10 TIPS FOR TIROL IN THE SUMMER
10th June 2019
Last modified on December 19th, 2019
Hiking, biking, climbing: There’s so much to see & do in the Tirol during summer months, outdoor enthusiasts are spoilt for choice.
What gives us that good feeling of being one with ourselves and happy with the world around us?
Try a multi-day trek from hut to hut along the Eagle Walk in East Tirol.
Or a bar of “Tiroler Edle” hand-crafted chocolate?
You could boulder your way to the top of a rock in the Pitztal Valley?
Head out in a sailing boat on Lake Achensee?
We have put together ten top tips for summer adventures in Tirol, catering for everyone from families with children to outdoor enthusiasts and foodies who enjoy nothing more than enjoying the finer things in life.
1. Hike to the Ramolhaus Hut
The highest point in Hamburg lies in the Otztal Valley.
It’s the Ramolhaus hut, found in the heart of Tirol at an altitude of 3,006m.
The hut’s terrace offers fabulous views of around two dozen glaciers – quite a sight at sunrise.
Some of the most popular hikes starting at the Ramolhaus lead up onto the Ramolkögel peaks or the nearby Firmisanschneide mountain.
Experienced hikers can reach the Ramolhaus in about four hours from Obergurgl or Vent.
The hut was built back in 1881 by Martin Scheiber, the of its kind in the Ötztal Valley.
Today the hut is still in the family, and owned by his great grandson Lukas Scheiber.
1. Hike to the Ramolhaus Hut
2. Popular hiking trail above Innsbruck
Some of the best things to do have been discovered by many, such as the Zirbenweg Trail.
It’s more than an afternoon stroll but less than a full-on hiking adventure.
It’s found in the south of Innsbruck and offers fantastic views of the Inn Valley, the Nordkette mountains and the regional capital itself.
The trail starts near the top of the Patscherkofel mountain and leads through what is Europe’s highest botanical garden.
Highlights include the largest and oldest pine forest in Europe, with some trees over 500 years old.
Between late June and early July the trail is lined with a carpet of pink and red alpine roses in bloom.
The Zirbenweg Trail can be walked either west-east from the Patscherkofel mountain to the Tulfeinalm hut in Tulfes (don’t forget to stop off and try the delicious cakes) or east-west in the other direction.
The lift pass includes use of the shuttle bus between Tulfes and the bottom station of the Patscherkofel cable car.
2. The Zirbenweg Trail
3. Trekking in the East Tirol
The ultimate challenge; long distance hiking along the Eagle Walk.
One great way of getting back to nature is to embark on a long-distance hike.
The East Tirol’s Eagle Walk comprises of nine stages in this region on the Austrian-Italian border.
The first five lead from Ströden to the Matreier Tauernhaus.
Though you can hike stages individually and return back to the valley on the same day, many experienced walkers use the traditional huts high up in the Alps, creating a multi-day trek.
Mountain guide Christian Riepler from the village of Kals knows East Tirol like the back of his hand.
He knows the best places to spend the night in the mountains.
“From the Bonn-Matreier Hütte you can see the Dolomites,” Christian discloses.
“Close to the Sudetendeutsche Hütte there is a lake, and the Stüdlhütte probably has the best mountaineering atmosphere.”
Riepler’s favourite leg of the Eagle Walk is Stage 5 from the Badener Hütte to the Matreier Tauernhaus.
“[There’s a] fabulous backdrop and spectacular views of the Großvenediger glacier.
“The highlight is the Löbbentörl, one of the most magical places in the Hohe Tauern National Park.”
The photo below pictures the stage of the Eagle walk from the Stuedlhuette to the Lucknerhaus.
Stage of the Eagle walk from the Stuedlhuette to the Lucknerhaus
4. Alpine Adventures in the Wilder Kaiser Mountains
For youngsters (and the young at heart) there are few better places in Tirol than the Wilder Kaiser Mountains.
Ellmi’s World of Magic is a play area full of fairies, goblins and ghosts.
You can take the cable car up into the heart of the mountains.
The Magical Witches’ Water play area in Hochsöll has plenty of dry and wet activities.
The KaiserWelt Scheffau is a fantasy land at the top of the Scheffau-Brandstadl cable car, with climbing wall, treehouses and an outdoor playground.
