Tyrol has very special natural jewels to offer and is known far beyond its borders for its alpine landscape, species-rich alpine meadows and many extraordinary animal and plant species. Extensive glacier areas, original stone pine forests, a unique river landscape and the chance to see rare wild animals such as the golden eagle or the chamois - this is only part of the magic that makes up the jewels of Tyrolean nature. The protected and natural landscapes impressively show the immense creative power of nature. Even more, you can literally feel this immense power, for example during a hike along the numerous bodies of water. As if by magic, inner peace sets in and you feel the effect of these unique power spots with every fiber of your body. Recharge your batteries in a breathtaking panorama.
From the parking lot Schradlern starts the tour to the Sintersbacher waterfall. Along the Sintersbacher Graben the force of the water is palpable. In zrika one hour you reach the imposing natural jewel - where the mountain water falls over 85 m into the natural pools, before the route continues to the Jochberger Wildalm. After a little refreshment, the route continues across alpine meadows and the Drachensteig trail back to the starting point.
Length: 9,27 km
Walking time: 4 hours
National Park Hohe Tauern
The Hohe Tauern National Park is one of the most magnificent high mountain landscapes on earth. With the Großglockner, the Großvenediger or the Hoher Sonnblick, the highest and most famous peaks in Austria are located here. The national park has the largest glacier areas in the Eastern Alps, breathtaking waterfalls, quiet mountain lakes and roaring glacial streams. The untouched nature in the core zone as well as the man-made cultural landscape of alpine pastures and mountain meadows are a good ground for the almost unbelievable richness of species in the heart of the Alps.
If you visit the Umbalfälle, you will also come across the first water show trail in Europe. Starting from the Ströden parking lot, you can make your way to it. There is hardly any other valley in the Hohe Tauern where the landscape-forming effect and the nature of a glacial stream can be seen in such an impressive way as in the Umbal Valley with the imposing stepped falls of the Isel. The smoothly polished green rock of the riverbed with the eroded hollow forms gives an idea of the power of the flowing water masses. The nature trail of the same name invites you on a journey of discovery and offers spectacular insights into the Isel cataracts.
The particularly impressive location at the end of the valley, the large masses of water and the extraordinary drop height of 380 m over three stages make the Krimml Waterfalls an impressive natural spectacle. They are also the fifth highest waterfalls in the world. An average of 5.6 m3 of water per second plunges into the valley over the free fall stages with a total drop height of 380 meters. The Krimmler Wasserfälle are among the top 10 most visited sights in Austria, with approximately 400,000 visitors per year. Open continuously from mid-April to October 17.
Kaprun High mountain reservoir
For many people, Kaprun means one thing above all: the birthplace of a myth. High above the Kaprun valley, a miracle world of technology was created in the post-war period that was already ahead of its time and has lost none of its myth even today. The two high mountain reservoirs in Kaprun seem almost like fjords. Especially when the snow melts in spring, then they are full to bursting and the turbines, hidden behind the mighty dam walls, are running at full speed. In the mountains above Kaprun, at 2,040 meters above sea level, electricity is generated, a lot of electricity. It is transported all year round and has been for many decades. During the summer months you can visit and marvel at this wonder world of technology.
High Mountain Nature Park Zillertal Alps
Over an area of 422 square kilometers, trough valleys carved out by glaciers alternate with dense forests in the high mountain nature park. Between the deep gorges, the primeval mountain forests and the peaks and glaciers of the Zillertal main ridge, a cultural landscape rich in tradition opens up with extensive alpine meadows and farmed pastures. The high mountain nature park extends in the rear Zillertal from the mountaineering village of Ginzling to the highest peak, i.e. across all alpine altitude levels from around 1,000 to 3,500 meters above sea level.
According to legend, the devil himself carved an alley-like labyrinth into the rock on the Leerberg plateau to lead sinful people and their souls astray. Today, a moderately difficult hike suitable for families leads through the mystical "Teufelsgasse". Moss-covered stones and bizarre trees stand guard at the entrance. In the rock walls you can find many carved names and signs, some of them more than 100 years old. Especially in light darkness and fog, the Teufelsgasse gives a slight goosebump feeling. Beyond that, the narrow rock faces are also suitable for climbing. The Prostalm nearby is a good place to stop for a bite to eat.
A rushing torrent, impressive rock formations and a hiking trail through the forest - the Grießbachklamm in the Kitzbühel Alps is a wonderful excursion destination for the whole family! A newly built path leads partly over suspension bridges and footbridges through the gorge. Along the course of the stream, many rest and resting places invite you to linger. Children will love the small pools and shallow banks to cool off or just to play. The barefoot path and the stone circle also provide variety. The moderately difficult circular hike through the Grießbachklamm gorge is 5 kilometers long and takes about 2 hours.
The wild and romantic Kundler Klamm is a popular destination for young and old. According to legend, a dragon tore it out of the rock. The natural gorge connects the high valley Wildschönau with the Lower Inn Valley. A wide hiking trail leads from Kundl 3 kilometers along the Wildschönauer Ache past bizarre and mighty rocks. The stream bed is also full of stones and sites of various geological rock types. Again and again, numerous places invite you to play and linger by the cool water. In the Wildschönau, a slow train runs between Mühltal and the entrance to the Kundler Klamm.
The moderately difficult hike into the Wolfsklamm, a water gorge located near Stans in the Inn Valley, promises a fascinating experience for the whole family. The almost seven-kilometer round trip, which begins in Stans (at an altitude of 563 meters) and also ends there, takes two to three hours. 354 gorge steps have to be mastered, whereby the power of the water can be experienced up close and yet at a safe distance. At the oldest place of pilgrimage in Tyrol, in St. Georgenberg (930 meters), culinary delights can be enjoyed in the inn under ancient chestnut trees.
The wild, almost six kilometer long Tiefenbachklamm gorge is located between Kramsach and Brandenberg and promises hikers a unique nature experience. It takes a good two hours to walk along the former Triftsteig trail along the Brandenberger Ache upstream to the cozy Tiefenbachklamm snack station. At the highest point of the gorge, there is a great viewing platform from which you can get a particularly good view of the narrow gorge. The adventure trail through the gorge is well secured and easy to walk.
The Achensee is the largest lake in Tyrol and its location could not be more idyllic: nestled between the Karwendel and Rofan mountains, it is well worth boarding a boat here, either to take a round trip or to cover part of the way on the water. Crystal-clear water and deep blue skies in summer have earned Achensee the nickname the fjord of Tyrol. A total of five passenger ships with capacities ranging from 120 to 600 person regularly cruise Lake Achensee. In addition to the regular scheduled service, there are also special evening cruises and special events with music, dancing and excellent food.