In a very witty newspaper article, a quote was attributed to a mountain guide, “Come to us – we have nothing”. What he was talking about was Villgratental. This hit the mark. Not because there is nothing to experience here, quite the contrary, it is because there is so much missing; things that you find elsewhere – après-ski, parties and above all ski lifts too. This dearth does however make it possible for you to see the fundamental – Villgratental’s superb natural surroundings and Außervillgraten too of course. Außervillgraten is a very distinct scattered settlement and has 766 inhabitants. Villgratental itself has a long history, and was first mentioned in documents dating from 769. Although at this time the valley was not really settled, evidence points to occasional alpine farming. What is there to say about Außervillgraten? A lot more than nothing anyway. Außervillgraten is marketed as one of the “mountaineer villages”. and it really is true to its name.
Anyone who wants to head out on a hiking or ski tour, could hardly find a better place to do so than in Außervillgraten. The illuminated toboggan run is impressive too. The nearby Sillian/Thurntaler ski area has been a ski area since 1973. One interesting phenomenon is the versatility of Außervillgraten. Tourist numbers are almost as high in summer as they are in winter, a phenomenon which is really quite rare. Yet it is not just tourism which has an astonishing role to play in Außervillgraten. The village’s buildings are also worth seeing. Especially beautiful and worthy of note is the “Heilige Gertraud von Nivelles” church, a late Baroque building with echoes of classicism. Bauernhof Wurzer is one of the oldest farms in the region which you ought to visit. Almost nowhere else can you get closer to authentic and original Villgratental than here. Außervillgraten is a great reflection of what the whole valley yearns to be - authentic, original and unlike anywhere else. Just quieter, and more genuine.
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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".