Austria’s Mountains are Calling

The Arlberg is all about its mountains and is comprised of five picturesque villages: St. Anton, Lech, Zürs, St. Christoph, and Stuben. It is a trip for outdoor experiences whether you visit in the summer or the winter.

There’s no better place to start exploring than the region’s tallest peak: the Valluga. You can scale the 2,809 meters (9,215 ft) of craggy rock or hop on the Galzigbahn cable car in St. Anton and take it to Vallugabahn I cable car station. After a quick look around, zip further up the mountain to 2,650 m (8,694 ft) and hop on the Vallugabahn II for a quick trip to the panoramic summit. From the top of the Valluga, a 360-degree viewing platform offers breathtaking views all the way to Italy, Switzerland, and Germany. Linger on the summit and soak in more glimpses of the Alps’ awesome mountain backs.

If you’re not one for lofty heights, an alternate attraction just opened under St. Anton’s storied ground. The old 15th century ore mines in Gand were discovered by a hobby archaeologist and have been restored into 750 meters (2,460 ft) of walkable tunnels.

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