Tyrol, Salzburg and the Austrian Alps
Tried, Tested & Highly Recommended!
Though historically known best for its skiing resorts and winter sports, the Tyrol is an excellent summer destination. Idyllic villages, towering mountains and glistening lakes all contribute to its soaring popularity. The mountainous Austrian state offers a wonderful variety of attractions and sights. From rural steam trains and lake cruises to medieval cities, it is a perfectly picturesque place.
Tyrol’s Endless Possibilities
Visit the Alpine capital of Innsbruck, overlooked by the Bergisel Ski Jump. This wonderful riverside town is a hub of culture and tradition, nestled in the mountains. While there, see the ornate Hofburg Palace and the iconic 16th-century Goldenes Dachl, the gold-clad roof and balcony, from where the nobility would address the townspeople. The Swarovski Crsytal Worlds in Wattens, where the world-renowned crystal-manufacturing company was founded, demand a visit. Here, there’s a dazzling array of creations inspired by crystals, designed by local and international artists.
Admire the beautiful landscape of the state with a tour through the Pinzgau and Ziller Valleys. Stop in the charming ski town of Kitzbühel and at the cascading waterfalls at Krimml. A steam train journey takes you to serene Lake Achen, where you can cruise in the heart of the Alps. Furthermore, just a short drive away lies Salzburg, perhaps most famous as Mozart’s birthplace and setting for ‘The Sound of Music’. It boasts ornate palaces and the beautiful Hohensalzburg castle.
We recommend enjoying this beautiful Alpine state with a stay at the welcoming, family-run Hotel Tyrol in Söll. Recently inspected by Greatdays’ staff, it offers an extensive buffet breakfast and four course evening meals with salad buffet and three choices of main course. With a weekly Gala dinner too, there is surely no better base for a tour of Austria.
April - October 2022
Arrive in Tyrol
Travel to Austria by coach or train through Europe, or with flights to Munich, Innsbruck or Salzburg and coach transfer to your hotel. Relax into your hotel before a hearty 4 course meal.
Innsbruck and Crystals
No Tyrolean tour would be complete without a visit to the Alpine state’s cultural capital – Innsbruck. Today we visit the Bergisel Ski Jump, a venue for both the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics which boasts unparalleled views over Innsbruck. Perhaps enjoy a refreshment in the tower’s panoramic restaurant before spending some time in Innsbruck’s historic old town. The famous Goldenes Dachl – Golden Roof – is the symbol of the city and well worth seeing. The town centre’s Hofburg Palace is a beautiful example of Austrian imperial architecture, housing fascinating exhibits on Tyrolean culture and the House of Hapsburg.
After exploring Innsbruck, head to the nearby town of Wattens to experience the stunning Swarovski Crystal Worlds. The museum’s Chambers of Wonder offer fascinating cystalline designs by international artists. As easy as it is to while away the afternoon marvelling at these sparkling and thought-provoking creations, the Crystal Worlds’ gardens and hedge maze are not to be missed, as is the store with the world’s most expansive collection of Swarovski products.
There’s free time today to relax in the hotel and explore the local area. Perhaps relax in the hotel’s sauna or steam room, or have a dip in the outdoor pool.
Kitzbühel, Krimml Waterfalls and the Ziller Valley
This morning we head off to discover the picturesque Ziller and Pinzgau Valleys. Our first stop is in the idyllic ski resort of Kitzbühel, where we can soak up the mountain air before continuing to the famous Krimml Waterfalls. Europe’s highest free-falling cascades, the lowest of the falls is reached with a gentle 30-minute stroll, and is well worth the effort.
We continue through the Ziller valley, with a return steam train from Jenbach to Seespitz, on the banks of Lake Achen. Here we board a boat for a leisurely afternoon lake cruise, before returning to the hotel in the evening.
We enjoy full day’s excursion today to the fairytale city of Salzburg. The birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and setting for many of the scenes in ‘The Sound of Music’, Salzburg has a character all of its own. Perhaps take a guided tour of the city’s highlights, or simply spend some time exploring the old town at your leisure. Beautiful views of the city can be found at the Hohensalzburg castle, symbol of the Salzburg, and the impressive castle is itself well worth a visit.
Return to the UK
Today we depart the Austrian Tyrol and return to the UK.
Featured hotel – Inspected by Greatdays staff in August 2017
Hotel Tyrol, Söll ****
Popular centrally located hotel in Soll, only five minutes walk from the centre of the village. The hotel offers a heated outdoor swimming pool as well as a gym, sauna, steam bath and solarium. This family-run hotel offers a warm welcome to groups and excellent meals. Coach parking is available next to the hotel.
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