Autumn in Osttirol

Where summiteers and epicureans find happiness

Due to its sheltered location on the southern side of the Alps, Osttirol captivates visitors well into the autumn with lots of sun, rich colours and fascinating natural wonders. In the colourful Defereggental Valley, the National Park rangers leave their autumnal traces. The most beautiful valley head of the Eastern Alps, the Innergschlöss, awaits with fantastic views of the Grossvenediger and its glaciers.


In the mountaineer’s villages in Hochpustertal Valley, the mountain peaks once again present themselves in full splendour before the snow slowly covers them. And Villgraten Valley, more precisely the Oberstalleralm, prepares everything for the sheep’s ceremonial driving down from the mountain pastures in mid-September — an exciting event amidst the most beautiful alpine landscapes, colourful autumn forests and clear mountain water.

Beautiful autumn festivals with culinary highlights

In autumn, the cows, sheep and goats return from the pastures, and in the fields the crops are harvested. Convivial and religious festivals throughout the country bring down the sadness about the passing summer. The farmers will gladly share their joy with you, and thus they invite guests all over the country to enjoy entertaining festivities that particularly delight connoisseurs. The focus is on potatoes, apples, plums, bacon, cheese and mountain lamb specialties, such as the classic Schöpsenbraten, which is served with potatoes from Osttirol of the “OSKAR” cultivar. Thanks to the special potato cultivar and the mountain lamb of Osttirol, Osttirol is one of the selected regions in Austria for enjoyment.

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