'It's an Alpine Idyl' said Ernest Hemmingway in 1926 and, sitting up at 1584 metres (5197 feet), Galtür is a skiing Idyl too. One of Austria's highest resorts, it is the highest ski village in the famous Silvetta Region which includes the lifts of Ischgl, Kappl, Samnaun and See im Paznauntal. The picturesque village, with a population of nearly 800, is of traditional Tyrolean style and at least 600 years old , and still centred on the old pilgrimage church. Apart from Ernest Hemmingway famous visitors have included Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and Albert Einstein. Galtür offers 'the best of both worlds' to its visitors - Austrian traditional and quality, with modern facilities and a go ahead attitude. Among the natural assets is the fact that the village centre is compact, with all amenities, except the ski lifts1.8km (1.1 miles) away. But there is a good bus service, which is free of charge. The stunning scenery of the Paznauntal, the area in which Galtür is located, helps to add to the peaceful magic of the place.
Located in the Paznaun Valley, Galtür is one of Austria's highest resorts. The skiing is best suited to intermediates, but there is plenty for experts too, including a memorable 3.2km black over the regional border in to Vorarlberg. A ski bus links the resort to Ischgl, opening up 310km of trails on the Silvretta Lift Pass.