Holidays in St. Anton

A summer holiday in St. Anton is all about enjoying the outdoors and embracing the unhurried pace of village life

Summer holidays in St. Anton are best spent getting out into the mountains of the Arlberg – which is easy, thanks to the cable cars, trusty village buses and innumerable walking and biking trails. The train station also brings Innsbruck and Zurich within easy (and very scenic) day-tripping reach. Back in town, there’s always something going on, including yoga festivals and outdoor film screenings with an even more cinematic backdrop. Also, the dining is divine - take your pick from mountain recipes served with Alpine views, candle-lit wine bars and steakhouses chasing their first Michelin stars.

Exploring the Arlberg: valleys of adventure

There are around 270 kilometres of marked footpaths around St. Anton that vary from forested valley trails to ridge walks with panoramic views of peaks and glaciers. The Verwall Alps are on the doorstep. Here, mountains soar up over 3,000 metres and mountain huts are connected by sky-high trails. The emerald waters of Verwall Lake are a short bus ride from St. Anton – great for families looking for a beautiful walk with a playground and café finale. Don’t miss the suspension bridge, which hangs above the rushing waters of the Rosanna River.

Summer in St. Anton

St. Anton’s streets snake along the foot of the Arlberg massif. Take the time to wander the pedestrianised village centre and browse the Ski and Local Heritage Museum. Outside, it looks like a real-life gingerbread house; inside, it reveals how the town became a star of the ski scene. St. Anton’s summer diary is filled with festivals and events, including a weekly Tyrolean night that revives old mountain traditions like yodelling and folk dancing. Keep an ear out for the brass bands, too. Alphorns are the instrument of choice in St. Anton and players don’t need much of an excuse to strike up a Tyrolean tune.

Wellness and wonder trails

Arlberg WellCom was built as a super smart media centre for the Alpine Ski World Championships. Now, it’s living a second life as an equally sleek wellness centre with swimming pools, waterslides, saunas, a gym and tennis courts. And all with widescreen mountain views.

Families can also visit the Senn family’s Sennhütte – a mountain hut with a Wonder Trail of sensory herb gardens, tree houses and a record-breaking edelweiss flowerbed. You read that right – it won the Guinness World Record for the biggest flower arrangement on the planet.

Journey to Switzerland by train

The construction of the railway and nearby Arlberg Pass changed St. Anton’s course forever, transforming it from a sleepy village to a ski resort that would become the place to be for downhill skiing. These days, the train station is a one-stop shop for day trips to the Tyrolean capital of Innsbruck and Switzerland’s Zurich, with its bright turquoise lake. If city explorations aren’t your thing, there are plenty of tiny village stations to disembark at en route.

Why book a summer holiday in St. Anton with Inghams?

At Inghams, we do walking holidays differently. With no fixed itinerary, you have more time in your destination and the freedom to walk as much or as little as you like, discovering some of St. Anton’s best walking routes and activities at your own pace.

With over 85 years of outdoor travel experience, our holiday packages to St. Anton include flights, transfers, and accommodation, so you can relax and leave the small details to us. Our experts can help you choose the best holiday for you, and our team in resort can give you the inside scoop on how to spend your time away with us.

Added value

St. Anton Summer Card (Basic) included (option to upgrade to Premium Card - payable locally)

24/7 support & tailored advice in person or over the phone from our local resort team

All holidays include flights or trains from the UK and transfers

Walking in and around St. Anton

On an Inghams walking holiday, you have the freedom to explore the area at your own pace. Each day, a new adventure, with as much or as little walking as you like.

Why we love walking holidays in St. Anton

St. Anton attracts keen walkers from all over the world, there are 270 kilometres of marked walking paths in the area, ranging from easy valley walks to more strenuous climbs and high-altitude tours accessed by cable-car. Walking here will connect you to nature, with the freshest air, tall trees and grazing animals.

Guided walks

St. Anton Tourist Office runs a full programme of guided walks and Nordic Walking (small local charge). With the included Summer Card you can take part in one guided walk - if you choose to upgrade to the Premium Summer Card you can take part in all the walks and activities on the programme.

Getting around St. Anton

St. Anton has a great network of public transport and lifts that make getting around the area really easy.

Lifts

There are six cable cars and chair lifts open in the summer, transporting you to some of the best hiking hotspots and allowing shortcuts for routes to suit all abilities.

