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Tyrol

Tyrol© Karl und Gertrud Bauhofer / Travanto

Discover Tyrol

In Tyrol, vacationers experience Austria from its most natural side. The state in the heart of the Alps offers a view of the imposing peaks of the 3,000-meter high mountains of the Ötztal and Zillertal Alps. Alpine hiking trips and climbing tours, cycling trips and naturally ski tourism are highly popular among active vacationers in Tyrol. In tranquil farming villages, vacationers enjoy comfortable accommodations and can leave their daily routines far behind. In Innsbruck, shady arbors and narrow alleyways evoke an almost Southern European flair. All paths lead to the Golden Roof, the city’s trademark. In the winter, the world’s best ski jumpers mingle at the ski jump on the Bergisel.

Kitzbühel has often been called a Mecca for ski sport. The outdoor ski bars and ski lodges are frequented by the international jet set, and on the ski slopes skiing fun lasts until spring. Year-round skiing is possible in the glacier ski area of Sölden. Extended cross-country skiing is possible around Lake Achen. Considered a starting point for hiking and skiing trips is the vacation resort of Achenkirch, where in the summer a bathing beach also welcomes guests. Active vacationers enjoy matches on the golf course, and hang-gliding enthusiasts can experience Tyrol from one of its most beautiful perspectives. Alpine hikes and climbing tours can also be undertaken in the Wilder Kaiser region. Tourist traffic is concentrated in Ellmau, but as well the region of Karwendel is a popular vacation destination.

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Ischgl

The Tyrolean village of Ischgl developed from an idyllic mining town to a frequently-visited tourism center. The town was settled in the thirteenth century, and at the end of the nineteenth century the first vacationers arrived at the village with its 1,600 residents. In the summer months, Ischgl is a popular jumping-off point for backpacking in the mountain world of the Silvretta Group. A hiking trail to the Heidelberg Hut starts at the local parish church. A cableway carries vacationers to the Idalp. The works of the regional artist Mathias Schmidt can be admired along a nature trail. In the winter, the lifts in the Silvretta Arena never stop running, and numerous high-profile events are offered.

Worthwhile Sights in Ischgl
Besides skiing fun and outdoor events, no one should pass up a sightseeing tour of Ischgl. Along the Silvretta Road there is a range of impressive sights, such as Castle Wiesberg in the town of Tobadill. It towers majestically on a cliff above the Trisannna River. The castle, built in the 13th century, is today privately owned. Castle Landeck can be admired from both outside and inside. Also built in the thirteenth century, the castle was acquired by the town of Landeck in 1942. The extensive grounds house a local history museum, as well as a castle gallery, and form the coulisse for numerous popular events. The St. Nicholas Parish Church in Ischgl is likewise among the noteworthy buildings. The Gothic church replaced its predecessor in the eighteenth century and impresses visitors with elegant Rococo style decorations. The largest church of the parish community is the Maria of the Snow Chapel in Pasnatsch. The chapel, built in 1643, is worth seeing because of the carved high altar and the rich decor. Anyone who wants to learn more about life in the mountains should also visit the Alpinarium in Galtür. As part of a 345-meter long fortification, the museum informs visitors among other things on snow and avalanches.

Kitzbühel

Kitzbühel is located in a charming landscape in a valley basin of the Kitzbühel Ache (a section of the Grossache river). The town of 8,300 residents in the heart of the Kitzbühel Alps has been settled since the Bronze Age, and was first mentioned in the twelfth century as “Chizbuhel.” Today the locality is a winter sport area par excellence. Here the rich and beautiful come together in order not to miss the Kitzbühel Ski Circus. In the winter, 168 kilometers of ski slopes offer superlative winter fun. Furthermore, 40 kilometers of well-maintained trails await cross-country skiers. The double cableway tri-cable gondola is an attraction suspended 400 meters above the ground and is thereby internationally unequaled. In the summer, active vacationers find 500 kilometers of hiking trails in Kitzbühel. Popular destinations are the Seidl Alm (Alpine meadows) or the Ehrenbachhöhle. A high level of fitness is demanded of hikers who climb to the peak of the 1,998 meter Kitzbühel Horn.

