Time to head west, into the Tirol region of Austria, and into Alpbach, one of the prettiest villages I've ever seen. It's a fairytale village with green meadows and wooden houses in summer, and a bustling skiing hotspot in winter. The OBB app gave me all ticket options. I stayed at an amazing family-run hotel called Haus Angelika, which I had booked through Booking.com, with a last-moment >50% discount. The weather was amazing, with clear blue skies and dazzling slopes. Temperatures were at 6 degrees below zero and a glass of Gluhwein (or three) soon warmed me up! There is a ski lift in Alpbach called Ski Juwel Alpbachtal Wildschönau, and a skiing school, all easily accessible by buses. For such a small village, Alpbach sure has many excellent cafes such as the Postalm or the super-cosy Flachländer, which have a good selection of local brews! Transportation is free in the Alpbach Valley region (a travel card is provided by the hotels), and most of the towns have wifi-enabled centres.
Alpbach occupies a beautiful location on a sunny plateau at approx. 1000m above sea level. Thanks to its homogenous architectural style and lovely floral decorations which ensures Alpbach is "Austria´s most beautiful village".