  • Galzigbahn (normally open 28 Jun – 6 Oct)
  • Vallugabahn I (normally open 28 Jun – 6 Oct)
  • Vallugabahn II (normally open 28 Jun – 6 Oct)
  • Gampenbahn (normally open 14 Jun – 15 Sept (closed on Wednesdays and Thursday))
  • Kapalbahn (normally open 14 Jun – 15 Sept (closed on Wednesdays and Thursday))
  • Rendlbahn (normally open Wednesdays and Thursdays 26 Jun – 12 Sept)

Open dates for 2024 are correct at the time of publishing, subject to change.

Buses

St. Anton has an excellent bus network, connecting you to many hiking trails.

The buses between Landeck and St. Christoph am Arlberg are free of charge, with unlimited access using your included St. Anton Summer Card, provided by your hotel on arrival.

There are a few different buses that operate, including:

  • Local bus
  • Hiking bus
  • Verwall bus

Buses depart frequently - timetables can be found online or directly at the bus stops.

Trains

St. Anton has a train station just outside of the town centre, which can easily be reached on foot. This is great for exploring other areas that are further afield.

You can go from mountain hiking one day, to city strolling in Innsbruck the next - this route takes just over one hour.

Our favourite walks in and around St. Anton

Mühltobelweg

  • Easy walk
  • Expect to take around three hours

Leaving the centre of St. Anton and passing the Arlberg museum, follow a small gorge up towards the Sennhütte where you can enjoy a refreshment and enjoy the gardens which have a variety of different herbs and flowers that are used for cooking. You could also explore the WunderWanderWeg which is an interactive walking trail.

Verwall Valley

  • Moderate walk
  • Expect to take around four hours

This beautiful walk starts with the Rosanna gorge, opening up into the forested Verwall valley with its turquoise river and plentiful wildlife. Continue to the historic Sennhütte for a traditional lunch.

Valluga

  • Moderate to challenging walk
  • Expect to take five to six hours

Take the Galzig gondola from the village centre then continue with the awe inspiring Valluga cable-car to St. Anton’s highest peak at 2,811m. Walk the ridge for spectacular views (keep a look out for mountain ibex), and then walk or take the cable-car back down to the middle station, stopping for lunch at the Ulmer Hutte (Jul & Aug). Here you join the final section of the famous ‘Eagles Way’ route and follow trails through grazing pastures through the ‘Steissbachtal’ back down to the village.

Useful information and guidelines

Recommended equipment

Suitable walking shoes with good grip, appropriate clothing, rain jacket, sun cream, insect repellent, sun glasses, rucksack, at least a litre of water, a re-usable water bottle, a snack and cash. You may find walking poles useful.

Walking maps

We recommend Mayr Map number 401, which has a scale of 1:25,000. The maps show the walking routes which are numbered and match the yellow signposts around the area. They will have a key which will help you understand the nature of the trail before you set out on your walk.

Walking guidelines

The mountains are a natural paradise, with lots to explore and discover. To help it stay that way, and remain an enjoyable and safe place for everyone, we recommend following our little list of do's and don'ts:

  • Plan your route well and don't overestimate yourself
  • Check the weather forecast
  • Tell someone where you're planning to walk and what time you're expecting to be back
  • Take all the recommended equipment
  • Make a note of emergency numbers:
    • Austrian Emergency Services: 112
    • Mountain Rescue: 140
  • Don't leave the marked trails or go onto a glacier without a guide
  • Let nature stay wild by not picking alpine flowers (it's illegal in some places) or getting close to/making contact with wild animals
  • Always leave gates as you found them
  • Leave no trace

Check out our Responsible Walking insider guide if you want more tips for your summer walking holiday.

Hotels in St. Anton

  • from£679pp
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  • 75 rooms
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The popular Hotel Arlberg is set in a quiet area, a short walk to the village centre and lifts. Take a dip in the indoor pool and enjoy a little relaxation time in the spa. The homely bedrooms and the cosy bar and stube are designed in classic Tyrolean style.

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Pool6

Hotel Post is one of St. Anton's best-known hotels. It sits in the pedestrianised village centre, just 300 metres from the Galzig lift. A traditional hotel that's perfect for a relaxing break in the mountains, especially with the newly completed outdoor pool and relaxation area.

  • from£879pp
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The elegant Hotel Alte Post sits in the pedestrianised centre of St Anton and is an easy walk from the mountain lifts. A historic building full of rustic Tyrolean tradition, it has a pretty garden and sun terrace, and an excellent wellness area too.

