Austria Winter Holiday Inspiration

The best chalets & mountain resorts in Austria

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(Updated: January 2023). If there’s one thing Austria is famous for (apart from Mozart and the Sound of Music maybe) it’s outstanding winter mountain holidays. Think snow-capped alpine peaks, century-old traditional wooden huts and modern chalets, mulled wine and platters of cheese and oven-baked fresh bread. And of course perfectly prepared skiing pistes and cross country skiing slopes. All in all it doesn’t get more rustic and cozy than a winter trip to Austria. So, without further ado, let us show you a few of our favorite winter holiday ideas and chalets in Austria!

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Our favorite Chalets in Austria

When it comes to chalets you can choose between self-catered and serviced options. Personally we enjoy a bit of service when we book a holiday. We usually don’t want to spend the first day of our holiday in the supermarket or stocking our fridge, but rather rely on served breakfast and some levels of hotel amenities 😉 But of course there’s options for both kinds of winter holidays in Austria. In this section we focus on serviced chalets.

1. Brand-new since 2022: Hygna Chalets, Alpbachtal, Tyrol

These 11 chalets in the Alpbach area of Tyrol just opened recently and combine traditional craftsmanship with modern design. The infinity pool is definitely out of this world and the location at the edge of the forest makes for a very serene and relaxing stay. We recently enjoyed 4 nights here and can attest to the wonderful atmosphere and beautiful architecture (check our blogpost here).

Book your stay at Hygna Chalets here!

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2. Senhoog Chalets, Leogang, Salzburg

Another alternative are the ultra luxurious Senhoog chalets in Leogang. These are more private (only two chalets next to each other), but offer the highest amount of comfort one could wish for. Including a private infinity pool & butler service for each chalet. Breakfast is of course also served and the team is happy to organise dinners in surrounding restaurants or book a chef to cook for you and your guests. We stayed at both of the chalets already and can attest to their outstanding service and cozy atmosphere (check our blogpost here).

Book your stay at Senhoog here!

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3. LaPosch Bergaway, Biberwier, Ehrwald Zugspitzregion, Tyrol

We stumbled upon this chalet on Instagram a while back and immediately started dreaming about a winter wonderland getaway. In January 2023 we finally got a chance to stay here and it’s as dreamy as we had hoped for. You can order in-Chalet dining here or visit their very own restaurant. There are 16 different chalets to choose from – each comes with a private sauna of course. We stayed at one of their two Pool villas which even come with private heated pools.

Book your stay at LaPosch Bergaway here!

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LaPosch dein Bergaway Chalet Biberwier Ehrwald Tyrol Austria

4. Stubai Glacier Chalets, Stubai, Tyrol

When you’re looking for snow early in the season a glacier chalet is a great option! At 1.400 meters above sea level you’ll find these cute chalets – close to the Stubai glacier skiing arena. You can choose from 5 different chalets, that all come with rustic architecture coupled with modern design elements and of course a fireplace. Alpine breakfast gets served to the chalet in the morning.

Book your holiday at Stubai Glacier Chalets here!

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Stubai Glacier Chalets Gletscher Chalets in Tyrol Austria

5. Pronebengut, Mühlbach am Hochkönig, Salzburg

If you’re traveling with family then we can highly recommend the “Pronebengut” and it’s 5 star luxury “cuddle chalets”. There’s different categories here, but we stayed in the chalet called “Oma Gretl” and loved the attention to detail and personalised service. For the kids there’s a petting zoo and ample space to run around.

Book your stay at Pronebengut here!

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6. Priesteregg, Leogang, Salzburg

This alpine resort & chalet village is on our bucket list since years! We hope we can finally go and experience it for ourselves – when the famous Leogang valley is fully covered in snow. The location overlooking the valley is priceless (and so is the infinity pool of the resort). There’s 18 different chalets to choose from, so it’s a good combination of intimate, but also offers some resort services. Our personal favourites are the “Wilderer Villa” and the brand-new “Villa Etaner”.

Book your stay at Priesteregg here!

7. Four Elements Living by Berger, Palfau, Styria

If skiing isn’t your first priority, then you could also spend your winter holidays in the National Park “Gesäuse” in Styria – in one of these iconic modern chalets. They are embedded into the landscape of the National Park beautifully – in between forests and a river. The elevated houses offer privacy and hotel services like breakfast. (And just in case your feet start itching the “Hochkar” skiing region is only a 20 minute drive away).

Book your stay at Four Elements here!

8. Almdorf Seinerzeit, Patergassen, Carinthia

This resort consists of 2 full villages with over 50 chalets. So it’s not completely private, but offers luxury service with breakfast in the hut, private saunas and hut tubs all within the UNESCO biosphere park Nockberge. We haven’t been here ourselves, but it’s on our list since quite a while and the South of Austria has proven to be very blessed by the snow gods recently.

Book your stay at Almdorf Seinerzeit here!

