Tyrol

Austria
Swarowski Crystal Worlds showing a fountain and tranquil scenes
An authentic Alpine experience awaits at the pretty mountain villages and ski resorts set amid western Austria’s beguiling landscapes.

Tirol is a postcard-perfect region of soaring mountain ranges, deep valleys, rambling wildflower meadows and placid lakes. It has 500 peaks of 9,800 feet (3,000 meters) or more plus over 600 glaciers. Visit Tirol for snow sports, cycling, hiking and mountain biking. Discover Habsburg-era monuments, relax at remote hilltop villages and dine on mouthwatering Tyrolean cuisine.

Innsbruck, the provincial capital, has architectural grandeur bequeathed by the Habsburg Empire. Tour opulent regal landmarks including Hofburg (Imperial Palace), Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl) and Ambras Castle. Find churches, galleries and museums as you wander Innsbruck Old Town’s cobblestone streets. Marvel at the sparkling crystal art exhibits at Swarovski Crystal Worlds. Ride the Nordkette Cable Car for panoramic views of the city and Nordkette mountains.

The region’s 80 ski resorts collectively offer about 1,900 miles (3,000 kilometers) of trails and 470 miles (750 kilometers) of sledding runs. Popular ski areas include Sankt Anton am Arlberg, SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental, Ischgl Ski Resort and Hintertux Glacier Ski Resort. Hochzeiger and Silvapark Galtür are family-friendly resorts. Watch the downhill Hahnenkamm World Cup Race at Kitzbühel.

In summer, the snow disappears to reveal lush green scenery and a playground for biking and hiking. Access an incredible 15,000 miles (24,000 kilometers) of walking trails from mountain villages. Among these are Ischgl, Galtür, Kappl and See in the Paznaun Valley. Relax at Seefeld or at Pertisau on Lake Achensee. Alpbach and Ellmau are fairytale-like villages set against a backdrop of dramatic peaks. Don’t miss Mayrhofen in the Zillertal Valley.

Tirol’s cuisine promotes farm-to-table freshness. The region’s chefs are recipients of multiple Gault&Millau awards. Sample typical dishes, including kiachl (pastry with cranberry jam) and Tiroler gröstl (fried potato, onion and bacon). Celebrate local farming traditions at the carnival-like cow parades as cattle descend from the mountains during the Almabtreib festival in autumn.

Innsbruck Airport, the main gateway to Tirol, receives flights from major European cities. Get around via bus, rented car or scenic train journey such as the Arlberg route between Innsbruck and Bludenz.

Popular cities in Tyrol

Anna\'s Column which includes heritage elements and night scenes
Innsbruck
Known for Historical, Mountains and Cross-country skiing
Whether you want to wander cobbled alleys, hurtle down the pistes or check out the nightlife, this a city to suit all tastes.

Reasons to visit

  • Golden Roof
  • Nordkette Mountains
  • Seegrube Cable Car
Hintertux Glacier Ski Resort featuring snow and mountains
Tux
Known for Cross-country skiing, Glaciers and Spas
Explore Tux: its skiing, adventures, natural setting and more!

Reasons to visit

  • Hintertux Glacier Ski Resort
Austria which includes forests, landscape views and snow
Soelden
Known for Cross-country skiing, Spas and Swimming
Miles of rugged, high altitude terrain, state of the art infrastructure and world-class entertainment combine to make this one of Austria’s most complete alpine resorts.
Scheffau am Wilden Kaiser which includes outdoor eating
Kitzbuehel
Known for Cross-country skiing, Spas and Golf
A holiday in the Kitzbuehel Alps and the surrounding area is ideal whatever the season and whoever you’re travelling with – this beautiful, varied region lends itself to family holidays, romantic couples’ getaways and active trips with friends.
Sankt Anton am Arlberg showing mountains, snow and snow skiing
Sankt Anton am Arlberg
Known for Cross-country skiing, Spas and Mountains
Serious skiers come from near and far for the challenging pistes and stay for the crackling vacation atmosphere of this Tyrolean resort.
Seefeld in Tirol showing mountains, forest scenes and a small town or village
Seefeld in Tirol
Known for Cross-country skiing, Mountains and Golf
This mountain village is located on a plateau between the Karwendel and Wettersteingebirge mountain ranges. It has much to offer for visitors year-round.