Austria, The Wildschonau Valley
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.
Resort Code: ATNI
Languages spoken: German
Time difference: GMT+1
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Transfer Approx. 2hr 15mins by coach.
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Transfer Approx. 1hr 15mins by coach.
Supplements may apply on some flights
Self drive is available
Car hire available: Yes
Evening resort bus service: No
Parking available: No
Resort Ski bus available: No
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A magnificent drive along a famous Alpine road leading right in to 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.
Full day, £34
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.
Full day, £29
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.
Full day, £29 (pay locally for walking city tour option)
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 modelled on the Palace of Versailles. A fascinating insight into the world of a truly eccentric King.
Full day, £38
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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
Free to all guests
Free ‘Wildschönau Card’ is provided by your hotel upon arrival and gives you:
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’ levels walks.
Here is a sample of the Guided Walks Program that featured last summer.
GETTING AROUND | All villages are easily connected by an efficent bus service which transports walkers to all points around the valley. There are 4 FREE gondolas (the Markbachjoch in Niederau, the Schatzberg/ closed Summer 2017 in Auffach, the Wiedersbergerhorn and Reiterkogel in the Alpbach valley) 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 marvellous 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 view points 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 song birds 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.
This is a hard question for me, because over the seasons I have visited such diverse places. Last summer I was in Zell am Zee/Kaprun, and I loved the contrast between the lake and the surrounding mountains. Winter 13/14 I was in Lapland, and that was an unforgettable experience with breathtaking scenery. However, I would have to say the Dolomites, in Italy, in particular the beautiful Val Badia.
I started my repping there in summer 2012, and did three seasons back to back in La Villa. The summers there are amazing, with some of the most spectacular walks I have ever done. Scenery is breathtaking, and I loved the Austrian feeling you get, even though you are in Italy.
I have four tattoos. My favourite music is 70-80's Rock and Hip Hop. My mother is from Dorset and my dad is Italian. My favourite city in the world (so far) is London. Everyone tells me I have a Welsh accent. I have two university degrees. My guilty pleasure is watching trash tv such as Geordie Shore.
I am a social person, most of my best friends I have met on season. I like visiting new places, and make a point of going to at least 10 places I have never been to every year. I enjoy going for long rambles on my own to explore the nature around me. "Great problems are sometimes best solved by long walks" (Arab Proverb)