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