Worth seeing in Kitzbühel
The steeple of St. Catherine’s Church, built in 1360, offers vacationers a first panoramic view of Kitzbühel. The High-Gothic style church possesses a coppersmith’s altar that is well worth seeing. A stroll through narrow alleys bordered by charming gabled houses passes by the St. Andreas Parish Church, where priceless frescos catch the visitor’s eye. The late-Gothic Hall Church was completed in 1506. Besides marvelous architecture, one finds further examples of the fine arts at the Kitz-Art Gallery in Kitzbühel. Here one can admire imaginative paintings and inform oneself on the creative work of regional artists. The local history museum informs on Kitzbühel’s past and the community’s development to a fashionable vacation resort. Technology buffs will love the railroad museum in the summit station of the Hahnenkamm railway at an altitude of 1,700 m. Worth seeing – especially for families – is the Wildpark Aurach in Aurach near Kitzbühel. In a 99-acre open-air enclosure, about 200 animals can be found, including ibexes, donkeys and even lynxes. Also, the Kupferplatte tourist mine, 10 km south of Kitzbühel, promises to greatly entertain the family. With the mine railway, one can explore the old mineshafts.

Tyrol - Mayrhofen© Anita Garber / Travanto

Mayrhofen

The market town of Mayrhofen is located in the Zillertal valley and is one of the best loved tourist locations in Tyrol. The town stretches from the start of the Zillertal at the confluence of several side-valleys. The peaks of the Zillertal Alps encompass the municipality and reach their highest elevation with the 3,379-meter high Großer Löffler on the Italian border. The name Mayrhofen has its roots in an episcopal feudal estate. The first documented mention occurred around 1200. As the Berlin huts and further Alpine shelters came into use in the Zillertal Alps, tourism also became increasingly important. At the start of the twentieth century, the Zillertal railway began operations, and tourism experienced a further upswing.

Worth seeing in Mayrhofen
Today Mayrhofen is not just a popular address for hiking and skiing, but also a widely-known conference site. Thus in the Europahaus, further training courses and conferences are regular events. In the winter, the Zillertal 3000 ski resort is a popular meeting point. With the Ahornbahn, in December 2006 Austria’s largest reversible aerial tramway began operating in Mayrhofen. The Schneekar hut, a pyramidal construction on the Horberg, is an eye-catching sight. The Zillertal road and the Zillertal railway provide good connections to the interregional transportation network. On the tranquil village square an idyllic atmosphere prevails. The Roman Catholic Parish Church of the Ascended Virgin Mary (Mariä Himmelfahrt) welcomes visitors.

Ötztal

The Ötztal is a 65-kilometer long side-valley of the Inn. The picturesque Tyrolean valley was already inhabited in the Stone Age. The valley achieved fame through the discovery of the glacier mummy “Ötzi,” recovered in the Hauslabjoch (saddle in the Alps). Since the mid-nineteenth century, tourism has been important in the Ötztal. Known as the trailblazer of tourist development in the Ötztal is Franz Senn. The glacier pastor had numerous hiking trails built. Today more than 3 million overnight stays are booked in the region. Vacationers use their stay for lengthy hikes, Alpine climbing tours or exploring the region with a mountain bike. In the cold season, visitors should include skis in their luggage. Winter vacationing in the Ötztal leads us to Sölden. The ribbon-built village with its 4,000 residents is a Mecca for skiers. Tourists can choose from 148 kilometers of ski slopes. The ski area on the Rettenbachferner glacial tongue can be reached on the Ötztal Gletscherstraße (Glacier Road).

Worth seeing in the Ötztal
Located at the entrance to the Ötztal is the village of Sautens. It slumbers picturesquely at the foot of the mountains and possesses two idyllic parish churches, which are among the most beautiful in Tyrol. The Old Parish Church dates from 1517; the New Parish Church was built in 1831 in the late Classical style. Anyone who takes a vacation in the Ötztal can visit the Ötzi village in the municipality of Umhausen. With the discovery of Ötzi in 1991, research intensified on the earliest human settlement in Tyrol. Vacationers can let themselves be captivated by the past and learn about living conditions in the Stone Age. A further witness to ages past is the Hohle Stein, a cave discovered near the Ötzi find. It began as a Stone Age shelter for shepherds and hunters, preserving incised markings and a stone seat. Alpinists can visit the climbing garden on the legendary Engelswand. The Tumpen climbing garden offers over 70 routes for climbers from beginner to expert. As well, the Stuibenfall is a popular goal for hikers. With a drop of 150 meters, it is Tyrol’s highest and most powerful waterfall.

