Austria Road Trip. From West to East
This 9-stage itinerary takes you from Vorarlberg, Austria's westermost provice through the Alps to the lowlands of Burgenland.
This 9-stage itinerary takes you from Vorarlberg, Austria's westermost provice through the Alps to the lowlands of Burgenland.
Innsbruck’s historic Old Town is a wonderful setting for events of all kinds. From traditional folk festivals to New Orleans Jazz, from Easter Markets to Christmas magic, the Capital of the Alps is always bustling with activity. Here is a list of Innsbruck’s event highlights throughout the year.
In the heart of the majestic Alpine mountain range lies one of Austria’s most remarkable cultural treasures. Ambras Castle, built in Innsbruck predominantly in the 16th century, is the legacy of one of Austria’s foremost collectors of art and (valuable) curiosities.
The Capital of the Alps can look back on a very eventful history, from its time as the seat of an empire to its three stints as host to Olympic Games. Here is a list of the 11 must-see sites that best tell the intriguing story of how Innsbruck came to be the “Capital of the Alps.”
Get to know the Capital of the Alps – while enjoying stunning mountains, magnificent architecture and fascinating imperial history.
Innsbruck’s beautiful medieval Old Town, set against the backdrop of majestic peaks, is everything you picture a quintessential Alpine town to be. Yet its quaint appearance can be deceiving: A one-day tour will reveal a rich and varied side of Tyrol’s capital underneath layers of ancient history and cherished tradition.
Picture crisp mountain air, snowcapped peaks dotted with authentic villages and cozy mountain huts, state-of-the-art lifts and groomed slopes as far as the eye can see: Austria’s Tirol province is the birthplace of modern skiing. More than 80 alpine ski resorts and five glacier ski areas welcome guests each season. Here is a list of our favorite resorts for North Americans:
Twenty minutes outside of Innsbruck, amid the mystical mountains of Tirol, lies a fairy tale world of shimmering crystal. The giant guarding the entrance to this magical menagerie of art installations, a museum and theme park awoke to new life on April 30, 2015, after extensive renovations.
Gourmets will find a rich variety of culinary delights in Tirol, from award winning restaurants to local distilleries. For the most authentic culinary experience, however, head to a traditional Tirolean Inn, where you’ll find a menu based on cherished traditions and a lively Alpine farming heritage.
People say it’s rude to stare, but when confronted with some of the most awe inspiring mountain scenery we invite you to stare as long as you like. The beauty of the Tirolean Alps lies not only in the scenery, but in the fact that you can spend as little or as long as you want walking, hiking, or strolling through the mountains of Tirol.
Tirol is famous for its magnificent landscapes, majestic peaks and natural wonders. It also has a rich cultural heritage, where beloved Alpine traditions are still part of everyday life. Here is a list of 10 attractions that highlight Tirol’s natural and cultural treasures.
Tirol is a place with a rich history, culture and centuries-old traditions that are celebrated and maintained with much joy. Explore a region with a great variety of Alpine traditions, an imperial heritage, mouthwatering culinary offerings and stunning architecture that spans centuries and styles.
Majestic mountains, picturesque valleys, rolling Alpine pastures, stunning mountain views. Tirol is a place of overwhelming beauty, and nowhere more than in the towns of St. Anton am Arlberg, Sölden and the Ötztal Valley, and Kitzbühel.
Located on a sunny Alpine plateau, this five-star superior hotel perfectly marries style & culture with Alpine luxury. It combines all the key elements that make a vacation truly memorable: pristine mountain landscapes for outdoor enthusiasts; proximity to historic towns like culture-soaked Innsbruck; an award-winning restaurant serving local cuisine; and its own luxury spa for those looking to relax & unwind.
Choose from a curated group of premier hotels that offer a uniquely Austrian travel experience. The AUSTRIA COLLECTION exemplifies the best in Austrian hospitality & its members are excellent options for your stay in Austria.
Where rugged Alpine nature meets modern urban lifestyle
Lifestyle meets tradition meets the mountain
Explore the great outdoors of Innsbruck and its 25 holiday villages with our free Mountain Hiking Programme.
The 5*DeLuxe Interalpen-Hotel Tyrol combines all the key features that make a vacation truly memorable: pristine Alpine landscapes for outdoor enthusiasts, proximity to historic towns such as Innsbruck for the culture-aficionado, an excellent restaurant serving delicious local cuisine, as well as its very own luxury spa for those who simply want to relax and unwind.
Not just great food and drink, but also a stylish ambience is on the menu at these establishments. Many of Austria's mountain top restaurants, lodges and hotels are true showpieces of alpine architecture.
