St. Jakob, Defereggental Valley

Action? No thanks! Guests who love spending their holidays in large hotel complexes surrounded by bars and clubs will probably not find what they are looking for in St. Jakob in Defereggen. On the other hand, those in search of a peaceful, quiet location to reflect on life and get back to nature should have this corner of East Tyrol at the top of their list of places to visit.

Skiers and snowboarders can (if they want to!) use their lift passes to check exactly how many kilometres they have covered that day – and that is just about as rock and roll as things get in St. Jakob.

Of course, this low profile is anything but a coincidence. The residents of the – even by Tirolean standards – very sparsely populated Defereggental Valley want to keep things just the way they are, both for themselves and for their guests. The first settlers arrived in St. Jakob as early as the 7th century. Today, this village in the heart of the Hohe Tauern National Park draws many walkers and hikers keen to explore the huge diversity of alpine plants and animals in the surrounding area.

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Comprising 15 stone buildings, the Jagdhausalm settlement is a unique attraction. It was built in the Late Middle Ages and even inhabited all year round during this time. Today this collection of Himalaya-style houses is used by cattle farmers., © Tirol Werbung/Reinhard Hölzl
Tibet in the Alps

Comprising 15 stone buildings, the Jagdhausalm settlement is a unique attraction. It was built in the Late Middle Ages and even inhabited all year round during this time. Today this collection of Himalaya-style houses is used by cattle farmers.



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The archaeology museum in Defereggen gives visitors the chance to relive the history of the valley from Stone Age hunters to the 16th/17th century when many residents of St. Jakob journeyed around Europe as travelling peddlers., © Gemeinde St. Jakob im Defereggen
Journey back in time

The archaeology museum in Defereggen gives visitors the chance to relive the history of the valley from Stone Age hunters to the 16th/17th century when many residents of St. Jakob journeyed around Europe as travelling peddlers.

Far from the hordes of tourists, skiers in the Brunnalm resort have plenty of time and space to enjoy the stunning mountain panorama. Snowboarders looking for a little more action will also find plenty to do in the funpark., © schultz-ski.at
Brunnalm

Far from the hordes of tourists, skiers in the Brunnalm resort have plenty of time and space to enjoy the stunning mountain panorama. Snowboarders looking for a little more action will also find plenty to do in the funpark.



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From edelweiss to alpine roses, golden eagles to chamois – Austria’s largest national park is full of fascinating alpine flora and fauna., © Urlaubsregion Defereggental
Hohe Tauern National Park

From edelweiss to alpine roses, golden eagles to chamois – Austria’s largest national park is full of fascinating alpine flora and fauna.

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