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Ellmau is another historic farming settlement in the valley running between Wörgl and St Johann on the old route to Salzburg. It was first mentioned in the 12th century and was fought over by invading troops in the time of Napoleon. It was also an important stop on the postal network, as well as being a vital link on the communications network between Innsbruck and Salzburg.
These days, Ellmau is an attractive resort which boasts stunning views of the Wilder Kaiser mountains across from the resort on the opposite side of the valley and Austria's largest linked ski area on the mountains at the back of the village.
Like many of the neighbouring villages, Ellmau originally offered mainly guesthouse accommodation and private rooms, but these days it also provides luxury accommodation at the other end of the price scale, with one of the only five-star hotels in the surrounding area.
The ski slopes start at the back of the village and head up via the impressive
Hartkaiser mountain railway into the main SkiWelt area or, alternatively, off
to the east and the smaller area above Going.
More information about the skiing
Ellmau is pretty much equi-distant from the airports of Innsbruck and Salzburg,
with access to the motorway network via the main Inn valley route - only 25 minutes' drive from the resort.
More details about hotels and travel
What Ellmau is good for...
- attractive village with good range of hotels
- northern side of SkiWelt ski region so generally better snow record
- deserved reputation as a family resort
What Ellmau is not so good for...
- both village and top slopes are relatively low compared to other Tyrolean ski resorts
- can have queues for railway