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The Most Beautiful Villages and Towns in Austria

Austria is home to some of the most beautiful villages in the world. With the inspiring Austrian scenery and the alpine mountain backdrops, it is no surprise that many of the Austrian villages are of such high beauty. Choosing your favourite is a personal and sometimes difficult choice, so we have a large choice for you to browse through. Hopefully you have or will be lucky enough to visit the villages on our list, however if you think we have missed a special one out, or you would like to share your favourite Austrian village, please feel free to do so and we will add it to the page for all to enjoy. Austria is a beautiful country, and one we are lucky enough to be able to enjoy.

Alpbach

Alpbach has a population of 2,600 and occupies a beautiful location on a sunny plateau at apprpox. 1,000m above sea level. Thanks to its homogenous architectural style and lovely floral decorations Alpbach was voted “Austria´s most beautiful village” and also “Europe´s most beautiful flower village”. Holidays in Austria’s most beautiful village: this means fresh air, lush meadows and breath-taking scenery. Whether you want to hike, cycle, paraglide, play tennis or just relax – Alpbach is always the right place.

Berwang

Berwang, the highest town in Tyrol’s Zugspitz Arena, lies on a sunny plateau with a breath-taking panorama view of the Zugspitze. What’s more, the Lechtal Alps are also close at hand. With a fresh, healthy mountain climate, a wealth of Alpine flora unusual for the East Alps, hundreds of kilometres of hiking and mountain bike trails, ski runs and many more facilities, Bergwang does not leave any holiday dream unfilled.

Finkenburg

Finkenberg is situated in an idyllic location on a sunny plateau in the end of Zillertal, directly at the entrance of Tuxertal leading to the majestic Hintertuxer Glacier. Finkenberg is well-known as a place of relaxation and recreation. A small village steeped in tradition, yet contemporary, with a choice of activities available for holidaymakers ranging from wonderful walks to extreme sports. Check it out – you won’t be disappointed!

St Gilgen

St. Gilgen is a well-known travel destination. Boats from St. Gilgen sail around the Wolfgangsee, providing transport and views of the surrounding mountains. The hermitage of the original St. Gilgen may be seen, behind a chapel, in the Falkenstein cliffs west of St. Wolfgang and east of Fürberg.In 2005 St. Gilgen was promoted as the “Mozart Village” by the Wolfgangsee Tourist Board. Although Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart never visited St. Gilgen (as he had intended to), his grandfather worked in the town, his mother was born in St. Gilgen, and his sister Nannerl moved there after her marriage.

St Wolfgang

St. Wolfgang im Salzkammergut is a market in central Austria, in the Salzkammergut region of Upper Austria, named after Saint Wolfgang of Regensburg. It is on the northern shore of the Wolfgangsee lake (close to the towns of Strobl and St. Gilgen, both in the State of Salzburg) at the foot of the Schafberg mountain. A destination spa, St. Wolfgang is also a popular skiing resort during the winter. A rack railway, the Schafbergbahn runs up the mountain.

Hallstatt

The village Hallstatt is such an unbelievably spectacular place that even the Chinese have created a copy of the ancient salt mine village. But only in the original will you discover this truly unique culture with such a history all in a breath-taking mountain setting. The market municipality was already inhabited in the 1st millenium before Christ: during this period – the iron age – the civilization flourished. The following pages you will discover all there is to make your vacation in Hallstatt an unforgetable one. Find hotels in Hallstatt online for your holidays in the Dachstein Salzkammergut province of Austria.

Durnstein

The Wachau is one of the most beautiful and famous regions in Austria. Visitors from all over the world come here to enjoy the picturesque landscape, the cultural heritage and the superb wines that grow in this area. Situated in the heart of the magnificent Wachau Valley, on the banks of the mighty River Danube, the charming town of Dürnstein offers the unique combination of a breathtaking scenery, traditional architecture, and places of historic interest. It was in the Kuenringer Castle, whose ruins still overlook Dürnstein, that the English King Richard Lionheart was held prisoner. The breathtaking scenery with its ancient, terraced vineyards, the numerous cultural sites and the mild climate will make you want to linger…

Bezau

Bezau is a town in the Bregenz Forest, Vorarlberg, Austria, part of the district of Bregenz. Bezau is a popular tourist destination around the year, due to its vicinity to ski resorts and hiking trails. Its picturesque church was built in 1906 and is devoted to St. Jodok. Another attraction is the museum of local history (Heimatmuseum), which is housed in a traditional wooden home. Bezau is the home community of ski jumper Toni Innauer.

Tulfes

This pretty village, which has successfully retained its rural character, is so enchanting, because of its sunny location on an inviting plateau above the Inntal Valley. The picturesque and varied walks in the countryside around the Tux Alps are suitable for every level of fitness, making Tulfes an outdoor paradise that is much loved and appreciated throughout Tyrol. Ask any Tyrolean what they associate with Tulfes, they have a ready answer: the Glungezer. Tulfes’ house mountain has become the mountain that symbolises Tyrol. But no wonder, as it is one of the most beautiful mountains in the country, boasting breathtaking views of the Karwendel range opposite or along the Inntal Valley.

