Camping in the Tyrol
Dear camper, what makes you visit the Tyrol? Is it the mountains and the alpenglow? Yes, of course the country lives up to its promise; however, it is more than it seems at first glance! In search of balance between tradition and modernity, the country strives for sustainability and quality, it strives to be a living space with a vibrant culture life for generations to come. Tradition has been there in the first place and has been part of the country's growth and development for centuries, even millennia. Folkways still have a meaning, even today.
For a fairly long period of time mining played a major role in some Tyrolean regions. If you'd like to see this side of the Tyrol, how about a visit to the silver mine in Schwaz? Today it is a working museum, but in times of Habsburg empress Maria Theresia (1717 - 1780), thanks to silver mining, the city of Schwaz prospered and became the empire's second largest town. Only the capital Vienna was heavier populated and more powerful. At the silver mine in Schwaz you'll engage in a time travel belowground. In situ, you'll learn directly about the severe working and living conditions of the miners and their families.
For the longest time, the Tyrol has been an agricultural country. Even if today agriculture isn't the dominant sector anymore, it is still part of the country's self-image and in that majorly important. For instance, farmers are the ones who co-create the overall appearance of the Tyrolean landscape. Think of mountain trails: for the greater part they are old (and new) transportation ways for cattle and timber, built and maintained by local farmers. Think of mountain pastures: the lush, flavoursome meadows on which alpine cabins were built could just grow due to forest clearance. While the extra land has been essential to animal husbandry, farmers' hands have brought civilisation to the mountains and have made the rough terrain walkable. Our bounty: we have gained access to nature and its beauty!
For holidaymakers in the Tyrol who'd rather go walking and biking on flat ground, there are numerous routes suitable for the whole family - young and old. The Mozart bike trail (which passes by our camping site) and the bike trail alongside river Inn are just two popular options of moving on two wheels in our country.
The city of Kufstein and its fortress
In folk music, Kufstein has its own song. The opening line speaks of the city of Kufstein as "perl of the Tyrol". Kufstein is a perl, indeed, with its most striking landmark: the fortress. It houses the world's greatest open-air organ, the so-called heroes' organ. Every day at noon its sound can be heard in the streets of Kufstein (and within a radius of up to 10 km). Many of our guests are particularly enthused by the museum of local history and the huge event arena, located in and around the fortress. Thanks to the arena's mobile roof construction, not a single drop of rain can spoil any concert or play - at any time the audience are at their beam-ends.
The Tyrolean perl waits on you with an impressive old town with narrows streets, the so-called lower town square, the sunny promenade by the river Inn and church street. Two Inns are a popular attraction, not only for the thirsty: "Weinhaus Batzenhäusl" and "Weinhaus Auracher Löchl", e.g. the composer of Kufstein's own folk song worked there. Downtown presents itself with awesome Jugendstil buildings. Other must-see places: glassblowing firm Riedel, Madersperger museum (named after the inventor of the sewing machine), Inn shipping, typical Kufstein events like "Kaiserfest" and "Weinfest", and - last but not least, Kufstein operetta festival, etc.
Kitzbuehel, the city of sports
Our guests very much like to make detours to Kitzbuehel. The chamois, emblem animal of Kitzbuehel, has given it its first name: chamois town. The old town of chamois town is a medieval place with typical Tyrolean architecture, which is extremely popular with visitors from every corner of the world. In the old days, medieval middle-class families built themselves pretty homes to illustrate their fortunes and standing. Today these ancient, bourgeois town houses accommodate a huge number of the finer stores and boutiques of all the world's top designer lables. No wonder chamois town has become a shopping metropolis of the well-to-do. Members of high society like to reside in Kitzbuehel, some of them during holiday season, others permanently. So, chamois town is a place where you walk among the rich and the beautiful.
Kitzbuehel's second name - city of sports, has to do with its famous landmark mountain "Hahnenkamm". Every year, at the end of January the famously notorious Hahnenkamm ski race takes place and for a weekend chamois town turns into a huge party zone. The most challenging racing slope, the Streif, attracts many people - bystanders and passionate skiers. For quite some time now people come to visit the Streif in summer. When the racing hill is stripped naked of snow it is even more daunting. What seems utterly steep under the cover of snow reveals its jaw-dropping extremes when green. To join take the gondola up to Hahnenkamm top and climb down the Streif from starting gate to finish. This way you can acquaint yourself with the enormous jumps and the tricky sections like, for instance, Mausefalle, Steilhang, Hausbergkante, etc. With your own eyes you can make out the optimal racing line - a real must-see for any downhill fan.
The city of sports waits on you with other cult events: Kitzbuehel alpine vintage car race (27 - 30 May 2015), Kitzbuehel triathlon (date tba), bike race KitzAlpBike (20 - 28 June 2015), tour of Austria (4 - 12 July 2015), Austrian Tennis Open (2 - 8 August 2015).
Campers who are keen on sports might find that Kitzbuehel is an ideal place to visit the whole year round.
The capital of the Tyrol: Innsbruck.
Innsbruck strikes you as a place where the urban space blends in with alpine wildlife and mountains in a unique way. The closeness of both spheres creates an atmosphere of opposites. The capital of the Tyrol has a long, changeful history. Its buildings and typical town houses reflect on its eventful past, the old town with the golden roof mark the historic centre of the tale, co-writ by every single ruler. Campers who would like to learn more about the history of the Tyrol and its capital Innsbruck are going to be ethused over the wide-ranging offer of musuems at hand, e.g. state museum "Ferdindandeum", folk art museum "Tiroler Volkskunstmuseum", folk music archive "Tiroler Volksliedarchiv", the imperial palace, castle "Schloß Ambrass", museum "Tirol Panorama", museum of the emperor's riflemen"Kaiserjägermuseum" and the 1000m²-canvas-painting depicting the big fight of the Tyrolese for independence. Just around the corner of the imperial riflemen and the independence canvas there is Bergisel ski-jump, designed by the famous architect Zaha Hadid. Lovers of handcraft will be intrigued by a visit to the bell-foundry "Tiroler Glockengießerei Grassmayr", founded in 1599. Lovers of dance - whether modern, classic or folk, are going to enjoy the Tyrolean dance festival "Tiroler Tanzsommer". Dance companies from all around the world perform in front of an international audience.
Certainly, there is more to a camping holiday in the Tyrol than alpine cabins and untouched nature. The country of Tyrol is original and full of energy, sometimes contradictory and full of opposites. Discover your Tyrol and live it to the fullest!