Experience the mountains

Active holidays in summer

A unique setting with views of the Großglockner and a large number of 3000 m peaks in the middle of unspoiled nature calls you into the outdoors at any time of year. Whether you prefer to attack the peaks on foot or by bike, want to go climbing, or simply enjoy the beauty of nature, it would be hard to find somewhere else where you could feel so close to the mountains and so at one with nature.

There is a hiking network of about 250 km of paths in the mountains that you can access directly from the hotel or the chalets above Kals am Großglockner. Those wanting to get to the summit a little more easily and quickly can take the lift (free for Gradonna guests). Guided nature outings led by a National Park Ranger or guided mountain tours appear as part of the weekly active programme (can change). Those wanting to get higher should book one of the legendary Kals mountain guides for a high Alpine tour, or the king’s tour up the Großglockner.

Top location of the East Tyrol hiking hotel

The Gradonna stands at the edge to the Hohe Tauern National Park and is one of the most exquisite and beautiful hiking hotels in Tyrol. Hiking holidays at the Gradonna ****s Mountain Resort chalets & hotel can take many forms. From an easy family walk, a National Park adventure with a qualified National Park Ranger, through to an ascent of the legendary Großglockner with a qualified Kals mountain guide. The possibilities available at the Gradonna are sure to get any hiker’s pulse racing.

Free summer summit ticket

Take the comfortable option up to the wonderful views at the summit by using the lift. Our guests in summer are given a “Gipfelticket” Summit ticket free of charge, giving free access to the lifts running in summer in the area. Valid during opening times of the following:

  • Großglockner Resort Kals-Matrei
  • St. Jakob im Defreggental
  • Hochpustertal/Sillianer Bergbahnen

Kals Mountain guides

For more serious mountain tours, we recommend taking a professional mountain guide. The state qualified Kals mountain guides’ thorough training and years of experience in the Alpine environment guarantee you unique, unforgettable mountain and climbing experiences, including ascents of the Großglockner, climbing tours, ice climbing, and tours in high Alpine terrain.

Kals Mountain guides

Hiking services offered in the hotel

  • Loan rucksack provided in your room for the duration of your stay
  • Mountaineer breakfast
    We offer a small mountaineer breakfast for early risers and summit stormers from 06:00
  • Packed lunch
    We can happily provide a packed lunch for your mountain tour (advance booking required)
  • Information about tours and hikes available in the hotel
  • Guided walks and mountain tours appear on the weekly programme
  • Hiking equipment for sale or hire (charge applies) from the sports shop

Special moments to enjoy – such as barefoot walks and wildlife watching

Barefoot walks, wildlife watching on a walk with a Hohe Tauern National Park Ranger, a sunrise walk, or the “Königstour” up the Großglockner are just a few of the many experiences to enjoy whilst on holiday at the Gradonna ****s Mountain Resort. The Gradonna stories section in the travel portal “trip stories” contains a collection of articles written by professional journalists to whet your appetite for summer holidays in the mountains. Experience at close hand what wonderful moments have been enjoyed by Gradonna guests on their holidays.

The short guided barefoot walks are an experience for all the senses and an exercise in mindfulness. In the morning, feeling the fresh dew of the Alpine Meadow under your feet, breathing the clear mountain air, strolling over a mossy forest floor, and paddling through a cool mountain stream are all very much earthing experiences, ones that you will remember for a long time and that make a lovely story to tell.

Weekly active programme with hikes and outdoor activities

The weekly altering active and leisure programme at the Gradonna ****s Mountain Resort provides variety whilst on holiday.

Cycling & biking – Mountain biking in the Hohe Tauern National Park

The Gradonna Mountain Resort is in a paradise for mountain bikers and cyclists at the gateway to the Hohe Tauern National Park. It is as one of Tyrol’s quality-checked cycling and mountain biking places to stay. Bike service is on offer on-site (Sportshop Gratz), as well as bike hire, suitable food for bikers, and mountain biking and cycling tour information for the region.

The Gradonna ****s Mountain Resort offers you the following on cycling & biking holidays:

  • Athlete’s breakfast (for hotel guests)
  • Bike room (lockable and secure against theft) and outdoor bike stands
  • Bike washing area
  • Information area with cycling and biking maps of the region, tour descriptions, a list of bike schools/bike guides, timetables/opening times of public transport/lifts offering bike transport
  • Bicycle & biking specialist magazines
  • Current weather information & forecast
  • Washing service (charge applies)

Mountain bike trails & biking information

The Gradonna ****s is the perfect place to stay for mountain biking and cycling tours. The Großglockner resort Kals-Matrei is home to mountain biking trails sure to get bikers’ pulses racing. A single trail and mountain bike routes with fantastic mountain views of the 3000 m peaks of the Hohe Tauern are just waiting to be explored by bikers. They can be accessed by beginners and experts alike in a very relaxed way by taking the lift (charge applies for bike transport), leaving you to focus your concentration on the downhill sections. A special highlight is the view of the Großglockner accompanying you as you race down the various trails.

Mountain bike trails Kals Folder (PDF - german)

Mountain bike information Kals (german) »

Tour planner (german) »

Bike hire in resort

The Gradonna ****s Hotel has its own Alpinsport Gratz shop on site where guests can hire bicycles, mountain bikes, and E-bikes of all sizes.

Sport Gratz (german)»

Running & action in nature

Access to the 105 km of 15 Nordic walking and running routes is right in front of the hotel. Alternatively, experience pure adrenaline and action on a tandem paragliding flight, canyoning, rafting, climbing on the via ferrata or in the bouldering hall, a highlight especially appreciated by families on holiday with teenagers.

Your summer active holiday at the Gradonna Mountain Resort

If you like the idea of starting out into a hiking and biking paradise right on your hotel doorstep, then book directly online now or send us your no-obligation enquiry. We will happily put together an individual offer for you, guaranteed to be at the best price.

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