Bundesland Tirol Off The Beaten Path

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    It's just a bug, isn't it?
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    Metamorphosing the Tyrolean forest
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    The wooden mess...
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Bundesland Tirol Off The Beaten Path

  • Outside Innsbruck

    Innsbruck Off The Beaten Path

    If you have some spare time and happen to love medieval towns, then I would suggest taking a 10km drive to HALL IN TIROL. There is public transport available. The historic centre is wonderful, just left how it was! Most of the buildings are from the 15th century. There are many churches and they are wonderful, well worth going inside for a look....

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  • Mountains around Innsbruck

    Innsbruck Off The Beaten Path

    What a place, and what a memory of climbing this particular place. OK, facts first. Sonnbendjoch is found in the Ursprungspass in the Tyrol overlooking the town of Kramsach. It's one of many stunning peaks, Sonnbendjoch being 1986metres above sea level, the highest being the Rofanspitze at 2259metres, which overlooks the Zireinersee, a small...

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  • Schloss Ambras

    Innsbruck Off The Beaten Path

    This reinassance castle was built by archduke Ferdinand II in the 16th century on the remains of a Medieval fortress. It is divided into lower and upper castle. Ambras Castle has a very large room called Spanish Hall; a paintings gallery, a collections of armours and weapons and a room with many exotic things. There is a restaurant in one of the...

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  • Dom zu St. Jakob

    Innsbruck Off The Beaten Path

    In the rest of the 'off-the-beaten-path' tips I want to give you an impression of the beautiful interior of this cathedral. In this picture you can see the altar of the Dom zu St. Jakob.

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  • Graveyards

    Innsbruck Off The Beaten Path

    As we came down from the mountain we came into a suburb called Hotting. There was a nice church here that had the most amazing graveyard we'd ever seen. OK, maybe graveyards aren't to everyone's taste, but there are some lovely ones to be found. In Austria we saw lots of them, but this one was the nicest.

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  • Outside Austria even

    Innsbruck Off The Beaten Path

    If you are staying in Innsbruck for a long time, you could take a trip over to Italy. It's just a few hours drive on the autobahn, and there are lots of great places to explore in the north of Italy. When the winter and the cold has started in Innsbruck, it's still a nice temperature in these places. Going to Merano was one of my favorite...

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  • Mariahilfkirche

    Innsbruck Off The Beaten Path

    We sat dining al fresco with the church behind and, even after seeing what Italy had to offer, I still went in and had a peek. I've never been disappointed doing that in Europe; from Mainz to Monreale, they all have something to offer and, what a pleasant backdrop to lunch.

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  • Volders: Karlskirche

    Volders does not exist on most travelmaps, BUT when you drive the highway from Innsbruck towards the east you will pass by this church and you simply have to stop on the 1st possible parking along the highway, that is about 3 km from Innsbruck. The church dates back to the year 1620 and Martin Knoller made the wonderful frescoes of the ceiling and...

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  • Telfs: the mosque

    I would not say that the mosque of Telfs is really a very special sight, but of course it once was a "sensation" as the first mosque in Tirol, that is considdered the "most catholic part" of Austria. And this mosque even has a minarett, that is one of the only 3 mosques in Austria with a minaret. A lot of people talk about this mosque whenever...

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  • Stans: Burg Tratzberg

    Burg Tratzberg in Stans is just a few km from Wattens and you will see it also when driving on the highway from Innsbruck towards Kufstein. The castle has wonderful frescoes in the innercourt and a really interesting interior with unique furniture of the 15th and 16th century.Unfortunately its not allowed to take any photos inside the rooms, but at...

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  • Kramsach: an openair-museum of...

    Museum alter Bauernhoefe in Kramsach / Tirol is the full german name of this great openairmuseum !In case that you travel through Tirol and you want to see some great, old rural architecture, make a stop-over in Kramsach, because I am sure you will enjoy the museum there !In Kramsach you will find an interesting museum-village of old, tyrolean...

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  • Rattenberg is the smallest town in...