Sölden

Surrounded by mountains, forests and Alpine meadows, Sölden offers a tranquil picture. The largest Austrian town has developed in the last fifty years to one of the most-visited tourist centers in Tyrol. Tourism experienced a rapid upswing with the opening of glacier ski areas. The ribbon-built village gradually changed into a top-class tourist center. In Sölden there is a string of restaurants, hotels and businesses. The Ötztal Glacier Road leads to the ski resort on the Rettenbachferner, which is open year-round. From the hotel village in Hochsölden, vacationers have a direct connection to the ski area, with its 148 kilometers of ski runs. Through the modern cable-car gate to the glaciers, a link is made between winter and summer ski area.


Worth seeing in Sölden

Timmelsjoch
The Timmelsjoch High Alpine Road acquired the nickname “secret gap,” because the former mule trail meanders artlessly through the Alps. Construction work on the road first began in 1955. The deepest glacier-free notch in the Alpine main ridge was, however, already used before the Christian era for more rapid travel across the Alps from North to South. One can drive at a comfortable speed along the Timmelsjoch and here and there stop to learn fascinating details on the route. It is also worthwhile to photograph the breathtaking natural landscape along the road over the Timmelsjoch. Regardless of whether one boldly races along mountain curves or drives at a leisurely pace to admire the various zones of vegetation, which range from lush green meadows to high mountain peaks, an alpine crossing on the Timmelsjoch is truly memorable.

Gaislachkogelbahn
The Gaislachkogelbahn cableway owes its name to the mountain that it ascends, namely the Gaislachkogel. The modernization of the Gaislachkogelbahn to the world’s most modern and largest double cable lift cost 38 million Euros. The futuristic appearance of the extravagant architecture lends a cable-car ride a special atmosphere. In two stages, one is carried within 12 minutes from an altitude of 1,363 meters to 3,048 meters. At the top, one enjoys an incomparable panoramic view and healthful mountain air. While dining in the restaurant, one can let one’s gaze wander and admire the beautiful views that the Gaislachkogel cableway makes accessible.

Ötztal Glacier Road
Over a distance of 15-kilometers, the Ötztal Glacier Road leads from Sölden to the Glacier ski areas of Rettenbach and the Tiefenbach Glacier. On one section of the road, one drives through Europe’s highest tunnel. The highest road in the Eastern Alps runs to almost 2,800 meters in altitude. The altitude provides wonderful views on a road that on the average has an eleven-percent slope.

Vent
The alpinist village of Vent is worth a visit when vacationing in Sölden. One can marvel at the site of the Ötzi find, the oldest discovery of a prehistoric European hunter and gatherer. At an altitude of 3200 meters, the natural mummy was accidentally discovered in the ice in 1991. He was named Ötzi. Also located in Vent is the Hohle Stein, a Stone Age shelter for hunters and shepherds. Also worth a visit in Vent is the prehistoric hunters’ camp, whose use has been dated to 7600 BC. More modern sights in Vent are the Alpinist Chapel, built in the 1930s, and the Rofental Open Air Gallery, exhibiting works by artists from around the globe.

Mineral collection
At the Mineral Museum in Sölden, minerals are permanently on display with video documentation. The exhibits offer an impressive sight, and not just for geology buffs. The mineral collection contains Europe’s largest single garnet. In addition, one can admire the 820 kilogram amethyst druse or the 350 kilogram sodalite. After inspecting at the geological wonders, one can enjoy gastronomic delights in the museum's restaurant.

