Defereggen Valley East Tyrol - holiday in the high
The Defereggen Valley in East Tyrol rightly ranks among
the most attractive valleys in the high mountains of the Alps.
Aside from the valleys Pustertal and Virgental it is the third
valley in the region running from east to west, embedded in the
fascinating natural landscape of the National Park Hohe
The Defereggen Mountains, the Rieserferner Group and other peaks
surround the area like a protecting wall. Probably therefore the
region has been settled already for centuries, even though
sparsely. Thanks to the two mountain passes Staller Sattel and
Klammljoch there has always been a close contact
between the Defereggen Valley and the neighboring South Tyrol.
Here, absolute tranquility, almost or
completely pristine landscapes and very old traditions are not only
a promise, but reality. In the Defereggen Valley you can really
switch off, forget the everyday life and relax to your heart's
content - provided that you aren't cycling, hiking or climbing to
one of the mountain tops.
On the one hand the mountain world shows itself at its
best: with dense, green forests, blooming mountain
pastures, crystal-clear mountain lakes, roaring streams, moors,
rare plants and maybe one or the other marmot.
On the other hand the Defereggen Valley knows how to attract
guests also with some other things. The main village St. Jakob
and the picturesque villages St. Veit and
Hopfgarten for instance invite to stay in a well looked
after ambience. Thanks to a varied event program, theme weeks and
special offers for families with children boredom has no
If you are looking for cultural change in the
Defereggen Valley, you will discover what you are looking for: for
example in the parish churches of the single villages or on the
Reinmichl fountain in St. Veit. The latter was built in the honor
of the most famous son of the village, the author Sebastian Rieger.
Now and then you can also combine culture and sporting
activity. For instance you find different theme and
experience paths or make a hike to the historical Jagdhaus