Wildschönau

The beautiful Wildschönau region lies in a remote alpine valley at around 1,000m altitude on the western slopes of the Kitzbühel Alps.

Located in the west of the Kitzbühel Alps, at around 1,000 metres above sea level, Wildschönau is a remote high valley which shares its name with the municipality to which it is home. It is fine proof that good things really do come in small packages. Visitors approaching from the Inntal Valley or Brixental Valley first reach Niederau, from where the valley climbs west and then south towards the church villages of Oberau, Auffach and Thierbach with their charming farmhouses and mountain huts where visitors can see how dairy farmers make their cheese. Wildschönau is also known as the valley of music thanks to the fact it is home to a music school as well as many brass bands, choirs and music groups.

Sport, relaxation and art in the mountains

In winter, skiers and snowboarders can travel to the village of Auffach and take the Schatzbergbahn cable car into the Alpbachtal Wildschönau ski resort, one of the most popular resorts in the Tiroler Unterland. The highest mountain in the Wildschönau region, the Großer Beil (2,309m), is used for ski tours in winter and hikes in summer. Another attraction well worth a visit is the Schaubergwerk Lehenlahn, a former silver mine with a labyrinth of pits dating back to the Middle Ages. Art lovers will enjoy the Franziskusweg, a walking trail lined on both sides with impressive bronze statues, and the sculpture park at the Markbachjoch ridge with its reservoir and 30 eye-catching works by international artists.

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With more than 100km of pistes, 24 huts and three snowparks, the Alpbachtal Wildschönau ski area is among the largest resorts in Tirol. State-of-the-art snowmaking facilities ensure excellent snow cover throughout the season., © Stefan Gruber
Winter wonderland

With more than 100km of pistes, 24 huts and three snowparks, the Alpbachtal Wildschönau ski area is among the largest resorts in Tirol. State-of-the-art snowmaking facilities ensure excellent snow cover throughout the season.



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A wide walkway suitable for children and wheelchair users makes the Kundler Klamm canyon and the Wildschönauer Ache river which flows through it easily accessible for everyone. The rock faces on both sides of the canyon are up to 200m high., © Tirol Werbung/Alexander Ziegler
Wild gorge with an easy walkway

A wide walkway suitable for children and wheelchair users makes the Kundler Klamm canyon and the Wildschönauer Ache river which flows through it easily accessible for everyone. The rock faces on both sides of the canyon are up to 200m high.



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Visitors who would like to know what life was like in this rural region many centuries ago will find exactly what they are looking for at the “z'Bach” mountain farming museum. On show are more than 1,200 exhibits from throughout the Wildschönau region, from butter churns to old ovens. There is also a selection of tools used by local families for handicrafts such as knitting and weaving., © Wildschönau Tourismus
The “z'Bach” mountain farming museum

Visitors who would like to know what life was like in this rural region many centuries ago will find exactly what they are looking for at the “z'Bach” mountain farming museum. On show are more than 1,200 exhibits from throughout the Wildschönau region, from butter churns to old ovens. There is also a selection of tools used by local families for handicrafts such as knitting and weaving.



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A church, a school, two inns and a few houses – welcome to Thierbach! This hamlet’s size and rural location make it an idyllic spot for walks and hikes. Thierbach is the highest inhabited settlement in the Kitzbühel Alps., © Wildschönau Tourismus/M. Auer
Thierbach – idyllic hamlet

A church, a school, two inns and a few houses – welcome to Thierbach! This hamlet’s size and rural location make it an idyllic spot for walks and hikes. Thierbach is the highest inhabited settlement in the Kitzbühel Alps.



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As well as the leaves on the trees turning golden brown, another sure-fire sign that summer is slowly turning into autumn is the tradition of driving the cows from the high mountain pastures back down into the valley. These processions are found throughout Tirol, with one of the most beautiful held in Auffach. Five hundred cows wearing colourful headdresses made of flowers are brought down from the pastures and paraded through the village in mid-September. Their return is celebrated with a big party in the car park next to the Schatzbergbahn cable car., © Wildschönau Tourismus
Ceremonial cattle drives in Wildschönau

As well as the leaves on the trees turning golden brown, another sure-fire sign that summer is slowly turning into autumn is the tradition of driving the cows from the high mountain pastures back down into the valley. These processions are found throughout Tirol, with one of the most beautiful held in Auffach. Five hundred cows wearing colourful headdresses made of flowers are brought down from the pastures and paraded through the village in mid-September. Their return is celebrated with a big party in the car park next to the Schatzbergbahn cable car.



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