Tyrol - Stubaital© Magnus Völlenklee / Travanto

Stubaital

The Stubaital is the main valley of the Stubai Alps and extends over a distance of 35 kilometers from the main ridge of the Alps to the vicinity of Innsbruck. In the valley, one can enjoy eventful and exciting vacations in every season. In the summertime, hikers can take the Stubai High Route. Mountaineers ascend commanding 3,000-meter peaks, such as the Habicht, Schrankogel or the Wilder Freiger. Winter is completely dominated by skiing on the Stubai Glacier. In the Stubaital there are charming towns that can be used as jumping-off points for exploring the valley. These include the climatic health resorts of Neustift and Filmes and the local districts of Teles, Schönberg and Mieders.

Sights to see in the Stubaital
The Stubaital is full of worthwhile sights, starting with the Europa Bridge, which one reaches coming from Innsbruck. Celebrated after its completion in 1963 as the highest bridge in Europe, 190 meters in height, the Europa Bridge is the highest European continuous girder bridge. At the rest area of the Europa Bridge, vacationers can visit the Europa Chapel. This chapel is dedicated to the workers who died building the bridge and disposes of an artistically decorated facade. If one follows the Brenner motorway farther, in Schönberg one crosses the Stefansbrücke, the largest stone arch bridge in Austria. But it is not just bridges that attest to the art of construction in the Stubaital. The St. George Church in Neustift is Tyrol’s second largest village church. The rococo structure has a magnificent interior. The Church of the Sacred Cross in Schönberg was also constructed in the rococo style. It was the work of the famous master-builder of sacral architecture, Franz de Paula Penz. As well culturally, the Stubaital has much to offer. In Fulpmes there are two fascinating museums dedicated to traditional handicrafts: the Nativity Scene Museum and the Blacksmith’s Museum. In Neustift, vacationers learn in the Local History Museum, a classical Tyrolean forester’s lodge, how the people of Stubai lived a century ago.

Tannheim Valley

Tannheim Valley is an Alpine valley in the Tannheim Mountains. The valley branches off the upper Lech Valley and runs from Gaicht Pass and Halden Lake to the Oberjoch Pass in Bavaria. The Vils, Weißenbach and Berger Ache rivers flow through the valley, which is surrounded by numerous mountain peaks. Tourists reach the valley on Tannheim Road. This road link leads from Reutte in Tyrol over the Oberjoch Pass. Already in 1377, Tannheim Valley had its own parish. In the middle ages, the Salt Road was important for the region. When the first ski lift went into operation in 1948, tourism began to thrive.

In Tannheim Valley, one can look forward to year-round tourism. In the summertime, the valley is a Mecca for hikers. Everything is possible, from a casual stroll to a challenging climb. When the weather is hot, vacationers can cool off in Lake Halden or Lake Vilsalp. In the wintertime, Tannheim Valley offers four ski areas. The ski slopes are connected with a ski bus. More than eighty kilometers of winter trails, nine toboggan runs and 140 kilometers of cross-country ski trails provide a diverse winter-vacation offering in the valley. Vacation accommodations for every taste and purse are available in the tourist towns of Tannheim, Nesselwängle, Jungholz, Grän and Zöblen.

Sightseeing in Tannheim Valley
Tannheim Valley offers many things to see and do. Hike to the Grottenbergl and view the Lourdes grotto there, which is associated with the apparition of the Virgin Mary. The grotto is located to the east of the neo-gothic chapel. Another beautiful hiking route leads to Lake Vilsalp. A hike around the lake offers an unforgettable panorama: the peaks of the surrounding mountains, such as Rote Spitze, Kugelhorn or Rauhorn, are visible from the lake. The story of Knight Heinrich and his beloved Maria is a main theme in the Ehrenberg Castle Museum. On a visit, children can take part in an exciting rally. The Tannsee Museum of Local History gives insights into Tyrolean history. Visitors can catch a glimpse of life in great-grandmother’s time and admire antique mechanisms and musical instruments.

Wilder Kaiser

The Wilder Kaiser is a mountain chain in the Eastern Alps. Together with the Zahmer Kaiser, the Wilder Kaiser forms the Kaiser Mountains. Located between Kufstein and St. Johann in Tyrol, the mountain range is a Mecca for hikers and winter sport enthusiasts. The Wilder Kaiser is representative of the idyllic Tyrolean mountain world, which is among the most popular vacation destinations in Austria. The Wilder Kaiser consists chiefly of bright limestone rocks. On the lower slopes mountain pines flourish. Here the Wilder Kaiser meets the Zahmer Kaiser. The two mountain ranges are joined by the 1,580-meter high Stripsenjoch mountain pass. The mountain is called the Wilder Kaiser because of its craggy peaks, which reach their maximum elevation with the 2,344-meter high Ellmauer Halt.

