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Snowgoats on the top of the Tirolean AlpsAlpbach - Austria

The most beautiful village in the Tirol Alps

Alpbach – Austria's most beautiful village with a population of 2,500, Alpbach boasts a lovely location on a sunny plateau some 3,300 ft ( 1,000 meters ) above sea level. Its characteristic style of building and its floral decorations won it the title of "Austria's most beautiful village" in 1983 and it has also been designated "Europe's loveliest floral village". On the occasion of the Entente Florale competition Alpbach won the title "Europe´s most beautiful flower village" for its outstanding achievements.

Alpbach in summer is a sea of flowers. The village of Alpbach lies in the midst of a romantically wild mountain idyll. In summer it is the picturesque starting point for extended hikes, mountain bike tours, paragliding, and much more.

It is a very rare person indeed who is able to resist the charms of Alpbach, so that it comes as little surprise that poets and philosophers come from all over the world to meet at the "Alpbach European Forum" every year.

Pension Rosenheim, Alpbach

Alpbach retains its traditions. In the village there has always been a desire for harmony, security, beauty and cultural identity. In 1953 the municipal councillors passed the new building regulations stipulating that all new buildings have to harmonize with the traditional Alpbach style.

Tourism in Alpbach:
Alpbach offers a total of 2,500 guest beds in hotels, inns, apartment houses, farms and private accommodations. The idyllic mountain village logs an average of 300,000 bed nights with a well-balanced summer and winter season. Tourism is the major source of income for the locals, although there are still 105 working farms - about the same number as 100 years ago.


Although Alpbach was first mentioned in a document in 1150, the first settlers already arrived at the turn of the millennium. The patron saint of the parish church is St. Oswald, former king of Northumbria in England. Today´s baroque-style church was built in 1720.
At the beginning of the 15th century copper and silver ore was found at Gratlspitz, Schatzberg and Luegergraben. In the middle ages ore mining was in the hand of the Fugger family, a German mercantile and banking dynasty. Böglerhof used to be the Fugger´s administrative headquarters and miners´ court. There already existed two inns at that time: the "Böglerhof" and the "Jakober". Mining was discontinued in the mid 19th century due to too little output.

Over the decades, the atmosphere of a free spiritual community of thinkers meeting in the liberating setting of the Alpbach Valley has attracted many famous names from the worlds of science, business, the arts and politics - people who have themselves shaped the thinking of their age, such as Ernst Bloch, James Buchanan, Ralf Dahrendorf, Gottfried von Einem, Friedrich von Hayek, Cardinal Franz König, Konrad Lorenz, Karl Raimund Popper, Erwin Schrödinger, Fritz Wotruba, Indira Gandhi, Jacques Delors, Yitzak Rabin, Bruno Kreisky and many others.


Alpbach in winter. Photo by Hans Hechenblaikner, BrixleggAlpbach a winter village!

Alpbach holds the White Oscar Award presented by the "Good Skiing and Snowboarding Guide".

A winter world Alpbach provides every amenity for memorable winter holidays: 45 km of well groomed runs set against a heavenly blue sky, 22 km of immaculate cross-country trails in a superb setting, untouched powder for mountainous moments and manicured trails for hiking hype. Not to mention those cool après-ski spots! Other popular pastimes include walking, sledging, skating, curling, swimming, invigorating saunas and more besides…..


Alpbach in Summer. Photo by Hans Hechenblaikner, BrixleggAlpbach a congress village!

Every year since 1945 the village has hosted the European Forum Alpbach, an event that attracts leading representatives from the world of science, politics, culture, trade and industry. The new Congress Center was built in character with its natural surroundings and in a future-oriented style.

In August 1945 Alpbach was the setting for the first of the international seminars to be organised in Europe after the War by Otto Molden und Simon Moser. Since then the Alpbach European Forum has been held every year in August, with the Austrian College as the official organisers.

In addition to the main plenary hall, the centre offers five flexible seminar or committee rooms with state-of-the-art conference systems. The foyers, too, are a multifunctional design and can be used as reception areas, for coffee breaks and catering, or for parallel exhibitions. The various halls at the Alpbach Congress Center have been named after famous people who have made a special contribution to the success of the Alpbach European Forum. The centre itself bears the name of the Austrian poet Paula von Preradovic, who wrote the words for the Austrian national anthem and also dedicated the "Alpbach Elegy" to the resort..


Alpbach in winter. Photo by Hans Hechenblaikner, BrixleggLinks and more information

How to get there:
Alpbach is situated at the end of the Alpbachtal. Accommodation for a total of 2.500 visitors are available in various hotels, inns and pensions.

Transfer from Innsbruck airport takes approximate. 45 minutes. Alpbach is easy to reach by car on the Inn Valley Autobahn from Innsbruck or Kufstein. Take the Kramsach exit. Then it is just nine kilometers to Alpbach.
The nearest InterCity railway stations are Wörgl (25 km) and Jenbach (20 km).
The nearest airports are Innsbruck (57 km) and Munich (160 km). Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) German Railway (DB)

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