This picturesque ski village in the Wildschonau Valley is perfect for families and beginners alike with wide, open runs and great nursery slopes.
The wild and beautiful Wildschonau is one of the Tyrol's most beautiful valleys and features some of Austria’s most charming resorts. Niederau is the first and largest resort in the valley and Oberau, just 3km away, is smaller with a magnificent church and stunning old buildings. Linked to surrounding resorts including Alpbach and Auffach, there is a large ski area accessible from Niederau.
In the town there is plenty to do, with a number of bars to choose from as well as some shops and nearby activities.
Resort Altitude: 828m
Resort Skiing: 1,600m
Total Ski Area: 145km
Blue Runs: 65km
Red Runs: 40km
Black Runs: 40km
Cross Country: 50km
Niederau-Oberau is part of the larger Ski Juwel area, featuring an impressive 145km of accessible piste. Both villages are brimming with traditional guest houses, bars and restaurants. The resorts themselves are fairly laid back and best suited to families or groups looking for somewhere less busy than mainstream resorts.
Across the whole of the Wildschonau ski area, there is 145km of well-groomed slopes and a ski bus links the various resorts together. The small network of runs in Niederau-Oberau features 11 lifts and 18 groomed trails. The terrain is suitable for all abilities but is ideal for beginner and intermediate skiers. The area is excellent for second/third time skiers looking to build their confidence and Niederau-Oberau can offer the advanced skier some exciting off-piste skiing as well as four black runs in the valley.
Niederau-Oberau offers some good boarding and there is a snow park in resort. There are also some great, gentle off-piste opportunities that are perfect for those just starting out in the powder.
There are five ski schools across the Wildschonau ski area. Niederau, in particular, is a very family-friendly resort and is an ideal place to get the little ones out on the snow. There are two ski schools specifically in Niederau and one in Oberau, giving you lots of choices. Lessons can be taken as a group or privately.
There is a kindergarten in Oberau catering for children aged two to six. There is childcare available as well as some lessons on the kids' slopes for the youngest of skiers and snowboarders.
There are over 20 restaurants to choose from in the village of Niederau with a variety of cuisines on offer, from traditional to international dining. Der Wastlhof is recommended as the best place to eat in the village. For great Italian food head to Pizzeria Milano where traditional Italian cuisine is served and the pizzas are excellent.
There are several bars in town but for the most part the atmosphere is family-friendly and relaxed. Cave Bar is the nightclub in the town that is especially popular on the weekends. The other lively bars in the resort are O’Malley’s and Café Treff.
With so many different activities and facilities in the valley, Niederau-Oberau is a great choice for the non-skiers. The guest card that is included with a stay in Niederau-Oberau includes access to the ski bus that enables you to take advantage of the beautiful winter walks, Nordic snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and tobogganing in the Wildschonau valley. Sleigh rides and a trip to Innsbruck are also possible.