From traditional celebrations to modern art galleries, from hearty regional dishes to haute cuisine served in award-winning restaurants – Tirol is home to a hugely diverse food, art and cultural scene.
What typically Tirolean? The best way to answer this question is by visiting one of the many traditional celebrations held in the region such as the Herz-Jesu-Feuer, where fires are lit high in the mountains, or the annual Almabtrieb, a custom which sees decorated cattle driven down from the high pastures down into the valley at the end of the summer grazing season. Another good place to explore the nature of the local population is in the many huts and inns serving regional delicacies like Kaspressknödel and Tiroler Gröstl, two hearty dishes which themselves are a culinary reflection of the people’s warm, down-to-earth nature. Visitors to the region’s towns will find an intriguing contrast of the old and the new: modern, eye-catching architecture next to centuries-old castles and fortresses. This juxtaposition is also true for the local arts scene, which sees classical opera and festivals of early music take their place alongside galleries displaying contemporary art.