Remote, traditional and idyllic are three good words to describe the village of Innervillgraten in East Tirol, which is a popular base for walkers and hikers wishing to explore the region.
This community with 950 residents lies close to the Italian border at the end of the Villgratental Valley, a side valley branching off the Pustertal Valley connecting Austria and Italy. Instead of ski lifts, après ski bars and towering hotels, visitors to this quiet corner of Tirol will find untouched nature and absolute peace and quiet. Far from the hustle and bustle of large resorts, Innervillgraten is a haven for hikers and mountaineers. The most popular destinations include the Oberstalleralm, a hamlet of wooden houses clustered around a church, as well as the Kamelisenalm hut and the Schwarzsee lake – at 2,455m the highest mountain lake in Austria. On the way up you will pass through many small farmsteads. A further highlight is the Klappbachwasserfall waterfall with its spectacular viewing platform. Mountain bikers can test their fitness levels on the 25km Berg-Radl-Weg, while in winter there are many options for cross-country skiing and ski touring enthusiasts. And what better way to round off a day in the mountains than with a fine dinner at the award-winning Gannerhof restaurant in Innervillgraten?