What to do in summer Alpbach Austria

Things to do Alpbach Tyrol Austria

Pretty and unspoiled, Alpbach Austria is an ideal spot during the summer period for those seeking not only relaxation but outdoor activities as well. It has numerous hiking trails to suit all levels, that can be accessed directly from your hotel or a short bus ride. As well as castles, museums, gorges and the new Alpine Coaster, not just for the kids but adults too.

Your main problem is going to decide what it is you want to do in Alpbach Austria. 

Ssunrise hike Alpbach Austria

Despite my love of the mountains in winter, like many skiers, I was really intrigued and excited to see what Alpbach Austria had in store for me over the next few days. The big draw for summer visitors to Alpbach is the same as for the winter ones – the mountains.


The first thing that caught my eye when I arrived was the chalet styled homes and farmhouse with the bright flowers outside. I found it interesting that they all looked similar but still had their own unique style.

I understood then, why Alpbach village is considered to be the prettiest village in Austria and has also won The Most Beautiful Floral Village in Europe award.

Things to do in Alpbach Austria

With the buses being free with an Alpbachtal Seenland Card, supplied by your hotel if you are staying longer than a night. Not to mention the array of activities on and off the mountain, as well the amazing food, the village of Alpbach Austria definitely has something for everyone. 

To help travellers find their way around Alpbach village, here is our list of what to do in summer:

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Take the Path of Contemplation

Looking for a relaxing hike/stroll to warm up those legs or just want to get know Alpbach village? Then how about taking a walk along the Path of Contemplation. It has several features along the way like a pond where you can dip your feet in, sculptures, areas to learn about the village like the type of wood they used and even areas for resting.

The gravel trail leads through the forest and is wide in most sections and is only a gentle climb upwards through the forest. The looped trail is suitable for everyone, even guest with pushchairs/buggies and is the perfect introduction for Alpbach. I found the path to be really peaceful and I loved that some of the features were interactive, like getting you to hug a tree.

Path of Contemplation Hiking Alpbach Austria Tyrol

Extend your hike along Alpbach Nature & Heritage Trail

If you are up for it, you can extend your hike along the Alpbach Nature & Heritage Trail which will add on a couple of more km’s and maybe another hour. This path though is a little steeper and you won’t be able to take pushchairs/buggies, however, you will get some amazing views across and down to Alpbach village. You will see why it is known as Austria’s most beautiful village and it is the most popular walks for families.

There are signs along the trail too, so you don’t have to worry about getting lost. It also has signs and features to give you an insight into nature and local history, as well as sitting benches to take in those incredible views across the village.

Hiking Information Path of Contemplation

  • Distance: – 2.2 kms
  • Suggested hiking time: – 1 hr
  • Fitness level: – Easy
  • Closed: – During the winter season

Hiking about Alpbach Austria

Take the gondola and watch the sunrise from the summit

What could be a better start to the day or even a trip in summer to Alpbach than watching a fiery sunrise from the Wiedersbergerhorn summit? You will be greeted with panoramic views over the Austrian alps while listening to sounds of the traditional Alpine horn playing and the tinkling of bells from the cows.

Depending on the time of the season, experience the blossoming of rare plants and grasses such as the alpine flower, Almrosen (Rhododendron). 

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Once you get off the Wiedersbergerhorn gondola top station, you make the ascent towards the Wiedersbergerhorn peak at 2.127m for sunrise. Don’t worry if you don’t make it all the way to the summit as there are a couple of viewing points (seats) along the way and from about halfway up, you can start getting the panoramic views.

If you don’t make it for the sunrise hike or you want to stay up the mountain longer, there is a panorama path around the Wiedersbergerhorn, which is at about 1,880 m. 

Chairlift sunrise hike

Important information – Sunrise hike

  • Ascent to the summit – 2.128 m
  • Times – Ascent (4:15 – 6:00 a.m.) Descent from 8:00 a.m.
  • Suggested hiking time: – 30mins – 1hr (Depending on your fitness)
  • Parking: – Free
  • The gondola fee: – 10 Euro’s (if bought prior to the day of the sunrise event) and 15 Euro’s on the day
  • Free – The lift is free with the Alpbachtal Seenland Card.
  • Ticket Purchase – Available from the Alpbachtal Seenland tourist offices
  • headlamps is advised. 

If you are looking for a great hearty breakfast after your sunrise hike, then Hornalm is your place. It is located near the “Hornlift 2000”. Just make sure you book in advance (up until the day before). The Hornalm open from 6:45 a.m on the days that the sunrise hike is open.

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Sunrise Hike Alpbach Austria

Take a ride on the Alpine Coaster “Lauser Sauser”

If you love the adventure that involves jumps, twists and turns at high speed, then you definitely have to try out the new Alpine Coaster down the Wiedersbergerhorn mountain. Strapped into a sitting position in a two seater sledge you fly down the Wiedersbergerhorn from an altitude of 1.845 m while reaching speeds of up to 40kmph over 134 vertical metres. Before the coaster carries passengers and the sledge back to the top.

