As a few of you might know, I grew up in Austria and I’m a huge fan of the Austrian Alps. I might live in Miami now, but my heart belongs to the beautiful landscape with breathtaking mountain views in Austria – like the Grossglockner region.
Skiing trip to Heiligenblut / Grossglockner
We returned for Christmas to Austria and luckily we got invited by the Ski Grossglockner Heiligenblut region* to experience their breathtaking mountain area. Before I begin with my experience, I wanted to give you a first visual impression of our trip:
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The Grossglockner is with 3,798 m the highest mountain in Austria and we already visited this area two years ago in summer and were blown away by its beauty and stunning views. This time we traveled to Heiligenblut, a charming little town which is surrounded by impressive snow covered mountains.
Where to stay:
We stayed at the charming Hotel Kaiservilla which has beautiful Austrian Architecture, but also one of the best views in town 🙂
What to expect when visiting Heiligenblut near Grossglockner? I summed up my experience in this blogpost 🙂
Things to do in Heiligenblut / Grossglockner:
Okay, to be honest, I did some research upfront and most of the things offered were not mentioned at all on Tripadvisor or any other travel plattforms. (thank god there are blogs and Instagram to get a feel of what to expect :))
To make it easy for you, I summed up a few of my experiences 🙂
Skiing in the Austrian Alps
Heiligenblut on the Grossglockner is the perfect skiing area if you love amazing mountain views, powdered slopes and where you can head down easily or even bring your family for some skiing fun.
One of the things offered nearby was Ice Climbing. We were 7 bloggers who were invited for this trip and I had to convince the others to join… So I told them I’m afraid of heights and I’m doing this for the very first time… and 6 out of 7 people joined in. And to be honest: It’s easier than it looks. I had a lot of respect when I looked up the ice wall I had to climb. But once I was doing it, it was very focused and did really well due to the good introduction we got. I didn’t make it to the top because I was tired from the skiing day but I was really happy I gave it a try 🙂
Horse Sleigh Ride in Winter Wonderland
Now this is one of my favourite experiences: Horse Sleighing through the snow covered landscape. I wasn’t a huge horse fan before. But meeting these amazing creatures and being connected with them changed my point of view. We went up the mountain, enjoyed silence, amazing views and nature at its best.
To top it off the tour guide came with some sweets and some homemade Schnaps (liquor)) to warm up a little bit. He had an amazing humour which you will appreciate even more if you are speaking Austrian german dialect 🙂
Other things to do:
You can do snow hiking, see one of many stunning waterfalls, cycle or drive along the iconic roads of the Grossglockner Hochalplenstraße sledging in the area of Heiligenblut. If you are staying in a hotel with a spa, I would highly recommend getting some time off and relaxing 🙂
So one of the things I’m missing when I’m not in Austria, is the traditional Austrian cuisine. Ok, let me mention at this point, it’s not the healthiest BUT it’s super satisfying. when you are either on holiday or on a skiing trip where your are moving a lot. So to sum it up, things you should try are:
- Germknödel with Vanilla Sauce (sweet)
You will find a few restaurants in Heiligenblut where you can try some Austrian dishes. Just be aware of the short opening hours: kitchens close around 9pm – plan to have early dinner.
Heiligenblut looks like out of a fairytale. Especially when it’s covered in snow. This is the place where you can enjoy a relaxed winter holiday without people partying too hard. You can have your „Apres Ski drink“ but it’s not going too crazy (which I appreciate a lot). Although it can get really cold here (pack warm clothes), the people are very warmhearted and personal (they will probably call you by your first name).
By the way, my blogger colleges wrote about their experience in German. You can find them here:
Making It Happen (which is a travel related Youtube channel curated by me and my boyfriend Mike)
Imprintmytravel (btw: she is offering a guided Photography trip to Tanzania),
Hier Wohnt Das Glück
If you look for the Instagram Hashtag #glocknerstories, you will find the pics we all took during this trip.
If you have any feedback or questions, drop them down below 🙂
*Collaboration –this trip was sponsored by the Ski Grossglockner Heiligenblut region. Although all expenses and activities were paid, it showcases 100% my personal opinion.