Obergurgl – a village full of history

Discover some of the interesting stories in this winter sport Eldorado

At 1.927 m above sea level it‘s known as the highest situated church village in Austria. The name Gurgl goes back to Gurgall which means “village in the crest of a glacier“.

In around 1760 the first inhabitants in Obergurgl earned their livings from agriculture, especially raising cattle. To secure their basic existence most of them were weavers by trade

In the 19th century consumer behaviour altered drastically so that these professions were no longer sufficient to secure their existence. These changes caused a substantial decrease in the population.

Through increased alpinism in the early 20th Century, Obergurgl developed into a winter sport region. In 1949 the first drag lift was installed, followed by a chair lift on the Hohe Mut in 1953.In 1960 the Timmelsjoch high alpine pass was inaugurated and Hochgurgl developed into a Hotel village.


Your winter dreams will really come true!

The Obergurgl village with its population of around 430 year-round inhabitants is reputed as one of the snow surest winter sport regions in the Alps and offers all winter fans dreamlike slopes and plenty of lifts without long queues. From mid-November until the beginning of May Obergurgl is a reliable resort for snow covered and excellent conditions.

The idyllic little village has banned night time traffic and introduced two reduced traffic zones to ensure a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere to wander through the village by day and night.