Mountain villages and chalets
As with other alpine countries, Austria has a tradition of small mountain dwellings. Mostly built of wood, and frequently clustered into hamlets and villages, these houses are fairly typical of the region. Some are timber-frame constructions; others combine wood and earth. Stone, of which there was no shortage in the mountains, was also occasionally used, either on its own or combined with wood. The roof, typically sloped, was frequently tiled or covered with stones. The classic Austrian chalet is Tyrolean: generally several floors high, clad in wood and featuring a gallery on each side.