Day-Trips from Innsbruck, Tyrol - Part II

Day-Trips slightly further away

6.) Lake Achensee: The "Sea of Tyrol", as it is sometimes pompously called, is the biggest lake of the province and has its own cruise lines. Very popular with both, locals and tourists, especially towns like Eben. The surrounding villages are popular tourist destinations, too, and the prospect of doing water-sports in an Alpine scenery draws visitors from near and far. Quite alright, in my opinion - for those keen on lakeside activities.

7.) Schwaz: An absolute highlight of Tyrol is the ancient mining town of Schwaz. The former silver ore mines are now a show mine, but the late-Gothic parish church and the late-medieval and Renaissance city centre are real winners. Definitely a great day-trip from Innsbruck.

8.) Rattenberg & Alpbach: The small town of Rattenberg by the River Inn is pretty and historic, but even useful as a base to explore the picturesque villages in the surrounding. Such as Alpbach, which is not only a quintessential Tyrolean mountain town, but also serves as a host village to the "European Forum Alpbach" - a conference of great minds that takes place here every summer, originally initiated by Nobel laureate Erwin Schrödinger.

9.) Imst: This small town offers the usual bits and pieces of Tyrol - mountains, old farmhouses and the odd tourist attraction. Imst is also well-known for it customs and traditions, so if you are in Tyrol and particularly interested in folk culture, it is worth checking out what might be going on in Imst during your stay.

10.) Skiing - Stubaital & Ötztal Valley: Assuming that you might be in Innsbruck during the skiing season, you could possibly be interested in good skiing areas nearby. Innsbruck itself has of course some fine slopes to offer, but if you want to go to really popular resorts, try the Stubaital just south of the capital; Neustift is particularly big. Otherwise, the Ötztal with towns like Sölden are within easy reach and famous for excellent slopes.

Pretty far away Day-Trip Destinations

11.) Zillertal & Mayrhofen: The Zillertal Valley is one of the prettiest of the many pretty valleys in Tyrol - and a rather touristy one. Nevertheless, the Zillertalians are said to be a hospital bunch and towns like Mayrhofen are popular throughout the year. Mayrhofen is a popular skiing resort, and the folk culture of the Zillertal is still practiced all over the area.

12.) Kufstein: The "Pearl of Tyrol" has a medieval core and an impressive fortress on a hill in the middle of a dramatic Alpine scenery, but with direct access to the plains of Bavaria. What else do you want? Kufstein is one of the most attractive towns in Tyrol and thus, a very popular destination with tourists.

13.) Reutte & Ehrwald: In the north-west of Tyrol, you find the towns of Reutte and Ehrwald that grant great access to the surrounding mountains and Alpine lakes. Just like elsewhere in Tyrol, the region can be rather touristy especially during the main season, but the mountain scenery should compensate you for that.

14.) Kitzbühel & the National Park Hohe Tauern: The skiing town of Kitzbühel is among the poshest skiing resorts in all of Austria. During the summer, the surrounding mountains make a good hiking destination. Crossing the border to nearby Salzburg, you can dive into the National Park Hohe Tauern with some of Austria′s most impressive Alpine landscapes. Especially the Krimml Waterfalls are recommendable.

15.) Salzburg: The capital of the neighbouring province is an absolute highlight of Austria - a Baroque gem with natural beauty and cultural offerings. After all, my hometown. And well-worth a visit! The highway connection via Bavaria makes Salzburg quite accessible from Innsbruck.

16.) Bregenz & Lake Constance: Another provincial capital, this one of Vorarlberg - Bregenz is situated by Lake Constance or Bodensee. Many visitors that stay in Tyrol neglect the possibility to go there, but they miss out: Bregenz and the surroundings, especially the Bregenzerwald Forest, do justify a visit.

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Sightseeing in other Provinces

Bregenz and Vorarlberg - Innsbruck and Tyrol - Salzburg - Linz & Upper Austria - Salzkammergut - Graz and Styria - Klagenfurt and Carinthia - Wachau and Lower Austria - Vienna - Burgenland

Further Reading

Official website of Tyrol