The Wipp Valley is a top 10 destination according to GEO

Geo claims that the Wipptal region deserves this accolade because it manages to remain true to itself in a tourist region such as Tyrol. This is why it made the list of trend destinations in the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, alongside notable destinations such as Canada, Finland, Wales and South Korea.

The Tyrolean Wipptal region together with its idyllic side valleys and authentic, little villages has chosen the path of low-impact tourism. A slow pace of life and sustainability are at the forefront here. The eastern side valleys of Schmirn and Vals, together with the starting point of St. Jodok, were already recognised as among the elite of mountaineering villages back in 2012, in which the awareness of the necessary harmony between nature and humanity is still very much alive and the boundaries set by nature truly respected. Yet guests can even find numerous hidden treasures in the Obernberg, Gschnitz and Navis Valleys, which can be confidently described as gems of nature, such as Lake Obernberg, the Sandes waterfall near Trins or the expansive Navis alpine pasture area with many quaint refreshment stops.

There is also plenty of culture to explore, for example the highest-lying monastery of Central Europe, Maria Waldrast (1,570 m), which is situated at the foot of Serles, or the romantic mill village of Gschnitz (Mühlendorf). The landscape in the Wipp Valley is characterised by alpine agriculture during the summer. Snow-covered forests and ungroomed slopes characterise the landscape during the winter - with the exception of the small, but fine ski resort of Bergeralm near Steinach with 28 kilometres of slopes. Movement through the force of nature is the motto here: snowshoe treks and winter hikes in crystal clear mountain air, ski tours on untraced powder snow slopes or tobogganing fun for the whole family. The Gschnitz Valley is our insider tip for cross-country enthusiasts who like to practise their sport away from the crowds.

The cuisine of the area focuses on regional products. The Grey Alpine Steer plays an important role in the Schmirn and Vals Valleys, the meat of which is of a premium quality. It is not without reason that these two valleys are considered as regions of culinary indulgence throughout Austria. Gourmets will also be right at home in the Gschnitz Valley at the award-winning Pumafalle restaurant, also distinguished with a toque, where hostess Gabi conjures up local dishes that are refined with many wild herbs from the surrounding forests and meadows. Gabi is incidentally also chairwoman of the "Genussspechte", an association of local producers who supply the nearby catering establishments with their regional products.

Sometimes less is more. The Wipptal region and its side valleys is one of the most insignificant tourist regions in Tyrol if you go by the total number of overnight stays. Yet the joy for such an accolade is all the greater. This, in fact, highlights the trend that has been noticeable for some time, that an untouched and unspoilt natural environment is becoming increasingly important, especially in a tourist region such as Tyrol.

More informations: www.wipptal.at

Wipptal in Summer
Wipptal in Summer ©TVB Wipptal