Hailed as one of Austria’s most picturesque villages, the charming chalets and snow covered summits of Alpbach prove to be one of the most stunning sights of the Alps. An esteemed choice of skiers, Alpbach offers over 145km over snow covers slopes to slalom, sled or snowboard; it’s a true winter wonderland and the quaint village also offers lavish luxury in its accommodation and cuisine.
Alpbach’s charm and charisma exude from the warm atmosphere of the village and magical surroundings, rather than from any distinct cultural highlights. A plethora of activities are offered in order to maximise the surrounding winter wonder, including exciting hiking trails, exhilarating toboggan tracks, romantic sleigh rides and vertiginous paragliding, an incredible experience that allows visitors to view the dramatic snow-capped peaks from a bird’s eye angle. An indoor Roman sauna allows visitors to enjoy some rest and rejuvenation with its infared cabins, steamy saunas, scented steam rooms and languid lagoons.
Aside from inviting flocking ski enthusiasts, Austria’s most beautiful village has also had a prosperous agricultural industry throughout the years. A museum that pays homage to this prosperity is the Alpbach Museum of Alpine Farming, a traditional and functioning farmhouse that exhibits over 800 artifects that conjure a picture of Alpine farming throughout the ages. In the stables at the back. Cows, pigs and chickens graze happily to exemplify the practicality of the Alpine farming.
The best places to enjoy a traditional taste of authentic Austrian cuisine are the mountain huts that decorate the slopes of the village. The restaurant that induces particular praise is Alphof, a hut with a warm and welcoming atmosphere and an incredibly authentic menu. Sample hearty and wholesome dishes such as Tirolean bacon dumplings, rich cheese fondue and sweet, apple smothered pancakes for a wonderfully warming winter treat. (Dorf 486, 6236 Alpbach, Austria, +43 5336 5371)