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St Anton closes for winter and skiing this weekend, 22nd April. When the snow melts and the temperature rises, where will you be?

We well know the appeal and draws of St Anton am Arlberg for skiing and snowboarding, and everything else besides on the winter holiday agenda.

But let us not forget about summer fun in the mountains.

St Anton is located in the Tirolean Alps, famous for scenery, tradition and culture.

And if you're a winter sports lover, we're sure that the sports available during the summer months will interest you, too.

Biking, hiking, climbing and rafting to name just a few mountain sports, then there's the more relaxing side with yoga, spa-ing, wellness and walks in the fresh air and unspoilt natural surroundings.

Where to start?

®TVB St. Anton am Arlberg Foto Wolfgang Ehn ®TVB St Anton am Arlberg_Foto Wolfgang Ehn

Biking in the Arlberg from dawn til dusk.

That's mountain biking, road biking or e-biking.

3,800km of bike routes make the Tirol a first-class biking territory.

St Anton has an approximate path network of 200km all signposted and bike designated for a top biking holiday.

In keeping with the ski slopes, the routes are graded blue, red or black and lead you over mountains, into shady woods, through alpine meadows and into the region's high-lying valleys.

Remember, those runs are a whole lot steeper without snow...

For road bikers check out the challenging tours that take you to the Kaunertaler Glacier, over the Hahntennjoch or along the three-pass ride to Lake Constance.

The "Arlberg Giro" is a summer season highlight in St Anton - see more in the events calendar below.

®TVB St. Anton am Arlberg_Foto Wolfgang Ehn ®TVB St Anton am Arlberg_Foto Wolfgang Ehn

The Tirolean mountain village is also expanding its infrastructure for e-bikers -  more charging points and rental stations.

So whether you're aiming for a high alpine pasture for a cruise and picnic, or a hut for lunch, with your E-bike you can reach your goal with (more) ease.

There are daily e-biking tours setting off from the village and there are even e-bikes to rent for kids so guests as young as 10 can join in.

® TVB St. Anton am Arlberg - Foto by Christoph Sch+Âch® TVB St Anton am Arlberg - Foto by Christoph Schoech


There's a 300km hiking trail network in St Anton.

From themed walking trails to mountain triathlons, there's something to challenge and entertain the walker, hiker and runner in us.

The long-distance Eagle Walk traverses the entire province over 280km in 24 stages, from St. Johann am Wilden Kaiser, over the Karwendel and Rofan Mountains and up to St. Christoph am Arlberg.

Pick and choose your stages to make it more manageable and take in the imposing peaks, mountain lakes and colourful alpine meadows.

Cross state borders between the Tirol and Vorarlberg, starting with the climb to Kaltenberg Hut where the Arlberg Pass reaches its zenith.

Follow the winding paths of the Berggesitweg Trail, through alpine meadows and by the Maroiseen Lakes you'll reach a mountain restaurant in Vorarlberg with panoramic views.

The return leads along the Paul-Bantlin-Weg Trail, past the Albonaseen Lakes - in total a 15-kilometre walk that'll take around 6 hours.

Be warned, it's a moderate to difficult hike.

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The Faith and History trail introduces hikers to the Tirol's past along a 3.5km walk around the village of Schnann im Stanzertal.

The 13 stations along the trail tell stories of farming life, the fate of the "Schwaben" children and famous villagers such as organ builder Josef Sies and magician Schnanner Drajer.

Guided Hikes

Those who prefer walking in company can join one of the guided tours offered by the mountain hiking school in St. Anton.

With the St Anton Summer Card you can join for free and enjoy using the cable car system to get you up to the best views avoiding the hard slog.

The Arlberg cable cars whisk guests to trails on Mounts Rendl, Gampen, Kapall, Galzig and, the region's highest peak at 2,811m - the Valluga.

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Or, here's an appealing one, feast and be wowed along the Stöcklweg Trail in Pettneu.

This meadow and forest tour extends from Pettneu am Arlberg to Nessler Alm Farm, where goats, chickens, pigs and cows keep company and are a favourite spectacle of especially the younger hikers.

The trail is approx. 7.5km long (with 414m gained in elevation) and takes walkers past Gridlonbach, Pleißereck and the old Nessler Alm Farm.

Stop for a house special snack of "Flammkuchen" at the Nessler Alm and walk back down via Kalvarienberg, home to a listed chapel.

It'll take you around 3.5 hours and is rated easy to moderate, so bring along the kids.

®TVB St. Anton am Arlberg_Foto Wolfgang Ehn ®TVB St Anton am Arlberg_Foto Wolfgang Ehn

Families should look out Senn's WunderWanderWeg (WonderHikingTrail) that begins at Lake Maiensee.

The idea is to 'hike with all your senses'. 

The Alpine Flower and Herb Trail circles the Sennhütte and boasts 1,000 plants to smell, touch, taste and admire, including the largest edelweiss of the Alps, with 80,000 blooms.

Children can enjoy the fairy tale meadow, the witches garden and the cool trail with its exciting stories about alpine animals.

The Sennhütte weekly programme includes herbal bread baking and 'healthy Kneipp foot bathing' - please check out and report back...

WunderWanderWeg ® TVB St Anton am Arlberg - Foto by Christoph Schoech

Also for families, there's St Anton's high ropes coursse, cycle tours and swimming.

The new climbing centre is perfect for rainy days, and also offers tennis, squash, volleyball and football.

While the kids are here, parents check out the wellness centre with its many saunas, steamroom, sanarium and pool.

Summer Diary of Events:

Village festival

14th - 15th July, 2018

Tirolean tradition and all it entails caught completely over a weekend.

Local clubs will parade through the pedestrian zone in colorful Dirndl and Lederhosen.

It's the perfect opportunity to experience the real alpine village lifestyle and sample regional cuisine.

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28th - 29th July, 2018

Courage, strength and, above all, willpower are needed to conquer 150km over 2,500m of altitude in this challenging amateur & pro road bike race.

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Big tent Festival of the "Musikkapelle"  St. Anton am Arlberg

3rd - 5th August, 2018

Music fans and lovers of Tirolean tradition will find it all at the St. Anton Tent Festival.

Three days packed with fun and entertainment for the whole family.

The 6th Arlberg Herb Festival

15th August 2017

Mountain Film Festival 24th edition

22nd - 25th August, 2018

It's one of the most biggest meetings of the outdoor film community.

The Audience should expect exciting, emotion and action-packed imagery and dramatic cinematography from adventurers taking themselves to their absolute limits.

Mountain Yoga Festival

30th August - 2nd September, 2018

It's the third edition of this yoga festival.

Feel the power of the mountains, as well as your own body's power as you practice yoga with a real view in the peaceful serenity of the Tirolean Alps.

Reenergise and revitalise in August.

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St Anton Summer Card

Hotels in St Anton and the neighbouring villages of Pettneu, Flirsch and Strengen all offer guests the summer card.

The card offers a range of free services and recreational activities, including:
  • Free use of cablecars for a day
  • Admission to the swimming pool or the Welnesspark Arlberg Stanzertal in Pettneu
  • A guided hiking tour
  • An e-bike tour/a round of archery/Yoga
  • A free-of-charge freen fee for the St Anton 9-hole golf course
  • Free admission to the museum
  • The torchlight hike
  • Unlimited use of buses
  • Children's programme Monday-Friday

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