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Village in Austrian Alps with great mountain views - similar to Murren, Switzerland?

We were lucky enough to visit and spend one night in Murren Switzerland last year. It was the very best part of our trip.

We are planning to spend 2 nights in similar village in Austrian Alps. We will be leaving from Munich back home to Canada, so hoping for village within 4 hours drive from Munich.

We will rent a car so we can access almost anywhere. I am looking for a village that is up on a mountain, we can park car and take cable car up.

Any advice is appreciated.

Thank you

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Kaprun, Heiligenblut, Zell am See, Halstatt, Finkenstein and many more.

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this is wonderful. thank you. I will start researching

have a great day

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Hi Maja,

First, what time of year will this be?

We stayed 4 nights in Wengen in the Berner Oberland. Very tough to find the same experience anywhere else. I also don't think it will be easy to find the "park and take a cable car up" to your Hotel, Pension, etc. Closest we've come is our stay in Finkenberg in the amazing Zillertal region of Austria. We stayed at the Gaestehaus Bergland.

We have some photo's at:


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Hello Paul

thank you for this information. We will be there in August. Your photos are amazing. that is exactly what I was hoping for.

It might be hard to top Murren, it was spectacular.

I do appreciate the response.

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Glad to see you've had some good leads. There's plenty of mountain beauty in Austria, but don't set your heart on another Muerren.

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Speaking of Lech, if you're looking for something at a higher altitude than the main village in the valley (which itself is at a rather high elevation), investigate lodging options in the Oberlech section. It's only car free in the winter, though. Zürs sits at the summit of the pass driving into Lech, but I'm not sure if it opens at all in the summer.

Obertauern south of Salzburg also sits at a high elevation, although the main road over the pass runs right through it. It's a modern, purpose-built Alpine sports resort, not an old village that became a resort like Mürren, but it's still pretty attractive. And supposedly, every room in town has a mountain view. As I've only stayed in one room, I can't verify that, but I couldn't complain about the view from my room either.

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The most beautiful place I've ever seen is the south side of the Austrian Alps--around Lienz, Austria.

We went to Zell-am-See and over the Grossglockner High Alpine Highway to get there. The Grossglockner is the second highest peak in Western Europe.

The area is east of Cortina, Italy and there are a number of really high quality resort properties to stay in.

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Vorarlberg- Western Austrian alps

Panorama Gasthof Kristberg....highly recommended by friends. View of 7 mtn. peaks/great hiking/walking
Cars are discouraged, gondola encouraged. A few hrs. drive to Munchen.

We tried to stay Oct. 2012, but weather impeded our travels, so we nestled down for a week in Seefeld, near Innsbruck, which was wunderbar. We had a couple inclement weather days with gorgeous days scattered in between. Wonderful walking/hiking/scenery from our lovely apt. Just a couple beautiful hours drive to Munchen airport.

Auf wiedersehen!

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I was going to recommend Finkenburg and Gaestehaus Bergland but notice Paul beat me to it. We spent three fantastic nights here. Incredible views and as Paul said, the further you go up the valley the more spectacular the scenery. There are some pretty little towns in the area to explore or visit a cafe, too.

Make sure you watch the speed limits, though. We received a not-so-nice surprise from a speed camera in the Zillertal after we got back home ... we were going 7km/hr over the limit.