Strolling through the central strasse in the picturesque town of Alpbach, it's easy to see why it's widely considered the most beautiful in the Austrian region of Tirol.
Each side of the road is flanked by timber-clad chalets built in the traditional Tirolean style; there are luscious green spruce trees stretching into the sky; and a smattering of more than a hundred working farmhouses leaning into the steep valley slopes in the distance. Far removed from the glitz of France's Alpine resorts and only a 40-minute drive from the popular destination of Innsbruck, Alpbach is a traditional Austrian gem preserved for the 21st century.
Don't be fooled by its sleepy facade – there's plenty of action to keep you entertained, especially for those with a taste for the great outdoors.
Under the watchful gaze of the 1,899m Gratlspitz mountain, Alpbach village sits at the base of a long valley of the same name with an almost innumerable amount of hiking and walking trails (more than 900km worth of combined routes) to enjoy.