Take a short break to the mountains in St Anton, Austria
Map view of St Anton
St Anton mountain hiking
For those of you who have experienced the full-on experience that is St Anton in winter, a visit in summer will be a shock. Unlike year-round resorts such as Chamonix, St Anton is definitely a winter resort. That’s not to say there’s nothing going on, there’s plenty of activity, just very few tourists around, and not so many bars or restaurants to choose from!
Activities and Information
There is of course plenty to do. The superb Arlberg-Well centre is open, with the outdoor pool possibly the best-located pool in the Alps. There’s walking and mountain biking, and if you time it right you might get to see 250 crazy competitors race in the Montafon Arlberg Marathon. The course starts at 881m in Silbertal, shortly going into a climb to 1945m over a gruelling 17km, before descending back down into the finish at St Anton at 1304m. Or if that doesn’t do it for you, how about the Gore-Tex Transalpine Run in September? It’s a little more testing mind…seven days, three countries, 230km and 14000 vertical metres!
Walking and hiking in the Arlberg area is a treat for those who are interested in the outdoors. A network of mountain paths and huts will spoil the hiker for choice, while for those whose sporting needs are a little more sedate, there is a 6-hole golf course and a swimming pool and sauna complex.
The history and traditions of St Anton can be investigated in the local museum or on one of the excursions to nearby places of interest operated by the local bus company. And a great way to spend a summer evening is to visit the Tyrolean evening - a display of local music, dancing and yodelling put on by a local folklore group. If you prefer to do things at your own pace and under your own steam, then discover one of the small village festivals held in the Arlberg area over the summer.
If you would like chalet accommodation in St Anton in the summer we recommend you contact Albus Travel – the last time we checked they were the only UK based tour operator offering chalet accommodation in the ‘off’ season.
Your flight for the UK will usually take you into either Innsbruck in Austria or into Friedrichshafen in Germany – both around a 2hr flight from London, however you could also fly into Basel/Mulhouse, Zurich or Stuttgart. The transfers from Innsbruck airport (80 km away) takes approx. 1hr and from Friedrichshafen 1 hr 45mins. For minibus transfers we recommend Ski Express Arlberg. For car hire we recommend you check the ebookers website.
Please note that St Anton also features on our site as a Ski destination.