Don’t worry if you miss it in summer because the Alpine Coaster will open during the winter season.

Me personally, I was a little scared especially at the start, when you fly around the two 360° twists. But it is very safe and you control the brakes, so you can go as fast or as slow as you like, which made me feel better. Before I reached the bottom though I started building up courage and got a little faster. 

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Additional Information – Alpine Coaster “Lauser Sauser”

  • Price – €5.00 per child and €7.00 per adult (You get a discount if you buy in a block)
  • Located – At the top of the Wiedersbergerhorn gondola station.
  • Opening Hours – Daily | 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Summer opening dates – 15.06.2019 – 03.11.2019
  • Duration – Roughly 4mins
  • Age Limit – 3 to 8 year olds must travel with another person. 
Tip
  • You can not take your backpack on the Alpine Coaster, however, there are lockers at the start where you can leave your bags. It is a €2 deposit for the key, which you will get back when you return the key. 

Take a ride on the Alpine Coaster with me

Visit Wolfsklamm gorge and St Georgenberg Monastery

About a half-hour drive from Alpbach is the Wolfsklamm gorge and Georgenberg Monastery. Enjoy a stunning hike to one of Austria’s most beautiful gorges and admire the cascading waterfalls before heading to up to St Gergenber Monastery for a hearty traditional lunch with breathtaking views.

This is one of the optional excursions that is organised by Inghams to its guests that takes around half a day. The trail leads over steps, ridges and rocky canyons through the gorge with some areas much steeper than others, but the view definitely makes everything worthwhile. Bring your camera because you definitely want to capture the waterfalls.

Just as you reach about halfway, you can look up and you are greeted with an amazing view of St Georgenberg Monastery perched on a clifftop. As you climb the mountain walking up through the lush alpine meadow, you are taken aback by the picturesque views, especially the bridge crossing over to the Monastery. 

 

If you have time then definitely have lunch at St Georgenberg Monastery after your hike up. Not only will you get good hearty Austrian food but also the meals are huge. I had the Weiner schnitzel with fries and it was huge, I had two massive pieces and it could have fed two people. I did try and eat both of them but unfortunately, I was not successful! 

Make sure that you book your lunch at the St Georgenberg Monastery before you arrive, as it gets really busy and you don’t want to miss out on the food. 

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Hiking Information

  • Distance: – 6kms
  • Suggested hiking time: – 3 hours
  • Fitness level: – Moderate
  • Entrance fee: – €4.50
  • Closed: – During the winter season
Tip
  • You can book this tour through your Inghams Rep and they will organise your transfer. They will also book the lunch but the meal will be at an additional fee. 

Hike through Tiefenbach Gorge

If you love nature, waterfalls and hiking then a trip to Tiefenbach Gorge should be added to your stay. It is situated between Kramsach and Brandenberg in Alpbachtal and only about a 16min drive from Alpbach village. With it’s emerald green water gushing through the narrow ravine and its stunning waterfalls, the Tiefenbach Gorge is one of the prettiest gorges that I have seen.

This hike is about 4.5kms and should roughly take you about an hour and a half to complete, you can either start at Brandenberg or Kramsach, it really is up to you. However, if you take it slow and stop for lunch at either Jausenstation Tiefenbachklamm or Jausenstation Stegerstall, it is a great half day activity. 

Around 1,5 km from the Kramsach starting point, you will reach the observation platform, an ideal spot to take in the breath-taking views. It’s best to wear good walking shoes that have a gripping sole to make it easier, as for most of the trek (path) above the Brandenberg stream is stone and gravel. Also, a lot of treks are uneven and you need to step over stones or roots of trees, especially when going through the forest. 

Hiking Information

  • Distance: – 4.5kms
  • Suggested hiking time: – 1hr and half
  • Parking: – Free
  • Entrance fee: – It is free to hike through the gorge.
  • Closed: – During the winter season
Please note
  • Due to safety reasons, the gorges are closed on days with heavy rainfall.
  • You can catch a bus back to the beginning if you don’t want to trek back.

Visit the Tirolean Farmhouses Museum

If you are a fan of history and architecture then how about a trip to the Museum of Tirolean Farmhouse with a traditional delicious lunch afterwards at Wirtshaus Rohrerhof.  On a 20-acre site, this intriguing open-air museum is the largest in Tyrol and is great for the whole family, especially with the interactive areas for children.

The intention of the outdoor museum is to preserve architectural buildings through 14 farms and 23 outbuildings to give you a real feel and sense about what life was like in the various Tyrolean valleys. It was interesting exploring these farmhouses and learning through projector images and stories on the inside of the walls about the people that had once lived in them and the hardship they went through. 

Lunch Wirtshaus Rohrerhof

After you finish walking around, head to the Wirtshaus Rohrerhof located at the entrance on the site of the Museum of Tyrolean Farmhouses. Here you will have a large selection of speciality Austrian food as well as Austrian beers and wines that you can have inside or outside on the terrace or in the beer garden.

