trails throughout the whole of the Bregenzerwald region are clearly signposted in a highly visible pink colour.

Notes on safety

  • Stay on the signposted hiking paths (pink signposts).
  • Taking short steps and maintaining an even pace save your strength when going uphill, and protect your joints going downhill.
  • Walking downhill with a slight forward bend in your upper body reduces the danger of slipping.
  • Take plenty of drinks with you: it is also important to drink even if you are not thirsty.
  • Ask your hosts about the weather forecast. Fog and bad weather can set in surprisingly quickly. Turn back in good time rather than risking getting into danger. As a winter hiker (or a summer hiker), you hike at your own risk.
Winterwandern Mellau - Bizau - Bezau © Ludwig Berchtold / Bregenzerwald Tourismus

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