In the heart of Europe with rustic charm, a modern infrastructure and a hearty reliance on traditional hospitality, Austria has arguably the most year round appeal of all the Alpine countries.
Austrian Alpine resorts range from small-scale towns and villages in Carinthia province to stellar resorts such as glamorous Kitzbühel in the world famous Tyrol. The Alps dominate over half of the country giving it a reputation for beauty, purity and also wellness: once the snow melts, hikers and mountain bikers replace the skiers on green fields and picturesque mountains.
Family-friendly with a gentle and delightfully old-fashioned style and dynamic après-ski, most developments in Austria are small in size and big on character, welcoming people who are more interested in enduring charm than maximising the miles on skis.
Rental returns can be strong and the range of property prices is wide. Historic restrictions on property ownership were partially lifted in 2005 and the market is now fully accessible to EU buyers although restrictions on holiday homes vary between regions. Development is tightly restricted, keeping resorts low-level and authentic and many projects in ski resorts have a rental obligation for part of the year.