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The majestic Austrian Alps engulf nearly two-thirds of the country, the very same mountains that inspired Mozart symphonies and the place where “The Sound of Music” was filmed. From cascading waterfalls and alpine lakes to snow-melt streams and rushing rivers, there’s lots of water throughout while wildflowers burst with color in the high pastures between May and September. The enchanting small towns and mountain villages feel like storybook settings, perfect for a majestic getaway. No matter what time of year you’re considering a trip to this spectacular region, any one of these Airbnbs is sure to make the perfect base.
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Located southwest of Salzburg in the Zell am See district just a few minutes from the famous ski town of Kaprun, Lengalmhütte 1 is a log cabin/mountain hut with two bedrooms, comfortably accommodating six. Ideal for a family or group of friends, it comes complete with an outdoor sauna, ideal after a day out on the slopes. There’s also a terrace for relaxing with the stunning mountain views year-round, a cozy fireplace, Wi-Fi, and a flat-screen TV with Netflix. You’ll have your own full kitchen with a dishwasher that makes it easy to prepare meals and clean up afterward too.
The Hausberger Alpine Hut as Almhütte Hausberger translates to, is a 100-year-old log house that was demolished and rebuilt on an organic mountain farm with sheep, wool processing and a small dairy for cheesemaking. It was constructed using natural building materials and includes two bedrooms for up to six guests who can enjoy an eco-friendly stay with modern features and historic character. It’s heated by a large kitchen stove and a thermal solar system, while the bathroom even includes underfloor heating. You’ll have Wi-Fi, stunning mountain views, and a host who offers guided hikes in Hohe Tauern National Park.
This spectacular modern chalet accommodates up to eight guests in four bedrooms, nestled on a sunny slope providing a magnificent panoramic view just a stone’s throw from a ski lift. After a day of play, soak in the large Finnish sauna, relax or cookout on the spacious outdoor terrace with uninterrupted mountain views and a grill. You’ll have a fully equipped kitchen that includes a dishwasher and everything you need to make your own meals, Wi-Fi, a TV with a Bose sound system, and a washing machine too.
The “chalet in the forest” as Das Chalet im Wald translates to, this rental sits on the sunny slope of the North Chain Mountain Massif nearly 3,000 feet above Innsbruck, with the city center and its many attractions accessed within just 10 minutes. While it boasts classic features, including wood heating, you’ll have all the modern essentials and a fabulous panorama of the mountains stretching all the way to the Italian Alps. A hiker’s paradise in summer and a skier’s haven in winter, a ski area with lifts and cable cars is nearby too.
Offering a mix of modern and traditional for up to 10 guests, this 5-bedroom home is just a 15-minute walk from Innsbruck’s city center. Enjoy touring the opulent Imperial Palace, riding the funicular up to the slopes, hiking or skiing, and spending evenings in a pub hanging out with the locals. When you’re ready to come back you’ll have a spacious and fully equipped kitchen that makes it fun to cook before relaxing with a “Netflix and Chill” movie night. The rental comes complete with a cinema and home theater system.
Located in the Kötschacht Valley surrounded by craggy, forested mountains, this chalet for six is the perfect place to enjoy total tranquility in every season, with no car noise to interrupt the peace. Instead, you’ll hear the sounds of a stream and the songs of the birds. In the summer, horses graze behind the home and in autumn, deer often wander by, complementing the brilliant colors. In the winter, the landscape sparkles blanketed with snow. When the weather is pleasant, enjoy the large garden with a terrace, BBQ grill and outdoor seating. Inside, you’ll have an open concept kitchen-living room area, with two of the three bedrooms including balconies and fabulous mountain views.
This romantic two-bedroom log cabin is nestled among the trees on the southern slopes of the mountain in the Grossarltal, providing plenty of privacy, peace and quiet. The area is known for its skiing and hiking, providing a perfect base for all your outdoor adventures. You can even take advantage of the illuminated toboggan run nearby. Of course, there’s no reason to leave, you’ll have a large, sunny terrace with a fabulous view of the lush meadows and forested mountains. All the amenities are included too, like a kitchen and stone barbecue, a living room with a TV, and a wood-burning stove.
