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Alpbach won a televised poll in 1983 which declared it the most beautiful village in Austria . . . We know what you’re thinking – 1983? But the tag stuck and with good reason too. The village is gorgeous. Situated on a sunny plateau, 1,000m above sea level and with the Alps as a stunning backdrop, there are lots of lovely wooden chalets dotted in between a gently rising mountain.
OnTheSnow asked Marketing Manager Michael Mairhofer to describe why Alpbach stands out: “I would say that the village of Alpbach is unique in Austria because of its uniform architecture, all buildings have to be furnished from the first floor in wood including a balcony – that’s why it was voted the most beautiful village in Austria.”
Alpbach is ideal for beginners who will find perfect flats at the base of the mountain and wide open runs in the Skiweg area. Pretty tree-lined slopes can be accessed on the main ski area. Expert skiers have a small but decent area to explore and recommended routes include those from Loderstein back to the gondola station and the runs around the Wiedersbergerhorn.
Traditional alpine village of Alpbach in Austria