Days 6 – 13 of 18. We booked our accommodation in Obergurgl in August and I can tell you that looking for one wasn’t easy. Not many were available anymore for the date of our visit – Dec 22 to 29, peak period for Christmas holiday skiing (or snowboarding in our case). According to a British mother whom I chatted with, her family usually books around March or April to be able to get the hotel or chalet they want. She said that this small, beautiful ski town is popular among British skiers and families who are loyal visitors of Obergurgl during the winter.
I remember it was a Sunday afternoon that day. My eyes were beginning to tire as I desperately searched the internet. I then found a chalet – a luxury apartment with one room, a living area, a balcony and a full kitchen. I saw that it also had a newly installed swimming pool, and that did it for us. Fifteen minutes, it must have been the quickest time that I decided on an accommodation, especially one that would be for 7 nights and 8 days! The apartment turned out an excellent choice. I was extremely pleased and I highly recommend it.
After 3 and a half hours of travel from Salzburg, we reached Obergurgl around 12 pm. Check-in was swift. Herr Manuel Ribis, our host and the owner of the chalet, warmly welcomed us at the reception.
Our kids burst into the apartment and thanked me. They liked it very much. Joaquin said he liked the view from the balcony. For Benjamin it was the big space and the TV. For me, I liked that it was away from the action and yet near enough that we could walk to it. I also liked that it was close to the mountains and that we could wake up to the sight of falling snow because it had big glass doors in both our bedroom and the living area. My husband was pleased, too, he said that I had outdone myself once again…
Here are some pictures of that day when we traveled from Salzburg to Ötztal to Obergurgl:
Other info about the apartment:
- It is about 700 meters to the Hohe Mut Bahn 1 run where our kids had their snowboarding lessons.
- It is close to Pizzeria Belmonte where the pizzas and pastas were sooo good!
- There are high-end snow apparel and gear shops along the way from the apartment to the town centre.
- The chalet looks rustic from the outside but gorgeously modern inside the apartments.
- Manuel could arrange transportation to and from Innsbruck or Otztal Bahn.
How we got to Obergurgl:
From Salzburg, we boarded Railjet, the express train service of Austria. It was 2 hour and 14 minutes all the way to Otztal Bahnhof. From there, we were picked up by a private van that we pre-booked. The drive to Obergurgl was an hour.
Here are other blogs on our Bavaria and Austrian holiday:
- Munich: Start of our family’s tales from last winter
- Munich: Viktualienmarkt Biergarten
- Munich: BMW Museum and BMW Welt
- Munich: Theatine Church and Odeonplatz
- Munich: Christmas Markets
- Munich: Hofbrauhaus Beer Hall
- Munich: City Aparthotel München
- Salzburg: Birthplace of Mozart and Silent Night
- Salzburg: Hohensalzburg Fortress
- Salzburg: Residenzplatz Christmas Market
- Salzburg: Salzburg Cathedral
- Salzburg: Silent Night 200 at Salzburg Museum
- Salzburg: Silent Night Tour by Bob’s Special Tour
- Salzburg: Silent Night at Oberndorf and Laufen
- Salzkammergut: Road Trip to Hallstatt
- Salzkammergut: Christmas Market at St Wolfgang
- Salzburg: Krampus Run at Hellbrunn Palace
- Salzburg: Imlauer Hotel Pitter Salzburg
- Obergurgl: A Week in the Austrian Alps