what is the wildschönau?
The fertile mountain meadows in the Wildschönau were settled many centuries ago by farmers who cleared the forests from the valley floor and tamed the swamps beside the mountain streams. Silver was mined in the mountains towards the more remote part of the valley and wood, as in many parts of the Tyrol, was also an important resource.
These days farming is still an important part of the valley's economy alongside winter and summer tourism. Summer visitors normally come for the traditional nature of the valley and for the mountain walking and some of the winter visitors are also there to take advantage of the unspoilt nature of the scenery - winter walking and snowshow walking are growing in popularity.
But most winter guests will be attracted by the ski areas outside the three villages of Niederau, Oberau and Auffach. Niederau especially has made a name for itself in the niche of school party skiing.
As the first settlement in the valley, Niederau is the main centre for hotel accommodation, although there is a smaller selection
of hotels and guesthouses available in the other settlements.
More information about Accommodation in Niederau
Previously Niederau was considered the main ski resort in the valley - it is the most accessible and was certainly the best-known. However the link between Auffach and Alpbach over the Schatzberg for the 2012/2013 winter season means that this ski area has suddenly become a lot more attractive. It always was the most extensive - now it has expanded. Oberau
is a great choice for beginners.
More information about Skiing in the Wildschönau
Niederau and the other villages are relatively easy to reach from most parts
of Europe as Wörgl, the nearest town in the Inn valley, has very good road and rail connections.
More information about Travel to Niederau
Niederau: Looking up the Markbachjoch
Niederau: Markbachjoch with Hohe Salve in background
Niederau: Markbachjoch gondola
Niederau: Route over to draglifts on left on Markbachjoch
Niederau: Red run on the Mittermoosjoch draglift
Niederau: View to Markbachjoch gondola top station
Auffach: View down to Hahnkopf chairlift
Auffach: View to top of Schatzberg gondola
Auffach: View to top of Hahnkopf chairlift
Auffach: Bumps on the red run under the Gipfel chairlift
Auffach: Huts on the red run at the Thalerkogel draglift
Oberau: View down the "black" run to the beginners' area
What the Wildschönau is good for...
- learning to ski - Niederau is a big resort for school parties
- traditional mountain villages and Tyrolean charm
What the Wildschönau is not so good for...
- low altitude
- not particularly challenging, although the link to Alpbach has improved the scope for skiing