Naturhotel Moosmair, Ahornach

A natural wonderland
Perched on the sunny side of the unspoiled Ahrn Valley, this high-quality hotel offers wonderful hospitality and a real sense of history, with origins stretching back 500 years. The valley is known for its extensive winter walking options, all accessed with your free local travelcard.
Naturhotel Moosmair, Ahornach. 7 nights
Naturhotel Moosmair, Ahornach. 7 nights

Holiday information


A winter holiday in Ahornach –

perfect for winter walkers
It’s difficult to imagine a more beautifully sited village than Ahornach. Not only is this tranquil settlement located within the protected haven of the Rieserferner-Ahrn Nature Park, it is encircled by towering peaks and enjoys spectacular valley views from its perch high on the southern slopes of the Ahrntal.

Life in this traditional corner of northern Italy is quiet and peaceful – especially during the snow-muffled winter months, when the best way to explore is to lace up your walking boots and take to the area’s enticing trails. There is an extensive network of prepared walking paths in and around the Ahrntal, accessed using the local bus service.
For those looking to embrace the snow in a variety of ways, the valley is home to a number of toboggan runs and natural ice rinks, as well as several cross-country skiing trails and downhill pistes – best suited to beginners and intermediates. Snowshoeing enthusiasts are also in for a treat – with a nearby route offering views of the world-famous Dolomite peaks.

However you spend your days, be sure to leave time to enjoy your hotel, which is a very special place. Once one of the oldest farms in the village, the Moosmair is now a welcoming mountain retreat with a fine reputation for both its warm hospitality and locally sourced cuisine.

Our expert says

“The Moosmair is a fabulous hotel: a real family-run affair with heaps of character and a commitment to delicious, locally sourced cuisine. And you don't need to be a skier to enjoy the Ahrntal – this beautiful valley is a winter walking paradise, with a good variety of scenic trails.”
Rebecca Bruce, Inntravel snow holiday expert

Winter activities

There’s no fixed itinerary, so take your pick of the activities as the mood takes you.
  • 50km of trails in the Ahrn Valley
    A haven for hikers in the summer months, the Ahrn Valley also offers a host of enticing winter walking routes; these lead both from the villages dotted along the floor of the Ahrntal, and through the smaller side valleys. All villages are linked by the local bus service, on which travel is free with your included Holidaypass.

    All trails are well signed, and the snow specially flattened to facilitate walking. In the detailed documentation we provide, we give an overview of our favourite options, including the following three routes:

    Ahornach to Roaner Farm: 8km
    Beginning from the door of your hotel, this route offers panoramic views both back over the village and down the valley towards Sand in Taufers and its castle. At 1,560 metres, the Roaner Farm marks the turning point of the walk – we highly recommend pausing here to sample the farm’s delicious selection of homemade cakes.

    Rein in Taufers to Knuttenalm: 10km
    From the small village of Rein in Taufers, situated at the end of the valley, this easy trail traverses peaceful woodland to reach the Knuttenalm mountain hut, which enjoys splendid views from its 1,911-metre perch. Inside the pretty wooden hut, you’ll find a tempting menu of homemade goodies – including Knutti Kas, the hut’s own cheese which is produced using local unpasteurised milk and encased in a rind made from mountain herbs.

    Kasern to Adleralm: 5km
    Situated at the very end of the Ahrntal, Kasern is Italy’s northernmost village and the starting point for this out-and-back trail deep into the mountains. With a choice of four huts en route, there are plenty of places to stop, but we recommend holding on until you reach the Jägerhütte right at the end of the walk – their Kaiserschmarrn (a sweet, shredded pancake) is delicious!
  • Snowshoeing, skiing & more
    Although the Ahrn Valley is best known for its plentiful walking options, there are several other ways to experience the snow…

    Cross-country skiing
    Offering 50 kilometres of beginner and intermediate-level trails, the Ahrn Valley is a good place to spend a couple of days honing your cross-country skills. Many of the trails surround the nearby village of Rein in Taufers, with routes criss-crossing the meadows, following the river and meandering through the snowy forest. There are a number of places to stop for refreshments – including a hut from which you can watch ice-climbers attempt the frozen waterfall behind! Another particularly lovely trail begins in the village of Kasern, from where it follows the Ahrn river into the mountains.