Located in the Großglockner area, home to Hohe Tauern National Park, the “Alm” is a two-bedroom alpine apartment for up to six, spread over two floors in an old farmhouse at the edge of the forest. It has its own separate entrance and large terrace for gazing out at the mountain views. It’s the perfect place to start the day with breakfast and end it under a canopy of stars with a glass of wine. There is no TV as the vistas are far better than any screen, although you will have Wi-Fi.
A world of adventure among nature and mountains awaits at this two-bedroom mountain hut for four. Located close to the Mölltaler Gletscherbahn and many destinations popular for hiking, climbing, skiing, hiking, canoeing and more, the 200-year-old structure on a sunny slope was totally renovated to ensure the alpine coziness provides all the modern necessities. The living area is integrated with the kitchen while a wood-burning stove invites you to cozy up together with a glass of wine or hot chocolate.
Nestled between a river and mountain forest near the market town of Kirchbach in Carinthia, home to Austria’s highest mountain, Grossglockner, the Bear’s Den is a two-bedroom chalet in the heart of it all. During the warmer months it’s a playground for mountain biking and hiking, horse riding, rafting and golfing, while the chillier months of the year bring a stunning winter wonderland for taking advantage of all the snow sports, with skiing available nearby at the Nassfeld ski resort. It includes a huge stone fireplace for warmth and ambiance, heated tile floors in the bathroom, a well-equipped kitchen, and Wi-Fi.
Located near Falkertsee Lake and biosphere reserve Nockberge in Southern Carinthia with a backdrop of mountains, this dream chalet looks as if it came straight out of a fairy tale. It’s a great pick for a large family or group of friends traveling together with four bedrooms accommodating up to 10 guests. You’ll have easy access to all the summer and winter activities and an outdoor sauna to soak in while taking in a panoramic vista of it all. There’s a full kitchen, fireplace, four TVs, and even a gym if you didn’t get enough of a workout on the slopes.
Set within an ancient granary that was converted into a rustic vacation home, the Franzosenstüberl accommodates up to four guests and offers breathtaking views of the mountain scenery by day and the stars at night. The perfect place to relax, it comes complete with a sunny terrace and panoramic sauna. You’ll also have a well-equipped kitchen with an espresso machine, heated bathroom floors, cable TV, and Wi-Fi. All the outdoor adventures are within easy reach too, including ski lifts.
Just imagine being part of this picture-perfect scene. The three-bedroom Peitler Chalet is near the tiny hamlet of Zanaischg surrounded by gorgeous mountain views and with natural oiled pine floor, it has a lovely scent of wood throughout. The kitchen has all the appliances, including a dishwasher, but you can also cook on the wood stove. A highlight is the large bedroom on the upper floor where right from bed you can see all the way from the former town bridge to the equestrian corner during the day and the brilliant stars at night.
Enjoy a traditional Austrian mountain retreat at Chalet Maria, located near Maria Alm in the middle of the Hochkönig area providing magnificent views of the surrounding valley. Whether you want to ski, hike, or bike, this place is perfect as you’ll be able to walk right out your door and reach multiple routes. The Schwarzeckalmbahn starts at the foot of the mountain and will bring you deep into the hiking/biking area. But you might just want to park yourself on the balcony, with some of the most unforgettable views of the rolling hills and mountains beyond. There are two bedrooms, sleeping up to five, and a kitchen fully equipped with all the appliances, including a dishwasher and Nespresso machine.
A romantic chalet for two, this rental includes a balcony with a panoramic view across the Gasteinertal Valley that’s hard to beat. It has an open concept with a cozy living area that includes old farmhouse-style furniture, a sleeping area, and a kitchen with a coffee maker, dishwasher, and even a sandwich maker. You won’t miss anything here, with Wi-Fi and cable TV included too.