Ten Places to See in the Tyrol

Now that many of the attractions, sights and indoor facilities in the Tyrol have once again opened for visitors, here are ten spots that visitors should take a look at:

1. Innsbruck Old Town

The historic centre of Innsbruck
The old town centre of Innsbruck
© Erwin Haiden | bikeboard.at

There is much to see in Innsbruck’s historic city centre: traditional house facades mixed with impressive buildings such as the Golden Roof, the Imperial Palace and Church and the city tower. Heading out of it, the Maria-Theresien-Straße with its numerous cafés and boutiques leads towards the Anna column and the Triumphal Arch.
More information: www.tyrol.com/things-to-do/attractions/all-attractions/a-historic-town-innsbruck

2. Swarovski Crystal Worlds

The Kristallwolken outside the Swarovski installation in Wattens
The ‘crystal clouds’ outside the Swarovski Kristallwelten
© Casey Moore

The Swarovski Crystal Worlds in Wattens are a unique place for anyone’s imagination. Seventeen Chambers of Wonder and a spacious garden opened again on 11 June 2020. The heart of the garden is the Crystal Cloud, which consists of around 800,000 hand-sewn Swarovski crystals. Works by famous artists and treasures from all over the world await visitors in the Chambers of Wonder. This year, the Swarovski Crystal Worlds are celebrating their 25th anniversary and, at the same time, the 125th anniversary of the Swarovski company.
More information: www.tyrol.com/things-to-do/attractions/all-attractions/a-swarovski-kristallwelten-crystal-worlds

3. highline179

Burg Ehrenberg near Reutte
© Bernhard Aichner

The “highline179” pedestrian suspension bridge connects the castle ruin Ehrenberg with Fort Claudia in Reutte. The narrow and open construction gives visitors the feeling of floating as they walk across the cable suspension bridge. The bridge is 406 metres long and 114 metres above the ground with a width of just 1.20 metres.
More information: www.tyrol.com/things-to-do/attractions/all-attractions/a-highline179

4. Tyrolean Farmhouse Museum

Tyrolean Farmhouse Museum in Kramsach
© Bernhard Aichner

The Tyrolean Farmhouse Museum in Kramsach features 37 original buildings – farms and outbuildings from various Tyrolean valley communities – which were removed stone by stone and rebuilt in the open air museum. Visitors can get a real picture of everyday rural life and work before industrialisation.
More information: www.tyrol.com/things-to-do/attractions/all-attractions/a-museum-of-tyrolean-farms

5. Kufstein Fortress

The fortress at Kufstein in the Tyrol
The Kufstein fortress
© Bernhard Aichner

The Kufstein fortress towers above the Inn on a 90-metre-high rock promontory. The landmark of Kufstein is one of the most popular excursion destinations in Tyrol and can be reached on foot as well as with the Kaiser Maximilian panorama cable car. The imposing medieval building also houses the largest free organ in the world, the Heroes’ Organ.
More information: www.tyrol.com/things-to-do/attractions/all-attractions/a-kufstein-fortress

6. Kaunertal Glacier Road

The Kaunertal glacier road.
View on the way up the Kaunertal Glacier Road
© Tobias Madörin

The journey on the Kaunertal glacier road may be a short trip but there is plenty to see. The vegetation changes with the climate as the altitude rises almost 1500 metres. The road to the Weißseeferner glacier is 26 kilometres long and has 29 hairpin bends, making it one of the most spectacular racing bike tours in the Alps.
More information: www.tyrol.com/things-to-do/attractions/all-attractions/a-kaunertal-glacier-road

7. Alpinarium Galtür

The Alpinarium in Galtür
The Alpinarium in Galtür
© Stefan Kuerzi | TVB Paznaun-Ischgl

The Alpinarium Galtür is a central part of the protective wall, which was built after the avalanche in February 1999. The combination of the 345-metre long and 19-metre high protective wall and museum makes the Alpinarium Galtür a special information, documentation and exhibition centre. The museum was nominated for the European Museum Award in 2007 and 2015.
More information: www.tyrol.com/things-to-do/attractions/all-attractions/a-alpinarium-galtuer

8. Hall in Tirol

The winding streets in the centre of Hall in Tirol
The medieval centre of Hall in Tirol
© Bert Heinzlmeier

The buildings in Hall’s old town bear witness to its past as a prosperous city. Hall in Tirol became the most important economic centre in North Tyrol in the Middle Ages due to salt extraction and is today one of the best-preserved old towns in the country. The vibrant small town captivates visitors with its joie de vivre, varied shopping facilities and stylish hospitality. And all this between walls steeped in history.
More information: www.tyrol.com/places/a-hall-in-tirol

9. The Achensee

The Achensee, the largest lake in Tyrol
Boarding a ferry at the Achensee
© Oliver Soulas

A boat trip on the Tyrol’s largest lake is an unforgettable experience and has been possible again since mid May 2020. The elegant ships of the Achensee fleet glide across the water while guests can relax and enjoy the view of the turquoise-blue depths. The first ferry steamed over the “Tyrolean Sea” 133 years ago.
More information: www.tyrol.com/things-to-do/attractions/all-attractions/a-achensee-shipping-company

10. Hohe Tauern National Park

Ranger in the Hohe Tauern National Park
A park ranger in the Hohe Tauern National Park
© Bert Heinzlmeier

The Hohe Tauern National Park is one of the most impressive high mountain landscapes in the world. The altitude levels from the valleys to the summit regions of 3000-metre peaks create habitats for an extraordinary variety of species. Guided tours in small groups with a maximum of nine participants with specially-trained national park rangers are also possible at any time in this nature reserve covering 1800 square kilometres.
More information: www.tyrol.com/things-to-do/attractions/nature-parks/national-park-hohe-tauern