A cross-country-tour within Europe is never complete without visiting its very heart, Austria. It is home to rich cultural diversity where most of its cities have 1000-year-old stories to tell. Due to its millennium-long cultural upbringing and history, palatial architecture and historic cities emerge from this country. Coupled with its stunning natural wonders, Austria is truly a perfect blend of unique culture and nature. But a visit to this country is never complete without exploring the beautiful, old villages of its picturesque countryside. All of which are postcard-worthy. Experience going back in time exploring the well-preserved old buildings, cobbled streets, and friendly locals, coupled with the stunning views of the Alpine mountains. For these reasons, Austria is considered as an ancient gem at the heart of Europe. Peer beyond the veil of its cultural side and find yourself mesmerized. Here, we have compiled some of the most beautiful villages in Austria for you to visit.
The quaint lakeside village of Pertisau, Tyrol offers stunning views of the Eastern Alps with the Achensee Lake as its foreground. A popular tourist destination, this serene village is home to a number of boat tours that will take everyone around the pristine Achensee Lake. Walk along Seepromenade, the main harbor strip home to the postcard-worthy view of the Eastern Alps. It is also home to some well-preserved old buildings, old-style fishing boats, cafes, and traditional restaurants. Visit this quaint lakeside village any time of the year and you will be welcomed by the summer bloom of the surrounding meadows, and the whitening of the snow-capped Eastern Alps during the winter.
Another picture-perfect village on our list is Galtür, located at the upper Paznaun valley of Tyrol state. Nestled in mountainous terrain near the border of Switzerland, Galtür is the stereotypical Alpine village that offers stunning views of the Alps. Due to its high elevation and proximity to the Alps, the village is a renowned ski-resort destination. It also has access to countless hiking trails and convenient ski slopes. We advise everyone to explore the beautiful village on-foot and immerse yourself in its soothing ambiance amidst the stunning views. Famous attractions of the place include the Silvapark Galtür Adventure Pool—an indoor heated pool, and Silvretta High Alpine Road.
Seefeld is another Alpine village in the state of Tyrol. Its location high up the Alps makes it a famous skiing spot. In fact, many international skiing events make Seefeld part of their cross-country skiing tour. This picturesque village sits nicely on a plateau by the Wetterstein and Karwendel ranges, offering unique and rare views of the Alpine mountains. Walk around its laid-back, cobbled streets while enjoying the serene landscape around you. The sights here include a number of traditional wooden houses and farms. If you are feeling cold, you can take a much-needed swim at Olympia-Erlebnisbad Seefeld—a large indoor pool. You can also spend the day enjoying the serene atmosphere at Lake Wildmoossee, a periodically appearing lake which is a sight to behold.
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Another beautiful village on our list is Haus im Ennstal, located at the Liezen district of Styria. This small village along the Enns River is a renowned ski-resort destination. Flanked by mountains at each side, Haus im Ennstal is nestled within the verdant grassland of an Alpine valley. From here, the green flat plains follow the contour of the land and rolling hills that make up the base of the mountains. It is also a convenient base to explore the surrounding attractions and do outdoor activities like hiking the World Cup trail. Moreover, you can try Hauser Kaibling, a cable car service that offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains.
Perched conveniently at the banks of Wolfgangsee Lake, this quiet village of Saint Gilgen at Salzburg is a prime place to witness nature’s creative design. Why? This small village is surrounded by mountain ranges, scenic lakeside view with clear and pristine waters, and lush farmlands that line up the lake. It offers tourists boat rides to surrounding villages as well and a chance to explore the hidden gems of Wolfgangsee Lake. Walk around the lakeside promenade amidst the light breeze and the mild, cheerful sound of the locals that gather to enjoy the afternoon stroll on the banks of the lake. Take a leisurely walk here and visit some famous landmarks of the place such as the Zwolferhorn Cable Car.
Explore the beautiful villages of Austria
Though there are still a number of beautiful villages that may be on the list, these are some of the best Austria has to offer. Exploring these villages will surely remind you that life isn’t always a hassle, but rather an adventure where you get to see the beautiful designs of nature and those who treasure it. These places might just be the vacation-of-a-lifetime that you are looking for! Don’t hesitate, and book your trip to some of the most beautiful villages in Austria and experience life in the countryside.
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