The Alpbach region has plenty of charming locations when autumn rolls around. The villages are set in idyllic landscapes, with the distinctive church towers and traditional farms. Rattenberg, the smallest town in Austria, entices visitors with its glass art and historic alleys.
Hikers can enjoy the gorgeous blues of the many lakes in the region. And the mountains tempt guests with their fresh air and clear views to the heights.
Day 1: the history of the mountain pastures
The rustic Farmkehralm at an altitude of 1518 metres lies in the rearmost Alpbach valley. It can be reached on foot or by bike. The forest path to the alpine pasture can be covered in about an hour, even with children or prams.
There are many alpine pastures here and also plenty of water: a sign at the first well tells visitors that Alpbach has been recognised for the quality of its drinking water.
The Farmkehralm, run by Nicole, is open until the end of October. Born in Germany, she is actually a qualified electrician and has been here for years. The hut is 400 years old and its ambience is just as rustic.
Day 2: an excursion to old Tyrol
The Tyrolean Farmhouse Museum is in a lovely position on a sunny plateau near the Reintalersee in Kramsach. It is famous for its original farms and outbuildings from the various valleys of Tyrol. The old school, mill, smithy or the two chapels bear witness to forgotten farming traditions.
On the tour through the museum visitors discover a lot of interesting facts and even children will enjoy the interactive stations, such as the one about milking cows. The open-air museum is open until the end of October.
Day 3: a natural jewel
The legendary Berglsteiner See is nestled between deciduous forests in beautiful natural surroundings. The lake is an insider’s tip for those seeking peace and quiet and is particularly worth a visit in autumn.
You can reach the lake in 30 minutes on foot via the forest road. There is a beautiful circular path around the lake with a few benches for a rest. Along the way there is the “Leichter lernen Wanderweg” for children. Exercises improve learning and concentration ability and provide variety on the walk.
More information: www.alpbachtal.at