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What shall it be? A leisurely trip with an extended lunch break, or a challenging day long tour with long climbs? Alpine hikes can be multi-facetted in Tirol. They share the wild romance of the mountains and characteristics of many centuries of farming by alpine shepherds and dairymen.
The prospect of a delicious snack with fresh alpine cheese makes walking so much easier. A variety of fabulous hikes which have an “Alm” (alpine dairy farm) en-route, or at the end of the walk, can be found on all regions of Tirol. Rustic alpine restaurants are dotted amongst the countryside, where dairymen and maids serve homemade cheese, milk and smoked bacon. First class views of the surrounding mountains, typical of so many alpine farms, are included in the price. Where could food taste better? If then there's a show dairy, such as on the Burgeralm in Rettenschöss, where excursions for schools are also offered, you may even get to learn something. The following selection lists some of the most charming alpine walks. Some are quite challenging, with over 1,000 metres in altitude difference, while others are more like a long stroll, such as the recommended route to the Eng Alm with the famous “Ahornboden” (Maple Grounds).