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Best Mountain Town in Austrian/Italian Alps

We am travelling by car from Munich to Tuscany in early July and am looking for a spot to spend 2 nights in a mountain village for hiking, fresh air, etc.
Does anyone have recommnedations of their favorite spot along that route. We are considering Hall in Tirol and Castelrotto in Italy.
We were considering Gimmelwald in Switzerland but it is a little far off of our route.

Any suggestions, comments are welcome

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Although we love Hall in Tirol, it's not realy a "mountain" town and only 2 hours from Munich. Also, Castelrotto is nice, but not one we would stay at, especially with a car. I'd say any of the 3 villages of Val Gardena (Ortisei, St. Christina and Selva Gardena). The 3 villages are only 5 minutes drive from one another. We stayed in St. Christina at the Garni Ariston and would recommend it. There is a cable car from Ortisei to the Seiser Alm. Breathtaking scenery. There are trails which start from here as well as an outdoor/indoor resaurant/cafe. Since you'll have a car, drive to the end of the valley (not far at all) and take a ride over the Gardena and/or Sella Pass. Magnificent Dolomite vistas up close! Actually, even the drive from the Autostrada (I think A22) into Val Gardena is teriffic! Oh, it's only about 30 min. to get to Val gardena from the highway.


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We just returned 5/11/07 from Germany/Austria. The most beautiful views of the mountains were at a place we stumbled upon, Gasthof Geraldine, in Lermoos Austria (other side of Zugspitz from Garmisch). Only 38 euros a night for 2 people, with breakfast it was 50 euros for two. We hiked the Partnach Gorge, in Partenkirchen, which was fabulous. From there you can make a whole day of hiking if you'd like.

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You can never go wrong with Gamisch in Germany, or Tirol and Saint Wolfgansee in Austria. Their are also some beautiful spots in Northern Italy and Austrian Border in the Dolamite Mountains. Enjoy