This may be a ski resort now, but archaeological findings show that men have been here since the Neolithic Age. In the year 15 BC, the Romans began to arrive in the area and settle it. The Bavarians advanced from the north in 550 BC and made a permanent settlement as well. Until the 19th century, the city was mostly farmlands owned by landowners that also owned the monasteries. Then, the pastors began to build the first inns here, which was the beginning of this as an Alpine resort area. The first brochure came out in 1903, solidifying this a premier skiing destination. Today almost everything in the city is gauged towards tourism with only around 3, 000 permanent residents. However, thousands fill up the town each winter to partake in the famous winter sports.
Location: In the Ötztal Valley
This municipality covers over 400 square kilometers and can accommodate up to 15, 000 tourists at a time. The elevation is nearly 1, 400 meters above sea level in the main village, but the upper portions get up to over 2, 000 meters above sea level. The second largest mountain in Austria is located within the city and so is the second highest paved road in Europe. The Alps here contains several glaciers.
Culture: Nightlife, Shopping, and Spa
Beyond its slopes, Sölden is famous for its clubs and bars that stay open into the wee hours of the morning. You can find several choices that offer excellent cuisine, affordable libations, and exciting music and dancing all in one place. During the day, experience shopping like nowhere else. Anything you could ever need or want to experience the local sports scene including anything from skiwear to snowboards and even souvenirs. After you work up an appetite shopping or skiing, head to one of the many mountain restaurants that offer all types of cuisines. One of the most popular is the Ice Q Restaurant with modern architecture and a suspension bridge to the summit. Once you're tired and need to recharge check out Aqua Dome, a thermal spa and sauna set in the amazing Alpine landscape.
Activities: Amazing Winter Adventures
There is no doubt that the best things to do here are those that can be done on the slopes. Winter sports are quite popular here, and locals have become experts. You can to when you try your hand at one of the many unique activities that involve more than just skiing or snowboarding. Glacier skiing is an all-new experience for advanced skiers. Experience the largest glaciers in Austria at once with the easy connection between the two. For those who want a scenic view but don't ski, ski mountaineering offers a hike of a lifetime. Much of this winter wonderland has been untouched. Fun on the ice can also be had on the ground. The whole family can enjoy an activity like ice-skating on one of the many naturally frozen areas. Ice hockey is also fun with friends and family, and there are several places that offer equipment rentals. Ice curling is something fun for everyone as well and can be a great option for young ones and the less coordinated.