Two five-star hotels, more than 20 four-star hotels, comfy guesthouses, holiday apartments and chalets - the two villages of Obergurgl and Hochgurgl offer more than just a comfortable lifestyle. You feel a certain touch of exclusivity everywhere, a fact that turns superb holiday experiences into pure luxury. An unrivaled international and - at the same time - familiar flair characterizes the car-free village of Obergurgl, a tourism destination dedicated entirely to the quality and individual enjoyment since its beginnings - centering on those moments that are as precious as a diamond.
The highest parish village in all Austria changed in the second half of the 20th century from a secluded mountain village into a popular holiday destination. The locals had a passion for skiing much earlier, as evidenced by the foundation of the "Ski Club Gurgl" already in 1911. In 1949 the first T-bar lift was built in Obergurgl, followed by the chairlift to Hohe Mut in 1953. Another event has influenced Obergurgl in a quite sustainable way: on 27 May 1931, Auguste Piccard made an emergency landing on Gurgler Ferner glacier after setting a new height record in his hot-air balloon. Today a memorial in the village still reminds of the happening, also Piccardsaal is named after the Swiss adventurer.