Nestled by the Deferegger Mountains in the west and the Schober Group in the east, the villages of Matrei in East Tyrol are 975 m above sea level, Huben 817 m above sea level and St. Johann im Walde 748 m above sea level. A key advantage of Matrei is its central location - all valleys are in easy reach from here. Hikes in Zedlach's paradise, a beautiful old larch forest, summit experiences with a view of over 60 three-thousand meter peaks, high-altitude hikes from hut to hut and a break in one of the many alpine farms open to the public and snack stations are simply part of it.
Virgen, a real recreational village with more than 2000 hours of sunshine a year, is located at 1,200 m above sea level and situated between the Großglockner and the Großvenediger on the south side of the main Alpine ridge amidst Hohe Tauern National Park. Virgen is particularly popular with guests who are looking for relaxation away from the hustle and bustle. Despite modernisation, the rural idyll of the mountain farming village can be felt everywhere — not only the traditional farmyards and the open country but also the loving, lavish floral decorations on the houses and the traditions are still preserved.
Prägraten am Großvenediger, the community at the head of the Virgental Valley, is located south of the main Alpine ridge at 1,312 m above sea level. The village is characterized by many distinctive farmhouses from the 17th and 18th century. People are strongly connected to the rural traditions and the original customs. You will find nine beautiful side valleys and 50 three-thousanders around Prägraten, whereby the tallest of which, the Großvenediger with its 3,666 m above sea level, towers above all the others.
Between thick woods and steep slopes, on the banks of the roaring River Isel, nestles the community of St. Johann im Walde to the landscape of the Isel Valley. Especially the unique nature with the adjacent forests around the municipal area characterises the townscape of St. Johann.