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Greg from Chengdu asked

Christmas in Austria

Can anyone recommend a nice quaint village to pass the Christmas holiday?


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Mickey from Munich

Hrmm ... quaint....means different things to different people. Quite a lot of the alpine wonderland most people think of when they think of Austriais full of ski tourists from all over Europe at Christmas. If you are one of them, and want to go where most go: then check out Mayrhofen, or anywhere in the ZillerValley, or Sankt Anton am Arlberg, if you're more the international set. (Although that said - keep in mind that there are more ski resorts in Tyrolia than just about anywhere in the world - so you can go just about anywhere)

Salzburg is lovely at Christmas, and is small enough to be habitable, where Vienna is all pomp and circumstance. (no skiing there though)

Innsbruck- can't truely recommend. Its got its charms, but its stacked against a huge mountain range and can often be dark, plus, the city is not very pretty, outside of the old city center....but after a day of that, its done.  Hall in Tirol is a small suburb, but its old city center is actually prettier....

If you are into really small and truely quaint - then try the "Bergsteiger Gedenkstätte Österreich" - literally "Mountianclimbing villages Austria" - these are small towns that have restricted heavy tourism in favor of eco-oriented pursuits and have maintained a traditional look and scenery. You will not have crowds, and they may be quite small, but they are usually georgeous, well-appointed, and will fulfill most every winter-wonderland dream.... - is a link to the organization that they have all joined in English.

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Thanks, Mickey. That was super helpful, just what I was hoping for when I posted the question.

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