    Snowshoeing is one of our favourite ways to explore Europe’s wintry landscapes – aside from the satisfying crunch of snowshoe on snow, it is a wonderfully peaceful activity, and one which complements the tranquillity of the surroundings. You can access a beautiful circuit by travelling to a nearby village to take the gondola up Speikboden (1,960 metres); from here, views extend north to the Zillertal Alps and south to the distant Dolomites.

    For a different kind of adrenalin rush, you may like to try one of the local toboggan runs. Some runs are conveniently located on the area’s walking trails – for example, we highly recommend following the path from the village of Weissenbach up to the huts above, then tobogganing back down! The highest hut is situated at 1,810 metres above sea level, giving you over 400 metres of descent back into the village.

    Several of the Ahrntal’s villages are home to natural ice rinks, including nearby Sand in Taufers.

    Downhill skiing
    The Ahrntal has three small downhill ski areas, between them offering 74 kilometres of beginner and intermediate-level pistes. The largest is situated in the Speikboden area, just to the north of Sand in Taufers.
    Snowshoeing ©IDM Südtirol/Alex Moling

Where you stay

Ahornach (altitude: 1,334m) is a small village perched above the Reintal, an offshoot of the main Ahrn Valley. It is quiet and peaceful with the hotel very much at its centre – the hotel bar is the focal point of many a snowy lunchtime gathering.

Ahornach is linked by bus with Sand in Taufers, which is the main hub of the valley and has shops, cafés and restaurants – as well as an impressive castle that sits above the village, nestled on a rocky outcrop.

PLEASE NOTE: most beds in Alpine hotels are normally one large base with two mattresses/duvets. We refer to these as 'Austrian Twins' and they are locally regarded to serve requests for both double and twin-bedded rooms. Separate twin beds or traditional double beds with one large mattress are rare and cannot be guaranteed.
Naturhotel Moosmair


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  • 7 nights: 06 January 2024 - 16 March 2024 & 04 January 2025 - 15 March 2025

    Start Saturday | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Adults
    06 Jan - 20 Jan 2024 £1530
    27 Jan - 24 Feb 2024 # £1605
    02 Mar - 09 Mar 2024 £1480
    Single traveller supplement £65

    Includes all elements of the holiday itself (accommodation, meals and any additional elements as described), plus flights (usually from London) and onward travel as described.

    # Supplements apply on 10 & 17 Feb 2024; 8 & 15 Feb 2025 please contact us for details

    Included travel: British Airways Heathrow or Gatwick to Innsbruck (2h05) (times vary, please contact us for details; hold luggage included), connecting journey by rail from Innsbruck main station (2h05) & transfer (0h30)

    The 'Single traveller supplement' applies for solo travellers. A supplement is also payable for a single room – see 'Additional prices' below

    Prices are subject to availability and flight supplements may apply. Book early for Christmas, New Year and school holidays. We can also book different flight routes (see flight section below). Please contact us to discuss any pricing implications.

    7 nights: 06 January 2024 - 16 March 2024 & 04 January 2025 - 15 March 2025

    Start Saturday | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Adults
    06 Jan - 20 Jan 2024 £1870
    27 Jan - 24 Feb 2024 £1940
    02 Mar - 09 Mar 2024 £1810
    Single traveller supplement £175

    Includes all elements of the holiday itself (accommodation, meals and any additional elements as described), plus Eurostar and onward rail services from London St Pancras, plus any transfer to the hotel as described below (see 'Rail option from London' section).

    Prices are subject to availability and supplements may apply. Book early for Christmas, New Year and school holidays.

