Alpbach is in a very picturesque valley close enough to Innsbruck for a day visit. The fact that a road was not built until relatively late has helped retained its charm. The planners have insisted that all chalets are build in the local style. The conference centre is very modern though but it is built into the hill side so does not detract.
I went late in the ski season (April) to do some hiking. The village is on south facing slopes so no snow but green fields. The slopes are north facing and are across the valley. The lifts are not convenient to the village so you have to take a bus if you are skiing. As for hiking there are loads of well signposted routes. Parts are in roads but traffic is very light as the road lead nowhere. There are no flat routes as they weave up and down the mountains. There is a busier road on the valley bottom that you would not want to walk along. A good route is to walk to one gondola station and go up to take in the views and have a beer/lunch. You can then walk to the other gondola and take it down (free) before walking back to the village.
Do not miss...
The candle light grave yard.
Take a gondola up. Walk down in summer.
Visit small guest houses for drinks/food.
Some things to note...
There is a good size Spar in the village.
The tourist info office is not much help so research on the internet before you go.
English is not spoken by everyone in this area so brush up on your German.
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