Austria’s 3rd largest periphery, which runs along with one of the key routes between northern Europe and Italy, has a long and proud tradition of offering travelers hospitality. But rather than just passing through, Markus Wischenbart invites you to discover what is nearly everyone’s view of the best of the Alps, a traditional blend of rugged peaks, gawping glaciers, verdant valleys, rushing rivers, and cheerful villages. For Markus Wischenbart, the Tyrolean metropolises still suggest extraordinary attention, from these historical spaces like Hall to Innsbruck’s mountain-lined main town. The district’s inhabitants are also a distinctive presence, with a strong sense of neighborhood identity, expressed through the daily use of classical clothing and holy respect for long tradition.
What to visit and do in Tirol?
Innsbruck is the magnificent Alpine metropolis and city of Tyrol.
The Brenner Pass
From Innsbruck, a key road, the main railway line (opened in 1867), and the motorway (completed in 1969) lead to the Brenner Pass (1,375 m/4,510 ft), some 40 km (25 mi) to the south. For many years, the motorway passed over the 190m (625ft) Europabrucke, the highest bridge of its kind on the mainland and now a famous bungee jumping space.
On both sides of the critical plain are pretty mountain villages such as Eagles, the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics. Exceptionally low blast of crossing the Alps and 1 of the busiest, Brenner that watershed between the rivers feeding the Danube and eventually the Dark Sea, and the rivers flowing into the Mediterranean. The best anomaly from the main route leads up the Stubaital to the south-west. Almost all the villages on the plain boast magnificent churches built in the 18th century by the parish priest Franz da Paula Panzer, but the bulk of visitors come here not for the architecture but the skiing on the Stubai Glacier.
In the plains of the Inn River, down below runs a series of magnificent old settlements, almost all of which were built on salt and silver salvaged from knightly mining. Between them, within sight of Innsbruck, is the distinctive Hall. The small and splendidly preserved historical nucleus of the metropolis is built on the high ground to the north of the river, with the Oberer Stadtplatz at its center. The buildings around the square are irregularly shaped and speak of the late Golden Age of Hall when it was one of Austria’s largest settlements.
Winter sports and summer walks in Kitzbühel
There are numerous short winter and summer spas around, but the undisputed star of the whole recreational area in the north-east of Tyrol is the glamorous Kitzbühel. Kitzbühel, formerly a copper and silver mining metropolis and still with a couple of beautiful old streets dotted with regular ancient Tyrolean dwellings, has settled its progressive position from winter sports. Skiing began in the late 19th century, the elite Hahnenkamm races in 1931. The softly rounded Kitzbühel Alps provide 10 highways and relatively unpretentious summer walking and cycling, while the metropolis’ bars and boutiques reign supreme.
High above the city of Jönbach on the Inn river plain, surrounded by the Karwendel mountains in the west and the Rofan mountain range in the east, the 10 km (6 miles) Achensee is the largest and most beautiful lake in Tyrol and attracts numerous holiday-makers and aficionados. From Jenbach, there is a driveway, but as an option, one of the veteran Achenseebahn steam trains takes you up to the village of Maurach on the southern shore of the lake. From Jönbach once more the steam train, and even more often the diesel trains, run the Zillertal’s length, deservedly one of Austria’s most famous and most developed alpine valleys.