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Alpbachtal, Austria | 5 x culture sniffing in Tyrol + 5 other tips

by Steven
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The Alpbachtal is one of the many beautiful regions you can find in Tyrol. It is located about 50 kilometers east of Innsbruck, between the Zillertal and Wildschönau and is a wonderful destination for hiking or enjoying the delicious Austrian food. But also in terms of art and culture, you will certainly find something to enjoy here. And during a stay in this region you also get quite a few benefits. What are you waiting for? Let’s go to the Alpbachtal!

The beautiful Alpbachtal in Tyrol, Austria
The beautiful Alpbachtal in Tyrol, Austria

Those staying in the Alpbachtal get the Alpbachtal Seenland card for free at most hotels and guesthouses. Both in summer and in winter you can ride the regional bus without charge. You also get various discounts in stores or, as in summer, some museums free to visit. In the summer you can use the cable cars for free with the Alpbachtal card. Even the cable cars of Wildschönau are completely free with the card. Super convenient and you get it for free at your accommodation!

1. Alpbach, the flower village of Austria (or Europe?)

The most famous place in the Alpbachtal is of course … Alpbach. A few years ago, this village was chosen as the most beautiful flower village in Austria and in Europe. With its classic wooden houses and beautiful flowers, Alpbach is a nice place to stroll through. Just like Reith im Alpbachtal by the way!

Those who come for art & culture should definitely not forget Ort der Stille. This is a small, nine-sided chapel that represents the nine types of people and the religions that have developed over the centuries. Next to the Ort der Stille you will find a small path of nice statues with different emotions. You don’t spend a whole lot of time there but it’s nice to have seen. Ort der Stille can be found behind Hotel Böglerhof.

And if there is one hotel that is a household name in Alpbach it is Hotel Böglerhof. What once began as a workshop for an archer, it owes its name to, eventually grew into an inn in the seventeenth a eighteenth centuries. And now it is a hotel with pool & spa. Famous people like Karl Popper (philosopher), Helmut Kohl (former Chancellor of Germany), Ban Ki Moon (former Secretary General of the UN) and John Eccles (neurophysiologist) have stayed here. But if you find this hotel too expensive you can still find other accommodation here.

Rattenberg in Tyrol, Austria
The smallest town of Austria, Rattenberg

2. Rattenberg, the cultural heart of the Alpbachtal

Rattenberg is seen as the cultural heart of the Alpbachtal. Officially, it is not located in it, but rather the beginning of the valley. Furthermore, it is also the smallest town in Austria with just over 400 inhabitants. It is an absolute must to spend a morning or a whole day here.

From the center you can take a short walk to the ruins above the town. From here you have a beautiful view of the surroundings. In addition, Rattenberg has a few nice museums and you can eat in the Südtirolerstrasse at the various eateries that can be found there. It has a historic konditorei and for a beer you can go to the Brauhaus.

Would you like to know more about Rattenberg? Then read the article Rattenberg – A travel guide about the smallest medieval town in Austria

The Tyrolean Mountain Jobs and Cottages Museum
The Tyrolean Mountain Tools and Cottages Museum

3. The Tiroler Bergbau- und Hüttenmuseum in Brixlegg

Between Rattenberg and Reith im Alpbachtal is the village of Brixlegg. It has about 3000 inhabitants and is especially popular for its cafes, coffee houses, restaurants and specialty stores. In addition, you can also go to the swimming pool here and find the Tiroler Bergbau- und Hüttenmuseum.

Are you interested in the history of copper and silver mines in the Alpbachtal? Then you’re in the right place. Until the 16th century this was the most important craft in this region. The Tiroler Bergbau- und Hüttenmuseum gives a clear picture of this craft of centuries ago. The museum is open on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm and from June 1 to September 30.

Castle Matzen in Reith im Alpbachtal, Tyrol

Staying overnight in history?

Do you want to spend the night in a special historical location? Would you like to sleep in a real fairytale castle? This is possible in Schloss Matzen, located between Brixlegg and Reith im Alpbachtal. This castle is more than 1000 years old and the rooms are decorated in such a way that it seems like you are living in the 17th century. Romantic right?

4. The Museum Tiroler Bauernhöfe in Kramsach

In Kramsach is the Museum Tiroler Bauernhöfe. In this open-air museum you will find 37 original farmhouses from different parts of Tyrol. Some farms are more than 200 to 300 years old and give a good impression of the architecture and lifestyle of former inhabitants of this region.

The Museum Tiroler Bauernhöfe is seen by many people as the best museum in the Alpbachtal. Most people spend 2 to 3 hours here and with the Alpbachtal Seenland Card the museum can be visited for free. If the weather is nice, you can combine it with an afternoon at the Reintaler lake.

5. Take a hike through the Kaiserklamm in Aschau

Those who enjoy beautiful walks should definitely not skip the Kaiserklamm. This gorge is located on the other side of the Alpbachtal near the town of Aschau. And the Kaiserklamm is not just a gorge. No, it is named after Emperor Franz Josef. He thought this was one of the most beautiful regions of the Habsburg Empire.

A walk through the Kaiserklamm takes about 30 minutes there and 30 minutes back. If the weather is nice, you can also swim through part of the gorge here. But after this you should definitely eat or drink something in the Kaiserhaus. This was in fact the official residence of Emperor Franz Josef and his wife Sisi. Beautifully situated in a quiet area!

Tip: combine a visit to the Kaiserklamm with a hike through the Tiefenbachklamm. This gorge takes about 2 hours (outward) and is more spectacular than the Kaiserklamm.

During a hike through the Tiefenbachklamm you will encounter a few waterfalls.

And don’t skip these 5 tips for the Alpbachtal either!

Finally, have you already thought about these 5 tips? So you make a week Alpbachtal really complete.

  • Go with the Wiedersbergerhornbahn (free with the Alpbachtal Seenland card) in Alpbach and climb to the top of the Wiedersbergerhornbahn. The climb is quite steep
  • Get on the Reitherkögel in Reith im Alpbachtal (free with the Alpbachtal Seenland card) and hike down. There is a route that is 8 kilometers and takes about 2 hours. A nice and easy hike for everyone.
  • Nice weather? Then go swimming in the Reithersee in Reith im Alpbachtal. This is also free with the Alpbachtal Seenland card.
  • Besides the Tiefenbachklamm and the Kaiserklamm there is also the Kundlklamm in the Alpbachtal, in the village of Kundl. This is the easiest gorge of the three to hike through.
  • The Alpbachtal Seenland card is also valid for the cable cars of Wildschönau. Also here you can make great walks. For example, you can go up with the Schatzbergbahn and walk back to Alpbach. Then you just have to think about how you arrange transportation back …

Do you have more great tips, comments or ideas about the Alpbachtal in Tirol? Then feel free to leave a message below.

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