Exuding a tranquil Alpine atmosphere and boasting some of Austria’s most scenic surroundings, the mountain village of Brand is renowned for the adventurous activities offered amidst the snow-capped peaks and verdant valleys. Resting at the foot of the Schesaplana Mountain, the Ratikon range’s highest peak, Brand enjoys an incredible backdrop and the close proximity to nature is guaranteed to relax and restore weary travellers.
Brand is the perfect springboard from which to explore the incredible hiking trails that wind around the mountain base; undoubtedly, the most beautiful hike is that to Lunersee Lake, a glittering vision of sparkling water. The Lunersee Cable Car swiftly glides up the mountainous slope, delivering guests at the mountain’s summit to enjoy breath-taking vistas and intoxicating Alpine air.
Brand’s primary allure is its smooth and snow smothered ski slopes that sprawl across over 20km of magnificent valley and alpine trails; the swirling Tschengla-Burserberg trail is a firm favourite amongst winter sports enthusiasts due to its incredible valley vistas.
After long days soaring over the slopes, there’s nothing better than a vibrant atmosphere in which to relax. In Brand, the ‘après-ski’ culture is prominent and refers to when skiers join together and enjoy a few drinks after skiing; many traditional bars in the village cater to this energetic traditional by featuring live music and themed nights.
A rich restaurant favoured amongst energetic skiers for its fine food and ambient Alpine atmosphere is Alpen Tenne, located in Brand’s 14th century heart. An impossibly quaint and airy interior welcomes guests wishing to sample authentic Austrian cuisine that involves wholesome, hearty dishes bursting with warmth and flavour.(Innertal 11, 6708 Brand bei Bludenz)