Green pastures full of flowers, cow bells tinkling, this is a superb area for walking. This unspoilt valley offers miles of marked trails through lovely rolling hills and FREE use of all lifts. Wildschönau means ‘wild and beautiful’ and this is certainly one of the most glorious valleys in the Tyrol, with a special rural character, many rustic mountain alms, and the spectacular Kundl Gorge to explore at the end of the valley.
There are four villages - Niederau, Oberau, Auffach and Thierbach - wherever you stay, a regular bus serves the whole valley, enabling you to make the most of this scenic region. And while you’re here you really should try the Wildschönau Krautinger, a schnapps produced from - of all things – turnips. Your holiday in the Wildschonau Valley offers:
Niedrau This picturesque village houses a pretty church, friendly cafés and the central Markbachjoch gondola.
Oberau Further into the valley, fairytale Oberau has a magnificent church, a handful of shops and some fine old buildings.
All villages are easily connected by an efficient bus service which transports walkers to all points around the valley. There are four free gondolas - the Markbachjoch in Niederau, the Schatzberg (open from June) in Auffach, and the Widersbergerhorn and Reiterkogel in the Alpbach Valley - plus the Bummelzug mountain railway. To access Widersbergerhorn and Reiterkogel some form of motorised transport is necessary.
The Markbachjoch Gondola is open from approx 5 May– 14 October. The Schatzberg lift is open from approx June. Numerous walking trails are accessible with walkers buses and without the need to use cable cars.