myAustrian fan Dani has been living in Vienna for several years now. Every so often, though, she likes to get back to her real home – for a weekend in Tyrol. So what do Tyroleans who have left dream of in the ‘old country’, and which places do they love to show friends from the city when they’re dropping in? Read on for a “How to Tyrol” guide, with tips for visitors and homecoming natives alike. Today: from Innsbruck to the Achensee.
“Tyrol”. Now close your eyes. What do you think of when you hear the word “Tyrol”? For most people, the image looks like this, or something similar:
… and mostly it is, as well. Sometimes a little more snow, sometimes a little less. The proof:
How do you know you’re at Innsbruck Kranebitten Airport ? By the mountains, of course . If you’re visiting home, this is where you’ll end up in the arms of your Mum, Dad and quite possibly Oma too. If you’re a holidaymaker without such a reception to look forward to, you can easily jump on a bus, in a taxi or pick up your rental car. They’ll all get you to the City of Innsbruck – with its very special mix of lifestyles .
The Swarovski Kristallwelten – “Crystal Worlds” – include not just a park, but an art museum, a café/restaurant and shop too. The centre was conceived by André Heller in 1995, then redesigned and reopened in 2015. What makes the Kristallwelten so special? They let you immerse yourself in glittering and sparkling chambers of wonders which will tempt you to gaze in awe and dream. You just have to see the place to believe it!
The Achensee Railway…
Even if the blog of an airline might not be the best place to find railway fans , your visit from Vienna should take you to the small town of Jenbach and the Achensee Railway – which has been running since 1889, by the way – on the shores of the Achensee mountain lake. The steam-operated cog railway travels through woodland and forest in the summer season, from May to October, climbing 440 metres in altitude until it reaches the Achensee. It also offers journeys through the winter landscape during Advent. Crazy – and amazingly beautiful! 🙂
… and the Achensee
The Achensee. Sometimes known as: the Tyrolean Sea . Or sometimes: the Lago . Or possibly: Why bother going anywhere else at all?
The Achensee is a mountain lake, so the water temperature is relatively low. Even when there’s no snow on the ground. That means it’s perfect for cooling off on hot summers’ days .
The region around the lake is a great space for having a feast, swimming, skiing, going for a boat trip, picking wild mushrooms, drinking a spritzer, taking the cable railway somewhere, surfing, getting some rays, building a snowman, sailing – and just going for a good long walk . Including the Achensee Run , New Year’s Eve swim , high-wire garden , …
You should always take the opportunity to do Tyrolean cuisine while you’re visiting – especially if Mum and/or Oma is doing the cooking! From mushroom goulash to bacon to schnaps and more – there’s something for everyone at family dinners in this part of the world. Including cocoa and whipped cream in my favourite cup from way back when , when I was 4 – and a schnapserl (= a little, or possibly not so little, glass of schnaps), to be drunk after your meal, because “it was fat”.
Fancy a bit of Tyrol? What are you waiting for!? 😉