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Summer In St Anton am Arlberg

Summer In St Anton am Arlberg
30 July 2020

Main Photo credit: ©Arlberger Bergbahnen AG_Gerhard Berger

Best known as a world-class ski resort with hundreds of kilometres of pistes and views into five countries from the top of the Valluga at 2811m, St. Anton am Arlberg in the Austrian Tirol is also an outstanding summer destination in its own right.

It offers a huge range of activities from hiking and trail running to scrambling, Via Ferrata and even yoga. On rest days you can soak up the culture, learn about the history of the valley and enjoy some of the many culinary delights it has to offer.

A Paradise of Trails

St Anton am Arlberg credit Patrick Batz

Credit: ©TVB St. Anton am Arlberg_Patrick Bätz

With a huge 300km network of trails to be explored, each clearly marked with detailed information including destination, route, time and difficulty level there is plenty for you to choose from whether you are hiking or trail running. Given the sheer volume of this network of footpaths, you’ll still be able to take advantage of some quality mountain solitude.

Those who opt for more advanced routes can make use of the local mountain guides and their insider knowledge of the area and they also may choose to tackle the Valluga, the regions highest peak standing at 2,811m above sea level.

Those wanting speedy ascents to the best trails, including the circular hike on the Galzig, “Mutspuren”, can take advantage of the Arlberg cable cars while the whole family can playfully immerse themselves in the myths and legends of the Tyrolean region in the Verwall Valley using interactive stations

Those looking to commit to a long-distance trail can tackle the Tyrolean “Eagle Walk” which traverses the entire province. It can be split up into 24 manageable stages and goes from St Johann am Wilden Kaiser, over the Karwendel and Rofan Mountains and up to St Christoph am Arlberg.

Transalpine Run Credit Andi Frank

Credit: Transalpine Run 2019 ©Andi Frank

While many of the events during 2020 have been cancelled due to COVID-19, trail running fans can plan ahead and sign up to next year’s trail running events such as the Arlberger Wadlbeisser, DYNAFIT Transalpine Run and Montafon Arlberg Marathon.

There is also a huge selection of cycling trails to enjoy. Mountain bikers and cyclists can explore up to 350km of marked routes while those looking for a less taxing day out can hire e-bikes throughout an incredible infrastructure of charging points and rental stations.

The Arlberg Via Ferrata

While much of the valley is host to a luscious blanket of green pastures and meadows, it also boasts a rugged mountain world that attracts climbers from across the globe. From June to October mountaineers arrive looking for challenges to test their abilities and push their limits.

St Anton Via Ferrata credit Patrick Batz

Credit: ©TVB St. Anton am Arlberg_Patrick Bätz

St. Anton am Arlberg is one of the most scenic but also most challenging of the alpine tours and it’ll take you across narrow ledges, up vertical rock faces and along craggy ridges. It requires a serious head for heights, specialist equipment, and plenty of time to do it so you don’t have to rush, that way you can soak up the views on offer.

Camping Arlberg

Camping Arlberg is a 4* campsite like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Each pitch has it’s own private hut that houses a bathroom and dishwashing facilities as well as a power supply and access to satellite TV. It is situated in close proximity to a huge array of activities so you can get back to base easily to relax and unwind after long days in the mountains.

Dorf credit Patrick Batz

Credit: ©TVB St. Anton am Arlberg_Patrick Bätz

There is further camping at Arlberg Life Resort and also a wide range of other accommodation options available from B&B and holiday apartments to luxury and boutique hotels.

The Cradle of Alpine Skiing

While it makes a fantastic resort for summer activities, rest days can be filled with learning all about the history of tourism in the area, most notably skiing.

The people of St. Anton, traditionally a very poor farming community on a mountain pass high above the valley floor, recognised earlier than others the potential of international ski tourism.

Leutkircher Hutte credit Patrick Batz

Leutkircher Hutte is used by tourers in both Summer & Winter

Credit: ©TVB St. Anton am Arlberg_Patrick Bätz

The very first hotel opened in 1895, equipped with 110 beds, and the Ski-Club was started 6 years later in 1901. The first ski race took part in 1904, but it was Hannes Schneider, one of the men who helped build the resort’s legendary status, who set up the first St. Anton Ski School in 1922 and taught visitors the basics of skiing.

Today, the village of St. Anton and its neighbouring communities on both sides of the Arlberg pass, in Tirol to the east and Vorarlberg to the west, form one of the biggest and most popular ski areas in the world.

Gastronomy Tour

Of course, no adventure is complete without sampling the finest local delicacies and the Arlberg does not disappoint. It boasts a selection of fine dining whether you are looking for something gourmet or something a little more rustic or a combination of the two.

There is a number of award-winning restaurants to choose from, including Raffl‘s Stubn at Hotel St. Antoner Hof and Alte Stube at Hotel Schwarzer Adler, each serving up a range of delicious meals using locally sourced produce including beef, fish and cheeses, as well as homemade ice creams and strudels for dessert.

St Anton Street Credit Christoph Schoch

Credit: ©TVB  St. Anton am Arlberg_Christoph Schöch

St. Anton Summer Card

In order to help you enjoy a variety of activities and adventures during your stay in the region, you will be gifted a St. Anton Summer Card by your host. This gives you limited access to an array of services and attractions for you to sample including e-bike hire, outdoor swimming pool admission, use of cable cars and entry to the museum. This summer card can be upgraded, at a cost, to give you more freedom as well as more unlimited access to what is on offer.

For more information visit: stantonamarlberg.com/en

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