  • from£969pp
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Hotel Ullrhaus St Anton Swimming Pool

If you're looking for something special, then the Ullrhaus is probably it. Located in a prime central position in St. Anton with unique and sophisticated design, it's one of the first CO2-free hotels in St. Anton and has excellent wellness facilities.

Travel and Transportation

All our holidays include return travel either by flight or train and then a transfer between the airport or railway station and St. Anton.

All departures are on Saturdays or Wednesdays with stays for 3, 4, 7, 10, 11 or 14 nights.

The transfer in St. Anton will stop as close as possible to your chosen accommodation. In some cases there may be a couple of minutes' walk due to regulations on where coaches can stop.

Travel by air

Flights to Innsbruck are available from four UK airports:

  • Manchester (Saturday)
  • Birmingham (Saturday)
  • Edinburgh (Saturday)
  • London Gatwick (Saturday or Wednesday)

Transfer times:

Innsbruck airport: approx. 1 hour 45 minutes by coach

Private transfers are available on request.

Travel by train

We offer holidays by train to St. Anton, which depart on Saturdays for 7 or 14 days. The journey takes around 14 hours from London St. Pancras and you'll be able to enjoy the change of scenery out of the train window as you journey through France and into the Alps of Switzerland and Austria.

The provisional outbound timings are:

Saturdays

Arrive

Depart

London St Pancras

-

06:31

Change at Paris

09:48 (Gare du Nord)

12:22 (from Paris Gare du Lyon)

Change at Basel

15:26

15:37

Change at Zurich HB

16:49

18:40

St. Anton

21:01

-

On arrival to St. Anton station, you will transfer to your hotel by taxi, which will take around five to 10 minutes.

The provisional inbound timings are:

Saturdays

Arrive

Depart

St. Anton

-

08:57

Change at Zurich HB

11:20

11:36

Change at Basel

12:48

14:34

Change at Paris

17:38 (Gare du Lyon)

19:12 (Gare du Nord)

London St. Pancras

20:30

-

St. Anton Summer Card (Basic) - free to all guests

From approx. end June to mid September all guests receive the St Anton Summer Card. Given to you by your hotel, it gives you:

  • Free use of all cable cars for one day
  • Free use of local buses (walkers bus, local bus, routes to Verwall and Landeck)
  • Free entrance (one time) to either the Arlberg Wellcom or Wellnesspark Stanzertal
  • Free taster guided walk, archery and a yoga class
  • Free children’s activity programme
  • One free admission to the Museum St. Anton am Arlberg, the Gand Exhibition Mine, a Tyrolean Evening and a torchlit walk
  • and more

Inclusions subject to change.

St. Anton Premium Summer Card - pay to upgrade locally

Upgrade your free Summer Card to the Premium Card locally, and enjoy these additional benefits.

  • Unlimited use of all open and operating cable-cars and lifts in St. Anton for the period of validity of your ticket
  • Unlimited use of the ARLBERG-well.com Centre in St. Anton or the Wellnesspark Arlberg Stanzertal in Pettneu
  • Take part in all the guided walks and activities offered on the weekly programme
  • Discounts on E-bike rental
  • Various partner discounts

Upgrade is available for three, five or seven days starting from around €65.

Inclusions subject to change.

Things to do in St. Anton

Things to do in St. Anton

Explore the village

Stroll through the traditional village, browse the shops and take in the postcard-perfect views of St. Anton. This pretty town is home to world-class facilities with a slightly modern charm. Alpine cosiness combined with Tyrolean originality makes St. Anton the perfect place to relax in one of its many cafés, wander the streets and discover the history of skiing and local life in the St. Anton Museum.

Walking trails and views for miles

Flower walks that show you alpine roses, themed trails to take you down religious paths, and the long-distance Eagle Trail are all part of the extensive network of walking routes in the region. St. Anton is also a popular spot for Nordic walking with marked trails and pole rental available.

You don't have to walk far to get the best vantage point - take the Vallugabahn lift to reach the highest peak in St. Anton at 2,811 metres above sea level - the views over peaks and glaciers are spectacular.

Tourist Office Programme

Included in your holiday, you'll receive the St. Anton Summer Card (Basic) which gives you access to some of the activities on the St. Anton summer programme such as a guided walk or yoga practice. You can upgrade your Basic Summer Card for the Premium Card locally and get access to more activities. See the "Cards & passes" tab for further details.

