Wildschönau is a 24 km long high valley in the Kitzbühel Alps.
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Altitude: 828 m asl
Including the four villages Niederau, Oberau, Auffach and Thierbach as well as further hamlets, the popular holiday destination Wildschönau is located in the area of Kufstein - Hohe Salve - Wildschönau. For a long time mining was the main source of income in this area, while today tourism and pastoral economy prevail. There are also some famous citizens, including the Porsche Supercup racing driver Norbert Siedler, as well as Andreas Thaler (1883-1939), agricultural minister and founder of Treze Tílias (in German: Dreizehnlinden), a Tyrolean village in Brazil.
According to legends, the area of Wildschönau has once been covered by a lake, at the river of which a dragon resided. When a farmer killed the dragon, before that the dragon stroke the rock that delimited the lake. As a consequence the water of the lake flowed into the Kundl gorge, which made the beautiful Wildschönau high valley emerge. This dragon is also pictured on the emblem of Wildschönau, on dark blue and black background.
In summer there is a network of 300 km of hiking trails available, at elevations ranging from 828 m to 2,309 m asl, while the main winter activities are skiing. The Ski Jewel Alpbachtal Wildschönau skiing area offers 109 km of well-groomed slopes and 46 lift facilities. By the way, the slope from the Markbachjoch (3 km long, 760 m of altitude difference) was declared “Best black run” by the “Skiresort Service International”. Congratulations!
Our recommendation: try the “Wildschönauer Krautinger“, a schnaps made of the white turnip. But this is not only a schnaps, but also a domestic remedy, elixir of life and medicine. Every year one whole week, the “Wildschönau Krautinger Week”, is dedicated to this turnip!