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Nordic Walking & Jogging

Nordic walking in the Zillertal Arena, Gerlos

Do you enjoy powering your way through beautiful countryside and getting exercise in the fresh air? If so, Gerlos is the perfect place for you. Regardless of whether you are jogging, Nordic walking or running. With 52 kilometers of running paths, divided into 7 different courses with 3 different starting points, the opportunities here in Gerlos really are unique.

The newly designed Arena Fitness Course offers running and Nordic-walking fans of all ability levels the chance to experience a wide range of opportunities. Whether paths, challenging alpine trails or flat routes just for beginners - we invite you to share in the fun!

Classification of running and Nordic-walking routes

The running and Nordic-walking trails in Gerlos meet guidelines established by the Tyrolean provincial legislature and the Tyrol Tourism Office. This norm guarantees high-quality trails that have been selected, inspected, marked and classified appropriately by experts.


Village Loop

  • Distance: 1.5 km
  • Elevation change: 9 m
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Profile: relatively flat running and Nordic-walking trail  
  • Surface: gravel, asphalt

Trail Description:

This trail leads from the guest kindergarten along the banks of the Gerlosbach to the west. It then takes us over the first bridge, and immediately eastwards along the stream to the next bridge but one, before returning to the starting point. Ideal for beginners or as a warm-up. Experienced runners also like to use this route as a timed course.


Innertal Loop

  • Distance: 7.1 km
  • Elevation change: 100 m
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Profile: easy running and Nordic-walking trail, hilly in spots  
  • Surface: gravel, forest paths, meadow paths  

Trail Description:

This trail begins at the guest kindergarten and leads runners eastwards - generally along the banks of the Gerlosbach. At the power station,we initially continue along meadow paths, then on a short forest path. This course turns back at the Klausboden. The return route is similar, for the most part next to the Gerlosbach.


Stream Loop

  • Distance: 7.4 km
  • Elevation change: 94 m
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Profile: easy running and Nordic-walking trail with small hills  
  • Surface: gravel, forest and meadow paths  

Trail Description:

This trail takes us westwards from our starting point at the guest kindergarten. We make our way alongside the Gerlosbach as far as the bridge just before the Gmünd section of town. Here we switch to the other side of the stream, continuing east as far as the Fürstalmbahn. We change sides of the stream once more and continue to the "Forest Walk". From here, once again next to the stream back to our starting point.


Waterfall Trail

  • Distance: 7.7 km
  • Elevation change: 237 m
  • Difficulty: hard
  • Profile: very challenging running and Nordic-walking trail with steep climbs  
  • Surface: gravel, forest trails and meadow paths

Trail Description:

From our starting point at the guest kindergarten, we make our way up the forest path until we come to a turn-off in the forest. This path, which features countless exposed roots, leads us uphill, past the waterfall to the Wimmeregg. The next stage drops down to the Gerlosbach and is very steep - so be cautious! The last segment alongside the stream is a perfect opportunity to catch your breath.


Gmünd Lake Trail

  • Distance: 4.9 km
  • Elevation change: 59 m
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Profile: flat
  • Surface: gravel, asphalt, meadow path  

Trail Description:

The Nordic-walking trail begins at the car park in Gmünd. It takes us alongside the reservoir to a tunnel. We continue through the tunnel over the dam wall. There now follows a short, steep climb to the Grasseggweg. The next stage from the Almhof down to the main road allows you to catch your breath. We'll cross the road and run parallel to the stream as far as the Fürstalmbahn lift. We then return along the opposite side of the stream back to the car park in Gmünd.


Reservoir Tour

  • Distance: 10.2 km
  • Elevation change: 106 m
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Profile: relatively flat
  • Surface: gravel, asphalt, forest and meadow paths

Trail Description:

The starting point for this Nordic-walking course is the Durlassboden reservoir. It takes us along the north side of the reservoir via forest and meadow paths to the Larmachbach. From there we continue on the eastern side of the lake along the Finkaustrasse, until reaching a small bridge by the Schütthofalm. In order to make our way back to our original starting point, we again follow the lake. A last view of the alpine pastures - and a short break to catch our breath - before finally crossing the dam wall.


2-Lakes Tour

  • Distance: 13.2 km
  • Elevation change: 106 m
  • Difficulty: hard
  • Profile: slightly hilly running and Nordic-walking trail  
  • Surface: gravel paths, asphalt, forest and meadow paths  

Trail Description:

This course is identical to the Reservoir Tour (No. 6), but once we reach the same elevation as the Schütthofalm, we make our way alongside the Finkaubach stream to Finkau. After the Alpengasthof, continue back to the Schütthofalm. This route is longer and significantly more strenuous.


All Nordic-walking trails are shown here.

Also learn more about the hiking area in Gerlos.

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