The Kaunertal is perfect for holidaymakers at all stages of life.
But it's not seniors who might be hanging up their mountain climbing gear. Many other lovers of nature face other limitations, but there is no reason why they can't explore this nature park and glacier region in Tyrol.
You might have a bad knee, a bad back, or be in a wheelchair. And, of course, there are also young parents pushing prams instead of climbing rope walkways along mountain walls. The Kaunertal offers plenty to experience and freedom to move a over 3,000 m above sea level.
Awarded for accessibility
Numerous initiatives make it easier for people of all ages to access the beautiful Tyrolean nature in the Kaunertal. Award-winning and named one of the top barrier-free destinations in Europe! The Kaunertal has received such awards as the EDEN Award and the Tourism for All Award. We're proud of the many awards received in recent years, including the:
- 2013 Eden Award - the Prize of the EU Commission for Sustainable Tourism Destinations
- Tyrol Touristica 2013 - the Tyrol Tourism Prizes in "Development of Offerings," Marketing and Sales", “Infrastructure and Buildings", and" Events and Major Events"
- Tourism for All - Awards for innovative and regional initiatives for barrier-free travel - Competition winner in Tyrol
- World Responsible Tourism Award - 2nd place in the world for "Accessibility"
Kaunergrat Nature Park for everyone
A true role model, Kaunergrat Nature Park has set the standard for unrestricted joy of movement. Seniors, families with small children and prams, wheelchair users, people with reduced mobility can all have rich experiences of nature in the Kaunertal.
The barrier-free attractions at Kaunergrat Nature Park include:
- the award-winning Kaunergrat Nature Park Museum at Piller Sattel
- the Gacher Blick nature and culture panorama view
- the Piller Moor natural monument with its 700 m accessible wooden walkway
- , a playground accessible to people with reduced mobility
By the way, you can borrow Swiss Tracs at no cost at the Kaunergrat Nature Park Museum. The tractors make it possible for wheelchair users to master even steeper forest trails, for example to the Gepatschhaus, the Falkaunsalm, or the Aifneralm. Finally heading back to the mountains? The Tyrolean holiday region makes it possible!
Fendels summer mountain also offers a range of activities for travellers with limited mobility. One of the highlights is certainly the Bach am Moos nature playground, which is accessible and offers a wide range of water and play fun, especially for the youngsters.
The many extra-wide trails to the Sattelklause mountain restaurant are also wheelchair-accessible. Alternatively, the quad chairlift can take you up the 1,900 m. There are various themed trails, including the easily accessible local wildlife nature trail. No matter how you get to the Sattelklause, you can take the mountain cart back down, even in a wheelchair!
Good to know: prams, Swiss Tracs, and wheelchairs can be easily transported by the chairlift.
Unlimited along the Kaunertal Glacier Road
The Kaunertal Glacier Road is a real challenge for mobility-impaired people using a handbike, but it's doable! As proven by the annual handbike race each June. The hosts at Café Seepanorama and the Gletscherrestaurant offer accessible stopover points. Directly in front of these is the accessible Drei-Länder-Blick viewing platform, where everyone can really enjoy the spectacular views to the fullest!
Winter in Tyrol without restrictions
In winter? In addition to Kaunergrat Nature Park, the Kaunertal Glacier ski area is especially recommended for accessibility: An ideal place for those who want to be physically active in the cold season even if you are differently abled. Specially trained ski instructors and the Tyrol Monoski Area Award speak for themselves. In the winter, Kaunertal also makes barrier-free cross-country skiing possible.
Wheelchair accessible shops and accommodation in the Kaunertal
Still lack the necessary sports equipment or just want a snack? Looking for a restaurant that's easy to reach even with a wheelchair? Check out the following shops, restaurants, and cafés:
Good to know:much accommodation in the valley is well prepared for the needs of mobility-impaired guests. Take a look at the list of barrier-free hotels and holiday homes.
Enjoy the freedom to move that the entire Kaunertal has dedicated itself to providing! Further details and information in the accessibility guide to Kaunertal nature park and glacier region.
Terra Raetica, Humana Raetica
A cross-border project among the regions where Austria, Italy, and Switzerland meet
the Kaunertal without barriers. The Kaunertal is probably unique in being a high alpine mountain valley that allows barrier-free access for heights up to 3,108 m above sea level! What began with the construction of a high mountain road is today an award-winning flagship project in Europe.
Detailed information on wheelchair-friendly tourist attractions in the Kaunertal can be found at www.terrareatica.eu/barrierefrei. Terra Raetica is an organisation that closely examines barrier-free offerings before certifying them.