Rules of conduct in the winter landscape

Rules of conduct in the winter landscape

Karwendeltäler im Winter mit Langlaufloipe und Winterwanderweg

As humans, we enjoy being outdoors in nature and playing in the snow. But for wildlife, winter is an extremely difficult time where food is scarce. The animals must conserve their energy, and they have developed a number of adaptions and habits to help them survive the harsh winter months: for example, living on fat reserves accumulated during the summer, storing food, reducing their activities and body functions, or going into hibernation. Human disturbance, however, can increase stress at this critical time of year, and winter can become a fight for survival.

To ensure that wildlife has sufficient peace and quiet, the Nature Park Karwendel increasingly relies on visitor management. Nature park ranger Sebastian Pilloni explains: “Knowing the right spots and staying on the designated trails gives you more opportunity to watch wildlife than trudging through the forests. You’re not doing the animals or yourself any favours.”

Anton Larcher explains some further rules of conduct: If you encounter wildlife, do not frighten or approach the animals, stay put and wait calmly until they have left. Also, visitors should refrain from well-intentioned feeding. The animals have adapted their digestive system to winter food such as old grass and needles, while increased intake of foods high in carbohydrate like bread leads to severe digestive problems. Visitors should also avoid feeding stations, which are usually signposted. If outdoor enthusiasts stay on the designated trails, the head of the hunting association doesn’t see a problem.

The enchanting landscape surrounding Lake Achensee boasts over 150 kilometres of cleared winter walks that let you discover the natural world “step by step” and at your own pace. Snowshoeing is growing in popularity, and like hiking, it is a great way to explore the snowy landscape. However, it is essential to follow our responsible visitor code of conduct to protect nature and wildlife. Join our ranger-guided tours to watch animals in their natural habitats, identify their tracks, and learn about the winter flora. The rangers vary the tours each day and give you the opportunity to get a deeper insight into the fascinating world of the Nature Park Karwendel.

You would like to learn more about the responsible handling in nature? In a social media campaign on Facebook, Achensee Tourism informs about environmentally conscious behavior as well as a better understanding of safety in the winter landscape. Feel free to take a look!


11.01.2022 14:12

Stay on Track
Leave nothing but footprints
the achensee is not for ice skating. use one of the ice rinks around the lake.
Those who wear a helmet are in any case protected from the most serious consequences of an accident - namely head injuries.