Elaborately dressed cows line the street during autumn in Tyrol, as this region is a part of Austria that celebrates Almabtrieb – a historic tradition that pays homage to animals for their work by dressing them up and parading them for guests and natives to admire. Food and drinks are generally served during the celebrations.
As well as all the standard Austrian favourites, Tyrolean cuisine has some special dishes of its own. Foodies should check out the Culinary Adventure Market, which takes place annually in Lermoos. Spread across four days, the event sees many local restaurants getting together to put on a foodie bonanza, giving visitors the chance to taste some of the region’s best food. Another tasty highlight is the Culinary Evening at the summit of the Zugspitze, the region’s highest mountain. This event comprises local food (including cheese fondue), musical entertainment and awe-inspiring views.
The Zugspitz Arena is home to Tyrol’s largest lake, Heiterwang. In the summertime, boat cruises take you across the pristine waters while fishermen (and women) and divers descend. If temperatures dip low enough in the winter, it transforms into a stunning natural ice rink, making for a fantastic, free activity. Alternatively, the mountain lake Blindsee is equally as beautiful – and particularly popular with divers due to its crystal clear water.
The Tiroler Zugspitz Arena is one of Austria’s best areas for hiking, catering to both families on a forest amble and serious seasoned hikers looking for a challenge full of sharp ascents into the wilderness. The Berwanger Valley is a good choice for both casual walkers and hiking enthusiasts as it is full of natural beauty, such as lakes, the Lech River, lush meadows, forests and mountains. The highest mountain in the region, the Zugspitze, which is technically in neighbouring Germany, is well worth the struggle to the top (a cable car is available for those who want a more relaxing trip). On a good day, from the panorama platform, mountains of four countries can be seen. Visit this website for more details on hiking in the area.
Not just a hiker’s paradise, this area also attracts cyclists to its trails, with both flat and rocky tracks for cyclists of every ability. Guided tours are available and they are a good choice for those who don’t want to risk getting lost and want to put themselves in the hands of experts who know the most beautiful parts of the area. Those who want a gentle cycle should check out the Wachtersteig route, which is suitable for families with children.