A history of settlement going back several thousand years is demonstrable for the Wilder Kaiser. Already in the Stone Age, hunters roamed this area. The Tischof Cave served as a shelter for ancient wanderers. The designation Wilder Kaiser appears for the first time in 1240. Many centuries passed before the Wilder Kaiser also became a synonym for tourism. The mountains began to open up for tourism only in the second half of the 19th century. Most of the first ascents of the surrounding peaks likewise date from this period. Popular starting points for mountain tours are the holiday resorts of Ellmau, Kufstein, Söll and St. Johann in Tyrol.

Sights worth seeing in the Wilder Kaiser
There are many beautiful spots in the mountain range that visitors definitely should explore. From an elevation of 60-meters, the Schleier waterfall in Going plunges from a craggy cliff into the depths. The route along the waterfall is popular, and not just among strollers, for many climbers also ascend it. The Games-Kaiser in KaiserWelt, an amusement park, offers games for children to play. Among other things, visitors can test their strength and endurance in a vigorous round of golf. What could offer a more magnificent view than a high mountain peak? From the Hohe Salve, visitors can enjoy a broad view of a breathtaking panorama across the valley and the surrounding mountains. Anyone who also wants to experience local culture during a vacation visit can stop by the Scheffau Handicraft Museum or the Ellmau Local History Museum. There they can learn more about the history and customs of the region surrounding the Wilder Kaiser.

Tyrol - Zillertal© Erika Sporer / Travanto

Zillertal

The Zillertal is a southern side-valley of the Inn Valley, located between Kitzbühl and the Tux Alps. The region’s scenic beauty makes it a popular area for hiking and skiing. In the Zillertal there are idyllic lakes, romantic mountain villages, imposing peaks and 80 glaciers. Zell am Ziller is among the most important villages in the valley. In the regional museum, visitors can find information on the history of the valley, and in the parish church, they can view valuable frescos. In the Zillertal, Alpine tourism enjoys a long tradition. A good example of this is the mountaineering village of Ginzling, where already a century ago Alpinists started their tours of the Alpine mountain world. Mayrhofen has made a name for itself as an international convention venue. Following the Hochzillertal scenic road, one reaches Fügen. Here the castle and the Gothic parish church open their gates to visitors, and one can enjoy hearty Austrian cuisine in quaint local restaurants. In the idyllic Zillergrund, the world is still in order, and on pleasant strolls one can admire the rich flora and fauna of the Zillertal. In the wintertime, the Zillertal Arena attracts active vacationers. Year-round skiing is possible on the Tuxer Ferner Mountain. Hiking to the peak of the 2,762-meter high Rastkogel is a rewarding experience.

Sights worth seeing in the Zillertal
Mountains, glaciers, lush Alpine meadows – the Zillertal offers a natural spectacle worth seeing, one that makes a lasting impression. Hikers who climb the Hochfeiler are rewarded by a marvelous view, for the 3,509-meter peak is the highest in the Zillertal Alps. Another beloved outing destination is Schlegeis Reservoir. This artificial lake is popular above all because of the beautiful Alpine panorama. But as well the reservoir’s 130-meter high retaining wall impresses visitors. In the upper Zillertal, the Zillertal Alps Nature Park promises a magical vacation background. The about 380-km² large nature park is known above all for its great crystal deposits, among others amethysts and rock crystals, but also for its magnificent displays of orchids in the local district of Brandberg, and for Ginzling, considered the cradle of Alpine tourism. But in the Zillertal, things do not simply soar upward. In Spannagel Cave, visitors can venture as much as 500 meters into the interior of the earth. As well, the Arena Coaster makes you forget a sense of time and space. Everything happens quickly on the first Alpine rollercoaster in the Zillertal. The multiplicity of chapels, quaint bridges and classical half-timbered houses in the charming villages also thrill lovers of culture.