Holidays in tune with nature
The idyllic and sunny mountain village of Virgen in Osttirol – in the Hohe Tauern National Park – attracts families, people looking for relaxation and Alpine sports fans due to the magnificent mountains – spend divers holidays in Osttirol. Therefore, it is a great coincidence that the name Virgen means “sunny spot”. Located amid the Venediger Group it makes the heart of mountaineers leap for joy when looking at the many peaks higher than 3000 meters. The borders of the municipality are flanked by the Virgen Nordkette mountain chain in the north and the Lasörlinggruppe Group in the south. But there are not just high mountains but also the highest located castle in Tirol – this is how Virgen convinces its visitors. The defiant ruin of Rabenstein Castle is located at 1400 meters above sea level.
Hiking amid impressive mountains in Osttirol
A walk from one hut to the next above the tree line or a comfortable walk in the valley – you should definitely bring your hiking equipment for your summer holidays in Virgen. The Lasörling and Venediger High Path are ideal for a hut tour with a stunning panorama. A diversified walk in the valley takes you along the Isel river to Mitteldorf. A beautiful round walk takes you along forest paths, through mossy woods and past flowering meadows. The Walking Arena Virgental offers something for all ability levels due to its numerous and attractive round tracks. The well sign-posted tracks help guests to stay on the right path.
On a walk through the village, you will understand why Virgen was awarded the most beautiful flower village in Europe. The pilgrimage church Maria Schnee is also worth seeing. The late Gothic building is one of the most remarkable churches in Osttirol. An old tradition – the “Virger Opferwidder” has been preserved until now in remembrance of a plague in the 17th century. This tradition includes selling a ram decorated in white colors by auction for charity reasons – it is no longer made a sacrifice as it used to be earlier on.
Spend time in the snow
In winter, you can enjoy and discover the romantic and glittering landscape due to the numerous winter walking paths and cross-country skiing tracks. If you are a beginner in skiing, then the Fellach lift in Virgen is the perfect option. The Grossglockner Resort Kals-Matrei skiing area is only a couple of kilometres away and the ideal option for unlimited skiing pleasures at over 2600 meters. The Adler Lounge at 2500 meters promises top gourmet pleasures at the highest located toque-awarded restaurant in Austria. The gourmet hut at Grossglockner peak leaves nothing to be longed for and also has a special treat for the eye as guests can enjoy unforgettable views of a total of 60 (!!) peaks higher than 3000 meters.
Tobogganing fun on the floodlit natural track (Würfelehütte hut) at night is definitely a truly great experience for the entire family. The cozy parlor pampers its guests with traditional delights from the Virgental valley. Cuddle up in the warm hut and enjoy friendly company before you get on your toboggans again and race back down into the valley.