The Wildschonau Valley, Austria

A haven of peace and tranquility, with sensational walks and Free use of lifts
Niederau - Oberau

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The Wildschönau Valley


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.

Getting Around
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 ( only Summer 2018) - plus the Bummelzug mountain railway. Summer 2019 Widersbergerhorn and Reiterkogel in the Alpbach Valley will no longer be included in the Wildschönau summer card.

The Markbachjoch Gondola is open from 5 May– 14 October 2018. The Schatzberg lift is open from June. Numerous walking trails are accessible with walkers buses and without the need to use cable cars.

Where to stay

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 13 May 2017) giving you loads of freebies, including free use of all lifts in the Wildshonau & Alpbach valley. The Markbachjoch gondola in the centre of Niederau gives you access to miles of marked trails through lovely rolling hills.

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£ 379 per person

Fairytale Oberau in the delightful Wildschönau Valley is home to a magnificent chapel, a handful of shops and some fine old buildings. Wildschönau means 'wild and beautiful' and this is certainly one of the most glorious valleys in the Tyrol...

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£ 449 per person

Things To Do

  • Over 300 km of 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
  • Kundle Gorge
  • Cheese-making farm
  • Herb and spice garden
  • Museums

Inghams special

Join your Rep and other guests for a visit to the Krautinger distillery. A snack and a tasting session of the Krautinger schnapps are included. Approx €16.


This is a wonderful area for walkers with over 300 km 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, as well as 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 the various ‘bronze’, ‘silver’ and ‘gold’ level walks.

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