9. Woodridge Chalets, Werfenweng, Salzburg

These 4 chalets have been recommended to us a while ago and we fell in love with the unique log cabin architecture. That’s not very common for Austria and reminds us more of Canada, so might bring us a bit further away in our mind at least while we still holiday in Austria 🙂

Book your stay at Woodridge Chalets here!

10. Steirereck am Pogusch Tree Houses, St. Lorenzen im Mürztal, Styria

This is a major bucket list item for us since the opening. The tree houses are part of the famous highly decorated Steirereck family business, so you won’t only sleep in an architectural masterpiece, but also indulge in some of the best food Austria has to offer (when you believe the food critics).

Book your stay at Steirereck tree houses here!


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11. Peterhof Alpe Furx, Vorarlberg

Whenever we talk about contemporary architecture, then the tiny westernmost state of Vorarlberg is leading the way in Austria. This chalet village with 10 units is no exception. The chalets look nothing like traditional alpine mountain huts, but more like futuristic wooden cubes, that are perfectly embedded in the mountains.

Book your stay at Peterhof here!

Our favorite Mountain resorts in Austria

For those of you that prefer resort-style or hotel vacations in winter (with the added bonus of larger wellness facilities, more saunas, restaurants and all the sha-bang) – here’s a selection of a few wonderful mountain resorts, that we can recommend for a winter holiday in Austria.

1. Designhotel Wiesergut, Hinterglemm, Salzburg

We visited this incredibly beautiful resort in the summer months for the first time (read our review here), but now that we know that the skiing lift is right next to Wiesergut we’d love to return for a winter getaway! The Wiesergut is a suite-only hotel for design aficionados and truly one-of-it’s-kind in Austria. We fell in love with the breakfast service and the indoor & outdoor infinity pool.

Book your stay at Wiesergut here!

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2. Aurelio, Lech am Arlberg, Vorarlberg

We (unfortunately) have never stayed here, but got invited twice for a brunch and lunch visit with luxury champagne brand “Krug”. During the brunch we also got a tour of the hotel and it is definitely worth the hype. This is where James Bond 007 would stay when he, no SHE, visits the Austrian alps. This is not laid-back at all, but really over the top luxury. Just be warned, that you might want to pack your finest skiing gear and arrive in style 😉

Book your stay at Aurelio here!

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3. Feuerberg Mountain Resort, Gerlitzen, Carinthia

This infinity pool has been on our bucket list since a while, but only now we noticed that the views from up here are especially intriguing in winter. I mean look at those snow-covered mountains surrounding this place! The resort is located at over 1.700 meters above sea level and directly at the slopes. They also have 14 chalets for those seeking more privacy!

Book your stay at Feuerberg Mountain Resort here!

4. Jufenalm, Maria Alm, Salzburg

We booked a stay at this uniquely located hotel in Maria Alm a few years ago for the first time. Little did we know that we would encounter such a winter wonderland still in late March! The hotel is located at 1.150 meters above sea level at the Hochkönig mountain, so higher up than many other resorts. They have just recently renovated the whole hotel to give it a new alpine boho vibe with balinese elements, so it might be even better now! Make sure to book a room with balcony to get most out of these views.

Book your stay at Jufenalm here!

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Jufenalm Mountain Hideaway

5. Ullrhaus, St. Anton am Arlberg, Tyrol

We stumbled upon this design hotel in one of Austria’s most famous skiing resorts recently and liked the modern appeal and design.

Book your stay at Ullrhaus here!

6. Haus Jausern, Saalbach, Salzburg

If you’re a design aficionado and like a more minimalist approach to alpine architecture, then this could be the right choice for you. We haven’t had the chance to stay here ourselves, but it’s up high on our list due to it’s ski in-ski out location next to the slopes and for it’s casual design philosophy.

Book your stay at Haus Jausern here!

7. The Comodo, Bad Gastein

Speaking of modern design – this brand-new hotel will open it’s doors in January 2023 and is located in the super hip Bad Gastein village, which is returning to it’s former glory rapidly. The hotel is designed in a 60ies look and feel and has panoramic views of the Gastein valley and a huge wellness & spa area.

Book your stay at The Comodo here!


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8. Fuchsegg Eco Lodge, Bregenzerwald, Vorarlberg

The Bregenzerwald region is one of our favorite places in all of Austria and a truly hidden gem. Here you’ll find architectural offices with some of the highest regard and traditional wood craftsmanship that is internationally acclaimed. Fuchsegg looks like it’s ideal for people with a refined taste for minimalist architecture and design.

Book your stay at Fuchsegg here!

9. Naturhotel Forsthofgut, Leogang, Salzburg

If you’re looking for a family friendly hotel we would recommend this iconic hotel in Leogang. We stayed here a couple of times as a couple already, but feel the vibe is becoming more and more family-oriented, so not really ideal for a relaxing couples getaway. But the hotel itself is remarkable and now has a new kids spa and a Japanese restaurant and keeps expanding.

Book your stay at Naturhofel Forsthofgut here!

What are your plans for the winter holidays and your favorite resorts and chalets in Austria? Let us know in the comments.

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