During their centuries-long domination of Europe, the Habsburgs proved to be not only passionate builders, but also keen travellers - a fact that is manifested in the diversity of imperial structures all across Austria.
Visitors to Innsbruck in the summer months may be amazed to encounter a glacier-like, futuristic ice formation in the middle of the city, but they are experiencing just one of many examples of innovative architecture that serve to create a stimulating contrast to the numerous historic buildings here in Tirol.
We absolutely understand that not everyone feels inclined to track up a mountain in snow shoes. However the reward that awaits you is quite grand: an unforgettable experience in the wild that can only be had by moving beyond the flurry on the ski slopes.
Traveling on a shoe-string budget? No problem. Throughout Austria you'll find affordable hotels and inns that don't lack the typical Austrian charm.
Looking to rent a chalet, villa or an apartment for your stay in Austria? We have compiled a list with properties throughout Austria.
In Tirol, the processions marking “Fasnacht” (the Shrovetide carnival) are such wild celebrations that these traditional events are only staged every 3, 4 or even 5 years.
A mere five-minute walk separates the Hotel Kitzhof from Kitzbühel’s fashionable town centre. But there is a world of difference between the hustle and bustle of the chic ski resort and the peace and quiet of this 4-star hotel with its modern Alpine ambience.
Whether it is a mushrooming trip with contemporary composers or the traditional “pilgrimage” that in the course of one day leads to the various performance venues: each September this festival of contemporary music follows unconventional paths.
Historic, comfortable, wood paneled dining rooms create an incomparable and genuine atmosphere at “Sigwart’s Tiroler Weinstuben” underscored by luscious, straight-forward cuisine which never loses sight of its Tyrolean roots.
If you try to imagine the ideal, typical, country inn in the ideal site, the picture your imagination comes up with is devilishly close to the actual Gannerhof in Innervillgraten. Everything here is just...picture perfect.
The only thing ‘wild’ about the Wilder Mann is, perhaps, what happens in the kitchen during the season of ‘wild game’. This snugly old country inn has been popular for centuries for travelers and guests from far and near alike.
Even the farmer’s mountain bacon is homemade here. That’s why everything at the Kreuz in Reutte/Tirol tastes precisely the way it’s supposed to: delicious, genuine and original.
In wintertime, you can get here only on skis, and are well advised to spend the night. The reason is simple: the culinary and wine offers on the Angerer Alm can simply not be resisted.
In the middle of Tirol’s Alpine landscape, one is treated to a close-up look at the lifestyle of prominent Austrians of the past, such as Empress Maria Theresa and “Sisi”: Innsbruck’s Hofburg, one of the three most important historical buildings in Austria, was once a favorite residence of the Habsburgs.
A wide-angle view of history: this new, modern museum provides an impressive survey of Tirol’s turbulent history and its effect on the country and its people. The centrepiece of the museum is the gigantic panoramic painting known as the “Riesenrundgemälde”.
A shopper’s paradise on six levels: in the centre of Innsbruck’s historic old town, with its centuries-old buildings, English star architect David Chipperfield’s new Kaufhaus Tyrol provides a welcome contrast.
A new way to climb a mountain: not far from Innsbruck’s famed “Goldenes Dachl”, an amorphous ice formation glitters in the sun. Upon closer inspection, however, it reveals itself as the lower terminus of the Hungerburgbahn hybrid funicular railway, whose striking appearance sprung from the imagination of star architect Zaha Hadid.
Marveling like a child is rare these days, but one cannot help it when standing in the interior of a huge crystal, watching light refracted in hundreds of mirrored surfaces. The imposing Crystal Dome is the showpiece of the “Swarovski Crystal Worlds”.
The historic village inn in Stumm, home town of skiing legend Stephan Eberharter, is itself an enticing invitation that everyone hastens to accept: to savor awhile, to linger awhile.
A glass palace with panorama views: in terms of furnishings, The Penz, located in the heart of Innsbruck, is not much different than other 4-star hotels. That special something is to be discovered on the fifth floor, where the bar and restaurant offer spectacular views of Innsbruck by night.
Princely pleasures on Lake Achensee: that one lives like royalty at the Travel Charme Hotel on Lake Achensee is no coincidence – it was, after all, built some 550 years ago. And it is not only the fact that this is the only hotel located directly on the lakeshore that makes the Fürstenhaus so exceptional.
At the Metzgerwirt in Uderns, it is far from ‘all sausage’, nonetheless you shouldn’t depart without have tasted that, too. It is homemade, and it is scrumptious.
