The overwhelming beauty of Austria’s third largest province is spectacular. One of Tyrol’s biggest claims to fame are its 500 mountain peaks that rise more than 3,000m (9800ft) above sea level. These sky-scraping peaks and awe-inspring mountain ranges dominate the Alpine landscape of Tirol’s five main regions: Außerfern, Oberland, Unterland, Innsbruck and East Tirol.
Tyrol has a population of over 700,000 (living in 279 communities, eleven of which are towns). Tirol’s largest city is its capital, Innsbruck, which is located near the geographic center. Explore the mountains surrounding Innsbruck, and get the best of both worlds—the urban sophistication of a historic city and an Alpine playground that begins where the sidewalks end.
From Schwarzenberg and the Bregenzerwald region, continue on via the B200, a scenic and winding mountain road, towards the famous Alpine resort town of Lech am Arlberg. Though known around the globe as a leading winter resort, Lech has become a true two-season destination, offering summer fun for the whole family.
From scenic Lech it is only a 40-minute drive to St. Anton am Arlberg. A renowned ski resort in winter, St. Anton beckons with beautiful hiking trails in summer. Have your camera ready for the next phase of your Alpine exploration: a cable car ride on the Galzig Bahn. A second cable car takes you up to the Valluga, the highest peak in the region. Back in town, the Kandahar museum chronicles the fascinating history of alpine skiing, which originated on the Arlberg.
If you have time to spare on your way back to Innsbruck, numerous detours offer intimate glimpses of the side valleys of the Inn River, Central Europe’s largest tributary of the Danube. There’s the Aquadome spa, in the Oetz Valley; the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world, in Reutte; the world’s oldest mint tower, in Hall; and the picturesque Seekirche church, in Seefeld. Each is worthy of a stop. Conversely, if you choose to continue straight to Innsbruck, the drive from St. Anton takes little more than an hour.
This itinerary is compliments of the Austrian Tourist Office.