The first village you come to in the Wildschönau is the village of Niederau, immediately recognisable by the pointed steeple of its church with the Markbachjoch mountain directly behind it. In winter, skiers flock here. In summer, the mountain is a popular vantage point and hiking mountain. Niederau is only 10 km away from the A12 motorway exit in Wörgl.
The Markbachjoch is the ski centre in Niederau. Easy beginner slopes and more challenging, longer slopes make the Markbachjoch a small but fine ski area. Cross-country skiing is possible as are leisurely snowshoe hikes. The beginner's slopes are right in the village centre. A thrillig toboggan run starts on the Lanerköpfl slope.
The Markbachjoch is a popular starting point for beautiful hikes of all levels in summer. The views are magnificent. Popular hiking routes are the Kasalm/Holzalm, the Norderbergalm, the Rosskopf or a somewhat longer tour to the Feldalphorn.
In summer, the sky above Niederau is littered with colourful paraglider and hang-glider parachutes. You can reach the main village of Oberau via the leisurely Franziskusweg walking path.