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Austrian Tyrol

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.

 

Weather

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.

 

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Surrounded by meadows and forests and set against the beautiful backdrop of the Gratlspitz peaks, this fairytale village has lost none of its ‘olde worlde’ charm with picturesque overhanging eaves and balconies with wonderful flowers.

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Ellmau, Village view

Ellmau is a pretty village located between the rolling green hills of the Kitzbüheler Alps and the craggy Wilder Kaiser (Wild Emperor) mountains. With a strong farming history, it it still full of local character and tradition.

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Summer in Galtür

Just 10 km from its slightly bigger sister village of Ischgl, charming Galtür lies at an altitude of 1,584 metres in the upper Paznaun Valley.

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Ischgl, Village view

A peaceful Tyrolean oasis in the Paznaun Valley in the stunning Silvretta mountains, Ischgl came under the world’s spotlight in 2002 when Bill Clinton delivered his ‘Message from the Mountains’ speech here.

 

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Kitzbühel, Austria

This famous little Tyrolean town with its vibrantly coloured old buildings, cobbled streets, and medieval walled town dating back to the 16th century, is a fascinating place to explore. It is a hub of activity in the summer with a friendly village feel and is filled with pavement cafés, designer boutiques and various local festivals, concerts and open-air events.

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Mayrhofen mountain view

One of Austria’s best loved resorts, Mayrhofen comes alive in the summer when flowers deck the balconies and the streets are filled with bustling cafés and brass band parades.

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This small and picturesque village is set in the heart of the Stubai valley, one of the most scenic in the Tyrol. Surrounded by pine forested slopes on all sides, there are more than 50 mountain huts dotted around the hillsides, and 4 separate walking areas each with a gondola and a variety of trails, all linked by the valley bus.

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Seefeld, Church, Steeple View

Situated on an open, scenic plateau above the Inn Valley just 10 miles from Innsbruck, Seefeld is a large bustling village offering something for everyone. The walking in this region is varied and suitable for all levels.

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Walkers in St. Anton, Austria

A fantastic resort for keen walkers wanting to explore the vast high alpine trails and peaks of the scenic Arlberg region, this famous Tyrolean village enjoys an unhurried atmosphere in summer, and is surrounded by beautiful and dramatic scenery.

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St. Johann, Austria - Town view

This charming little market town set in the wide sunny valley close to Kitzbühel is full of Austrian traditions with a Baroque twin spire church and pretty town square filled with quaint cafés that play host to regular festivals and celebrations throughout the summer.

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Söll, Austria - Landscape views

The village of Söll lies in a lovely open valley between the majestic Wild Emperor and Hohe Salve mountains. Midway between Innsbruck and Salzburg, it is ideally situated for a wide range of excursions and is a well-established walking area.

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Austria, Austrian-Tyrol_Westendorf, Landscape View

In this idyllic, peaceful farming village, life goes on much as it has for centuries. Lying on a sunny plateau surrounded by alpine pastures, Westendorf is an incredibly pretty area and offers extensive walking. Numerous rambles lead to all parts of the wide valley, over to Kirchberg and Kitzbühel, as well as into the Bergwelt.

Insiders guide
  • Explore alpine spas, natural hot springs, thermal baths and mineral healing
  • See which festivals are on and how to eat like a local
  • Enjoy city breaks to Innsbruck or Salzburg