Hotel Sonnschein

  • The Wildschonau Valley, Austria, Niederau

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Niederau's Hotel Sonnschein offers an authentic taste of Austrian hospitality with a warm welcome from the hotel's team, who go above and beyond. Hotel Sonnschein is more than just a place to rest your head; it's an oasis of hospitality, culinary delights, and leisurely moments by the pool.

Enjoy the lighter side of traditional Austrian cuisine

While traditional cuisine is a central theme here, it's not all meat-centric and heavy. Daily salad buffets and superb veggie options ensure a top-notch dining experience for all.

And take the opportunity to sit back and relax

Dive into the day with a refreshing swim. There's not just one, but two great swimming pools—one indoors, one out. Feeling a little less energetic? Take a little time to just enjoy being surrounded by nature - the hotel's garden, complete with inviting loungers, is the perfect place to soak in the sun and enjoy the picturesque Alpine views.

Added value

Free mini-golf (subject to availability)

  • No. of rooms: 142
  • Official rating: 4


Economy Double Rooms sleep two people with an Austrian Twin bed. They are in the original building and have an ensuite with bath and showerhead.

Standard Double Rooms measure approximately 33m² 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 balcony, seating area, and an ensuite with bath and showerhead.

Comfort Double Rooms measure approximately 33m² and sleep three to four people with an Austrian Twin bed and a double sofa bed. They are in one of the newer wings and have a balcony and an ensuite with bath and showerhead.

Family Rooms measure approximately 40m² and sleep two to four people with an Austrian Twin bed and a double sofa bed. They are in one of the newer wings and have a balcony, seating area, and an ensuite with bath and showerhead.

Comfort Single Rooms measure between 18-24m² and are in one of the newer wings. They have a balcony and an ensuite with shower.

The main hotel building is the original building, which houses the reception, dining room and some guest bedrooms. Two newer wings are connected to the main building, one is decorated in a traditional Tyrolean style and the other has a more modern style. Newer wing rooms can be requested at the time of booking but are not guaranteed.

All rooms have:

  • TV
  • Fridge
  • Kettle
  • Safe
  • Bathrobes
  • Hairdryer

General information

  • Check-in: 2pm
  • Check-out: 10am

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

Access to the hotel is step free and it's in a flat area away from the village which is slightly uphill.


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 whirlpool corner
  • Outdoor pool (from June)
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Infrared cabin
  • Relaxation area
  • Spa and massage treatments (payable locally)

Additional facilities

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Parking
Family Facilities
  • Cots & linen available
  • Highchairs in restaurant
  • Early kids meals on request (from 6pm)

Enjoy a range of hot and cold dishes as part of the daily buffet-style breakfast. Enjoy breads from the region and locally baked pastries. Lactose-free and gluten-free products are available if requested in advance.

The half board evening meal is a delicious three-course dinner, including a salad buffet and with choices of main dish (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: 12.096661
Latitude: 47.449972

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

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per person from £989
Includes £100pp discount
01/06/2024 - 7 nights
2 adults
From Birmingham Int.
Half Board
Hotel Sonnschein
The Wildschonau Valley, Niederau
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