Bike park in St. Anton am Arlberg
Photo: Patrick Baetz, TVB St. Anton am Arlberg
Summer in Austria: Tirol
There are two kinds of people when it comes to Austria’s Tirol: Those who love it and cannot wait to come back; and those who haven’t been there yet. The region’s majestic peaks and enchanting meadows will touch your soul. And this season, there are more trails to run, more tours to bike, and even more routes to discover. Challenge yourself with a long-distance trail, or explore the blooming valleys on an e-bike. Conquer one of the more than 500 peaks over 3,000 metres, or become part of century-old traditions at events like the autumnal cattle drive. Whatever you’re looking for, one thing’s for certain: You will want to come back.
“Here I have finally found a place of quiet, a place of peace, the like of which I could have only wished for” Goethe, 1829
Photo: Christian Vorhofer, Innsbruck Tourismus
Mountains and the City - in Innsbruck
Innsbruckis the regional capital of Tirol and combines urban city life with unspoilt nature and impressive mountains. Five mountain ranges surround this city and all are within easy reach to provide your ultimate Alpine experience. The Karwendel Nature Park is also very close by and well worth a visit – so your next adventure is always just one step away.
Just a 20-minute train ride from Innsbruck’s city centre, the Swarovski Crystal Worldsoffer a one-of-a-kind experience. This large-scale yet whimsical museum invites you into a world filled with crystal-studded art and immersive installations such as a crystallized carousel. Opened in 1995, the Crystal Worlds now feature works by the likes of Andy Warhol, Salvador Dalí, and Yayoi Kusama, spread across 17 so-called “Chambers of Wonder” and an extensive garden area that are just waiting for you to explore them.
Photo: Wildschönau Tourismus FG
Authentic Active Holidays in Wildschönau
Nestled in the heart of the Kitzbühel Alps, the high valley of Wildschönau offers 300 km of walking paths. Take a hut-to-hut hike and experience the region of Wildschönauclose-up – as a bonus, a lot of tasty mountain cheese can be tried along the way. The landscape is a huge outdoor playground and offers a wide variety of activities for families – wouldn’t your little ones just love to take part in an Alpine treasure hunt or visit a beekeeper? Tip: Get the Wildschönau Card for free use of cable cars, complimentary guided walks, and other benefits.
Where else can you see four countries at once? At 2,962 metres, the imposing Zugspitze offers not just magnificent views – even though the views are pretty impressive – but also countless routes for hikers and mountain bikers of all levels. The Tiroler Zugspitz Arenais also home to a brand-new attraction this season: the Skill Area Lermoos bikepark at the valley station of the Grubigsteinbahn cable car offers training routes and trails in the difficulty levels S1-S3.
If the weather is not on your side on the south-facing routes in the mountains, try the EhrWALLd climbing centre. The Tiroler Zugspitz Arena is also a paradise for air sport lovers: Lermoos is a famous spot for paragliding – and circling above the Zugspitze is an unforgettable experience.
Fresh mountain air, breathtaking views, and moments of complete silence are the recipe for wholesome regeneration in theZiller Valley. Throughout its Nature Park, the landscape is beautiful and unspoilt, whilst broad paths through the valley and alongside the River Ziller are ideal for sharing an adventure with family and friends.
In the Zillertal valley, you can find some of the most beautiful long-distance hiking trails in Tirol, featuring unique views, crystal-clear mountain lakes, and clean fresh air. And after a challenging but unforgettable tour through the Alps, you can rest in the most comfortable and cosy huts with excellent regional food.
Photo: Alberto Campanile, Alpbachtal-Seenland Tourismus
The picturesque Alpbach Valleyis an oasis of Austrian culture. The beautiful villages in the area reflect the way of living – Alpbach’s romantic wooden huts radiate warm-heartedness and cosiness. Take a stroll through Rattenberg, Austria’s smallest town with just 400 inhabitants, to learn more about Tirol’s history and culture. An absolute highlight and must-try are the homemade culinary specialities of the region - Brandenberger Prügeltorte (a cake baked on an open fire!), regional cheeses, and Alpbacher beer are just a few. These delicious creations taste even better after having walked some of the 900 km of marked hiking paths the region has to offer.
Ready to check out the best routes? Find some of them here.
High up in St. Johann in Tirol
St. Johann in Tiroloffers the chance to explore the Kaiser mountains on a unique five-day hike, with the jagged rock crown of the Wilder Kaiser mountain a must-visit destination for experienced hikers.
A variety of activities will get the adrenalin pumping for the whole family: Enjoy the landscape at the Hornpark Kletterwald Adventure Park with its 230-metre zip line or take a mountain cart to speed down to the valley from Harschbichl Mountain. After a good day on your feet, Tirolean hospitality takes care of your needs and invites you to relax in a cosy atmosphere.
Kitzbühelis not just a winter holiday destination, it’s just as appealing and varied in summer. The combination of top-class sports and lush lifestyle makes this region a unique spot for international guests. Here, traditional craftsmanship meets international luxury brands and traditional inns compete with gourmet restaurants.
Kitzbühel is also a marvellous combination of picturesque town and spectacular mountains: Enjoy a stroll through the historic, colourful town centre on one day and a demanding tour to the top of the Hahnenkamm on another.
Photo: Wolfgang Ehn, TVB St Anton am Arlberg
On New Paths Through St. Anton am Arlberg
Whether you’re looking for a spot to do some hiking, biking, climbing, or kayaking, St. Anton am Arlbergis the place for you: Hikers of all levels benefit from the region’s well-developed trail system (in fact, St. Anton am Arlberg was recently awarded the Tirolean Wandergütesiegel – the hikers’ seal of quality), whilst e-biking is becoming ever more popular, with St. Anton hosting its annual “E-Bike Festival” in June. It offers a great opportunity to find out about new techniques and meet like-minded bikers on one of the numerous routes throughout the region.
This is also a place for yoga lovers – during the Mountain Yoga Festival in early September, the whole region falls into a deep relaxation.
With the ÖBB Mobile Ticket, travelling by train becomes even more convenient. Buying a ticket to your next holiday destination has never been easier or faster – with just two clicks, you are good to go – and the ÖBB Mobile Ticket App delivers real-time information during your journey. The app also includes services from local public transport, giving you access to all your travel information in one place.
During the busy summer holiday season, we recommend reserving your seats (from € 3 per person).