Mountain biking and e-biking

With around 200 kilometres of bike trails, the Arlberg is an exciting place to explore on two wheels. Not a fan of the uphill? Rent an e-bike, allowing you to ride up hills much easier, cover longer distances and explore more of the area. Ride your way to breath-taking viewpoints and see nature in all its glory.

Village spa

Spend a day relaxing at the Arlberg WellCom. In the heart of the village you can chill in saunas & steam rooms, swim indoors and outdoors, have a relaxing massage or just sit back and chill in the calming environment. If your form of relaxation is doing a workout, then head to the gym to release some endorphins for that feel-good moment before the spa.

Tennis and squash

Take a trip to Arl.park centre and challenge each other to a game of tennis, squash or even bowling. If the weather isn't being kind, then a trip the sports centre has you covered so you can still enjoy your favourite sports.

Indoor climbing centre and lessons

Arl.rock sport-park and restro-bar is a climber's paradise. Offering a large 1,000 square-metre climbing area with an indoor bouldering wall, there is something on offer for all abilities. With around 100 climbing routes, it's not just indoors you will find yourself holding on up high. Will you take on the 18-metre outside tower?

9-hole golf course

Are you a passionate golfer? St. Anton am Arlberg has a stunning nine-hole golf course. Tee off the right way with incredible views, freshly cut grass and a supportive local community. Use your included summer card for one free entry during your holiday (golf license required).

Evening Entertainment and Culture

Spend your evenings indulging in the local culture. There is plenty of evening entertainment including Tyrolean evenings with yodelling, cow bells and dancing. You can also experience the weekly brass band concerts and maybe catch a procession. We love the relaxed atmosphere the local community create in the village centre in summertime.

St. Anton Village Festival

Normally around the mid July, the Village Festival is a wonderful celebration of culture and heritage with dance, Tyrolean music, local arts and crafts and traditional food.

Brass Band Festival

An important festival for St. Anton, the Brass Band Festival is a highlight of the summer with a parade of the local brass bands and lots of music and celebrations held in a large marquee near the new middle school in the village. It's normally held around 4th-6th August.

Family activities in St. Anton

Family activities in St. Anton

Arl.park Sports Centre

You can enjoy a game of family bowling, squash, table tennis or pickleball. This indoor leusire centre also features a full-sized tennis court, ideal for those seeking a competition. Children especially love the indoor trampoline park and interactive climbing wall. Who will be the first to make it to the top?

Nature trails

Let the kids explore the natural beauty through short trails and amusing stations. At only one kilometre long the WonderWalkingWay trail next to Sennhütte is a fun way to bring nature to life. You can also complete the longer five-kilometre circular hiking trail, Mutspuren, on the Galzig for a great way to learn, play and discover the courageous tracks.

Discover new skills

Get involved with the locals through the Tourist Office's excellent programme. Children can learn how to read maps, build rafts and observe wild animals in their natural habitat with the resort mascot "Hoppl the Hare". Running from Monday to Friday with dedicated themed days, which new skill will you learn? (direct booking with the Tourist Office is required).

Pushchair-friendly walks

St. Anton am Arlberg has a 40-kilometre network of cross-country wide paths perfect for families taking a pushchair. With easy walking and steady ground, parents can enjoy a leisurely stroll completely stress-free. We love the Verwall Valley walk, stretching 10-kilometres past beautiful scenery and around the local lake.

Children's playgrounds

From smaller parks located in the village centre to larger high-altitude playgrounds with panoramic mountain views, you will not have a problem finding a fun-stop for the kids. They can slide their way down from the top of the climbing frame, bounce on the trampolines or spin and swing until their hearts content on the larger equipment.

Good to know

Walking trails: 270km of walking trails with great lift network

Terrain: Mountainous terrain with dramatic peaks and dense forests

Best time to go: end of June to mid September

Recommended for: Challenging walking, families with teens, nature, activities

Arrive into: Innsbruck airport (approx. 2 hours), or St. Anton station (approx. 14 hours from London St. Pancras)

Transfer time: approx. 1 hour 45 mins by coach

24/7 Support and advice: In person or over the phone from our local resort team based in St. Anton

Resort card: St. Anton Summer Card Basic included for all hotels - you can upgrade to the Premium Card locally

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