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Niederau

Niederau Holidays

Nestled in the shadow of the Markbachjoch Mountain, Niederau is a popular resort for families and nature lovers. Austria holidays in this picturesque village can be spent walking, swimming and visiting beautiful natural sites. A tourist train visits the popular spots, then pop your hiking boots on for the rest.

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A traditional Austrian resort

Situated in the peaceful Wildschönau Valley, the charming resort of Niederau is about as busy as things get around here. It's characterised by a quaint Baroque-style village chapel, surrounded by meadows and peaks that are ideal for walking, cycling and horse riding.

The perfect base for exploring, there are over 300 kilometres of marked walking trails surrounding the resort. Your hotel will provide a free Wildschönau Resort Card, meaning you can hop on the Markbachjoch gondola for routes that lead up and down the peaks.

As well as giving you free access to all lifts in the Wildshonau & Alpbach valley, you'll also get free entrance to many nearby facilities. These include the Wildschönau heated outdoor pool, tennis courts, a museum and silver mine, plus guided walks and kids' activities at the Dragon Club on weekdays.

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Fun activities for the whole family to enjoy

The Bummelbahn tourist train ambles along at 10kph and will take you around the valley including the famous 3.5 kilometre long Kundl Gorge. This ravine with 200 metre high cliffs and rushing white water is dramatically beautiful and a great place to cool off on a summer day.

As an example of just how scenic the walks are around here, the one hour Path of Contemplation trail leads you through a nature reserve on its way to Oberau. Here you can swim in the outdoor pool before making your return journey.

Or for a shorter walk head in the same direction, but stop after 20 minutes at Z'Bach farming museum to learn about ancient methods of growing crops and raising livestock carried out by the local Tyrolean people.

Another nearby attraction is the Sculpture Park, where 30 modern statues have been placed around the Mittermoosen reservoir, on the Markbachjoch Mountain. It can be reached by cable car in 30 minutes, then stay for lunch at the mountain side restaurant that's open all summer.

If you're looking for a change of scenery on your holiday to Austria, neighbouring towns and cities are within easy reach. Wörgl for example, is just a quick 10 minute drive away and is home to the Wave Water Adventure World and a large shopping centre.

Where to stay, eat and drink

Bursting with traditional charm, Niederau hotels offer a cosy resting place and convenient location just a few minutes' walk from the resort centre.

Visitors can choose from a variety of board options, from Self Catering apartments, to luxury All Inclusive hotels or quaint Bed and Breakfast venues. Many of the hotels feature modern facilities such as spa and wellness centres, where guests can pamper themselves after a day of outdoor activities.

There's a small selection of eating options in the village, including Italian cuisine and hearty Austrian dishes. However, many of the resort hotels have their own on-site restaurants serving regional and international food and drink until late. Not forgetting the karaoke bars and a more upbeat clubs.

The main hub of night-time activity in Niederau is located around the base of the gondola in the centre of the village, giving you the chance to unwind after a day of hiking or exploring. Options include sipping a warm glass of glühwein in Bobo's Heustadl or dancing until the early hours in the bustling Cave Bar.

The sights from up high

At only 10 kilometres from the German border, it's easy to make a trip to some of the country's stunning and historic southern landmarks. Berchtesgaden is a beautiful Bavarian town known for its salt mines, but most infamously as the site of the spectacular Eagle's Nest. Nowadays its used as a lunch spot with stunning views across the countryside.

Another pitstop just over the border is Chiemsee, known as the Bavarian Sea as it's the largest lake in Bavaria. You can head over to its biggest island, Herrenchiemsee, to walk around an extravagant palace built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria.

Closer to Niederau you get more opportunities to see the sights from up high. Thrill-seekers will relish the chance to visit the Tirol region's largest paragliding school, offering some of the best panoramic views from the top of Markbachjoch Mountain.