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4 Days in Tirol between Christmas and New Year

Hi all,
We were late to book a hotel in Tirol for Dec 28-Jan 1 and the only seemingly good option was in Lermoos - has anyone stayed in that region? It is near the Zugspitz. We are a couple in our 30s and wanted to spend those 4 days in a beautiful area with some non-downhill skiing activities. The other option was Hall in Tirol. Will we be disappointed?

An alternative is to stay in Innsbruck and take day trips to Kitzbuchel, Seefeld, etc.

What do you recommend? We want to experience "winter in Austria" with all its alpine charm, cute villages, ect. Is it better to stay in one place or take day trips or stay two days in one place and two days in another given we are looking to do something like a gala dinner for NYE..

Oh and we are coming by train from Munich and going back there by train...should we get a car?

I am at the end of my wits!

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Lermoos is a nice little resort town, although it mostly serves as a place to lodge and feed skiers in the winter. It's close to the Austrian Zugspitze Bergbahn, but it's kind of a long walking distance. Ehrwald is much closer. "with some non-downhill skiing activities." Does that mean you're looking for cross-country skiing or just something else besides skiing? There is a cross country course in the area, but I forget exactly where.

You may have difficulty finding any lodging at all for less than 5 nights during the Christmas vacation, especially this late.

Kitzbühel is a nice town, but don't bother if you're not there to ski.

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While we love staying in Hall in Tirol, it is not going to be "alpine charm, cute villages, etc.". It's an old town with an alpine backdrop. Ditto for Innsbruck, but on a larger, even busier scale. I do hear that Innsbruck has quite the big New Years Eve celebration though.

Have you consider expanding your search to include Bavarian alpine charm and cute villages? I'd then suggest Mittenwald (an hour from Innsbruck) or the Berchtesgaden area. We've stayed in Mittenwald twice. It is the cutest village with an alpine scenery. We stayed in the Berchtesgaden area and in Hall in Tirol in Dec. 2010 and Dec. 2013 (plus many times in Sept. And Oct.). For what you're looking for, I think the Berchtesgaden area would suit you pretty good. Berchtesgaden is a small, charming old town. Ramsau bei Berchtesgaden (our favorite place to stay) is a small village. Schonau am Konigsee is another. These are all within 15 minutes of each other. All come with beautiful alpine scenery. Salzburg is also close by.
If interested, we have photo's of all these at:

Our favorite place to stay in the area is:
A very close "second" is:


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Thanks for the replies, I am not expanding my search to what Paul suggested...Salzburg+Eagles Nest area sound good. I also look into Innsbruck since we want to have a lively NYE celebration:)...

Paul, how is the mood in the Eagles Nest area around NYE? Subdued/family style or a celebration in the town square?

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We've never been to Berchtesgaden for New Years Eve. here's what I could find though:

Here's the info for Innsbruck:

I have to go back to my original response. While Innsbruck is a bigger city with a nice old town pedestrian center, it is surrounded by high alpine peaks and quaint villages (such as Igls) to either stay or visit. We have stayed nearby in Hall in Tirol 5 times (10/01, 10/03, 4/05, 12/10 and 12/13). Love the old town and especially our 5 stays at the Gasthof Badl.

Tough choice between what seems like a more subdued but charming alpine stay in the Berchtesgaden area or staying in either Innsbruck or Hall in Tirol. Not to add to the confusion, but maybe look into the area around Innsbruck, such as Igls, Mutters, etc.