It is surely unique for a mountain valley in the High Alps to be entirely wheelchair-accessible up to 3,108 m above sea level! What started with the High Mountain Road has today become a multi-award winning role model and milestone project in Europe.
It was very close... but in the end, at the award ceremony in London on 6 November 2013, Kaunertal lost to the Brazilian Bonito region. Its nomination among the Top 4 is further proof that the region’s efforts to offer all guests a great, accessible holiday in every way are setting it on the right path. Holidaymakers with limited mobility will find an excellent infrastructure in the truest sense of the word. In addition to its success in London, Kaunertal also received much recognition for its accessibility as a winning destination in Austrian and international competitions.
Winter sports with a disability are not a problem in Kaunertal - but an invitation! Kaunertal glacier is the perfect location for all those who don’t want to miss out on the action on the slopes, even with physical disabilities. Even arriving on the glacier road with parking spaces on the edge of the slopes provide ideal conditions for mono-skiers. All lifts to the glacier are accessible on level ground, and the train staff have many years of experience helping guests with disabilities. Wheelchair users can easily reach the mountain station with the Karlesjochbahn lift at an altitude of 3,108 m, where the entirely accessible glacier restaurant with its generous free flow area, lift and accessible toilets with rental wheelchairs offers further comforts.
Several accommodation businesses specialise in winter sports fans with a physical disability. All public facilities, such as the tourism office, ski school, indoor pool or the noteworthy Naturparkhaus Kaunergrat, all shops and many restaurants in the valley are fully accessible. Low-floor vehicles for groups (wheelchair users and walking-impaired persons) are available on request.
The network of trails have reliable snow from November to March, thanks to the elevation, and cover a good 25 kilometres. They stretch from Feichten to Kaunerberg (not continuous). Real highlights include the high trails in the Kaunergrat Nature Park and the Gachen Blick viewing point with access via the Naturparkhaus. in Feichten, Nordic sports fans can even find an outlet at night - a 5km long illuminated circuit. Anyone who’s not too good on the thin skis, or would like to move up a level can be coached by the pro’s in the Kaunertal ski school. Four trails through the valley are certified as accessible and have been awarded the seal of approval. Trained instructors can help you test the special cross-country sleighs on blue and red trails.
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