    Rattenberg is a car-free town in Tirol, just a few kilometers west of Innsbruck, and a town with only about 900 inhabitants. Only some local people are allowed to drive to their own houses in the towncentre of Rattenberg, so walking and exploring the old town is really very easy. So you park your car ouside of the village and take a walk of just a...

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  • Stams - a great monastery

    Stams is a small village in a distance of just 8km to Telfs, in the west of Innsbruck and you will see its giant monastery already from a large distance, when passing by on the highway A12 or by train.Take a stop-over there in order to explore the village and the wonderfull churches, even when you dont have enough time in order to take the guided...

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  • Moesern

    Moesern : Albrecht Duerers favorite placeThe small village of Moesern is just about 3km from Telfs and Albrecht Duerer loved that place with a perfect view of the Inn-valley so much that he came here quite often and also made a painting of this great view, see it in my 3rd photo !It is a pity that the weather was not totally clear that day.There is...

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  • The cemetery-museum in Kramsach

    The Museumsfriedhof / cemetery-museum in Kramsach is a museum of funny tombstone-inscriptions and you will find it about halfway between Innsbruck and Kufstein, take the Highway-exit "Kramsach" The Museum-Friedhof of Kramsach is a small openair-museum that you will find inside of the garden behind of a company that obviously is producing modern...

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  • Kufstein & the first sewingmachine

    Did you know that the modern type of sewing-machines was invented by Josef Madersperger , an Austrian who was born in Kufstein ? Madersperger Museum of sewing machines is a small museum with free entry built inside the house, where Josef Madersperger was born in October 6th, 1786. He is the inventor of the modern sewing-machines, dating back to the...

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  • Schwarzsee in Kitzbühel

    Schwarzsee is a warm, healthy lake in Tirol, close to Kitzbühel.When you are searching for a great place to relax with your whole family, while you are on vacation in Tirol, I can highly recommend this lake, that is warmer than other lakes in that area, because there is healthy moore on its ground:Schwarzsee is in the outskirts of Kitzbühel, east...

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  • Telfs in Tirol

    Telfs is a scenic and interesting village west of Innsbruck with some great local architecture in the centre of town.All of these buildings are in the main street through the old part of Telfs, where also the parade of Schleicherlaufen (read more about it in my local-customs-tips)will go through."Lüftelmalerei" is the expression for the wonderful...

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  • Unlimited snowy pleasure...

    Choose your Off The Beaten Slope and Go Ahead!!!Respect the local regulations and be aware of the current avalanche report.

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  • Going

    A tiny village a short stroll from Ellmau. Blink and you could miss it but its a little gem with its tranquil village centre and stunning views of the Wilder Kaiser range. Being here on our last day of our trip in May 2004 made me realise I really didn't want to go home yet - a couple more days here to hike in those hills would have been bliss.

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  • Telfs

    The town of Telfs in the Inn Valley is a working market town rather than a tourist town in the Tirol but I include it here as it was the first placed we stayed at - well just across the river in its neighbouring village of Pfaffenhofen (isn't that a great name!).We made many a train journey from Telfs to places all over this area of Austria and...

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  • Because of the natural...

    Because of the natural splendour of the Alps, the Austrian towns are sometimes left aside. However, here is also some beauty to be seen and if you don't know what to do on a rainy day, you can deside to visit beautiful Innsbruck or Salzburg or many other pictoresk village in the neighborhood. Sometimes they even have little museums about the...

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  • And this is one of the...

    And this is one of the craziest and most surrealistic sights I've ever seen! The village Resia/Reschen just over the Austrian border on the Italian side was once (about 60 years ago) located where there is now an artificial lake. It was rebuilt on the shore, but the original settlement can still be found where it was. The proof is the church spire...

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  • Since nobody on VT has ever...

    Since nobody on VT has ever mentioned Glurns, let me be the first to do so (although the photo is not mine but borrowed from its homepage). So: I'm talking about yet another fairytale town (on the Italian side), the only one in Tirol surrounded by walls. Although you can easily 'cover' it in half an hour, it's surely worth a stop.

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  • The cemetery in front of the...

    The cemetery in front of the chapel. A metaphor for peace, if you ask me. They could export silence from these parts to the noisy cities!

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