Luxury in Alpbachtal: Austria's most endearing village
Thanks to its traditional private chalets and flower-filled balconies, Alpbach has been voted "Europe´s most beautiful flower village", as well as "Austria´s most beautiful village". It also became one of the best-kept wintertime secrets, with good beginner and intermediate skiing. From the winter season 2012/2013 the skiing areas of the Alpbachtal Valley and the Wildschönau area have joined together to create a newly established ski paradise with 145 km of slopes. The skiing is extensive and it is easy to reach from the motorway which runs between Innsbruck, Salzburg and Munich, with access via the town of Brixlegg down in the Alpbachtal Valley. The closest airport is Innsbruck. It is the resort of choice for generations of British skiers. A loyal visitor said: “I’ve been coming here every year for 27 years. It is friendly, it’s welcoming, and you get great food and skiing. Why would I want to go anywhere else?”
Alpbach has a small permanent population and occupies a lovely area on a sunny plateau at approximately 1,000 metres above sea level. In the 1920’s the charming village was connected to the Inntal Valley. It has retained its unique rustic character in Europe, largely due to the building regulations stipulating construction in the traditional wooden style. Alpbach has a good range of accommodation for winter holidays including luxury rental ski chalets. The Alpbach church of St Oswald is named after a former Northumbrian king who was revered by the monks from Scotland and Ireland who travelled to this area in the Dark Ages. Like many villages on this side of the Inn valley, the community did not just exist because of farming. Mining was an important industry with gold, silver and copper being extracted from sediments in the region. Nowadays tourism to the Alpbachtal Valley is very popular.