In the West of Austria, Tyrol is renowned for its ski resorts. Home to Innsbruck, twice the home for the Winter Olympics, and with some of the most popular ski resorts in the country, Tyrol should not be overlooked when considering the destination of your ski holiday.
Tyrol, or Tirol in German, is considered by many to be the heart of the Alps. Not only is the region so centrally located within the mountain range, mountain culture is also so intricately-woven into the region’s way of life. With such a strong Tyrolean personality, you can expect an abundance of tradition and heritage such as Carnival and the yearly ‘cattle drives’, as well as unique culinary experiences that are typical with the region.
With some of the most picturesque landscapes in Austria, Tyrol is peppered with charming villages with Renaissance church spires typical in the region. Is there anything else more charming than a picture-postcard village surrounded by mountains?
Another famous landmark in Tyrol is the Grossglockner Pass, a winding Alpine road which weaves dramatically down the highest mountain in Austria – the Grossglockner. The highest surfaced mountain pass road in Austria, driving down the Grossglockner Pass is an activity in itself.
The capital city of Tyrol is Innsbruck, a picturesque city with an abundance of spectacular architecture and mountain culture. The famous Golden Roof, or ‘Goldenes Dachl’ is in the Old Town area and has been decorated by 2,657 fire-gilded copper tiles. The result is a striking golden roof barnacled on the 15-16th Century building. Originally built as a place for the Emperor of Austria to enjoy festivals and tournaments which took place in the city square below.
There are over 80 ski areas in Tyrol, with five Glacier Ski Resorts in the area. Popular ski resorts in the region include Fugen, Mayrhofen, Zell am Ziller and Solden. Well known as a paradise for learners and expert skiers alike, there are 300 acclaimed ski school learning programs in Tyrol, so you can be confident in choosing Tyrol as a place to go to introduce yourself or your family to the joys of skiing.