Wildschönau

Wildschönau lies in a beautiful high alpine valley and comprises four church villages home to around 260 mountain farmsteads.

First, a piece of linguistic advice: German-speaking visitors wishing to blend in with the crowd should avoid saying they enjoy spending time “in Wildschönau”. Locals and those in the know use the definite article when referring to this picturesque alpine valley in the Kitzbühel Alps and the village of the same name. “Die Wildschönau” comprises four church villages, each of which is fiercely proud of its independence and traditions: Niederau, Oberau, Auffach and Thierbach.

Surrounded by about 260 mountain farms, the valley is in many ways the polar opposite to nearby trendy Kitzbühel. Instead of celebrities, champagne and luxury, life in this corner of eastern Tirol is much more simple, quiet and relaxed.

It is difficult not to love the Wildschönau region. However, a serious word of warning to all visitors. Empress Maria Theresia undoubtedly had the best of intentions when in the 18th century she granted the bitterly poor mountain farmers the right to distil their own schnapps. However, the clear spirit which they extract from the white turnip and offer to unwitting visitors has a somewhat unusual taste, to say the least. Let’s put it this way: Wildschönauer Krautinger is said to work wonders for your digestive system!

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The first of the four church villages is situated at the entrance to the Wildschönau and is very popular among paragliders and hang gliders., © Wildschönau Tourismus
Niederau

The first of the four church villages is situated at the entrance to the Wildschönau and is very popular among paragliders and hang gliders.

The z’Bach mountain farming museum lies equidistant between Niederau and Oberau, the largest settlement in the valley. Visitors can learn about farming in the region and discover interesting facts. Did you know, for example, that the famous Hörbiger family of actors originally came from the Wildschönau area?, © Wildschönau Tourismus
Oberau

The z’Bach mountain farming museum lies equidistant between Niederau and Oberau, the largest settlement in the valley. Visitors can learn about farming in the region and discover interesting facts. Did you know, for example, that the famous Hörbiger family of actors originally came from the Wildschönau area?

The Alpbachtal Wildschönau ski area offers 109 kilometres of pistes and three funparks. It is among the ten largest ski resorts in Tirol and is located on the Schatzberg mountain overlooking Auffach., © Wildschönau Tourismus
Auffach

The Alpbachtal Wildschönau ski area offers 109 kilometres of pistes and three funparks. It is among the ten largest ski resorts in Tirol and is located on the Schatzberg mountain overlooking Auffach.

The highest village in the Kitzbühel Alps can be easily reached using the Bummelbahn Wildschönau, a tractor-pulled train – the perfect place and pace to enjoy the landscape., © Wildschönau Tourismus
Thierbach

The highest village in the Kitzbühel Alps can be easily reached using the Bummelbahn Wildschönau, a tractor-pulled train – the perfect place and pace to enjoy the landscape.

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