4 The Wilder Kaiser Mountains
5. Three Countries, One Bike
Get into the Enduro flow in Nauders.
Enduro bikes are all-round mountain bikes designed for riders who love a tough climb as much as a technical descent.
It’s the perfect way to explore the region around the Reschenpass, where Austria, Switzerland and Italy converge, along the “3-Länder-Enduro-Trails” near Nauders.
Visit three countries in just a few hours.
Enduro biking near Nauders
6. E-bike technique training in Kirchberg
Bike handing sessions for e-bikes, fatbikes or standard mountainbikes.
Kurt Exenberger, the founder of the Bikeacademy in Kirchberg, is one of Austria’s top experts for off-road transport of the two-wheeled variety.
17 years old, the Bikeacademy is the oldest mountainbike school in Austria.
Exenberger and his team take pride in catering for riders of all fitness levels and abilities, from beginners right through to experts.
“Our flagship service is without a doubt technique training,” Kurt explains.
“There aren’t many centres out there that offer the same variety of courses at regular intervals from May to September as we do here at the Bikeacademy.”
In recent years there has been a huge boom in the popularity of e-bikes.
Riders love that extra boost during a session on the bike.
However, this new technology also brings with it new challenges.
That is why the expert coaches at the Bikeacademy have created a specific skills session focusing on how to ride and handle e-bikes.
“E-bikes are a lot heavier than normal mountainbikes,” explains Exenberger.
“That means riders have to be careful on descents as these bikes are harder to control at high speeds.”
This sounds like something all new e-bikers could use.
ebike technique training with Karl Exenberger from the bike academy
7. Lake Achensee
It’s the Tirol’s biggest lake.
The Achensee Lake has been adopted by Tiroleans as their very own little “ocean”, as the real sea beyond in Italy is a fair drive away.
This long but thin lake is, more like a fjord than a sea.
Especially with its mountain backdrop.
Watersports on the lake include sailing, windsurfing, kitesurfing and paddle boarding.
There are a number of surf schools and hire centres dotted along the shoreline where professional instructors show beginners the basics.
To round off the ‘beach break’ experience, there are cafes and restaurants on the shore.
There’s even a cruise where sightseers can take a trip around the lake on the steam-powered ship.
8.Via Ferrata climbing – Little Ballun in Galtür
The Little Ballun via ferrata is ideal for beginners and children aged eight and up.
It’s located near the top of the Birkhahnbahn cable car in Galtür, just up the road from Ischgl.
Mountain guide Christoph Pfeifer has some tips for those wishing to embark on their first via ferrata adventure, and is great for kids.
The reward for all the hard work is a great view from the top, which takes around an hour.
8. “Little Ballun” Via Ferrata
9. Bouldering in Ritzenried in the Pitztal Valley
Bouldering is climbing without a rope and safety harness, just a few metres off the ground.
“Mandlers Boden” is a quiet area of forest above the hamlet of Ritzenried in the Pitztal Valley.
It’s a paradise for bouldering enthusiasts.
In total there are 55 large rocks with around 176 different climbing routes.
Many are relatively easy, making it a popular spot for families.
“Das tapfere Schneiderlein”, “Rumpelstilzchen” and “Jogibär” are all between 1.5m and 2.2m high.
More experienced climbers will find more challenging boulders rising to 4 metres.
There are taster courses offered by local climbing experts in the Pitztal Valley, which is also home to other rock climbing areas such as “Pitzis Kletterfelsen” in Jerzens, the “Kletterpark Gletscherstube” and “Richi’s Wall”.
Bouldering in Ritzenried in the Pitztal Valley
10. Paradise for Foodies in Landeck and the surrounding region
Chocolatier Hansjörg Haag loves nothing more than regional produce –
– And by regional he means what he can see from his kitchen window in Landeck.
He sources ingredients for his Tiroler Edler chocolate from the forests and meadows of the Tirolean Oberland.
Haag’s most important ‘local partners’ are the Tiroler Grauvieh cows, which provide the milk for the luxury chocolate.
The Stanzer Zwetschke distillery is one of several producing schnapps in the small village of Stanz.
Head here for a local tipple.
We’d also recommend visiting the Postgasthof Gemse in Zams; one of the finest restaurants in the region.
It serves local meat, and vegetables and herbs from the owner’s own garden.
Haags Schoko Laden Tiroler Edle in Landec