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Mountaineering Villages

The mountaineering villages of the Austrian Alpine Association

With it's "Bergsteigerdörfer" programme, the Austrian Alpine Association (OeAV) supports about 20 local communities in Austria, which have consciously opted for sustainable tourism.

Mountain villages with authentic character

No big skiing infrastructure, no dual carriageway roads, no bed factories. Small, authentic establishments nestling in an unspoilt natural landscape, equipped with a high degree of Alpine expertise.

OeAV 'mountaineering villages' are little touched Alpine settlements with an authentic character, which, as exemplary places for regional development, wish to focus on sustainable Alpine tourism. They guarantee a professional range of tourist services for mountaineers, have excellent countryside and environmental standards, and promote the conservation of local cultural and ecological values.

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Culture embraces nature: In Hochpustertal the cultural treasures are strung together like a pearl necklace. For example Anras Castle or Heinfels Castle, which in summer is a romantic setting for concerts during the Gustav Mahler Festival.

Hochpustertal has some particularly attractive things in store for hikers and cyclists: The Carnic Mountain Trail was once a smugglers route between Austria and Italy, a fiercely fought over front in the First World War and now a long-distance footpath, which goes from East Tyrol to Carinthia, offering frequent detours into neighbouring Italy.

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Services included

  • Excellent location
  • Welcome drink
  • Steam bath
  • Villgrater breakfast
  • Garden / relaxing green

New since July 2016

Sample our other accommodation in Sillian: Refugium Dolomiten. Our deluxe Natural Suites/holiday apartments offer a private sauna and bath in the apartment. The warmth and pleasant scent of local wood accompanies you throughout the building.

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Are you interested in what the view looks like locally?

Then take a look at our live cam with up-to-date pictures!