This time last year we spent a week at home in the Austrian mountains and were greeted by a picture-perfect Winter Wonderland. Winter in the Austrian Alps is spectacular. Majestic mountains, some towering over 3,000 meters, create a snowy playground offering some of the best skiing in the world.
But there’s more to it than that. Vorarlberg, the westernmost part of Austria offers secluded villages tucked away in the mountains, visited by little or no tourists. These places are often hard to reach, especially during the winter, but those who make the journey will be handsomely rewarded. There is no better way to appreciate the magic of enchanting snowy white, quiet and serene forests and clear winter air than on foot.
WHEN TO GO
December – February. In December it is less crowded. Ski season peak is around holidays (Christmas, New Year’s) and in February.
WHERE TO GO
My favorite place to go is the Bregenzerwald region. The area is full of hills, alpine pastures and river valleys with a mountainous backdrop.
WHERE TO STAY
There is a wide range of possibilities to stay in this region * , from five-star hotels to simple vacation homes. Of course, there are always unique options on Airbnb. What I really like about this region is that they successfully blend traditional and modern not just in everyday life but also in architecture and craftsmanship.
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