Galtür

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”.

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Galtür has been recognised as a spa resort thanks to its exceptionally clean alpine air, which is particularly appreciated by hay-fever sufferers., © Paznaun-Ischgl
Alpine air

Galtür has been recognised as a spa resort thanks to its exceptionally clean alpine air, which is particularly appreciated by hay-fever sufferers.

This impressive building housing a museum, restaurant, event centre, avalanche protection wall and indoor rock climbing area serves as a reminder of the huge avalanche which cost 31 people their lives in 1999., © Alpinarium
Alpinarium

This impressive building housing a museum, restaurant, event centre, avalanche protection wall and indoor rock climbing area serves as a reminder of the huge avalanche which cost 31 people their lives in 1999.



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This pass connecting the Paznaun region in Tirol with the Montafon region in the neighbouring province of Vorarlberg lies just a few kilometres from the Swiss border. Once popular among smugglers, it today draws hikers and skiers keen on exploring the huge range of trails and pistes., © Achim Mende
Bielerhöhe

This pass connecting the Paznaun region in Tirol with the Montafon region in the neighbouring province of Vorarlberg lies just a few kilometres from the Swiss border. Once popular among smugglers, it today draws hikers and skiers keen on exploring the huge range of trails and pistes.



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Constructed over 90 years ago, the Jamtalhütte served as a base for Ernest Hemingway during his long ski tours in the Silvretta region. It is today a training centre run by the German Alpine Club and, unlike in the 1920s, is equipped with all mod cons for a comfortable stay., © Jamtalhütte
Hemingway’s rest

Constructed over 90 years ago, the Jamtalhütte served as a base for Ernest Hemingway during his long ski tours in the Silvretta region. It is today a training centre run by the German Alpine Club and, unlike in the 1920s, is equipped with all mod cons for a comfortable stay.



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For over 20 years Galtür has hosted the annual Alpine Cheese Olympics. Each autumn around 100 dairy farmers from throughout the Alps submit their finest cheeses for tasting by a panel of experts. The event draws thousands of visitors., © Paznaun-Ischgl
Say cheese

For over 20 years Galtür has hosted the annual Alpine Cheese Olympics. Each autumn around 100 dairy farmers from throughout the Alps submit their finest cheeses for tasting by a panel of experts. The event draws thousands of visitors.



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