Jerzens: A Winter Wonderland
Jerzens offers the intrepid traveller an imitable mix of stunning scenery, outdoor adventure and authentic Alpine culture. Nestled in a picturesque hollow of the Pitzal Valley, the quaint and quintessential town is steeped in historical heritage and alluring architecture. Skiing is the life force of this provincial pocket, and a plethora of ski shops and buzzing après-ski venues decorate the town; a day on the snow-smothered slopes of the valley will convince adventurers that Jerzens is one of Austria’s prime winter destinations.
According to which season embraces the earth with its weather, Jerzens can be an entirely different place. In summer, the Hochzeiger Mountains prove incredible hiking spots with their flower filled meadows, Nordic cultural highlights and panoramic vistas. Authentic alpine huts decorate the trails, in which wanders can enjoy Austrian specialities such as cheese and bacon pastries.
In winter, the snowy wonderland of Jerzens represents an icy fortress akin to fairy tales. The Pitzal Glacier is an exhilarating elevation from which skiers can soar and sled over curves and crevices. A state-of-the-art ski lift ensures skiers enjoy a smooth journey to the selection of summits.
Those seeking more than adrenaline-fuelled adventure will be delighted with the close proximity of Imst, a provincial town that harbours an intriguing historical inheritance. Renowned for its amazing array of castles, churches and museums, this cultural catharsis’ most prominent feature is the Carnival Museum, which offers a festive insight into the region’s rich history of carnivals.
An Alpine Appetite
Fulfil a rapacious appetite after a day on the slopes with a visit to the delightful Stalderhutte, an authentic and rustic eatery that serves some of the region’s most delectable delicacies. Dine al fresco to enjoy panoramic mountain vistas, sampling rich beef broths and succulent cuts of meat accompanied by seasoned potatoes. (Jerzens 165, Jerzens , Austria)