The state of Tyrol is located in the west of Austria bordering Vorarlberg in the west. Germany in the north. Salzburg and Carinthia in the east and Italy and Switzerland in the south. Tyrol is the land of the mountains, the skiing, the nature, the valleys and the tourism. Tourists visit the state every season of the year and that is with good reason there are few who can rival the state of Tyrol.
Tyrol has been split up in 3 parts of which 2 parts are located in Austria and one part is located in Italy called south Tyrol. The state has been split after the first world war but the people still have much of the same traditions and language.
The largest cities in Tyrol are Innsbruck which is also the capital of Tyrol, Kufstein and Lienz. Apart from these 3 a lot of smaller towns and villages cross the valleys of Tyrol.
Tyrol’s highest mountain is the Grossglockner in the east of the state sharing this mountain with Carinthia. A few of tyrols mountain ranges and valleys are Karwendel, Zillertal, Kitzbühler alpen, Silvretta mountains, Lienz dolomites, Ötztal, Hohe tauern and Stubaital.
Tyrol is home to some great natural spectacles such as canyons, waterfalls and lakes that combined create lasting memories for all visitors.
As said above is tourism king in Tyrol. To give you a idea more than 45 million overnight stays annually in Tyrol. Not only that but almost 1 of every 3 euros in the economy of Tyrol is earned by tourism and tourism employs almost 60.000 Tyrolians 1/4th of the fulltime workforce.
Must see sights
Cities and towns to visit
Innsbruck, Innsbruck the capital city of Tyrol is perfect for a few days or as a day trip. During the Christmas time you can find an amazing Christmas market in the city and in summer you can enjoy your food on a nice square with the beautiful architecture and location the city lies.
Kufstein, in Kufstein you can not only see some sights in the town itself such as the Kufstein castle but also enjoy the skiing slopes during the winter season.
Lienz, the capital of east Tyrol, the small part of Tyrol cut off from the main part of Austrian Tyrol. You can enjoy the museums here and the 2 skiing resorts that you can find next to the town.
Kitzbuhel, this is a true Winter sports town for the richer under us. With luxurious stores and hotels. Besides the shopping and hotels there is a large and modern ski resort with more than 100km of slopes.
Lakes to visit
Achensee, the largest lake of Tyrol a visit to Austria and a climb along the mountains looking over the lake is a golden tip and creates some of the best photos.
Plansee, a long narrow lake with high mountains on all sides. Blue skies and hiking shoes and it can’t get much better.
Blindsee, this lake has a special color and like the other lakes offers opportunities to hike and mountainbike around it.
Drachensee, this lake is located at a much higher altitude as the other lakes mentioned but offers a special experience. Take your tent with you and camp next to it with blue skies during the day and stars at night. Something you will never forget.
ski resorts to visit
Because of the large amount of ski resorts in tyrol we just picked a few larger ones just remember there are over a 100 resorts just in tyrol.
Ski Arlberg, with 305 km of slopes this is the largest ski resort of Austria. linking together with Vorarlberg this ski resort is perfect for the ski tours.
Kitzbuhel Kirchberg, with 179 km of slopes every skier or snowboarder will find something to like here. Located at a relatively low altitude snow conditions are being held perfect by modern snow canons.
Zillertal arena, with 143 km of slopes this is the largest ski resort within the Zillertal itself. And perfect for your winter holiday
Serfaus Fiss Ladis, with 198km of slopes this ski resort is often called the child friendliest ski resort of Austria. with the 3 towns having each a own character to every persons liking.
Ischgl, this is the party ski resort of Austria. it’s called the Ibiza of the alps and for the après-ski fan this is paradise. The ski resort has 238 km of slopes.
Stubaital glacier, one of 2 glaciers highlighted on this page the ski resort has 38km of slopes and offers skiing until late the end of May.
Hintertux glacier, with 60 km this glacier resort offers an almost 365 days a year skiing experience and a lot of international skiing teams train here during the summer months.
Other sights to visit
Dolemiten hutte, located in east tyrol this mountain hut has a special location on the side of a cliff. With amazing hiking opportunities this hut is a place to grab a bite to eat and if you are in time with your booking sleep for a night with the amazing view from the panoramic windows.
Grawa waterfall, a impressive waterfall with a restaurant with panorama to see the massive wonders of nature with a nice bite to eat.
Sillianer hutte, this mountain hut is located on the border between Austria and Italy and offers a perfect starting point from where you can hike in the dolomites