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hiking in Austria

We were thinking of hiking the Swiss Alps in August but are experiencing sticker shock...so looking for alternatives...maybe they don't exist. Anyway, the question is: what towns would be best for establishing a base of operation: nice inns, access to lots of great trails, good food?

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I copied this from one of my answers to a similar question:
Lech am Arlberg in Austria is wonderful for hiking and has wunderbar food and drink. Trails are all marked and color coded as to level of difficulty (there are a LOT of trails). If you stay in Lech you get the free Lech Card which gives you free access to all of the lifts, gondolas, and hiking buses. It is truly beautiful there, we stayed 5 days in August but could easily have spent 10 days or more. We stayed at Pension Juliana...excellent place and Claudia is absolutely the best.
http://www.juliana.at/en/
http://www.lechzuers.com/lech-in-summer/

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We stayed in the Otz Valley for about 13 days in 2010 and had a marvelous time hiking and exploring the various towns and nearby valleys. We stayed in Oetz, but hiked in various locations up and down the valley. Oetz has a number of nice pensions and restaurants. It's not a big place, but served our needs very well. There are other towns in the valley, Solden being the larger one, but we choose Oetz. The hiking trails are well marked with signposts and colour coding. Any of the TI offices in the various towns can provide maps and advice on which trails are best for your interest levels and capabilities. This valley is a north-south valley west of Innsbruck, and the southern portion hits the Italian border. We found it very interesting hiking some of the southern valley trails knowing that we were looking at Italy. The other interesting historical item with this valley is that Otzi Man, the frozen corpse was discovered along the Austrian/Italian border here (Oztal Alps) in the early 1990's. There is an interesting museum that is worth visiting ( http://www.oetzi-dorf.at/en/home.html ).

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Not Austria, but I enjoyed the balcony hike in Chamonix. There are other hikes as well that you can get to from Chamonix. Its a beautiful place.

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Another town to check out is Bad Gastein. Get hotels and restaurants to check out and easy access to the gondolas. It is a big ski area in the winter, but plenty of trails to hike in the summer.