Tyrol, with its historic mountain ranges and picture-perfect rural scenes, is home to some of Austria’s prettiest villages. Here are our top picks.
Located in a cleft of the Paznauntal Valley, Albert Einstein and physicist Erwin Schröder spent time in this serene and peaceful Tyrolean village. Known as the quieter cousin of next to Ischgl, Galtür is where to go if you’re seeking peace and quiet.
This is one of Tyrol’s most well-preserved villages, partly due to very tight restrictions on what can and cannot be built, which were imposed to preserve its traditional character. The laws have certainly had they wanted to effect, as this is one of Tyrol’s prettiest areas.
Located in the center of the beautiful Kaunergrat Nature Park, it is no surprise that this is considered one of the most picturesque villages in Tyrol. With a population of around 3,000, it is a quaint and peaceful place that is full of charm and character.
Famous for its awe-inspiring scenes, Igls is located a stone’s throw away from Tyrol’s capital, Innsbruck. This is a popular holiday destination for both locals and travelers as well as winter sports fans.
Tucked away in the Inntal Valley and close to the Swiss border, this sweet village is famous for its quintessential Austrian houses.
In the shade of the lush mountains in the Brixental Valley, this lively Tyrolean village stands out with its greenery, as opposed to the craggy rockiness of the surrounding alpine regions. The surrounding areas are perfect for hikes – you can find some routes here.
One of the larger villages in East Tyrol, Lienz is considered somewhat of a ‘cultural capital’. In the town square, which has a row of palm trees to give it an exotic Mediterranean vibe, is a lively part of town that contains numerous cafes and restaurants. There are many events that take place during the year in this small town, including vibrant Christmas markets.
Matrei am Brenner
The high street in Matrei am Brenner is home to traditionally decorated townhouses and inns on either side, giving this village an old-school vibe that travelers will love. Archaeologists have explored that settlements here date back to the Early Bronze Age.
This village is located in one of the tallest valleys in all of Tyrol. Voted ‘hiking area of the year’ due to it’s nearby the mountains of Gimpel, Rote Flüh and Krinnenspitze, it is a great location for anyone who wants an action-packed holiday in a serene part of Austria.
Pertisau is located on the banks of the beautiful Lake Achensee and at the foot of the epic Karwendel Mountains. It is rumored to have been the favorite village of Austrian monarch Emperor Maximilian I, who took frequent holidays in the region.
This exclusive village is full of four and five-star hotels, inviting those looking for a luxurious getaway in the Austrian Alps. Extremely common among skiers in the winter and hikers in the summer, you can check out its various resorts here.