An abundance of fun daytime activities
Despite its low-key vibe, holidays to Alpbach are a natural playground of exciting outdoor pursuits. Popular daytime activities include tubing, rafting and swimming in white-water rivers. For families, the Lauserland adventure park has something for all ages, with a mountain-top play area for the kids and stunning panoramic views across the valley for the adults.
If you’re looking for some culture, there’s a selection of interesting museums within easy reach of the village. The charming Alpbach Farmhouse Museum, for example, offers visitors the chance to learn about the local way of life and dates back to the 17th century.
Day trips to the city of Innsbruck are also popular with people holidaying in Alpbach. Only an hour away on the train, this bustling city offers a range of museums, shops and historic sites to explore. One of Austria’s most visited attractions, Swarovski Crystal World, is just a 40-minute drive away and is well worth a visit to marvel at the magical art installations.
Stunning natural scenery
Nestled on the edge of the Inn Valley, Alpbach is a great starting point for travelling across the surrounding countryside on a holiday to Austria. There’s a range of walking trails nearby, including a scenic track that winds around the valley passing gushing waterfalls, lush forests and wooden farmhouses.
Two mountain lifts operate throughout the summer months, transporting walkers up into the Kitzbuheler Alps for stunning alpine walking paths around the Wiedersberger Horn and Reither Kogel peaks.
The area is also home to a number of natural bathing lakes, including Lake Reith, which is just a 10-minute drive away and has a spacious lawn, diving board and children’s playground. Lake Berglstein is also a popular day trip from Alpbach, offering the chance to swim, sunbathe and meander around the shores.
Food and drink
Compared to larger resorts in the Tyrol region, evenings in Alpbach are mostly a quiet, informal affair. The Postalm is one of the area’s busiest night spots thanks to its rustic atmosphere, live music and a large sunny terrace which proves popular among thirsty walkers.
For something a bit different, book a guided tour of the local brewery, Kristallbrauerei, and sample some local beers. When it comes to eating out, there’s a good selection of friendly and affordable restaurants in the village, with both national and international dishes available.
The spit-roast chicken at the Boglalm mountain restaurant is a must-try – but you’ll have to order it a day in advance due to its long-standing reputation as an authentic delight.
Where to stay
Accommodation in Alpbach is mostly wooden, chalet-style buildings with flower-filled balconies. This is largely due to the 1953 law which imposed strict rules to preserve the village’s traditional appearance.
Holidaymakers can choose from a variety of board options, whether you’re looking to live it up in your very own lap of luxury with an All Inclusive hotel or prefer a cosy Bed and Breakfast or Self Catering apartment.
Most of the hotels in the area offer on-site restaurants and bars and are conveniently located in the centre of the village. Some residences include indoor pools with spas and wellness centres, where guests can unwind and treat themselves to a massage.