Sep 6th, 2011 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Seniors Flock to See the Jewel in Austria’s Crown

I’d like to take you to the Tyrol called The jewel in Austria’s crown. Do you know where the Tyrol is located?  Me neither but it is highly popular spot today for a senior visit. Visitors flock in the millions to the province of Tyrol each year for the Alps and classic Austrian landscapes: breathtaking views of alpine snow-capped peaks and quaint little wooden chalets nestling in the foothills. And of course, where there is snow there is skiing, all year round in many of Tyrol’s resorts.

The Tyrolleans have a strong sense of regional identity, which is expressed in many distinct features: their accent, cuisine and life-style.  Many ancient traditions were preserved in the mountain valleys, which turned into important  trade routes between Italy and Central Europe as early as at the time of the Roman Empire.

The Tyrol federal province in Austria is one of the most intensive tourist regions in the world, covering approximately 34 per cent of tourist demands in Austria, according to the Innsbruck Tourismus office.  Winter ski holidays in the Tyrol are the most popular. Here there are 1,300 cable cars and lifts on a total of 3,500 km of groomed slopes, the most prominent being in the capital Innsbruck and in the skiing resorts of KitzbE-hel and Seefeld.

Nestling in the valley of the Inn River (where Innsbruck gets its name), tucked between the northern Alps and the Tuxer mountain range, Innsbruck is famous for its winter sports and has twice been home to the Winter Olympics. If you only do one thing here, climb the 14th-century Stadtturm on Herzog Friedrich Strasse and get a stunning overall panorama of the town and its surroundings. And you can always enjoy a Tyrollean evening with dance and plenty of good food.

So Seniors,  Where is the Tyrol?

Tyrol is a state or Bundesland, located in the west of Austria. It comprises the Austrian part of the historical region of Tyrol. The capital is Innsbruck. The city is known for its university, especially in medicine. Tyrol is popular for its famous ski resorts, which include Kitzbühel, Ischgl and St. Anton. Other larger towns are Kufstein, Schwaz, Reutte and Landeck. The scenery of Tyrol is strongly influenced by Alpine mountains.

So what can you do in Tyrol?  Trip Advisor listed 99 things to see and do.  Top rated is Grossglockner.  Once known as The Land of the Mountains, the 10,000-square-mile province of Tyrol is a wonderland of gushing rivers, lush meadows and rugged peaks. Fantastic hiking trails wind along paths through the Zillertal Alps. Gute Reise!  jeb

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