The Best Places to Stay in Ellmau, Austria

Find ski slopes and hiking trails within easy reach of the Cosy Apartment in Ellmau with a Garden
Find ski slopes and hiking trails within easy reach of the Cosy Apartment in Ellmau with a Garden | Courtesy of Cosy Apartment in Ellmau with a Garden / Expedia
Jessica Goldman

At the foot of the Wilder Kaiser Mountains, the alpine village of Ellmau, Austria is a standout in the Kaiser range. The charming town is an excellent base for hiking, biking and winter activities. SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental – one of the largest ski resorts in the world – has over 288km (180mi) of runs, plus paragliding and tobogganing. Here, we’ve rounded up our top picks of hotels in Ellmau – bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Aktivhotel Hochfilzer, for mountain views from the rooftop


The sky sauna relaxation area with floor-to-ceiling windows revealing snow-covered mountain views at Aktivhotel Hochfilzer in Ellmau
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Hotel Hochfilzer – run by the same family since 1832 and just steps from the Ellmau cable car – is perfection in the village centre. Head up to the rooftop sauna and take in the panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. The luxury ski-in/ski-out private treehouse is a gem – alternatively, on warm summer nights, roll the bed out onto the terrace and sleep under the stars.

2. Pension und Appartements Hartkaiser, for family-friendly fun


Aerial view of Pension und Appartements Hartkaiser set amid alpine trees with a backdrop of tall mountains in Ellmau, Austria
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At the foot of the Wilder Kaiser Mountains, Pension und Appartements Hartkaiser is a good option for families. The units sleep two to eight people and feature a buffet breakfast each morning – kids will love the indoor game room and garden playground. Don’t miss the nearby Kaiserbad swim and recreation complex with its indoor-outdoor pools and giant waterslides.

3. Tirol Lodge, for sundowners in the sauna


Sauna with wraparound views of snow-covered mountains at Tirol Lodge near Ellmau, Austria
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Go directly from skiing to swimming in Tirol Lodge’s heated outdoor pool, located at the base of the Hartkaiser gondola. The sleek, airy design incorporates local alpine wood into the rooms and suites – enjoy an in-room Nespresso with unlimited refill pods. Then, “schwitz (sweat) and chill” in the panoramic rooftop sauna, while taking in the mountain views.

4. Almappart Haflingertränke, for epic hiking routes


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Almappart Haflingertränke is great for families looking for a peaceful stay on the outskirts of Ellmau. The hillside location is a hiker’s paradise – the owners even have a detailed list of recommended trails. For an added countryside experience, the property can arrange horseback riding from their on-site stables or pony trekking for the little ones.

5. Unique Chalet in the Center of Ellmau, for central village convenience

Ski Chalet

Spacious living and dining space with wood-panelled walls and wood floors at Unique Chalet in the Center of Ellmau
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Beginners will love this village centre chalet for its location – right next to the ski school. For more experienced skiers, the Astberg ski lift is just a short walk away. The sleek kitchen is perfect for making large group meals. In the summer, dine on the terrace with a view of the beautifully landscaped garden and mountains beyond.

6. Cosy Apartment in Ellmau with a Garden, for a great location


Wood cabin set on a green lawn next to a golf course with a backdrop of snowy mountains at Cosy Apartment in Ellmau with a Garden
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Make this cosy apartment with a garden in Ellmau’s centre a base for the area’s best activities. Just steps from the Hartkaiser Gondola, the ski slopes and hiking trails are practically on the doorstep. Head up to Ellmi’s Magic World – a whimsical summertime amusement park at the mountain station.

7. Luxury Villa in Ellmau with a Hot Tub, for cosy nights in by the fire


Large dining room with table for 10 and antler chandelier at Luxury Villa in Ellmau with a Hot Tub
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Enjoy mountain views from the private hot tub and sauna on the rooftop of this luxury villa in Ellmau. There’s plenty of space for families or large groups with four bedrooms that open onto individual balconies. The wood stove in the living room is perfect for getting cosy on chilly nights. Prefer a night out? The villa is close to the village centre and the lively après-ski scene.

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