Tannheimer Tal Region

Craggy peaks, big skies and a Bavarian exclave. The Tannheimer Tal is a geographical curiosity: though located on German territory, it is officially part of Tirol.

For some people, the Tannheimer Tal is the most beautiful high valley anywhere in Europe. It lies between the craggy peaks of the Allgäu Alps and boasts big blue skies stretching out over lush green meadows, crystal-clear mountain lakes and traditional farmhouses. Here, the alpine foothills are more similar to rolling hills than towering mountains. This holiday region at around 1,100m comprises the villages of Nesselwängle-Haller, Grän-Haldensee, Tannheim, Zöblen and Schattwald, stretching south-west from the Oberjochpass in Bavaria to the upper section of the Lechtal Valley. It also includes the quiet but remarkable village of Jungholz – this municipality measuring just 7 square kilometres lies on German territory but is officially part of Austria. It is the only such municipality in the country and offers excellent views of the characteristic flat plains of the Allgäu.

Popular region for hiking and rock climbing

Many of the mountains, such as the Schartschrofen, Rote Flüh, Gimpel and Kellenspitze, are well known in the rock climbing scene, while hikers will find a large network of signposted trails. The Tannheimer Tal has been voted Austria’s best hiking area on several occasions and includes a section of The Way of Saint James, a network of cross-border long-distance hiking trails. Families with children will enjoy the many themed hiking trails, including the Smugglers’ Trail in Schattwald.

In winter the region is home to six small ski resorts, a selection of cross-country skiing trails, toboggan runs, winter hiking paths and many events such as the Tannheimer Tal Ski Trail and the “Funkenfeuer” in Jungholz, a centuries-old custom marking the transition from winter to spring. During the warm summer months there are also plenty of sporting highlights, including the “Seen-Lauf” run and the “Drei-Hütten-Rennen”, a race where runners, bikers and power walkers compete together in the beautiful area above Lake Haldensee.

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Surrounded on all sides by high mountain peaks, Lake Vilsalpsee is a shimmering blue body of water in a quiet side valley of the Tannheimer Tal region. It is located in a nature reserve and can be explored via an easy hiking trail also suitable for families with children., © Tirol Werbung/Kathrein Verena
Hike to Lake Vilsalpsee

Surrounded on all sides by high mountain peaks, Lake Vilsalpsee is a shimmering blue body of water in a quiet side valley of the Tannheimer Tal region. It is located in a nature reserve and can be explored via an easy hiking trail also suitable for families with children.

Visitors to the Tannheimer Tal region in winter are spoilt for choice when it comes to skiing. The area boast six small resorts, including Schattwald, Tannheim and Jungholz, ideal for families and all those looking for a little peace and quiet on the slopes., © Tannheimer Tal
One region – six ski resorts

Visitors to the Tannheimer Tal region in winter are spoilt for choice when it comes to skiing. The area boast six small resorts, including Schattwald, Tannheim and Jungholz, ideal for families and all those looking for a little peace and quiet on the slopes.

Every year in January the Tannheimer Tal region welcomes hot air balloon enthusiasts from around the world for an international festival. One highlight not to be missed is the evening session when the colourful balloons light up the sky., © Tannheimer Tal
International hot air balloon festival

Every year in January the Tannheimer Tal region welcomes hot air balloon enthusiasts from around the world for an international festival. One highlight not to be missed is the evening session when the colourful balloons light up the sky.

Jungholz lies somewhat off the beaten track but is definitely worth a visit. This village, which officially lies within German territory but is nevertheless part of Austria, is famous for its herb gardens full of medicinal herbs, tea plants and scented plants. A large herb market is held every year in August., © Tannheimer Tal
Jungholz: herb heaven

Jungholz lies somewhat off the beaten track but is definitely worth a visit. This village, which officially lies within German territory but is nevertheless part of Austria, is famous for its herb gardens full of medicinal herbs, tea plants and scented plants. A large herb market is held every year in August.

Around the time of the summer solstice, in mid-June, the mountain peaks in the Tannheimer Tal region glow red and orange as Sacred Heart Fires are lit as part of an ancient tradition in Tirol. The tradition started as a sign of protest against the invading Napoleonic troops and is continued today. The fires lit on the ridges and summits in the region are often positioned to form shapes such as hearts, crosses and praying hands., © Tannheimer Tal
Sacred Heart Fires – flaming mountains

Around the time of the summer solstice, in mid-June, the mountain peaks in the Tannheimer Tal region glow red and orange as Sacred Heart Fires are lit as part of an ancient tradition in Tirol. The tradition started as a sign of protest against the invading Napoleonic troops and is continued today. The fires lit on the ridges and summits in the region are often positioned to form shapes such as hearts, crosses and praying hands.

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