Flower records, pilgrim heights and mosquito-free holidays

Summers at St. Anton am Arlberg are characterised by mountain sports, high alpine summit adventures and outdoor recreation steeped in welcoming Tyrolean hospitality – of which we are all well aware. Our decidedly different cocktail of facts reveal some of the more unusual secrets harboured by this spectacular holiday region.

Ten unusual facts about St. Anton am Arlberg
Ten unusual facts about St. Anton am Arlberg ©TVB St. Anton am Arlberg/Wolfgang Burger

Did you know that ...

... the Way of St. James reaches its highest point near St. Anton am Arlberg?
Pilgrims encounter many highlights along the famous Way of St. James to Santiago de Compostela. However, the literally highest point until the northwest of Spain is located at the tranquil Maiensee Lake above St. Christoph, a district of St. Anton am Arlberg.

... St. Anton am Arlberg holiday region is completely self-sufficient in terms of power supply?
A unique, but certainly not the only sustainable project in the holiday region is provided by the Kartell power plant. The lake of the same name holds around eight million cubic metres of water and generates around 33 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year. The same capacity is also used to supply the Rosanna power plant, making St. Anton am Arlberg self-sufficient in terms of power supply since 2006.

... holidaymakers have almost no need to fear mosquito bites?
St. Anton am Arlberg can in fact boast of being a mosquito-free zone. Due to the altitude of the Tyrolean mountain village (1,304 metres above sea level) and its climatic conditions, living conditions for these bloodsucking pests are unfavourable - a blessing not only for getting a good night's rest.

... a "Guinness World Record" blooms in St. Anton am Arlberg?
It all began with 1,600 hand-planted edelweiss shrubs: and now over 100,000 edelweiss grow in the form of a huge flower at the Sennhütte above St. Anton am Arlberg from July onwards. In 2017, a jury from "Guinness World Records" recognised this floral splendour as the world's number one in terms of numbers of flowers.

... hobby athletes train here like the pros?
Beneficial side-effect: due to the lower oxygen content at medium altitudes, many athletes take advantage of the myriad of opportunities for fitness and endurance training in St. Anton am Arlberg (1,304 metres).

... St. Anton am Arlberg was an important mining region?
Delve deep in the rock formations to follow in the footsteps of the Tyrolean ore mining history and discover the region’s mysterious past: the former mining area of Gand in St. Jakob, a sub-district of St. Anton am Arlberg, has been accessible to visitors on a circular hiking trail since 2019 via a 750-metre long circular hiking trail, with two tunnels and three show huts.

... golfers on the Arlberg around must negotiate around 100 meters in altitude?
The mountainous landscape of St. Anton am Arlberg is perfect for golfers who enjoy a little extra challenge. A testing 100 metres in altitude need to be negotiated on the varied nine-hole course, which demands a certain level of stamina and presents a ”tricky“ game.

... there is a jelly baby plant?
From the “drunken forest” to the “cool trail” at the Sennhütte above St. Anton am Arlberg, not only children realise that: it is never too late to learn. Trained herbalist Tanja Senn provides exciting answers. The various stages of her garden were awarded with the gold innovation prize for ”Ideas and Nature“ and ”Best Offer for Children”.

... cooking fat is used here to produce biodiesel?
Strict waste separation has long been de rigueur in St. Anton am Arlberg. Even used cooking fat is collected, which is used, for example, to produce biofuel for vehicles. Moreover, all local mountain restaurants our proud bearers of the Austrian environmental seal of approval.

... hospitality services start at the train station in St. Anton am Arlberg?
Those commencing their mountain summer holiday in a climate-neutral way by rail, get off the train right in the centre of St. Anton am Arlberg. Working in conjunction with Austrian Federal Railways, the tourism association uses the station counter as an additional office with comprehensive advice for guests, in order to "pick up" arriving guests in the holiday region in an even more personal and focussed manner.