Tyrol is a west Austrian state known for having some of the best winter sports facilities in Europe, and with striking mountain vistas in every direction, it’s easy to see why. What’s more, this region is full of tradition and atmosphere, with plenty of castles, monasteries, and various other historic points of interest to explore. Luxury and boutique hotels in Tyrol provide unrivaled access to this winter wonderland, each and every one completed by stunning mountain views. The hills certainly are alive in Tyrol.
Hotels in Tyrol: Classic beauty in the stunning Austrian Alps
Innsbruck: Tyrol’s mountainous capital
Pastel-colored houses, rolling pastures, rugged peaks, and cute boutique cafes are characteristic of Innsbruck’s classic Austrian charm. Located 573 meters above sea-level, Innsbruck is the internationally renowned center for winter sport, having hosted five separate Olympic winter events, as well as participating in the annual Four Hills Ski Jumping Tournament. Lying beneath the shadow of the 2000-meter-high Nordkette Mountain, Innsbruck is a hub for more than just physical activity. Hotels around Tyrol’s capital put you within walking distance of the 800-year-old medieval Old Town, which includes the glimmering façade of the Goldenes Dachl (Golden Roof). Overlooking the city is the grand Ambras Schloss; a stunning renaissance castle which has been home to Austrian nobility for hundreds of years. If you’re visiting Tyrol with family, a hotel in Innsbruck also gives you access to the highest zoo in Europe. An afternoon at Alpenzoo provides incredible views of the city from its mountainous location, as well as a delightful collection of animal life kids will love. For further stunning vistas over Innsbruck and the Alps, hop on the funicular up to Nordkette Mountain, and hike, bike, and explore this part of the Karwendel Nature Park – the largest in Austria.
Kitzbühel: Luxury skiing at Europe’s best resort
For an all-seasons destination, few places are as enticing as the stunning countryside around the medieval town of Kitzbühel. This wonderland is picture-postcard perfect in both winter and summer, and quiet hotels in the city center put you right near the ski lifts and hiking opportunities which abound throughout the year. In winter the town is ruled by a fashionable crowd in expensive fur coats seeking some of the best skiing in Europe. Kitzbühel’s legendary resort features 179 kilometers of mixed slopes, world-class ski schools for all ages and abilities, and a long, rich historic connection to the sport. Having said this, summer in Kitzbühel is equally blissful. Hotels in the surrounding countryside invite you to explore Tyrol’s rolling hills, ideal for active individuals who are looking to get into nature. Mountain biking is a popular pastime, and regular one or two-day guided hiking tours from the town center treat you to some of the most awe-inspiring scenery in the Alps.
Further winter resort towns in Tyrol
Winter cabins and luxury spa hotels all over Tyrol will undoubtedly put you within a stone’s throw from incredible skiing, so it can be difficult to pick your dream location. Head to Fiss, Austria’s largest family-ran ski area. As well as world-class pistes, Fiss features the Z1 Panorama Platform which offers 360 degree views looking out for miles over Tyrol. St. Anton Am Arlberg is another picturesque winter wonderland that will leave you breathless. Hotels in this west Tyrolian town places you in one of the world’s best ski resorts, while also providing regular entertainment and Après-Ski, plus segwey tours throughout the region come summer. Tucked away in a broad valley just 25 kilometers from Innsbruck, Neustift im Stubaital is a hub of activity and recreation. Featuring historic sites such as St. George Church and natural wonders like the Stubai Glacier, travelers are drawn to hotels here for their 100% guarantee of snow, Austria’s highest restaurant, and the region’s longest sled run.