Strength lies in peace: Galtür is the quieter, more relaxed counterpart to nearby party mecca Ischgl. Albert Einstein and fellow physicist Erwin Schröder both spent time here in this peaceful village at 1,500m at the end of the Paznauntal Valley.
Galtür is the quieter, more restrained brother of nearby Ischgl. While winter tourists flock to Ischgl during the cold months of the year for the legendary concerts, events and après-ski, the village of Galtür at the end of the Paznauntal Valley is a relative haven of peace and quiet. This is reflected in the quiet confidence, determination and dignity of the people who live here in this often challenging environment.
The local residents are descendants of Romansh people from the Swiss Engadin, Walser people from the province of Vorarlberg to the west and Bavarian-Tirolean settlers from the east. However, as Einstein once said, “More than the past, it is the future that interests me, since that's where I intend to live.” He and fellow physicist Erwin Schrödinger were regular visitors to Galtür and enjoyed the fresh, pollen-free air here at 1,600m above sea level. Another famous guest was Ernest Hemingway, who in the 1920s would spend weeks exploring the Samnaun region on skis and even paid homage to this corner of Tirol in his short story “An Alpine Idyll”.