  • Room upgrades (supplement in £ per room per night)

    Naturhotel Moosmair, Ahornach
    Roof top terrace 'starry sky suite': 06 Jan - 16 Mar 2024 £70
    Single room: 16 Dec - 16 Mar 2024 £24
    South facing balcony 'Arcana': 06 Jan - 16 Mar 2024 £24
    Innsbruck (latest flight arrival time: 1600; earliest flight departure time: 1400)

    As an alternative to flying, we can arrange rail travel from London

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed here. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Innsbruck Charter (contact us),  jet2,  TUI 
    Birmingham - Innsbruck (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Innsbruck Charter (contact us),  easyJet,  jet2 
    Bristol - Innsbruck (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Innsbruck Charter (contact us),  jet2 
    Edinburgh - Innsbruck (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Edinburgh - Innsbruck (via Gatwick) British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Innsbruck (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Glasgow - Innsbruck (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Innsbruck (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Liverpool - Innsbruck (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Innsbruck (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Innsbruck British Airways,  Charter (contact us),  easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Innsbruck British Airways 
    Heathrow - Innsbruck (via Frankfurt) Austrian Airlines,  Lufthansa 
    Heathrow - Innsbruck (via Vienna) Austrian Airlines 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Innsbruck easyJet,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Innsbruck jet2,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Innsbruck Charter (contact us),  easyJet,  jet2 
    Manchester - Innsbruck (via Frankfurt) Austrian Airlines,  Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Innsbruck (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Teesside International - Innsbruck (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed here. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of alternative flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated above, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice if you would prefer to fly via a different route to the one included in our standard arrangements. A supplement may be payable for other flights.

  • Choose a relaxed route on Austria’s NightJet sleeper train. Leaving London St Pancras on Thursday or Friday morning, you can reach Innsbruck with just one change of train in Amsterdam, having enjoyed dinner by Amsterdam's waterfront before boarding the sleeper. Wake up refreshed in Innsbruck, and enjoy a leisurely coffee or a stroll before taking your seat to admire the Alpine panoramas as the train crosses the Brenner Pass into Italy. The views continue as you change to a brightly coloured local train heading deep into the Pustertal Valley.

    Travel home via Cologne. Our suggested timings below allow you to get home as quickly as possible but please let us know at the time of booking if you would prefer to spend a relaxing morning in Cologne, so that we can arrange a later departure for you. Stretch your legs with a stroll by the Rhine or visit the magnificent Gothic cathedral which is next door to the station.

    Travelling by rail to the South Tyrol: what to expect >
    More about 'by rail' prices >

    We have based our prices (which include continental breakfast and a private 2-berth cabin with 2 bunk beds and a washbasin on the sleeper train) on the routes we recommend below, but our rail specialists can tailor the arrangements to suit you and provide a quotation.

    Recommended route

    Outward journey - departing
    London Thu or Fri
    Departure time
    from London
    Arrival time
    at hotel
    St Pancras–Amsterdam (Eurostar, 4h), Amsterdam–Innsbruck (NightJet sleeper, 14h), Innsbruck–Franzensfeste–Bruneck (Brunico) (Eurocity & regional rail, 2h10), transfer to hotel (0h30) approx 1100 next day at approx 1400
    Homeward journey - departing
    hotel Sat or Sun
    Departure time
    from hotel
    Arrival time
    in London
    Transfer to Bruneck (Brunico) (0h30), Bruneck (Brunico)–Franzensfeste–Innsbruck (regional rail & Eurocity, 3h), Innsbruck–Cologne (NightJet sleeper, 10h), Cologne–Brussels–St Pancras (ICE & Eurostar, 4h) approx 1430. This allows time for dinner in Innsbruck before boarding the sleeper train next day at approx 1400
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 7 dinners (including one à la carte meal)
    7 breakfasts
  • detailed information about the area
  • free use of local buses
  • flights from London (regional flights available)
  • transfers from/to Innsbruck airport

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