Obergurgl ski holidaysFor the ultimate snowy retreat, indulge in the untouched beauty of Obergurgl
For all your snow-laden hopes and dreams, Obergurgl is undoubtedly the place to be. Known as the "Diamond of the Alps", it really does live up to its title. Steeped in history whilst being subtly and ecologically brought into the future, it's the perfect holiday for anyone looking for an authentic winter sports vacation. There is a wealth of experience to be had here, ranging from the obvious activities such as skiing or snowboarding, to other pursuits such as hiking, snow shoeing, bowling, horse riding and toboganning. Throw in the myriad of health spas and delectable Austrian cuisine to be tasted, and Obergurgl's a wonderful winter wonderland just longing to be explored.
Snow is always guaranteed in Obergurgl, and there are several breathtaking and exhilirating piste descents sprawling the 6,330 foot elevation. If you're a seasoned skiier, or want to become one, there are ski runs and lessons suited to every level of ability. There are over 110 kilometres of ski runs in this area, which include 35 kilometres of gentle blue runs, 55 kilometres of challenging red runs, and 20 kilometres of formidable blacks. And with 24 ski lifts and gondolas at your disposal, you'll get to your desired elevation in no time. Simply read on for our guide to Obergurgl, and discover the wealth of private accommodation HomeAway has to offer in the area.
Discovery in Obergurgl
The first records of people discovering this enchanting place date back to just 1840. You may think that this limits the place's history, but read on and you'll think again! In 1991, deep in the Tyrolean Alps, an amazing discovery was made: giving a whole new breadth to its history, this discovery came in the form of Otzi, a 5,300 year old neolithic man. The remains were found in a melting glacier, almost perfectly preserved, with Otzi still wearing his animal hide coat and grass cape. Following this, countless discoveries about the era have been made, represented by the outdoor museum 'Otzi Village'. Featuring authentically rebuilt huts and reenactments of how past villagers would have lived, it has several free guided tours, which make for a fascinating day away from the slopes.
Dining under the stars
Whilst in Obergurgl, any experience would prove incomplete if you did not dine at the incredible Top Mountain Star restaurant. This is most definitely a restaurant with a difference, perched 3,080 metres above sea level on a dramatic, icy crest. It is a sleek cylindrical disk, almost how you might envision a UFO from a 1960's sci fi movie, but constructed from beautiful veneered wood and sculpted steel. When seated, it offers a full 360 degree panoramic view of the snow-capped ridges surrounding: no matter which way you look, it's sure to take your breath away. But the best bit? It also offers very modest prices, with meals starting from just under 5 euros!
View flats near Obergurgl
An enthralling activity which simply must be sampled while in Obergurgl? An evening with skiVolution, a combined historical trip and night ski. You'll not only learn about Obergurgl's oldest ski club which was founded over 100 years ago, but the plight of one of the first stratosphere experts, who had to make an emergency landing in what was then very new technology, the hot air balloon. Following this excursion, which takes place around 9pm, you can enjoy the night ski 8 kilometres down from Festkog to the village centre. And after all that excitement, you can end the evening with the night ski show, replete with fireworks, food and drink.
The highest parish in Austria
For the seasoned hiker, why not make the pilgrimage 6,330 feet up the Tyrolean Alps, to Austria's highest parish? It dates back to 1737, and ensures an exciting day out for all. The best way to do this is by taking the archaeological loop trail, which leads you through the famous Solden's Glacier, sparkling in all its glory. Make sure you don't miss out on the scenery while you're making your ascent: marvel at the infinite beauty this area has to offer, and enjoy views of the towering Tyrolean Alps. Surrounding you on all sides, along with the picture-perfect snow villages nestled in between them, you'll soon understand why Obergurgl's such an impressive destination.
Apres ski in Obergurgl
Obergurgl has a fantastic array of bars and clubs to keep you entertained after a busy day on the slopes. Come on in, warm up with fellow skiers, and allow a mulled wine or liqueur hot chocolate to get you geared up for the night ahead. One of the most traditional ways to spend your evening is simply lazing by the open fire, and you’ll find yourself rubbing shoulders with locals and other ski fanatics alike. Once you've learned of the secret routes and trails this beautiful snowy village usually keeps under wraps, you'll be glad to retire to your private rental, where you and your family or friends can plan tomorrow's adventures.
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