When to Visit Tirol: A Month By Month Guide: November – Our Tips for the Relaxing Month
Here in Tirol, as in many other places, November isn't exactly famous for its great weather. However, that makes it the ideal time of year to be indoors, out of the wind and rain, and enjoy a little peace and quiet before things get crazy in the run-up to Christmas. Here are some of our tips for spa breaks, concert experiences and museum visits in November.
Sport in November
If the sun is shining and the weather gods are smiling, November can pick up where the month of October left off with outdoor activities such as hiking in the mountains. If, however, autumn has well and truly arrived with its wet and windy weather then there is no better place to get away from the cold and damp for a few hours than one of Tirol’s many spas and pools. The Aqua Dome in Längenfeld is one of the region’s largest and most well-known spas. Its trademark floating bowls around the main spa building are the perfect place to lie back and enjoy the incredible landscape as you let yourself float in the warm water. Visitors who wish to stay longer than just a day can check in at the four-star superior Aqua Dome hotel. The Naturhotel Waldklause in Längenfeld offers its guests free admission to the Aqua Dome, though the hotel also has its own spa covering 1,800 square metres. Click here for more top tips on spa hotels in Tirol.
The floating bowls surrounding the main spa building are the most eye-catching feature at the Aqua Dome in Längenfeld. Photo: Tirol Werbung
Culture in November
November really is the perfect museum month. Of course there are many interesting exhibitions on show in the regional capital Innsbruck, but Tirol’s other towns and villages also have plenty to offer. For example, the museum in St. Anton am Arlberg showcasing the long and rich history of this town widely considered the birthplace of alpine skiing. From modest beginnings the resort has grown to become hugely popular with both locals and visitors alike, not least thanks to the incredible Arlberg Tunnel blasted through the mountains and the large new railway station designed to accommodate the hoards of visitors in winter. Another place in Tirol synonymous with alpine skiing is Kitzbühel. This town hosts the world’s most famous downhill ski race, the Hahnenkamm, every January. For art lovers it also has a museum dedicated to the town’s most famous son, the painter Alfons Walde, whose striking oil-on-canvas images are iconic throughout Tirol. The collection includes not only many well-known landscapes but also some rare nudes, sketches and photographs. The view from the roof of the museum is also impressive and invites visitors to cast their gaze over the colourful buildings in the centre of the town decorated according to plans drawn up by Walde himself. The museum also houses a collection tracing the history of Kitzbühel from the Bronze Age all the way through to the 20th century.
Museum in Kitzbühel
Events in November
A number of ski resorts in Tirol open at the end of November. Two of them are Kaunertal and the Stubai Glacier, which both celebrate the start of the new season with events where skiers and snowboarders can test the latest equipment in the local snowparks. Both resorts also have plenty of further highlights going on throughou the season-opening weekend. Click here for information on other events going on in Tirol's ski resorts at the start of the winter season.