The Best Chalets and Cabins in Austria

Paradise comes with a pool at Chalet Resort LaPosch in the Tyrolean mountain village of Biberwier
Paradise comes with a pool at Chalet Resort LaPosch in the Tyrolean mountain village of Biberwier | Courtesy of Chalet Resort LaPosch /
Natasha Holt

With its picture-perfect alpine villages, placid lakes and stunning mountains, Austria lends itself to quaint chalets and cabins rather than mega-resorts, as these outstanding retreats show, all bookable with Culture Trip.

Come winter or summer, the views are the star of the show in the Austrian countryside. The landlocked country is largely mountainous, with hiking popular during the warmer months and skiing when the cold weather sets in. To be in the heart of the action, here are some of the best chalets and cabins in Austria to stake out as your base.

1. The Kaprun Edition

Guesthouse, Luxury

A colourful kitchen at the Kaprun Edition, with a sofa in the foreground
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If sitting in a private jacuzzi gazing at a fast-flowing river with a glass of chablis to hand sounds good, then the Kapron Edition bio-chalets in the town of Kapron, southwest of Salzburg, will be right up your street. Think luxury on a grand scale, with apartments made from natural tree trunks catering for 12 to 24 people. The views of the Kitzsteinhorn glacier are sublime, and there is a private sauna to boot.

2. Family Chalet Karwendel


A living room with a wide sofa opposite chairs and a TV mounted on a wooden wall at Family Chalet Karwendel
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If you’re looking for a top spot to explore the Tyrol region, then park yourself here. The Family Chalet Karwendel, set in Scharnitz, is just 5km (3mi) away from the mystical Leutasch Spirit Gorge (said to be inhabited by goblins and water sprites), while the popular Seefeld alpine resort is 8km (5mi) away. After a day of adventure, unwind in the deep-soaking bath in the chalet before enjoying the spectacular views from your private balcony or terrace.

3. Alpbach Lodge Chalet Superior


Exterior of the Alpbach Lodge Chalet Superior with mountains in the background
Courtesy of Alpbach Lodge Chalet Superior / Expedia

Made from traditional Alpbacher wood, the copper decor at the Alpbach Lodge harks back to the great mining history of the Gratlspitz mountain. Alpbach is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful towns in Austria and the lodge itself looks like it’s been borrowed from the set of The Sound of Music (1965). If you’re lucky enough to bag the penthouse suite, you can enjoy your Nespresso cappuccino in the glass-fronted dining area.

4. St Peter Chalets


Exterior of the St Peter Chalets with an outdoor pool and hot tub
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Set in the Olympic region of Seefeld, the St Peter Chalets are a winter thrillseeker’s dream. After a day of skiing, you can soothe those aches and pains in the indoor whirlpool or enjoy a few laps of the indoor or outdoor pools. Guests rave about the restaurant, especially the generous buffet breakfasts with local specialities and fresh cuts of fruit.

5. Gränobel Chalets


Exterior of Gränobel Chalets in a wide green plain
Courtesy of Gränobel Chalets / Expedia

If you’re looking to cleanse your body and soul, then the Gränobel, in the Tannheimer Tal valley in Tyrol, is the place for all things Zen. Feel free to nibble the wild thyme, sage and parsley in the garden or indulge in one of the healing treatments by therapist Anneliese Hummel. With panoramic saunas, free-standing baths and wood fires, you’ll soon feel your cares slip away.

6. Almwelt


Kitchen at Almwelt with wooden furniture and plaid curtains
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Over at the Almwelt chalets on the slopes of Pichi, all of the accommodation is designed so you can soak up the spectacular Dachstein mountain range and the surrounding scenery from private balconies and terraces. Each chalet also has a pine sauna with a view of the Dachstein, and the state-of-the-art wellness centre features panoramic windows from the treatment rooms.

7. Lech Lodge

Hotel, Lodge

A sleek kitchen at Lech Lodge with a breakfast bar and central fireplace
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Lech Lodge in Lech am Arlberg has been in the Moosbrugger family for three generations and it’s easy to see how each has put their own stamp on the place. The real draw is that each chalet provides a personal assistant to cater to your every whim, from organising ski passes to making dinner reservations. Best of all, you wake up to the smell of fresh coffee each morning and a breakfast buffet stocked with anything you please.

