7/11 Alpbach, Austria

Alpbach’s little Tyrolean village is one of the most beautiful in the Alps, with streets lined with rustic wooden chalets. In 2012, a new gondola linking Alpbach with the Wildschönau valley created the Ski Juwel area, incorporating the resorts of Reith, Oberau and Niederau, boasting 145km of terrain, with fast lifts and short queues. For families with young children, the beginners’ slopes in the centre of the village makes things über-convenient.

Example journey: Depart London St Pancras on the 15.04 Eurostar to Brussels; take the 18.25 Intercity Express (ICE) from Brussels to Cologne; then take the 21.21 NightJet sleeper train to Jenbach, arriving at 08.53. From there, it’s about 20 minutes by bus or taxi.

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