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Welcome to the water paradise Defereggen valley

You really don’t have to search for long to find Defereggen valley’s very special and unique properties. They are obvious – set in the midst of the Hohe Tauern National Park, nestling in and enclosed by the mountains of the Defereggen range, the Rieserferner group, the Lasörling group and the Schober group. Hardly any other valley in the Alps offers so many enjoyment, adventure and recreation possibilities around the water like the Defereggental. Along with tempting landscape which is pivotal and defining, since it is the protective Hohe Tauern National Park that makes Defereggen valley one of the most unspoilt high mountain valleys in the Alps.

Defereggen valley – tranquillity and genuine purity 

Defereggen valley with its towns of Hopfgarten, St. Jakob and St. Veit is one of the least populated areas in the Austrian Alps. This is something which you can see and sense in Defereggen valley at every turn, since hustle and bustle and big parties are something you find elsewhere. There is something quite different here that people looking for tranquillity and relaxation will come across – peace and quiet, an unspoilt state and genuine purity. You will barely find any other location in East Tyrol which is more authentic and more genuine. Nonetheless you needn’t worry, since time hasn’t really stood still in Defereggen despite all this purity.

Tourismusinformation St. Jakob
Unterotte 44, 9963 - St. Jakob i. D.
Tel.: +43 (0)50 212 600,

Water paradise Defereggental

In Defereggen, a particularly originally preserved valley in the East Tyrolean mountains, water shapes the unique alpine landscape. High mountain lakes, waterfalls, mountain rivers, glaciers, springs, bogs and even healing waters from the depths of the earth - a legacy of the ancient seas - they all enliven the natural environment in the middle of the Hohe Tauern National Park. For many people who come to Defereggental for recreation, water is the defining quality of this recreational landscape. Here comes only the best spring water from all drinking water pipes, the first water school in Austria has its headquarters here and the Deferegger medicinal water its origin.

Away from stress and the hectic pace of day-to-day life

In terms of the hotel sector, there are hotels here which nestle in an exemplary manner and carefully into the landscape, and which have lots to offer in terms of cuisine and wellness. What you won’t find here are large concrete tourist hotels. And that is a good thing and is what makes Defereggen valley an exemplary place to stay for people who are looking for relaxation. A refuge, in a way, for anyone who wants to completely renounce stress and the hectic pace of day-to-day life for a few days.

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Dolomiti Nordic Ski

3-7 nights with cross country ticket Dolomiti Nordic Ski.

from € 114,- per person

SkiHit Osttirol

7 nights and 6-day ski pass "Skihit Osttirol"

starting at € 434,- per person

4th Icefestival East Tyrol

Many competitions, lectures and workshops.


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Dolomitenlauf 2020

World´s best country cross skiert at the international Dolomitenlauf.

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Interactive map

Find alpine inns, hiking trails and cycle routes in East Tyrol here.

Getting here

Find the nicest routes for your journey to East Tyrol here.


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Find cultural, sporting and culinary events in the Defereggental here.

Places to visit during your holiday in East Tyrol

In East Tyrol you will find a genuinely extensive range of places to visit and excursion destinations. Whether culture connoisseur, nature lover, hobby historian or adrenaline junkie – everyone is very well catered for here!

Visit the Nationalparkhaus in Matrei to find out about the Hohe Tauern National Park and its flora and fauna. Pay a visit to Bruck Castle if you have an interest in art and history. Or have a go on the "Osttirodler". 

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