8. St Martin’s Chalets

Lodge, Ski Chalet

Exterior of the wooden St Martin’s Chalets set among greenery
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Lungau is a Unesco biosphere reserve, and it’s here you can witness red deer running wild. St Martin’s Chalets offers 10 chalets, all set around a natural spring-fed pond. Think luxury at every turn, from the handmade beds and cabinets to open fires. Additional perks include mini wine cellars and the option to order Michelin-star quality meals from the highly acclaimed Mesnerhaus restaurant to your door. The local salmon trout with huckleberry is divine.

9. Ufogel


The unique exterior of Ufogel with mountains in the background
© Thomas Pitterl – Öfen und Fliesen
An architectural masterpiece, this surrealist structure is constructed almost entirely of larch wood. Resembling the shape of a bird soaring through the air, this cabin in Austria is completely unique – a strange juxtaposition against the natural surroundings in which it lives. As well as serving as an impressive piece of architecture, the cabin is decked out with luxury facilities, including heated flooring and panoramic views of the surrounding scenery.

10. Bentleys House

Boutique Hotel, Ski Chalet

A living and dining room with wood-panelled walls at Bentleys House
Courtesy of Bentleys House / Expedia

Lech-Zurs is slap bang in the middle of the biggest ski area in Europe, so staying here means you’ll have access to 350km (217mi) of pistes. Choose between four slickly furnished chalets, each unique and offering options such as rain showers, a Finnish sauna or a free-standing bath. Breakfast here seals the deal, and you can expect huge platters of fruits, cheeses, ham and eggs served just as you like them. Just make sure you leave room for some home-made cake.

11. Chalet Resort LaPosch

Resort, Hotel

Cabin living room at Chalet Resort LaPosch with wooden walls, a plush sofa and a fireplace
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At this upscale family-owned Tyrolean-style resort, you will find superbly appointed chalets with all the features your heart could desire, from glorious bubble baths to private Finnish saunas and roaring fireplaces. All of the units also come with fully equipped kitchens and dining areas, with chefs available if you fancy. For some pure indulgence, massages can be arranged to round out your day.

12. Mountain Lodge Alpenrose


Exterior of Mountain Lodge Alpenrose in the snow, with a mountain in the background
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With a temperature-controlled wine cellar in each Tyrolean-style lodge, hosts Stefan and Sabrina Schwemberger know you’ll be keen to enjoy a crisp glass or two of vino before relaxing in your private hot tub. Mountain Lodge Alpenrose is right in the heart of the Kaltenbach-Hochzillertal ski resort, allowing you to ski in and ski out. There’s also a playground and a petting zoo, which younger fun-seekers will love.

13. Hüttendorf Maria Alm


Outdoor pool in the shadow of a large wooden cabin at Hüttendorf Maria Alm
© Hüttendorf Maria Alm

This mountain hut village in the middle of the Hochkönig ski area is perfect for those who want to hit the slopes, and in summer, there are many hiking trails and mountain bike routes to explore, too. All the huts and chalets come with saunas and fireplaces and some include whirlpools. These abodes are particularly cosy in the wintertime when the epic surroundings are dusted with perfectly white snow.

14. Chalet Mühle

Ski Chalet

The contemporary exterior of Chalet Mühle with purple flowers in the foreground
Courtesy of Chalet Mühle / Expedia

Nestled in the Ötz Valley in Huben, Chalet Mühle, is a top choice if you’re travelling as part of a group. This chalet in Austria has five bedrooms in total, accommodating up to 12 people. There is plenty of space to entertain, and the dining room is one of the standout features, with high ceilings and large windows looking out on the garden. From May to mid-October, stays include the Ötztal Premium Card, which offers a range of benefits and discounts, including complimentary rides on local cable cars and buses.

Fancy something a little more special? Discover our guide to the best villas in Austria, or opt for a great Austrian holiday home instead, all bookable on Culture Trip.

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