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The five-star Elisabeth Hotel (tel. +43/5285/67 67, elisabethhotel.com/en/home/) has 30 guestrooms with wood-paneled walls and ceilings, a balcony, mini-bar, satellite TV, and separate rooms for toilet and bath. The fitness center is a destination in itself, with a large indoor pool, sauna, solarium, steam room, body styling, massage, beauty salon, and Jacuzzi. Closed November 1 to December 16.

For Ziller Valley cuisine, Wirtshaus zum Griena tel. (+43/5285/627 78) is the place to dine. Here, Anneliese Steinlechner serves local specialties in a 400 year-old farm house located near Mayrhofen's Ahorn gondola.

Switzerland's Châteaux d'Oex

Nestled on the south side of a valley among the Vaudois, French-speaking Alps, Château d'Oex is the picture of a quaint ski village. To the west is the medieval town of Gruyères, world famous for its cheese; to the east, the international glamour resort, Gstaad.

If cheese and the international jet set are not enough to evoke the real Switzerland, the cultural diversity between the French and German speaking sections of the country is.