The Eng Valley in Austria – Alana Bailey

The Eng Valley in Austria is an unspoilt, secluded piece of paradise, surrounded by the Alps. It can be reached via a toll road from Bavaria.

To drive there is an experience in itself, with beautiful bridges, waterfalls and trees everywhere. A small community farms in the valley. There are signs of people migrating there since the Bronze Age, but the current settlement’s documented history dates back to 1523. The chapel, dating back to about 1700, is popular for weddings.


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In winter, dangerous avalanches block the village from the rest of the world. It is then evacuated. Visitors to the valley may enjoy the farmers’ delicious products, including large glasses of ice-cold buttermilk, cheese and sausages reminiscent of salami.

Cyclists and hikers will have lots to do here, but one can also just sit somewhere, deciding which way offers the best photo opportunities. The only audible sounds are the wind rustling through the trees and the tinkling of the cow bells. The scenery and tranquillity of the valley is refreshing for the soul!


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