Close to major airports, motorways and railway stations, Galtur is easily accessed by any mode of transportation.
While Innsbruck (120kms) is the closest airport, many visitors arrive via Munich because of its range of scheduled flights. From either airport, trains can be taken to Landeck, where you can take a bus to the ski resort (1 hour, 10 minutes). Zürich Airport can also be used.
By car, access the A14 and exit at junction 61 and follow the 188 to Galtur. The total distance from Calais is around 980kms. Because of its altitude, Galtur often experiences heavy snowfalls which close the road lower down the mountain, so you could be forced to park at one of the lower resorts and take the bus the rest of the way.
By train from Londons Waterloo station, take the Eurostar to Paris Nord, transfer to Paris Lyon and take the TGV to Geneva. From there, take the InterCity to Zürich, then the EuroNight to Landeck. Total duration is around 14 hours, 36 minutes. From Landeck station, take a bus to the resort (1 hour, 10 minutes).
There is a free Skibus service linking Galtur with Ischgl.
Galtur is the highest of three ski resorts located in Austria’s Paznauntal Valley. The resort is known for its heavy snowfalls and thermal hot springs, while the uncrowded, unhurried atmosphere makes it popular with families.
Galtur has a wide range of quality traditional accommodation, as well as several excellent restaurants. Things to see around the village include the old church and new Alpinarium, and there are plenty of shops in which to spend time during bad weather hours. There is a kindergarten (ages three years and up, open six days a week and serving lunch), as well as an excellent kids’ ski school (open six days a week for four hours per day, ages four and up).
Skiers have three chairlifts and seven draglifts to access 40kms of groomed slopes (most of which are intermediate level) and a lot of off-piste terrain. The vertical drop is 700m, with a top elevation of 2,300m, while the lift capacity is 15,000 skiers per hour. The longest run is just over one kilometre.
Snowboarders have a terrain park on site, with plenty of off-piste options to choose from. Nordic skiers can enjoy the 45kms of prepared tracks, as well as an equal number of winter walking paths. The Alpine skiers and snowboarders can hop a bus for a short ride back down to Ischgl to enjoy the many trails and numerous lifts of the international ski circus.
The après-ski options are not as numerous or lively as Ischgl; however, there is a decent selection of bars, discos and cafés. Other outdoor activities include parasailing, hang-gliding, ice-skating, tobogganing, curling and sledding, while indoors there is swimming, tennis, and, of course, saunas and all the trimmings of a spa.
Galtur’s ski season runs from mid-December to mid-April. Peak times are Christmas/New Year, February and March, with bargains to be had at either end of the season and mid to late January. Innsbruck and Munich are the two main gateways for visitors arriving by air, while Landeck is the closest railway station. There are regular bus connections from Landeck to Galtur ski resort.
Perched at an altitude of 1,600m, Galtur is the highest mountain resort in the magnificent Paznauntal Valley, part of the vast Silvretta Arena that connects Austria with the Swiss resort of Samnaun. Famous as the site where Ernest Hemingway wrote the story An Alpine Idyll in the 1920s, Galtur is proud of its traditional charm and relaxing, uncrowded ambience.
While less famous than nearby Ischgl, Galtur ski resort is not as crowded, less expensive, quieter, and has much better views of the mountains due to its elevation. Galtur is Tyrol’s first climatic health resort, is ideal for sufferers of hay fever and allergies and also boasts a spa.
The village has a few interesting buildings to seek out in between trips to the slopes. Maria Geburt Pilgrimage Church dates from the 14th century and features a miraculous image of the Virgin Mary, while nearby is the enthralling Alpinarium, with Alpine-related artefacts and superb views.
With only 781 residents, it may come as a surprise that there are nearly 4,000 beds, with accommodation consisting of quality hotels, holiday apartments, inns, guesthouses, private accommodation and marketing association hotels. It’s much quieter than Ischgl after dark, with just a few bars, discos and cafés.
The uncrowded 40kms of prepared ski runs at Galtur tend to favour beginners and early intermediates, explaining the resort’s popularity as a family destination; however, there is night skiing and off-piste powder to give better skiers and boarders some challenges. The 10 lifts, located 1.8kms from the village, are a little inconvenient to get to.
There are two other ski resorts located lower in the Paznauntal Valley – Kappl and Ischgl – which can provide additional skiing and après-ski options. The most famous of these is lively Ischgl, which is connected to Galtur by an infrequent but free Skibus service. From Ischgl, you can also cross over into Switzerland for some tax-free bargains.
Galtur’s ski and snowboard season runs from mid-December to mid-April, with both ends of the season being a good time to pick up discounts. Visitors arriving by air can opt for either Innsbruck or Munich, while Landeck is the closest railway station.