Sport and excursions

Your active holidays in Defereggental

The Defereggen Valley

The Defereggen Valley, framed by the majestic mountain ranges of the Alps, is home to the village of St. Jakob. This picturesque area is nestled at the base of many lovely hiking trails, ski areas and the Hohe Tauern Nature Park.  In summer get “lost” in the fuchsia swaths of blooming rhododendron as you enjoy many of the activities the area has to offer: hiking, biking, e-biking, horseback riding, climbing and paragliding.  When the sun gives way to snow, further opportunities await you: skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, sledding, snowshoeing and ice skating.

Hiking Trails In The Defereggen Valley

The village in the heart of the Hohe Tauern National Park draws many walkers and hikers keen to explore the huge diversity of alpine plants and animals in the surrounding area.
Anyone who talks about Defereggen valley, also has to talk about nature. The three towns of Hopfgarten, St. Veit and St. Jakob form certainly one of the best known holiday regions in East Tyrol. Hikers in particular love this unspoilt region. And with good reason. Here, where mass tourism is an alien concept, it is quality which rears its head. These centuries-old high alpine villages, with their romantic wooden houses and restored mills are held in high regard by holiday-makers who adore the unspoilt, what is real and fine. Quality. Real nature lovers will find their entertainment in the open natural surroundings, while hiking for instance. The wide variety of themed hiking trails, leisurely walking routes in the valley and the variety-packed routes in the alpine region are inspiring. Not to mention the altitude tours into the realm of the three-thousand metre mountains. The spectacular highlight of a summer holiday in Defereggen valley is when the alpine roses are in bloom and the steep mountain slopes seem to glow red. A hiking holiday in Defereggen valley will leave you wanting for nothing.

Wild beauty

The Lienz Dolomites

The Lienz Dolomites are a unique hiking area and provide several options for overnight stays in a variety of alpine inns, which makes this rock formation ideal for multi-day tours in particular.
Climbers too are very well catered for here. There are a wide range of tours, of all difficulty levels, waiting to be tackled, as do a variety of climbing crags, which help you refine your climbing technique.


Nationalpark Hohe Tauern

The Hohe Tauern National Park is one of the most spectacular high mountain landscapes on planet Earth and the biggest National Park in central Europe. The altitudinal belts from the valleys to the summits of the three-thousand metre tall mountains represent an exceptional biodiversity. This is home to many plants and wildlife species originating from the Central Asian tundra, the Arctic and even Southern Europe. It is our responsibility as a national park to protect this unique ecosystem, research it and share this knowledge with future generations. Discover this fascinating wilderness in the middle of Europe!

The valley offers an array of opportunities for

and excursions

With its countless trails, ski slopes and breath-taking scenery.

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