Once you have taken the gondola up to the top of Markbachjoch (1,496 metres) there are many routes down with clearly marked paths, including the “Path of Contemplation” to Oberau, a one-hour walk which passes the Farmers’ Museum at Bach. There are many mountain alms dotted around including the “Kasealm” above Niedrau, and the more adventurous amongst you might want to try a spot of hand-gliding! If you prefer more traditional transport, a bus service operates along the whole valley, enabling you to make the most of this scenic region. For a bit of retail therapy, try the nearby town of Wörgl.
In & Around The Wildschönau Valley
- Over 300km marked walking trails
- Popular area for cycling and E-Bike hire
- Outdoor pool in Oberau
- Nordic walking
- ‘Bummelzug’ tourist train
- Tree-top rope walk
- Horse riding
- Horse-drawn buggy rides
- Silver mine
- Sculpture park
- Kundl gorge
- Cheesemaking farm
- Herb and spice garden
- Various museums
Free to all guests
Free ‘Wildschönau Card’ is provided by your hotel upon arrival and gives you:
- Free use of all lifts in the Wildschönau and Alpbach valley (Alpbach valley Summer 2018 only)
- Free entrance to the outdoor swimming pool
- Free use of tennis courts in Oberau
- Free entrance to silver mine and museums
- Free guided walks (Mon-Fri)
- Free children’s activity programme (Mon-Fri)
- Discounted rates on many other attractions.
A wonderful area for walkers with over 300km of marked hiking paths, from rambles through meadows and hillsides up to higher peaks and trails accessed by gondola. Popular walks include the ‘Path of Contemplation’ (1 hour) between Niederau and Oberau, and the stunning Kundl Gorge at the end of the valley, a lovely 3-hour return walk or take the Bummelzug one way. There are many mountain alms dotted around the walks including the ‘Käsealm’ above Niederau for fresh milk and cheese. For more adventurous walkers there are plenty of longer trails and peaks to climb and the tourist office operates a hiking badge system for those that complete various ‘bronze’, ‘silver’ and ‘gold’ level walk.
Here is a sample of the that featured last summer.
GETTING AROUND | Villages are easily connected by an efficient bus service which transports walkers to all points around the valley. There are 2 free gondolas (the Markbachjoch in Niederau and the Schatzberg in Auffach) and the ‘Bummelzug’ mountain railway.
The Tourist Office runs a fantastic programme of five FREE guided walks each week, which are very popular with Inghams guests. Example itinerary:
Markbachjoch to Norderberg Alm | 4 hrs | Moderate |
Take the gondola to the top of the Markbachjoch and via Halsgatterl to the Rosskopf Peak. Purple and white crocuses cover the meadows and beautiful yellow globeflowers grow beside the mountain streams. A peek into the tiny Horler Stiege Chapel and the Käse Alm and a rest stop at the Norderberg Alm Hut, then it’s back to the gondola for the return trip.
Sonnberger Joch and Eisstein | 3 hrs | Easy |
A gentle walk to Zauberwinkel in Oberau and then along the forest path to the demanding Eisstein ascent to enjoy the marvelous view into the Inn Valley. After a short break continue on towards the lovely farms of Leitschwend and Adelsberg and inspect the alpine flora along the way. (Option 2: 5 hrs challenging hike to Feldalphorn).
Schatzberg and Joel Spitze | 4 hrs | Moderate |
Take the cable car to the top of the Schatzberg Mountain (cable car is not open during summer 2017 but accessible by car or on foot) and start the walk at 1.903m to the Joel Spitze. Enjoy fantastic views on the way into the Alpbach and Inn Valleys. Make a stop on the Joel peak at 1964m to enjoy the peace and take. Return to the Schatzberg via the Gern Alm and take a refreshment break at the end of the walk in the Schatzberg Alm.
(Option 2: 3 hrs easy Family walk around the Thierbach Kogl).
Kragenjoch Mountain | 4 hrs | Moderate |
Start at an altitude of 938m, highest point 1356m, continuous climb, partially steep. Take the Minz path from Oberau up to one of the loveliest viewpoints in the valley, the Boarstadl hut. A further 20 minutes uphill and you arrive at the Achental hut. From here it’s just a short ascent to the wonderful Kragenjoch peak. Stop at the hut on the way back for a well-earned rest. The return journey takes you through blueberry fields and mountain moors back to Oberau. (Option 2: 6 hrs challenging hike to the Gradlspitz Mountain).
Filzmoos Moor in Niederau | 3 hrs | Easy |
The Filzmoos Moor on the Niederau Bruggberg is a wide plateau which offers a fascinating insight into the alpine plant and animal life. Frogs, dragonflies, butterflies and songbirds can be observed in this untouched biotope. Afterwards watch the deer in a nearby deer park. The gentle walk takes you north to Stockeben through the fragrant pine forests full of bilberries. After about an hour and a half, you reach the moor at 1,000m altitude. Return via Klausen and back to Niederau.
NB. No mountaineering experience is required but participants should have good physical fitness and suitable footwear with ankle support.