When a hotel is voted “Europe’s most beautiful environmentally-friendly hotel” for the third year in a row by an expert jury of the German travel magazine “Geo Saison”, it must be something special. And it is: the Waldklause!
From a modest country inn to an award-winning boutique hotel: guests are drawn to Kitzbühel’s Schwarzer Adler for its traditional hospitality, modern architecture, and stupendous views across the entire city from the longest rooftop pool in the Alps.
Winter vacation in your private chalet with room for up to eight people, your own wellness oasis, optional hotel service, and the ski lift right by the front door? Yes it is possible: the five new chalets at the Maierl Alm offer all of this – and at affordable rates!
Geographically, politically, artistically and culinarily, all roads have led to Vienna for centuries. The results speak for themselves. Imperial grandeur. Cutting-edge culture. Stunning natural beauty. Austria doesn't just embody the great European traditions -- it's the essence of Europe itself.
As a fascinating counterpoint to the historic Imperial Apartments of the Hofburg Innsbruck, a special show in a modern exhibition space one level below examines the subject of Alpinism.
In the Renaissance and Baroque, Innsbruck was one of Europe’s most important centres of music. The Innsbruck Festival, the oldest existing festival for early music, carries on this tradition each August.
The combination of a protective wall and an exhibition space makes the Alpinarium Galtür and its architecture unique in all of Europe.
The Top Mountain Star in the Oetztal Valley is a high point in every sense of the word.
It takes a village: Stanz in Tirol is Austria’s top producer of high-quality Schnapps.
To experience the symphony of glass and taste of a truly outstanding wine get a behind the scenes look at the Riedel factory in Kufstein/Tirol, where these exquisite glasses are made. Explore an amazing range of glasses from the narrow-mouthed port glass, to the balloon-shaped Burgundy glass, capable of holding an entire bottle of wine, and don’t forget to take some of these wine jewels home.
Once a year at the beginning of May, Austria’s best chefs and the top vintners from the Burgenland meet in Sölden to provide an extraordinary culinary experience amid the majestic peaks of the Ötz Valley.
Discover the birth place of the modern-day Dollar. In the historic town of Hall in Tirol, the ancient Mint Tower is an impressive reminder of a time when currency was literally as hard as the material it was produced from. Have fun exploring the history of money and mint your own coin as a souvenir.
At this *****Arlberg hotel you reside at 5900 feet above sea level right next to the slopes. Located partially in the historic former residence of the brotherhood of St. Christoph, which was founded in 1386, the Arlberg Hospiz is the perfect example of consciously lived hospitality.
Enjoy an eagle's perspective of Tirol’s most beautiful Alpine scenery. Novices and experts alike will enjoy the varied terrain of the Eagle's Walk.
All are of one opinion, from Time magazine to wine pope Robert M. Parker: without the glasses of Tirol’s glassmaker, wine wouldn’t taste half as good.
A vacation in Austria gets you close to nature and allows you to get to know the people and the wonderful traditions. Austria's landscapes are incredibly varied and the options are endless. Be it a relaxing walk or experiencing the great outdoors in the Austrian Alps. Keep in mind that you are never far from historic city centers, cultural events and gourmet restaurant.
Past and future meet in the heart of the Alps, where Innsbruck’s world-famous sights, which testify to the Tirol province’s great past, stand alongside post-modern international architecture to create a fascinating blend.
It's the season! During the four weeks leading up to Christmas Eve, charming Christmas Markets pop up in every Austrian town, big and small, all over the country. Shop for Christmas tree decorations and souvenirs, or just enjoy the festive atmosphere and join the locals in the early evening to enjoy a steaming mug of mulled wine and some roasted chestnuts.
Guests at this hotel can improve their wellbeing with an individually tailored program. The future of your sustained good health lies in Tirol.
We have partnered with a number of tour operators and selected great trips to Austria's cities as well as our beautiful countryside. Wheather you would like to bike along great rivers, hike in the beautiful Alps, or just enjoy Austria's majestic cities...
Looking for an upscale dining experience in Tirol? We have compiled a list of restaurants, that will enhance your travel experience.
To spend a vacation in the Wildschoenau in Austria is to experience a lush valley whose people have kept alive many customs, long forgotten in other places. Known for its wild beauty, this valley embodies “pristine” Alpine living.
Austria has six National parks, almost 60 nature preserves and „nature parks“, about 35 „hot spots“ for bird-watching, 20 Alpine gardens and many other opportunities to admire nature in its undisturbed, pristine beauty