Walks and excursions in Tyrol
Imagine an expansive valley teeming with natural beauty in the heart of the Tyrolean Alps: Fresh air, clean water, green meadows, quiet woods, healing herbs along the footpath, clean brooks and lakes.
During the summer, the natural world is unparalleled in its beauty and has much to offer: scenic nature walks along well-marked trails, swimming in the pristine Schwarzsee lake, Giering and Vogelsberg ponds, as well as recreational activities such as biking, horse-back riding, and much more.
The delightful village of Reith with its idyllic setting is a favourite year-round destination for tranquil, relaxing holidays. Kitzbühel is close by with its many holiday facilities.
Kitzbühel, just 5 km away from Reith, has a picturesque pedestrian quarter, indoor swimming pool with mud-wrap and massage facilities as well as boutiques of international reputation.
The town was founded in the 12th century, flourished during the age of silver mining, and in the last hundred years has transformed itself into one of the best-known winter sports resorts in the world because it is easy to reach, well-maintained, cosmopolitan and never boring.
This popular tourist destination is an interesting blend of new and old, offering all the trappings of a modern life style in a traditional Tyrolean village. www.kitzbuehel.com/en
Schwarzsee, Giering and Vogelsberg ponds
Nearby lakes amidst unspoilt moorland provide an idyllic setting for swimming and long nature walks.
The Kitzbühel/Reith/Aurach region offers many well-marked and maintained hiking trails of varying degrees of difficulty. In all, the region boasts over 300 km of marked trails.
You can find hiking maps and get further information in the Retreat House.
The beautiful Kitzbühel Schwarzsee lake (about 3 km away) is a protected landmark and popular destination for swimmers: The idyllic lake (16 hectars large and 7 metres deep) is one of the Austrian Alps warmest and most beautiful lakes. Rich in moorland vegetation, the water is said to have strong healing powers. Row across the lake and enjoy the splendid view. From here there is an easy hike through rolling hills to Hasenberg, Vogelsberg and Giering ponds.
Aquarena Swim Centre and Spa in Kitzbühel
This centre features a 25 m indoor swimming pool, an area with a waterfall, floor jets, massage jets and whirling currents, as well as two giant slides and a toddlers' pool with slide. It also has an excellent mud-wrap and massage department.
Hiking in the Kitzbühel Alps
The Kitzbühel region is tops among sports enthusiasts year round, and in the summertime it is a veritable paradise for hikers. With 500 kilometres of marked trails, you‘ll surely find your favourite hike. It‘s a great way to get an impression of the country and its people. www.kitzbuehel.com/en
Cross-country and downhill skiing in Kitzbühel
The Kitzbühel ski region, with its 170 km of slopes and 33 km of ski trails, is undoubtedly one of the most popular ski resorts in the world.
In addition to the "Streif" – the most daunting ski-run in the world – the gentle grass-covered mountains of the Kitzbühel Alps offer ample room for carving.
Over 500 km of ideally prepared trails are ready for traditional cross-country skiers and skating fans. A lighted night-time cross-country ski trail and the high-altitude cross-country trail on the Kitzbühel Horn round out the offerings. The beginners ski lift in Reith and all cross-country ski trails in Kitzbühel are free of charge. www.kitzbuehel.com/en
Kitzbühel’s local mountain is called the Kitzbühel Horn. You can take the cable railway to the 2000 m summit.
Once there, be sure to visit the Flower Garden of the Alps. It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn about the native mountain flora. Between the summit and the Alpenhaus railway station at 1670 m, enjoy the colourful flowers and breathtaking panoramic views of the Kitzbühel Alps, the Tauern and Lofer Steinberge mountain ranges. Free admission! www.alpenhaus.at
Once a year, its magnificent slopes become the venue of the famous Hahnenkamm ski race. The summit can be reached with the Hahnenkamm cable railway, which was built in 1929 and modernised in 1996. Non-skiers can enjoy the gorgeous view walking along the winter hiking trail to the Hochbrunn guest house. Night-time gondola ride every Friday night. www.bergbahn-kitzbuehel.at/en
Wild Kaiser Nature Reserve
One of the most beautiful hiking areas in the Tyrolean lowlands.
At the foot of the majestic Kaiser mountain range are countless easy hikes: over rolling hills, through lovely valleys and along pristine lakes.
More experienced hikers can ascend to one of the Kaiser summits.
Natural slopes, sunny panoramic views and a winter wonderland away from the ski trails at 1600 metres. www.bergbahn-kitzbuehel.at/en
About 200 different kinds of animals live at 1100 m above sea level in Tyrol's largest outdoor enclosure covering 40 ha.
The petting zoo is a favourite of children.
Take a stroll through the medieval centre of this fortressed city near the Kaiser mountains.
Kufstein offers numerous hiking and recreational activities, as well as a host of events: courtyard and open-air concerts, theatre, the Kufstein medieval festival, the traditional Kaiser festival in June, and the colourful procession of farm animals from their summer grazing fields to their winter lodgings in September. www.tourismus-tirol.at/en/kufstein.html
A cosmopolitan city in miniature, Salzburg (some 80 km away) has an air of playful buoyancy that makes it one of a kind. A fortress, cathedral and church tower dominate the skyline of this charming Baroque city at the northern limits of the Alps. So beautiful that it has long been recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Its landmarks are some of the best known and beautiful in the world.
Innsbruck – the Alpine capital
The capital of Tyrol lies in the heart of the Alps. The bustling centre with its university and conference venues is surrounded on all sides with spectacular mountain scenery. Innsbruck is known as the treasure chest of the Alps (about 100 km away). Twice host to the Olympic Winter Games (1964 and 1976), the 800-year-old city has a rich cultural history and many art treasures. It is famous for its "Golden Roof", "Black Knights", Hofburg castle and Ambras Palace. Innsbruck is surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery, making the city a very special place. www.innsbruck.at
The highest waterfalls in Europe. The 4 km trail to the waterfalls has many scenic overlooks to view the falls close up. The uppermost waterfall (Achenfall) can be reached in an hour’s hike.
Open from mid-April until the end of October. www.wasserfaelle-krimml.at
A theme park dedicated to water in its myriad forms is located at the gateway to the Krimml Waterfalls. www.gerlosstrasse.at/en/wasserwunderwelt
A water-spewing giant which draws the viewer magically inside has fascinated some 7 million visitors to date. The Swarovski Crystal Worlds (77 km away) was opened in 1995 by André Heller on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Swarovski firm. www.swarovski.com/kristallwelten
Zeiss Planetarium Schwaz
Learn about the solar system while sitting in an air-conditioned auditorium beneath an 8 m high dome. The planetarium offers a variety of programmes (only in German) that everyone can understand.
There's also a children's programme for kids aged 4 to 9. www.planetarium.at
The Grossglocker High Alpine Road (about 70 km away) has drawn 50 million visitors to its incomparable vistas since 1935. This most famous alpine road ends at the jewel of the Hohe Tauern National Park – Austria's highest mountain and largest glacier: the Grossglockner (3,798 m) and the Pasterze. www.grossglockner.at/en