We couldn’t decide what to have from the menu individually, so the waiter brought us out a huge pan of various Austrian dishes to try. The food was hearty, tasty and fresh, so much so that I could not stop eating.  It was one of my favourite meal of the whole trip and definitely worth a visit. 

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Additional information Museum of Tirolean Farmhouse

  • Price – €5.00 per child and €7.00 per adult (You get a discount if you buy in a block)
  • Free – Entrance to the Museum of Tirolean Farmhouse is free with the Alpbachtal Seenland Card
  • Open – During the summer season
  • Duration – Roughly 1-2 hrs
Top tip
  • If you want to know more about the museum, you can book a guided tour in advance.

Live music in Alpbach

If you’re looking for something to do on a Friday night in Alpbach, how about attending a concert held by the local brass orchestra band Bundesmusikkapelle Alpbach? The band plays every Friday evening during summer in the church square, opposite where I stayed at the Hotel Böglerhof

You can enjoy both traditional and modern music while snipping on local schnapps being sold by local ladies in traditional costumes. At the same time mingling with the other holidaymakers and locals in the Alpbach village. The best bit is that it is FREE

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Accommodation in Alpbach

Hotel Böglerhof

During my time in Alphach Austria, I stayed at the charming family run Hotel Böglerhof, one of Inghams chosen hotels. This gorgeous place is a mix of old and modern architecture and interior design with traditional wooden furnishing. It is located in the centre of Alpbach and in walking distance to most tourist attractions, pub and restaurants.

The Hotel Böglerhof had everything that I needed and more, with a heated indoor and outdoor swimming pool, adjoined sauna, gym, games rooms and tennis courts. As well as a restaurant, bar area and a terrace with stunning panoramic views of Alpbach mountains and the Ziller Valley. Their service was really great too and I loved coming back in the afternoon and having a relaxing drink at the outdoor bar after hiking. 

Hotel Alpbach Hotel

The rooms at The Hotel Böglerhof

I had a very spacious room on the top floor that was decorated in typical alpine chalet style with double glass doors that opened onto a lovely balcony that took advantage of the views across the village and slopes. My dreamy four-poster bed was super comfy and I loved waking up in the morning and having the mountains as my backdrop outside the door. 

I had strong FREE WiFi and a desk with power points, something I always look for in a hotel. However, it was the personal touches in the room like fresh apples, a bag to use for the spa and little notes that made this hotel even more enjoyable. 

Tip
  • If you are driving there is free parking 
  •  Why don’t you take advantage of the bike rental that the hotel offers?

⇒ For prices and packeages on Hotel Böglerhof, please refer below for prices and Inghams Lakes and Mountains Facts Info.

Top Tips for being in Alpbach Austria

  • If you can’t find any WIFI  you can go to the tourism office or to the free wifi hotspots around the resort.  
  • Buses are free with the Alpbachtal Seenland Card.
  • Take a trip to Lake Reither for a swim
  • You can obtain an Alpbachtal Seenland Card directly from your accommodation if you are staying longer than one night.  
  • Alpbach Austria uses European adaptors
  • Visit the impressive Congress centre of Alpbach, where the “European Forum Alpbach” is held annually. 
  • Take a 1 Litre bladder bag (Also known as Hydration bladder) or a water bottle sports water bottle with you on your hiking trails to keep you hydrated. 

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Things to do in summer Alpbach Austria

Thank you for reading this article ‘What to do in summer Alpbach Austria’, I hope it helped you to decide where to go for your next action-packed Summer Holiday.

If you want to take a break from your Adventures or are staying in Innsbruck for the day before or after your trip. Then there is plenty to do.

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Have you been to Alpbach or the Tyrol Region before during? I would love to hear your experiences in the comments below.

Disclaimer: Even though I was invited by the Inghams and Tirol Tourism All views are my own and based on my own experience.

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Inghams Lakes and Mountains Facts Info:

⇒ Inghams offers a seven-night stay on a half board basis at the four-star superior Hotel Böglerhof in Alpbach, Austria, from £833 per person based on two sharing in August 2020. Price includes return flights, airport transfers and the services of the in-resort Inghams Representative. To book, visit Inghams Lakes Mountains Holidays or call 01483 494 826.

⇒ Guests benefit from the free Alpbachtal Seenland Guest Card which permits free use of the mountain lifts, free entry into local bathing lakes and swimming pools, and free entry into attractions such as the Museum of Tyrolean Farmhouses.

⇒ For more information on the resort and what’s available to see and do, visit: Alpbachtal Site. For more information on the Austrian Tirol, visit: Visit Tirol.

 

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4 Comments

  1. Mel, fantastic post and great pictures. It is so great to see you back out there after everything that’s happened with your heart. So you recommend this place for a family? Looking for ideas for a long weekend.

    1. Thank you very much Kylie, I appreciate your feedback and I feel so much better. Definitely recommend it for a family, kids would love it here and there is a load of activities you get with the Alpbachtal Seenland Card. Hope that help, you can email me if have any more questions.

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