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Matrei in Osttirol

The market town of Matrei in Osttirol by Felbertauernstrasse Road makes up the heart of the Hohe Tauern National Park. Beautifully nestled in the valley, the Matrei municipal area spans the entire Tauern Valley as well as parts of Isel Valley. With an area of 277.8 km², the national park municipality is the second largest municipality in Tirol. Before the gates of Matrei, Weissenstein Castle keeps watch on its steeply sloping dolomite marble cliff over the community of 5,000 residents. In the town itself, this task falls to the impressive Kienburg ruins. Numerous churches, chapels and wayside shrines shape the Matrei townscape, with 42 historic structures from different eras found in the market town. Particularly prominent is the beautiful church of St. Alban, seeing that it is one of the largest country churches in Austria. But the diverse nature around the main town in Isel Valley also knows to impress. Just a a few minutes away from the town centre, the extraordinary Gschlöss Valley is recognised as having the most beautiful valley head in the Eastern Alps. From here, unforgettable views of the impressive glacier world around the Grossvenediger open up. This mighty iceberg keeps watch over the wild and romantic Gschlöss Valley in the heart of Hohe Tauern National Park. All through the year, Matrei is also regarded as a regional centre for shopping, cultural life and a wide range of activities on the mountain and in the valley. Only 7 kilometres from Matrei lies the district of Huben, an ideal destination for nature lovers and hiking fans.

Innergschlöß (c) TVBO/Bardelot
National Park Hohe Tauern (c) NPHT/Martin Lugger

Summer in Matrei


Alpine summer in Matrei is multifaceted and provides a plethora of options. In the summer months, the region around the national park municipality more than lives up to its name as a hiking paradise. A unique experience is, for example, a hike in the old, beautiful larch forest of Zedlacher Paradise. Be it summit experiences with views of more than 60 peaks topping 3,000 m, high-altitude hikes from lodge to lodge or simply a leisurely break at one of the many serviced alpine huts or snack stations – in Matrei, mountain and hiking adventures are at home. The entire region offers a sheer endless number of options for active summer holidays, as in addition to the mentioned hiking options you can pursue many other activities in Matrei. These range from trekking and Nordic walking all the way to horse riding and watersports. With the Goldried cable cars you can also quickly get to lofty heights to start your hike. Furthermore, the community also has a wide range of cycling and mountain bike routes. Adventurers will get their money's worth climbing, rafting, camping or kayaking.

Matrei in winter

The golden autumn of hiking in Matrei is followed by a winter rich in leisure options and wild and romantic snowscapes. The lower terminus of the Grossglockner Resort Kals/Matrei provides the market town with a direct connection to the largest ski area in East Tirol, which is also regarded as one of the most scenic ski areas in the Alps and has won multiple awards. Alpine fans are rewarded with incomparable ski tours in the national park region around Matrei. A visit to East Tirol IcePark – Austria's largest artificial ice climbing crag – is both exciting and fun. Those who'd rather grab their cross-country skis can look forward to optimally groomed trails as well as skate courses. Peacefulness, slowing down and unique experiences in nature can all be found on a snowshoe hike with a national park ranger. For families, tobogganing, ice skating and winter hiking are popular activities to be pursued in and around Matrei. Just as enticing is also a romantic horse-drawn sleigh ride through the snowy winter scenery.

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Tourist Information in Matrei
Rauterplatz 3
9971 - Matrei in Osttirol
Tel.: +43 (0)50 212 500
Fax: +43 (0)50 212 500-2


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