Anything but ordinary holidays…
You might've heard of places like Mayrhofen, St Anton and Kitzbühel if you're a skier, but some people forget that the Tirol is arguably the number one summer destination for walkers in Europe. From Alpbach to the Ziller Valley, the Tirolean region is jam-packed with snow-capped Alpine peaks, quaint lakeside villages, local culture and some pretty awe-inspiring views.
If taking a dip in a glacial lake, hurtling downhill on a mountain bike or hiking above the clouds is your idea of holiday heaven then the Tirol should definitely be on your bucket list. As spring turns to summer, the Tirolean ski resorts transform from white snowfields to green meadows, ready to be mown by the grazing cows. Edelweiss, the Austrian national flower, is joined by more colourful flora. Mountain lifts lurch back into life, ready to transport you to heady heights for unrivalled panoramic views.
Down in the villages it seems like there's some sort of celebration or festivity every week. Live music, dancing and culture thrive across the Tirol. It's not all traditional ompah ompah bands, thigh-slapping and lederhosen either - although there may be a little. And the Tirol's capital, Innsbruck, is the perfect place for whiling away the hours exploring the historical sites and doing a spot of shopping.
Staying active in the great outdoors is a Tirolean way of life. And why wouldn't you with all this fresh mountain air? Climbing, hiking and mountain biking are all popular on land and the glacial lakes and rivers are perfect for swimming, canyoning and rafting. Alternatively, you could take to the skies and try paragliding among the surrounding peaks.
Or simply kick back and relax - get away from the rigmaroles of work and leave the stress and strain behind. The Tirol has an oasis of indulgent spas and wellness centres, often within your hotel.
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Holiday resorts in the Tirol
Achensee is the Tirol's biggest lake, with crystal clear water and the backdrop of the Karwendel Mountains. Photo opportunities seem never-ending - plus there's plenty to keep you busy. Make the most of the steamboat service and the 450km of walking trails to explore the largest conservation area in the Northern Alps.Find out more
Considered by many to be Austria's most beautiful village, Alpbach is a town where time seems to have stood still. Summer lifts – many free with the Alpbachtal Seenland Card – help you conquer the surrounding mountain hikes. And with so many huts along the trails you'll easily find a relaxed place to take a break during your adventures.Find out more
Ellmau comes to life each summer with a wealth of regular festivals, concerts and markets, making it a great introduction to the Tirol. With the iconic Wilder Kaiser Mountains setting the scenery alight and the Austrian Hiking Seal of Approval you can be sure that you're in for something special.Find out more
Ischgl, a traditional farming village and a hiker's paradise, strikes a perfect balance between relaxation and activity. With so many top quality, luxury hotels you're spoilt for choice when it comes to pampering. And you can explore the Paznaun Valley by yourself or join free guided walks with the local tourist office.Find out more
Lakes, mountains, colourful architecture and traditional culture – Kitzbühel certainly ticks a lot of boxes. Dating back over 700 years, there's plenty of history here. Kitzbühel is possibly the most cosmopolitan of Austria's mountain villages too - with quaint cafes, lively bars and boutique designer shops alongside the odd supercar. Plus it's a natural centre of excellence for outdoor fun.Find out more
In the heart of the Ziller Valley - with a perfect mix of Tirolean culture and modern comforts - Mayrhofen is the destination for people who want action in their life. Anything from walking and cycling to white water rafting and paragliding is possible. It's not all go though – take a lift to the top of the Penken for homemade apple strudel and views that are hard to beat.Find out more
Niederau, in the Wildschönau Valley, is perfect for an active Tirolean family holiday. Surrounded by meadows and mountains, there are walks designed for all abilities and local guides who'll take the hassle out of navigation. But you don't have to walk. See the highlights of the valley by fun-train, visit museums or simply go for a swim at the Wildschönau swimming complex. Plus, there's a kids' activity programme available in the village.Find out more
At 1,930 metres in altitude, Obergurgl is home to impressive views and air that's fresher than a Febreze plug-in. Expect top-notch service and hospitality, world class spas, fine dining and spectacular views from some of Austria's finest hotels. The walking trails are quiet and extensive – so you could be forgiven for wondering if you've got the mountains all to yourself. For non-walkers and families, there's an excellent outdoor adventure park nearby too.Find out more
Set on a hillside beneath the Wilder Kaiser mountain range, Scheffau is a traditional village. It's a wonderful base from which to discover the real Tirol. Alpine-style houses wind up the mountainside and there's a relaxed centre lined with cafés, bars and restaurants. Festivals, market stalls and live music regularly liven up the evenings throughout the summer.Find out more
Along an old trade route between Bavaria in the north and the Tirol in the south, Seefeld is a great base for seeing western Austria and beyond. Even the Tirolean capital, Innsbruck, is only 20 minutes away by train. It's surrounded by miles of mountain walks and lots of inviting lakes, Alpine flowers, golf courses and a whole host of regular festivities – boredom is not an option.Find out more
With the Hohe Salve and Wilder Kaiser mountains as your backdrop, Söll has some beautiful scenery. It's also a great base for seeing the sights of the Tirol region, mountain walks and activities plus soaking up the local culture - the frescoed houses and domed church give a real flavour of life here. The bars and cafés are relaxed and welcoming and there always seems to be some sort of festivity going on.Find out more
St Anton am Arlberg
Summertime St Anton successfully combines traditional character with modern luxury. Whether you're sporty, adventurous or simply love relaxation - St Anton cranks it up to eleven. Climbing, tennis, fishing, bowling, horse riding, mountain biking and golf are just a few of the sporty things you can get stuck into. Or simply explore Alpine meadows and blossoming pastures or kick back in the spa.Find out more
High up in the Kitzbüheler Alps, St Johann in Tirol could be the perfect introduction to the Tirol. St Johann is a real town with real people - laid back and with loads of personality. Spend time wandering around shops, relaxing with a coffee or sampling beers directly from the local brewery. There's over 200km of walking routes between the Wilder Kaiser Mountains and the Kitzbüheler Horn alone, as well as an outdoor swimming complex and nearby lakes - plus excellent transport links around the region.Find out more
If you prefer to live life in the slow lane then you'll love Westendorf. It's a laid back village with loads of rural charm. Expect warm and friendly locals and a really relaxed atmosphere. Kick back and take in the views or get stuck in and stroll through the rolling meadows along the valley to neighbouring Kirchberg.Find out more