Heart of the Alps

Located at the centre of Europe, Austria is breathtaking to say the least. Adorned by the Alps mountain ranges, the country is surround by 8 European countries and has no coastline. From the rhythmic horse parades in the Spanish riding school to Mozart’s musical symphonies, Austria is renowned for many reasons. Its federal state- Tirol is a wonderland of gushing rivers, lush meadows and rugged peaks. Mountain ranges converge in this picture-perfect region. The cobblestone streets lined with quaint baroque style houses make a pretty picture & the place easily captures quintessential Alpine scenery. Fantastic hiking trails wind along paths through the Zillertal Alps. Famed resort towns confetti the mountainsides, including Kitzbühel, St. Anton, Ischgl and Seefeld.

Tirol’s compact capital Innsbruck is a medieval gem. This city is named as Innsbruck due to the bridge on the river Inn. The word bruck comes from the German word brücke, which means bridge. Popular for its winter sports scene, Innsbruck is known as the ‘Largest Ski Resort of Europe’. With a late-medieval Altstadt (old town), vibrant cultural scene and adrenalin-fuelled pursuits of Olympic fame, Innsbruck is one of those rare places that really can say it has something for everyone without sounding clichéd. There are many beautiful 15th-16th century Gothic, Baroque, Renaissance style structures in the old parts of the city. One of these structures is the Golden Roof which, in fact, is a three-story balcony. This balcony was built in honour of Emperor Maximilian I’s marriage. The roof of this balcony is decorated with 2657 fire-gilded copper tiles. You get a glimpse of the 17th century Europe while taking a stroll on the street of Maria Theresien Strasse in Innsbruck. This street is packed round the clock with locals and tourists alike due to its boutique shops, pavement cafes, outdoor restaurants and indoor shopping complexes. The more sought-after attraction in this city is the Alpine Zoo. Here, you can peer into habitats of animals native to the area, including ibexes, brown bears, otters, golden eagles and wolves. The zoo is unique in that it focuses solely on the animals that inhabit the Alps. With its distinctive mountainside setting on foot of rugged Nordkette Mountain Range and with engaging exhibits and irresistible attractions, the wonders of the wild are just a short trip away. Large alpine habitats are home to over 100 species of animals. Your evening in Innsbruck is made musical & memorable with the Tyrolean Dinner Show. The Gundolf Family has been organising this show since the past 40 years, which showcases Tyrolean Folk Music.

In the heart of tyrolean's Ötztal, in the middle of the impressive Ötztal Mountains, there is the AQUA DOME-Tirol Therme Längenfeld with its elegant 4 star hotel. Everyone who wants to combine active enjoyment of nature with bathing, spa, and fitness will find a paradise of relaxation. AQUA DOME's comprehensive supply adds the alps-experience in an ideal way: Pleasant relaxation on 2.200m² water area and its own children area. The sauna-world Gletscherglühen with its own exterior and restaurant tops your thermal visiting off.

From river rafting to skiing, the Tyrolean village of Ötzi is an ideal place for all sorts of adventure activities. The Ötzi Village is the open-air archaeological park in Umhausen, where you can immerse yourself in another world 5000 years ago and experience a journey back in time to the people of the Stone Age at the time of the famous "Iceman". You can see prehistoric buildings, hunting equipment and tools as well as old breeds of domestic animals and life and housing of the Neolithic inhabitants. Stuibenfall waterfalls are at a walking distance.

Then there’s Area 47. Situated at the entrance to Ötztal Valley, Europe’s largest outdoor adventure park will have you splashing in the water, flying through the air, climbing and covering a lot of ground. There is enough adrenaline filled activity to last you a year: A huge water park with thrills and spills. An adventure area with the world’s highest high ropes course and maniacal jungle gyms. An outdoor area with all the action sports you can imagine. Area 47 offers some of the best outdoor action in Austria, too. Visitors can choose an adrenaline filled white water rafting or kayaking trip, leap off a waterfall into the river while canyoning through gorges and explore caves deep underground. You can also hike, mountain bike, rock climb and even go parasailing. Area 47 has log cabin and wooden teepee lodging for those who wish to make a holiday out of it, and you should. Surrounded by striking mountains and along a raging river, this park has beauty to match its endless activity. Area 47 definitely has it all.

Due to its geographic placement, Tirol is accessible not only from Austria but also from Italy and Germany. The International airport in Innsbruck is served by daily scheduled flights from Vienna, London and Frankfurt. The airports in Salzburg and Munich are an alternative to get to the Austrian Tirol. Also, there’s a good rail connectivity available from Innsbruck to most major cities in Austria. So, get planning your holiday in picturesque Tirol this summer.

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