Countryside Escape: Vienna to Alpbach
When travelers are visiting Austria’s historic capital, they’ll find themselves at the center of Austrian life and culture. Vienna is home to many theaters, museums, galleries, fine restaurants, and more. With so much to see and do, it’s no wonder that Vienna is such a popular tourist destination. But sometimes, travelers need to get away from the crowds and the commotion of city life to relax. When seeking relaxation, there is no better place in Austria than the charming village of Alpbach.
Just over four hours west of the city, Alpbach serves as a perfect countryside getaway. Nestled amidst the Tyrolian Alps, the village has some of the most picturesque views of local landscapes, making the area perfect for hiking, cycling, or just sitting back to take it all in.
In 1983, Alpbach was voted “Austria’s Most Beautiful Village” in a national television contest for the country and just ten years later, in 1993 Alpbach won the award for “The Most Beautiful Floral Village in Europe.” To this day, the village town remains one of the most aesthetically pleasing in all the countryside. Wooden farmhouses line the rolling hills and residents adorn their houses with floral decorations.
Its vicinity to the nearby mountain range also makes Alpbach the ideal ski resort during the winter. The area has a wide range of ski runs from beginning to intermediate-level that are well-maintained throughout the year. Lifts will carry visitors from inner Alpbach to nearly the top of Wiedersberger Horn, the mountain in Alpbach Valley used for all of the ski runs. Being that it is such a popular winter sport in the region, the village has two different ski schools.
This quiet, picturesque village is also home to the annual European Forum Alpbach, which brings together leaders in the fields of science, politics, art, and business for several weeks to discuss important matters, usually pertaining to European interests. One week of the conference is devoted to seminars and intensives while other sections are devoted to the Alpbach Summit if Emerging Leaders and the Alpbach Media Academy. The conference began in 1945 and has since earned Alpbach the nickname “The Village of Thinkers.” Travelers who plan on visiting in August will want to plan ahead since rooms fill up quickly around this time.
When it’s time to break away from boisterous crowds and excitement filling the cities, the scenic mountain town of Alpbach is the perfect getaway.