It is hard not to fall under the spell of the mountain villages in the Austrian Tyrol. The picturesque wooden chalets laden by snow in the winter, transform into a feast of color during the summer. Almost every balcony is taken over by geraniums. Window boxes filled to bursting adorn every café, hotel or restaurant, while wildflowers cover the undulating verdant green pastures. This scenery filled with streams, gushing waterfalls and glacial lakes against the backdrop of the Austrian Alps makes you want to enjoy the outside immediately. In summer it offers fantastic hiking paths and stunning views of lakes and valleys. In addition, Tiroleans love their traditions and food. It’s a great place to get an insight into the Austrian culture.
You’ll discover a wide range of activities and also plenty of options for relaxation.
One of the great joys in the small mountain villages of the Tyrol is that most of the hotels and larger chalets are family owned and have been for generations. Söll, situated in the Wild Emperor and Hohe Salve mountains is typical of a resort that combines peace and quiet, stunning views and a wide range of accommodation. Festivals and open-air concerts are plentiful including the legendary Almabtrieb, a festival held in September to celebrate the cows returning from pastures. Dozens of cows are adorned with lush floral displays and large cowbells and look extremely regal as they parade through the villages.
For café life and culture, Innsbruck with its narrow streets and historic squares is the heart of the Tyrol. Be sure to enjoy an excursion there and see gothic and baroque buildings and the Golden Roof in the old town with its 2,738 copper tiles, completed in 1500 for Emperor Maximilian I.
Austrian weather in mountainous areas can be unpredictable, especially at high altitude, but in the flatter, more gentle terrain and pastureland of the central Austrian Tyrol expect high summer sun. In July and August, average temperatures are around 21º – 24º C in the day with mornings and evenings much lower. Sunblock is essential, but layering for evenings when the sun has set is the way to go.