Let's hear it for nature!

Only about 20 villages in Austria have been classified as "mountaineering villages". The villages of Sellrain, Gries im Sellrain and St. Sigmund im Sellrain belong to this exclusive circle. They are all located 20 to 30 kilometres away from Innsbruck and give visitors access to a world of alpine wonder full of natural flair. Being a mountaineering village means: alpine character, original surroundings and archaic charm. It also stands for regeneration, pristine nature and authenticity – far away from après-ski and cable cars. Here nature is allowed to be nature. The mountaineering villages are located between over 1,200 and 1,500 metres above sea level and are surrounded by the most beautiful mountain peaks. Yet they are still only 30 minutes away from Innsbruck.

The mountaineering villages in winter

Silence, snow-covered meadows and mountains, the tranquillity is refreshing. There is no humming of ski lifts for miles around. Instead, you hear the snow crunching underfoot during snowshoe tours. Cross-country skiing and tobogganing are also part of the winter programme in the mountaineering villages. The absolute highlight, however, is the abundance of ski tours in the Sellrain Valley. On a ski tour, you can explore the mountains under your own steam, breathe in the clear air and enjoy the wonderful views of the valley’s rugged, pristine nature. The mountaineering villages in the Sellrain Valley are also excellent ice climbing destinations. Check out our list to see which waterfalls are suitable for ice climbing.

The mountaineering villages in summer

In summer, flowering alpine meadows dominate the landscape. High up in the mountains, the alpine roses glow a cheerful pink. The mountaineering villages of the Sellrain Valley are particularly beautiful destinations when the alpine roses are in bloom. You can enjoy long hikes, family trails, wildlife watching, summit tours and rock climbing. For experienced hikers who are in good shape, we recommend multi-day hikes from hut to hut – for example the Sellrain mountain hut tour. 

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