How many peaks might there actually be in this region? Have all of these summits been conquered, has every mountain been climbed? You don’t need to be a mountaineer to experience the humbling views. Try a hike on the Lech River Trail, which crosses the foaming waters of this last truly wild river in Europe via the longest, 110 metres high suspended pedestrian bridge in Austria.
You are exploring Hohe Tauern National Park, the largest of all Austrian nature preserves. Here you will also find Grossglockner, the highest peak in Austria. Hiking across the landscapes formed over eons by the moving glaciers, you will discover an astounding diversity of flora and fauna.
More than 10,000 springs force their clear waters to the surface in Tirol alone. Aside from the sheer numbers, all spring water here is of an exceptional quality. Many streams in the Tirolean mountains are of drinking water quality, and you can fill your flask with invigorating, fresh spring water at practically every turn.
When travelling on Goethe Trail, the city of Innsbruck will literally be at your feet. Hafelekar, situated at 2,300 metres above sea level, offers wonderful views of the city below. Tirol’s regional capital is so close you can almost touch it - and yet: all around you a colony of ibex have made their home, and the majestic eagle circles above in the sky.
Explore Tirol's meadows and forests in a unique way: Take part in a photo workshop, offered in each of the five Tirolean nature parks and at Hohe Tauern National Park. Here, professional photographers will open your eyes towards the hidden world of the native flora and fauna. And of course there’ll be time for the occasional snapshot as well.
Everything here feels welcoming, Tirolean hospitality is a delight, and the Marend an experience not to be missed. The aroma of the dark farmer’s bread wafts towards you, the bacon is nothing less than heavenly. How about some of the cheese from the mountain farms, lovingly cured for months, or some homemade Gröstl - a visit to the Tirolean mountain farms is always worth the trip.
You go ahead and concentrate on having fun and enjoying the action. Our local mountainbike guides will do all the planning for you! They will take you riding on the most beautiful trails and routes. And the guides will have one or two great suggestions for perfect places to stop and look around.
You’ll accelerate, jump, and find the perfect ‘line’ ... Downhill, the more than seven kilometres and around 1,000 altitude metres of the Fleckalm Trail can be conquered within minutes. For tips and tricks when it comes to riding techniques, your best bet will be a visit to the BikeAcademy at the foot of the trail.
By now you can feel muscles you never even knew you had. You have lost track of the altitude metres up and downhill you have worked through today. After all: you want to start at the KitzAlpBike Festival - no pain, no gain! Every year, more than 750 athletes fight their way up the Kitzbühel Alps at this biggest mountainbike festival in Europe. This time you will be one of them.
Your mouth waters thinking about lunch. You will be eating at a real Tirolean inn. Some regional delicacies, or ‘Schmankerln’ as the locals call them, like Kaspressknödel (pressed cheese dumplings) or a Tirolean Gröstl (meat and roast potatoes), will get you the energy you’ll need for the afternoon leg of your tour.
You want to get back to your roots or show your city kids what nature is all about? A holiday on a farm will offer wonderful adventures for the whole family. At one of 25 farms certified for the safety of babies and children, your little will learn about handling livestock with a lot of love and attention - and might even have their own animal to care for.
How can such simple ingredients possibly create so much taste? Each course is worth committing a deadly sin: each and every creation is simply perfect, leaving you wanting more! Enjoy the culinary masterpieces presented on a plate, created by master chefs with regional Tirolean produce.
You will be enchanted from the very first moment. The music swells to a crescendo, the drums get louder. As if from nowhere, an intoxicating melody carries you away into another world. The last note fades, and the roaring applause continues for many minutes. Not only you were enchanted!
The Wildspitzbahn cablecar route, the highest in Austria, will transport you to an altitude of 3,440 metres above sea level in a matter of minutes. Stepping out of the cablecar, you will be greeted by fascinating views of the surrounding glacier world with more than 50 peaks above three thousand metres - and the highest café in the Eastern Alps.
In St. Anton am Arlberg, you will travel to the summit of Valluga, a peak reaching 2,811 metres into the blue skies. A total of 180 kilometres of deep snow slopes await your attention! Which one will you choose today? Why not go visit one of the many local ski schools. You will be in good hands in the company of one of their professional guides.
Carve your way downhill on this longest slope in East Tirol, all the way to Matrei. The challenging Blauspitz run and the Goldseeried slope you might keep for another time - right now you should concentrate on the spectacular views of Austria’s highest mountain, the famous Grossglockner.
Of course you know that cross-country skiing is great for your cardiovascular system and muscles. The fact that it is a lot of fun may be something you didn’t know - that is what the competent teachers at the many cross-country ski schools in Tirol are for! The initial nerves have gone, you strap on the skis and can’t wait to complete your very first round on the trail.
Cross-country skiing in Seefeld will make you feel like a champion - after all: this is where the Nordic races of the Winter Olympics have been held three times in the past. The sunny plateau around Seefeld has a total of 279 trail kilometres for all skill levels to offer.
Follow the softly sloping hills of the trails at Lake Achensee - and the choice is yours: are you a classic or skating fan? More than 200 kilometres of trails stretch around this largest lake in Tirol. The sophisticated signage system and easy to understand trail maps will always keep you on the right track.
Do you know what ‘Daumnidei’, ‘Strauben’, ‘Blattlstock’ or a ‘Marend’ are? Why not follow up your fitness activities in the clean, crisp air with a culinary journey of discovery, tasting the delights of the traditional Tirolean cuisine. There is so much more to discover, including the well-known Kaspressknödeln, Tirolean Gröstl, and Kasspatzn!
Stop for a rest and a warm-up at one of the many cosy mountain chalets. Enjoy the warming rays of the winter sun, while all around you the world is blanketed in glistening snow. Today, your snowshoe hike will take you across Köglich. And who knows: you might surprise a deer out in the open - or at the very least you will see its tracks in the snow.
At Nature Park Kaunergrat, you will experience winter in its most natural form. Discover the wintry flora and fauna of the Alps, abounding at all altitude levels: from the summit of Wildspitze, Austria’s second highest mountain (3,768 metres), to the lowlands of the Inn River meadows, just 750 metres above sea level.
On snowshoes today, just like back in the day on your childhood sled: 15 years ago, on your very first holiday in Tirol, you just couldn’t get enough of pulling your sled back up the hill - only to rush back down with exhilarating speed. Maybe this time you’ll be taking your own kids to make some memories they will never forget!
Quick, get a move on! It really mightn’t be important to get to the cabin first - but the prospect of a hearty meal might make you push forward just that little bit harder. The innkeeper may already be working on your plate of traditional Marend with bacon and cheese, fresh from the mountain farms. Hurry up then!
You are enjoying the view. You are savouring the moment. Right here, just like in so many places in Tirol, spectacular views of the magnificent mountainscape await. How about it? Go and visit one of the architectural masterpieces that are the many impressive viewing platforms, dotted around the heart of the Alps.