Alps: Tyrol – the world’s most beautiful federal state in Austria

Achensee:

GThe largest lake in Tyrol, enriched with the exaggeration of “sea”, but that does not mean that it is larger than, say, the Tegern or Walchensee just across the Bavarian-Tyrolean border. His bed between Rofan and Karwendel, which was up to 133 meters deep, was planed in the Würme Ice Age about 20,000 years ago. Was a popular holiday destination for Maximilian I during the Little Ice Age.

According to official information, if a Burgundy algae infestation has largely been overcome, word weeds such as “fjord-like”, “turquoise green” or “crystal clear” from the tourism PR building kit have recently been added and watered down to create a shallow, everyday attraction. Today, as a navigable alpine lake, it has the usual tourist characteristics such as passenger shipping, steam cogwheel train and around the lake fun run.

Can also show a sailing school on its shores, which is as rare in Tyrol as a mountaineering school in Denmark. In the coming decades, it should be one of the winners of the climate crisis as an excursion and swimming destination.

Brenner:

Common short form for the Brenner Pass, which was defaced by a multi-lane motorway in 1963. In times of the EU, the Schengen Agreement and other border dissolution tendencies, it has lost its importance as a control post and administrative wedge between North and South Tyrol.

Since then, it has suffered more than ever from those who see Tyrol less as a destination than as a transit country, i.e. around 95 percent of the population north of the Brenner Pass. With its border town of the same name, it is doing something between a large train station, a rest stop and a shopping paradise to get at least a few percent of this transit traffic to branch off.

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Is currently the location of an outlet center, which could just as easily be in the Netherlands, Lower Saxony or Lower Bavaria. Rumor has it that it actually makes many guests from the lower regions happy. But that’s what Ischgl does too.

Großglockner:

Commonly known as “Austria’s highest mountain”, a conglomerate of stone, ice and lots of history in the middle of the Hohe Tauern, measuring 3798 meters. Every year it attracts a lot more interested parties than just the few thousand summiteers, including around a million visitors and 300,000 cars on the high alpine road named after him.

Tyrol (Austria): Two marmots in front of the backdrop of the Grossglockner

Two marmots against the backdrop of the Grossglockner

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It is considered a nationally known landmark that also brings a little western alpine flair to Austria. Despite its striking summit, it is relatively easy to reach for good mountaineers thanks to various huts placed at reasonable intervals. Also serves as a shade for the Pasterze.

Despite strong competition like Andreas Hofer and Peter Schröcksnadel, it is clearly the largest Tyrolean outside of South Tyrol. Of course, it has the small blemish that part of it stands on Carinthian soil.

Ischgl:

Mountain farming village first mentioned in a document in 1104 at almost 1400 meters in the Paznaun Valley, where today there are more mountain railways than mountain farmers. Despite its long history, it has been transformed within just a few decades into one of those wondrous places that not only lengthen winter with machine-made snow, but also drive up Tyrolean alcohol sales. Therefore it has some nationally known pubs that are difficult to bear sober.

Since the late winter of 2020 it is less famous for its mountain concerts held by flatland stars, but rather as a breeding ground for the coronavirus, which is probably due to an unhealthy combination of the “The Show Must Go On” mentality of insatiable winter sports lobbyists, an official laissez-faire attitude and a hardly foreseeable dynamic of the pandemic was exported to many European countries.

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Critics consider it to be a symbol of the tough mountain commercialization. In return, it has the reputation among savvy marketers that it only takes a few rigorous go-getters such as the local Aloys clan, who are often referred to as “visionary”, for the upswing. Advertises with the slogan “Relax. If you can ”.

Nordkette:

Paradoxically, the southernmost of the four mountain ranges of the Karwendel. Also to be found under the less confusing name Inntal Chain, which nobody says, however. At least one of the reasons for the high proportion of athletes among the more than 30,000 Innsbruck students.

Is accessed above the Innsbruck district of Hungerburg up to 2269 meters from the so-called Nordkettenbahn, in whose aisle one of the largest vertical outdoor sports facilities in the world can be found today. Offers a great variety of mountain-enthusiastic groups there with a grandiose sociotope with via ferrata, climbing garden, paragliding launch site, downhill course, freeride troughs and snow park.

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A fisherman stands on the Krimmler Ache in the Hohe Tauern National Park

With the Arzler Alm (1067 meters) with playground, petting zoo and child-friendly access, it also has what is probably the largest Tyrolean money mine since the decline of the silver mine in Schwaz. In other places it is so wild that true natural treasures can still be found.

Schwaz:

Small town in the Inn valley, from whose silver mine, which is only open for sightseeing, was once mined 85 percent of the silver produced worldwide. Today, like the similarly traditional Hall, it is no longer a stop for the Eurocity from Verona to Munich. Should be a warning to all those Tyroleans who believe that because of the wealth of yesterday, they will all stop with them tomorrow.

Zillertal:

40 kilometers long, trough-like aisle south of the Inn Valley with an astonishingly high concentration of extremely crafty business people and particularly popular music groups, even by lowland standards. Is for example the home region of the world-famous “Zillertaler Schürzenjäger”, the not quite so world-famous “Zillertaler Haderlumpen” and the not so young “The young Zillertaler”.

It also has an extremely high density of ski areas, even by Tyrolean standards, which in turn has to do with the high concentration of shrewd business people. In winter, it may therefore be possible to ski on slopes from the Hintertux Glacier to Fügen in the foreseeable future.

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Salzburger Land (Austria): The mountain village of Priesteregg consists of 18 wooden chalets that are built around a square with a swimming pond and a jetty

Receives due respect from the rest of Tyrol as usual in the form of numerous jokes, the mostly special forms of endogamy (“What happens when two Zillertal people divorce? Then they’re just brother and sister.”) Or the legendary greed of money Have valley dwellers at the core.

The texts are excerpts from the recently published book “Tirol. A survey of the country in 111 terms ”by Dominik Prantl, which presents the popular mountain region in a wonderfully subtle way in witty, competent, alphabetically sorted short texts; 86 pages, 34 illustrations, Tyrolia-Verlag 2020, 14.95 euros

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