Hotel in Grossarl- Hotel Alte Post

Our hiking guides

Wir zeigen euch die Berge

“Das Tal der Almen” – this Name dosen´t come from anywhere. Explore some of the 39 mountain huts during our guided hiking tours. In summer we offer hiking tours 5-6 times a week and in winter 2-3 times a week. Arrive and feel good, hike together and explore the nature step by step.

Best hiking hotelier & hiking journal – Alte Post

We’re very pleased that Toni was awarded best hiking hotelier in gold 2012. The joy of conquering the peaks with him and our other hiking guides makes for pleasant memories in your hiking holiday in Grossarl. All tours are documented in the Hotel Alte Post’s hiking diary.

Certifies VAVOE hiking guide

What is a hiking guide?

Hiking guides are men and women, who are familiar with the surrounding area around their home and/or with the selected routes. They love nature, being active outdoors, are sociable and like getting to know people. Anyone can become a hiking guide. They are engaged by tourist boards, hotels, alpine associations and clubs to organise and lead group walks with content.


Hiking guides show guests the beauty of nature and talk about day-to-day culture, traditions and customs along the way. They tell guests useful information regarding the resort and the way of life of the inhabitants. Far away from mass tourism guests can experience Austria’s flora and fauna. Particularly popular are themed hikes. Whilst collecting herbs, milking at the alpine hut, visiting the farms or on an evening hike guests get a whiff of adventure and authenticity.


Austria’s beauty is visible for all those who open their open and are receptive to new things. Hiking guides ensure that all hiking participants enjoy this joint experience. Each tour is planned so that it is a challenge but nobody is overexerted. Hiking guides are responsible for the safety of the group.

Qualified mountain guide

What do we need a mountain guide for?

Hiking over mountainous terrain is known as mountaineering and requires a lot of knowledge and experience, Organising a mountain hiking tour and to make it interesting, hassle-free and safe, whether easy or demanding, extensive tour planning is required. A mountain guide undertakes all organisatory tasks necessary.


Thanks to regular training courses and seminars a mountain guide is prepared for emergencies on the mountain too and makes a guided hike a real nature experience with his expert knowledge of nature as well as weather, culture and safety.


Qualified mountain guides belonging to the Styrian Mountain Guide Association offer a high level of quality and safety and reduce the risk on a mountain hike to a minimum. A critical self-assessment by each participant prior to the hike is however is essential, as unexpected circumstances not within the discretion of the hiking guide can occur.

“Hiking does more for the mind than sitting by the stove.”

Philippus Theophrastus Paracelsus

Hiking guides at the Hotel Alte Post

We accompany you to the most scenic peaks & alpine pasture areas in the region

Toni Knapp – “The hiking specialist in the Valley of the Alms”

Toni is our busiest hiking guide. You can participate in guided tours several times a week. Nobody knows his homeland better than Toni. He is always up for same fun.

“I enjoy every type of hike, whether a gentle alpine hike or an 8 hour mountain tour. The main thing it has to be varied and with lots of short cuts.”

Training: VAVOE hiking guide

Award: from “best alpine” hiking hotels awarded best hiking hotelier 2012.

Maria Knapp

Maria will accompany the hiking tours once or twice a week. She is pleased to show you the variety of plants and medicinal herbs.

“On each tour you discover something new. The beauty of the nature in the Großarltal is incredible.”

Training: VAVOE hiking guide

Elisabeth Knapp

Elisabeth is very fond of hiking. At the moment she primarily pays attention to her sons Jakob und Xaver. But wen she is out there in the mountains she loves it.

Training: Styrian Mountain Guide Assoc.

Manuela Royer

Once a week Manuela offers a guided electric bike tour. In the evening she serves the culinary highlights of the Alte Post. She loves the ideal combination of hobby and profession.

“The change of doing sports and spoiling guests in the restaurant is great.”

Training: VAVOE hiking guide

Daniela Ramsauer

Daniela moved to Großarl to work as a receptionist. She got to know the Großarltal and its mountains. The nature loving woman tries to give this kind of feeling to our guests.

“I grew up in the mountains but the hiking experience in the Großarltal is unvelievable”. If someone tries to find me on my days off, you will for sure find me in the mountains.

Training: VAVOE hiking guide

Maria Hettegger

The young mother was born in the mountains, so to speak. In her childhood she used to hike with her father and she tries do pass this passion on to the next generation. As a welcome change to marketing and office work Maria is always happy to accompany guests in hikes.

“You haven’t really been somewhere unless you’ve been there on foot.” – Johann von Goethe.

Training: VAVOE hiking guide


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