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.