Austria, The Wildschonau Valley
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, with a special rural character and many rustic mountain alms.
Resort Code: ATOB
Languages spoken: German
Time difference: GMT+1
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Transfer Approx. 2hr 30mins by coach.
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Transfer Approx. 1hr 15mins by coach.
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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, £37
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, £31
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, £27 (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, £39
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Oberau has its own outdoor swimming pool, and there are some super walks here. North of Oberau there are some moderate walks down to Wörgl and Kundl, while the other side of the valley has some harder walks up to the Marchbachjoch with a gondola down to Niederau. Along the valley there are some good walks to Niederau, Auffach and the other villages. The tourist office runs a super programme of five free guided walks a week including a four-and-a-half hour “moderate” walk from Oberau via the Minz path and the Egghöffe farms to the Boardstadt hut and beyond to the Krangejoch cross (1,387 metres). In addition, a bus service operates up and down the whole valley, enabling you to make the most of this scenic region.
In & Around The Wildschönau Valley
From mid - June there are weekly band concerts in Oberau that are free to attend
Join your rep and other guests for a visit to the Krautinger distillery, which includes a snack & of course a tasting session of the Krautinger schnapps. Approx. €16
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.
GETTING AROUND I 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 I 4 hrs I Moderate I
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 I 3 hrs I Easy I
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 I 4 hrs I Moderate I
Take the cable car (closed for summer 2017) to the top (accessible by car or foot) of the Schatzberg Mountain 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 I 4 hrs I Moderate I
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 I 3 hrs I Easy I
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.