If you're looking for an idyllic alpine summer break and want somewhere a bit off the beaten track, then Wildschönau is the ideal destination. In contrast to other regions, the Wildschönau valley in Tirol, Austria prides itself on gentle tourism – its hills are tailormade for rewarding walks.
Legend tells that the surrounding landscape was created by the dying throes of a dragon after a local farmer heroically killed the beast. The result is 300km of walking paths dotted by quaint mountain huts for hikers in the summer months.
Wildschönau is the ideal destination for families thanks to the huge range of activities on offer: choose from riding, biking, and open-air swimming to name but a few. There's also a deer park, herb garden and even sleigh rides available in the surrounding villages that'll keep the little ones happily entertained.
Fancy a ramble? The summer cable cars in the Wildschönau are the quickest and easiest way to the mountain tops of the surrounding Kitzbühel Alps. What's more, there are 260 working farms in the region, which are easy to spot thanks to the traditional farmhouses with the bell tower on their roofs. If you want to find out more, the Z'Bach Farming Museum has more than 1,100 exhibits.
In the summer, the Wildschönau Card covers the Wildschönau and Alpbachtal cable cars, the open-air pool, tennis, guided walks, Kid's Dragon Club, Farming Museum, Silver Mine and plenty more. You'll never have a dull moment.
How to spend a summer holiday in Wildschoenau, Tirol
For more information: wildschoenau.com