Tirol (Tyrol) is an Austrian province at the heart of the Austrian Alps, 20% of which is which is protected as nature reserves. Bordering Germany, Italy and Switzerland, Tirol is a beautiful natural paradise, perfect for hiking, mountaineering, climbing and of course, skiing. There are extremely few places which combine staggering natural beauty and rich cultural heritage so breathtakingly, on top of which you find some of the best outdoor sports facilities anywhere in the world.
Tirol is one of the world’s most respected winter sports destinations, having hosted two Winter Olympics, and offering over 800 ski lifts, 3,000 miles of cross country skiing trails, 176 ski schools, 153 ice rinks and 159 toboggan runs. The feared downhill runs of Kitzbuhel are amongst Tirol’s finest skiing heritage, along with the ski jumping in Innsbruck and the cross-country trails of Seefeld. A ski holiday to Tirol can actually be taken at any time of the year, as there are no less than five glacier ski resorts available, including Pitztal and Stubaital.
After the snow clears, Tirol holidays take a new direction. The scenic Tirol cottages which scatter the stunning scenery of the area become a massive draw for walkers and hikers, with over 600 miles of hiking trails. There are 160 mountain huts to house hikers tackling some of the harder peaks, but a night in one of these will mean you really appreciate the luxury of a self catering rental in Tirol! In summer, the 40 glimmering lakes are a refreshing place for a dip for swimmers.
Whatever you enjoy, a Tirol cottage will certainly entertain. Relaxing with spectacular views and delightful mountain towns will be enough for many, but with white water rafting, rock climbing, kayaking, horse riding, wild water surfing, mountain biking hangliding and fishing available, and all of the highest quality. Golf in Tirol is surprisingly good too, especially when you consider the terrain.
The provincial capital, Innsbruck, is home to what is considered the most beautiful street, not only in Europe, but the world. The Mari a-Theresien Strasse connects the impressive Imperial Arch with the old town of Innsbruck, boasting the Golden Roof, the Imperial Court Church and a number of large paintings and dramatic statues.
The Zillertal Valley encompasses all that is magnificent about Tirol. A Tirol cottage rental in Zillertal is surrounded by unbeatable beauty, welcoming people and all the outdoor activities you could dream of.
Wilder Kaiser-Brixental is both a magnificent skiing resort (the largest interconnected ski area in Austria, with 250km of piste) and a summer haven for walkers.
Depending on the exact location of your Tirol cottage, either Innsbruck Airport (INN) or Salzburg Airport (SZG) will be the closest. Due to the popularity of Tirol holidays with visitors, there are a vast range of affordable transfer options too, so within 3 hours of leaving the UK, you can be looking with awe out over the dramatic mountain scenery of Tirol, Austria.