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Think hiking instead of snow shoeing, biking instead of skiing or snowboarding and climbing up, instead of sliding down.

Guests can explore the fantastic trails, take in the spectacular views or relax by tranquil lakes.

This summer the region has more walking routes, new terrain for mountain bikers and a wider range of accommodation for whatever your holiday vibe.  


There's over 24,000km of hiking trails winding through the Austrian Tirol.

Scale the peaks or meander up and down the gentle hills taking in the views the Tirol is famous for.

On the PlanetSKI bucket list this summer is (perhaps part of) hut-to-hut hike The Eagle Walk.

This route stretches along 413km of the Alps (but can be cut down to manageable sections for a shorter holiday).

New this summer for keen hikers is the 60-kilometre Karwendel High Trail.

It takes in six days of walking, 7,000m of elevation, five nights sleeping in mountain huts; Oh, and then there's the insane beauty and views of Austria's biggest nature park.

Karwendel Hight Trail Seefelder Joch © Elsler StephanKarwendel Hight Trail Seefelder Joch © Elsler Stephan


Families: Tackle the Starkenberg Panorama Trail that links Fernpass with Landeck Castle along flowing rivers and calm lakes, letting you discover more of the Tirol's history and culture.

The new 3-day Alpine Pasture Tour in the Alpbachtal Valley takes trekkers to quiet spots between Reith, Alpbach and Inneralpbach.

It's an easy one, open to beginners and families or to step-it-up, try the four day-er across the Brandenberg Alps and Rofan Mountain Range.

3-day Alpuine Pasture Tour, Alpbachtal Valley. ©Tirol Werbung Pupeter Robert3-day Alpuine Pasture Tour, Alpbachtal Valley. ©Tirol Werbung Pupeter Robert


920 km of cycle paths and roads.

Take it relaxed through gentle meadows, take on the tracks travelling along creeks as well as the steeper stuff.

Now the Tirol is also known for its cuisine so what better way to enjoy the area than by burning through the valleys and up mountains to stop at inns and restaurants serving local food.

You can take it more leisurely by hiring an e-bike for scaling and descending those Austrian mountains.

Electric bikes have grown massively in popularity and, though still far from being free-of-effort, make the hills a little easier for those newer to mountain biking.

Flimjocht Trail Ischgl © TVB Paznaun-IschglFlimjocht Trail Ischgl © TVB Paznaun-Ischgl

Recommended routes:
  • The new purpose-built mountain bike trail from Schmirn to the top of Tuxer Joch Col that links Hintertux with Schmirntal Valley
  • Ischgl's new intermediate trail Flimjoch starting at the top of Flimjochbahn chair lift at 2,757m
  • Experts try the alternative that connects with the Flimjoch lower down
  • An Enduro: The Bergkasteltrail in Nauders am Reschen Pass
  • New mountain bikers there are two new lines at Sölden Bike Republic; The Ollweite Line is 7km rolling and technical route around the reservoir: The Lettn Line is a fun, flowing and muddy trail rated beginner
Road cyclists come to the Tirol late August 2018 to try the newly-paved Gurgltal Cycle Path through the Gurgltal Valley.

Bike Republic Sölden©Tirol WerbungBike Republic Sölden©Tirol Werbung


From Bond and beyond...

The 25th James Bond film is coming in 2019 and in anticipation (and appreciation of the classics to modern movies) the "007 Elements" cinematic experience will open in July 2018.

It'll be at 3,000m atop Gaislachkogl Peak, in Sölden.

Sölden featured in Spectre, the last James Bond movie during the thrilling ski-chase sequence.

Atoll at the Achensee Lake © Atoll AchenseeAtoll at the Achensee Lake © Atoll Achensee

Atoll is a new recreation centre on the shores of Achensee Lake.

Nestled in Buchau, the water playground includes a 25m pool, fun outdoor pools with a waterslide, a health and sauna suite with a rooftop infinity pool.

Those staying can also use the fitness and cardio zones, a well-equipped gym and check out the bouldering terrain.

Children will surely be entertained at the Strandbad Buchau adventure playground, with a huge ship to play in.

Raft Trip, Rifflsee, Pitztal ValleyRaft Trip, Rifflsee, Pitztal Valley

Europe's highest-lying float trip at Rifflsee Lake in the Pitztal Valley is also where we want to head this summer.

Take in the grand lake with the mountain backdrop  and glacier scenery aboard a 140-square-metre raft way up high, at 2,232m above sea level.

The Wiedersbergerhorn Mountain in the Alpbachtal Valley has a new mountain coaster that runs along the curves, crags and vert of the mountain.

Wait til 19th May then head for the Alpbachtaler Lauser Sauser for thrills.


Basic, rustic, luxury, brand new, authentic guesthouses, lodges, apartments, chalets...  

The Tirol has got it all, whatever your holiday vibe.

For high-end luxury, try the 5-star superior Astoria hotel for panoramic sauna views, a private spa, top food and swimming between linked pools, indoor and out.

Other newbies opening in Seenfeld will be the A-Vita Living luxury chalets, Panorama Chalet Seefeld and Löwen Chalets Seefeld.

Then there's the small and beautiful Alpennest Hotel Leutasch in neighbouring resort, Leutasch.

Fun and chilled for intrepid adventurers and nature enthusiasts try the new Basecamp in Gramais, the Lechtal Valley (which is, just so you know, Austria's smallest village...)

It's no-frills, hostel-style accommodation right there deep in nature.

From late June you can be the first to stay at WNDRLX resort in Mittelberg, the Pitztal Valley.

The luxury base camp is situated to be the perfect adventure or activity launchpad.

There are high-end chalets and apartments with private spas, there's a a welcoming restaurant with an outdoor patio overlooking the pond.

PURE Resort Pitztal operated by WNDRLXPURE Resort Pitztal operated by WNDRLX


BA will fly every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from LHR to Innsbruck.

easyJet will add one more flight to Innsbruck this summer, meaning direct flights every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from LGW.

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