Gnadenwald

The tiny village of Gnadenwald nestling at the foot of the Alpenpark Karwendel nature conservation park is best known for the beautiful, surrounding countryside and many sporting opportunities. The main attractions of the Karwendel are the walking and mountain tours, and of course, with a mountain bike, it is possible to fully explore the Tyrol’s largest nature conservation area. The main places of scenic beauty for walkers include the Grosser Ahornboden, the Kleiner Ahornboden and the Laliderer Wände – and Gnadenwald is, of course, the perfect starting point for tours of this unique natural landscape.

Heinfels

The village of Heinfells gets its name from the large castle which sits above. The original part of Heinfell Castle, which was formally nown as Hummenfels is accessible by a circular staircase. The city itself has a number of sights that should not be missed. The Punbrugge bridge is one of the most beautiful canopied wooden bridges, dating back to the 18th century. There are also the three churches that are worth visit. The surrounding area is perfect for nature lovers with cycling routes, hiking tours as well excursions to the south Tyrol and Italy available. n winter the skiing area Hochpustertaler Bergbahnen attracts skiers and snowboarders from near and far. With 55 km of ski slopes, the “Bobo Kinderland” and the Yellowsnow snowpark-funpark it offers something for everyone.

Krems

Krems on the river Danube is worth a visit during any season or time of year! Dive into the region at the Nibelungen stream: The Wachau valley – world cultural heritage of UNESCO! There are not many cities in Austria which can offer such a great variety in cultural, historical or culinary offers as the attractive “double town” of Krems-Stein. Located in the eastern-most part of the Wachau valley, the town and more than 1000 years old, impresses its visitors at every turn.

St Christoph

Set your sights on something truly special! There’s no better way of putting it. A holiday in St. Christoph at 1,800 metres above sea level will give you a unique opportunity to discover the multi-faceted wonders of the Arlberg. It is here that you will gain an immediate experience of the real fun of skiing. Sport, fun, relaxation and enjoyment – in the most beautiful and refined setting. And if that’s not enough for you, we’ll cap it all with culinary delights of the highest quality, beneficial Wellness, an unbeatable ambience and first class service – we really know how to inspire our guests. It doesn’t matter what pleasures you have finally decided on: your holiday with us will be 100% unique and unforgettable.

Lienz

Exactly where the valleys Drautal, Pustertal and Iseltal meet, there is Lienz, the chief city of East Tyrol, featuring 13,000 inhabitants. Its Mediterranean climate, numerous possibilities regarding leisure time activities and its good reputation as cultural meeting point and shopping centre make Lienz a popular holiday destination. Relaxing: from June to September the beautiful main square is reserved to pedestrians, in order that you can better enjoy the city, stroll across the little shops and savour a Cappuccino in the sun.

Mariazell

The Tourist Mariazellerland includes the municipalities of Mariazell , St. Sebastian , Hall Valley, Gußwerk and Mitterbach . St. Sebastian with the picturesque Erlaufsee is a popular tourist destination. A special attraction in the summer months is a trip on the oldest steam tramway in the world. The community Halltal has retained its rural character. Rare plant and animal species are here today especially around the idyllic Hubertussee that was created around the turn of the century by the Krupp family of industrialists to find.

Ebnit

Ebnit is a mountain village in the municipality of the city of Dornbirn in Vorarlberg. Ebnit is a health resort. Although the place is quiet in the mountains, there is little tourism here. There are only two guest houses with rooms. Wildly romantic are also several paths that lead into the nearby woods. A hiking trail leads from the lower one in the nearby village Kehlegg (also community Dornbirn). Highly recommended are the paths to the nearby canyons, such as the Rappenlochschlucht or Alplochschlucht.

Schröcken

photo by Böhringer Friedrich

Schröcken is in the Austrian state of Vorarlberg. The municipality is located in the district of Bregenz in the rear Bregenzerwald and together with the neighboring village of Warth a major ski resort.

Gmunden

Gmunden is a town in Upper Austria, Austria in the district of Gmunden. There are a great number of excursions and points of interest round Gmunden, specially worth mentioning being the Traun Fall, 10 miles (16 km) north of Gmunden, a castle called Schloss Ort, and a ceramic factory producing Gmunden Keramik branded pottery. The town hall is also a popular tourist destination.

Millstatt

Millstatt am See is a market town of the Spittal an der Drau Districtin Carinthia, Austria. The traditional health resort and spa town on Lake Millstatt is known for former Benedictine Millstatt Abbey, founded about 1070. Beneath the Millstatt marketplace stand the extensive buildings of the former Benedictine monastery with its four massive towers and the monastery church at the highest point. n summer the “Musikwochen Millstatt” (Millstatt Music Weeks) festival performs various concerts in and around the monastery church including sacred music, choral and classical works as well as jazz, chamber music, piano and organ recitals.

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