Niederau Holidays

The Wildschönau Valley - a haven of peace and tranquility

A quiet resort in the unspoilt Wildschönau Valley, picturesque Niederau houses a pretty church and friendly cafés and is a superb base for a walking holiday. All our guests receive a free Wildschönau Resort Card (from approx. 16 May 2022) giving you loads of freebies, including free use of all lifts in the Wildschönau & Alpbach valley. The Markbachjoch gondola in the centre of Niederau gives you access to miles of marked trails through lovely rolling hill.

Added value

Free use of lifts in the Wildschönau Valley - with resort card

Free Guided Walks with resort card

  • from£449pp
  • 142 rooms
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Enjoying a pleasant setting an easy 10 minutes' walk from the centre and surrounded by rural scenery, guests receive a warm welcome at characterful hotel.


  • from£399pp
  • 88 rooms
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Just a short stroll from the centre, this traditional hotel enjoys superb views of the valley and the Markbachjoch mountain.

  • from£429pp
  • 47 rooms
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A long term favourite with Inghams guests, this friendly, family-run hotel has a fantastic location in the centre of the village close to the Markbachjoch gondola.

Useful Information
Information about Niederau
Resort Code ATNI
Languages spoken German/English
Time difference GMT+1
Currency EUR
Latitude 47.448811
Longitude 12.088520
Travel and Transportation

Summer 2022

Flying from/to: Innsbruck
Birmingham Saturday
Gatwick Saturday/Wednesday

Innsbruck transfer approx. 1hr 15min by coach.

Flying from/to: Salzburg
Birmingham Saturday
Gatwick Saturday/Wednesday

Salzburg transfer approx. 2hr 30min by coach.

Self drive is available.

Car hire available: No

Evening resort bus service: No

Local bus services:

Parking available: No

Resort Ski bus available: No



Salzburg from £29 per person (full day)

Visit Mozart’s birthplace, the Hohensalzburg Fortress, the medieval Old Town and the famous Getreidegasse shopping street. An optional walking tour brings the history of this beautiful city to life, pay locally for walking city tour option.

Herrenchiemsee from £40 per person (full day)

Journey via the romantic village of Reit im Winkl to the Chiemsee, known as the “Bavarian Sea”. The Chiemsee is the largest lake in Bavaria. The biggest of several islands on the lake and accessible only by boat is Herrenchiemsee. The name derives from a sumptuous and wildly extravagant palace built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria. Marvel at the richly decorated interior and the stunning grounds all modeled on the Palace of Versailles. A fascinating insight into the world of a truly eccentric King.



Grossglockner Mountain (full day)

A magnificent drive along a famous Alpine road leading right into the heart of the Hohe Tauern National Park up to the highest mountain in Austria at 3,073m, for breathtaking glacier views and a chance to see wild marmots at close range. One of our most popular excursions for nature lovers, we enjoy lunch on top of the mountain.

Berchtesgaden, Germany (full day)

Cross the border into Germany and visit this beautiful Bavarian town with optional excursions to salt-mines and the spectacular Eagles Nest, Hitler’s famous hilltop retreat, where you can enjoy lunch with incredible panoramic views. Pay locally for Eagle's Nest option.


We act at all times as a selling agent for the suppliers. All excursions require minimum numbers to run and are subject to change. Some excursions may not be available to pre-book but may be available to book locally subject to numbers. Prices will be confirmed at the time of booking. Please see our terms & conditions.

Things To Do

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
  • Tennis
  • Silver mine
  • Sculpture park
  • Kundl gorge
  • Cheesemaking farm
  • Herb and spice garden
  • Various museums

Resort Card

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 Valley
  • 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.

Lift and cable-car approx. opening times 

The opening dates of summer lifts vary in resort. Please find the latest update for the summer:

Markbachjochbahn – Summer 2022 open from approx 7 May - 9 October.


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.



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.

Good to know

  • Free "Wildschönau" Resort card entitles you to free use of operating cable-cars, outdoor pool, tennis courts, museums, guided walks, children's activity programme and more 
  • The Erlebnis - Bummelbahn road train is a great way to take in the scenery
  • Take a gondola up the Markbachjocbahn to experience the best views and mountain huts 
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