Hotel Harfenwirt

  • The Wildschonau Valley, Austria, Niederau

  • 3.5

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Imagine waking up to the sound of silence (well, apart from the birds). Welcome to Hotel Harfenwirt, a traditional hotel on the edge of Niederau, where meadows and mountains stretch as far as the eye can see.

A leisurely ten-minute stroll from the Markbachjoch gondola, enjoy captivating views of the Wildschönau valley from this idyllic location. There are walks on your doorstep and adventures aplenty nearby - horse riding, biking and paragliding are just some of what's on offer.

A small spa and an indoor pool with a counter-current

Treat yourself to some well-deserved relaxation time in the spa. You'll find a sauna, steam room, and a peaceful relaxation area. The indoor pool is the perfect place to cool off on a hot summer day, and has a counter-current feature for those looking to swim a few lengths.

The half board evening meals offer the chance to try traditional dishes crafted with care and made to please. Pair your meal with a fine Austrian wine, and you've got the perfect end to your day.

  • No. of rooms: 88
  • Official rating: 3.5


Standard Double Rooms are around 25m² and sleep two to three people with an Austrian Twin bed and a single sofa bed. They are in the original building and have a bath with showerhead.

Comfort Double Rooms are around 33m² and sleep two to three people with an Austrian Twin bed and a single sofa bed. They are in the newer wing and have a bath with showerhead.

Single Rooms are around 20m². They are in the original wing and have a shower.

All rooms have:

  • Balcony
  • TV
  • Hairdryer

General information

  • Check-in: 2pm
  • Check-out: 11am

Local fees and taxes

A resort tourist tax of approx. €3.50 per person per night is payable locally. Children aged 14 and under are exempt.


  • Steps into property: No
  • Lift accessible: No
  • Lift serves all floors: Yes
  • Access ramp: No

The hotel is located on a flat road and next to a bus stop. All facilities are accessible, including access to garden and pool area.


Niederau is a rambling village – in more ways than one. Its streets meander between valley slopes, leading to a bakery here and a flower-bedecked hotel there. Plus, it welcomes those who love to wander, filling their days with alpine strolls. There’s also the chance to step things up a little. Niederau is one of four villages of the Wildschönau valley, where paragliders wheel around in the sky and over 300 kilometres of marked walking and cycling trails zigzag to distant peaks. The excellent bus network makes exploring easy, leading the way to the dairy farms, distilleries, museums and gorges just over the hills.

The Markbachjoch gondola

You could climb the 1,000-plus metres to the Markbachjoch mountain ridge… or you could jump aboard the gondola in Niederau’s village centre that takes you straight to the trails and huts up top. Here, walkers and cyclists weave between tiny chapels, lakeside sculptures and mountain huts, with the peaks of Feldalphorn and Rosskopf always in view. Keep an eye out for eagles above and marmots below… or perhaps that’s not an eagle - paragliders at the Wildschönau flying school also love to launch themselves from the plateaus here.

Farm to fork feasts

The farmers of Niederau have grazed their cows in the Wildschönau valley for centuries, bringing with them the soothing soundtrack of cowbells – and some delicious cuisine. Follow footpaths to dairy farms to stock up on herby krauter-schnitt cheese. Some farms also produce a heady schnapps called krautinger – a digestif and traditional cure-all distilled from white beetroots and made exclusively in this valley since the 18th century. To learn more about farming in this neck of the woods, take the St. Frances Path to the z’Bach Mountain Farm Museum to see how people eked out a living here in the 18th century.

Village hopping by bus in the Wildschönau

Buses weave their way between Niederau, Oberau, Thierbach and Auffach, the four sister villages of the Wildschönau valley. Oberau has an outdoor pool and cathedral-like baroque church. Thierbach is a tiny, picturesque hamlet. And Auffach has a woodcraft museum and a cable car that leads up to some of the highest peaks in the Wildschönau.

But don’t stop there – the Austrian Tyrol lies just beyond the valley, with buses connecting you to the cracking canyon of Kundl Gorge or nearby Wörgl, where trains head off to Innsbruck, Munich and Salzburg.

Family mountain adventures

Niederau is filled with warm welcomes – whether that’s in the alpine hotels or cosy restaurants. The great outdoors welcomes families too, with well-signposted trails designed for kids and prams, e-bike hire, and loads of mountain hut restaurants for strategic refuelling. Surrounding villages also come with outdoor pools, tree top rope walks and farms that reveal how the local dairy delicacies are made. Bands often spring up in the summer evenings too – just follow the foot-tapping sound of horns.

Why book a summer holiday in Niederau 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 the Wildschönau’s best walking routes and activities at your own pace.

With over 85 years of outdoor travel experience, our holiday packages to Niederau 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.


Spa & wellness facilities

  • Indoor pool with counter-current system
  • Finnish sauna
  • Steam room
  • Relaxation areas
  • Pool towels (payable locally)

Additional facilities

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Terrace
  • Parking
Family Facilities
  • Cots & linen available (€5 per cot per night)
  • Highchairs in restaurant
  • Early kids meals on request (from 6pm)

The daily buffet breakfast offers a range of wide range of options including fresh fruit, eggs, and local pastries and breads.

In the evening settle in to enjoy a delicious three-course set menu that includes a salad buffet and a choice of main (including a vegetarian option).

  • No of restaurants: 1
  • Dress code for restaurants:

    Smart casual

Board basis options available

  • Half Board

This property caters for the following special dietary requirements

  • Vegetarians

The hotel may be able to cater to additional dietary requirements on a request basis.

Please let us know of any dietary requirements at the time of booking.

Longitude: 12.100197
Latitude: 47.448167

  • Transfer time approx. 1 hour 15 mins from Innsbruck airport or 2 hours 30 mins from Salzburg airport
  • 600 metres from the village centre
  • 650 metres to the nearest lift
  • 30 metres to the nearest bus stop
  • 1 kilometre to the nearest supermarket

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per person from £969
Includes £100pp discount
25/05/2024 - 7 nights
3 adults
From Birmingham Int.
Half Board
Hotel Harfenwirt
The Wildschonau Valley, Niederau
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