This village of around 4,000 people is located in the Upper Pinzgau district, approximately 35 kilometers from the county seat, Zell am See. This picturesque town at the entrance to emerald-rich Habachtal Valley, in the heart of Hohe Tauern National Park, is flanked by snow-covered 3,000-meter peaks. Surrounded by green countryside and glistening glacial worlds, fruit-cultivation here looks back on a long tradition, something which is also reflected in many regional specialties, such as Bramberg apple juice. After a visit to the Pomarium fruit theme path, a side-trip to the fruit press, where farmers turn their freshly harvested fruit into liquid gold, is also rewarding.
At the neighboring Wollstadl, you can learn the art of felting in weekly courses offered year-round. Here, small works of art, such as hats, cushions and keychain pendants, are created out of the finest sheep’s wool. Directly behind the Wollstadl is Bramberg Museum, where visitors can marvel at, not only an array of old farming implements, but also the biggest mineral collection in Austria. No wonder, since Habachtal Valley is actually the most mineral-rich valley in the Hohe Tauern range, also home to the only natural emerald deposits in Europe. Hikers, big and small, can look forward to striking it rich during an outing to Habachtal, since emerald hunters are likely to discover small precious stones time and again. On the Emerald Theme Path, not only can you enjoy the unique nature of Habachtal – there is also lots to learn about the extraordinary mineralogy and geology of this valley.
The family-friendly Wildkogel Arena offers all winter sports fans 62 kilometers of excellently maintained pistes for gloriously enjoyable skiing and boarding. Departing from the heart of the village, the Smaragdbahn lift will carry you quickly and comfortably up to 2100 m above sea level, where you are greeted by magnificent views of the countless 3,000ers of the Hohe Tauern range. With pistes that are mainly rated blue or red, the multiple-award-winning ski area on the Wildkogel is ideal for families, beginners and returning skiers. If you prefer sliding down towards the valley on runners rather than skis or a board, the world’s longest floodlit sled run promises 14 kilometers of pure fun and action, even after nightfall!