Innsbruck, The Tyrolean Alps & The Land of Mozart
Experience the essence of the Alps with this colorful trip through Austria, exploring some of Europe's most panoramic landscapes.
Starting with the famous sporting sights of Innsbruck, we journey through alpine forests and traditional villages, across flower-strewn meadows with views of snowy mountain peaks. We travel in cable cars and on mountain railways; we hear Tyrolean music and sample the hearty local cooking, explore magnificent palaces and walk the shores of the dramatic Schwarzsee, or Black Lake.
A popular highlight is our two-night stay in the former summer lodge of the Von Trapp family (of "The Sound of Music" fame) in Thumersbach bei Zell am See.
Walk Rating: Moderate to Energetic. Mountain paths, meadow tracks and rolling hills at altitudes up to 6,000 feet. 8-12 miles walking per day.
US$4095.00 per person double occupancy
US$4095.00 per person double occupancy
Walk begins in Innsbruck, with arrival at Innsbruck Rail Station and ends in Zell am See, with departure from Zell am See Rail Station.
We rendezvous in Innsbruck, home to the Winter Olympic Games of 1964 and 1976, for a guided walk through the old part of this alpine city. We see Maximilian of Habsburg's Little Golden Roof and the Empress Maria Theresa's Imperial Palace and take Tram No. 6 up to the mountain resort of Igls. We enjoy an aperitif on the terrace before an Introductory Talk and Welcome Dinner.
After breakfast, we set off for the little village of Patsch, for our morning walk on the open slopes with far-reaching views amid the resonant scents of the fields. We lunch at St Peter's and return along the St John's Way (Johannesweg), passing the fourteen Stations of the Cross. We return to Igls for our dinner.
Today we walk at a lower level with sweeping panoramas over Innsbruck, the Inn valley and the mountains beyond. On high alpine pastures, we pass centuries' old mountain huts where we may quench our thirst and hear the history of the Speckbacher path as we walk along. We stop at the Gasthof Post in Rinn for a typical Tyrolean lunch on the terrace; try the Tyrolean Dumplings or noodle soup, as stimulating as the breathtaking view. We end our walking at Judenstein with the tale of the martyr-child Andreas, and transfer to renowned Kitzbuhel by road.
We visit the Frauenkirche, with its massive square tower, and set off for the 'Schwarzsee', the Black Lake, with its incredible back drop of the Wilder Kaiser. A moderate walk takes us to the Hasenberg pond for surprise lunch in a traditional setting, before returning to medieval Kitzbuhel, with time to wander the busy, traffic-free streets of the Old Town and to enjoy an Apfelstrudel with Afternoon Tea. A special Tyrolean evening awaits us.
We walk the peaceful heights of the Kitzbuhel Alps along the old Roman Way. We pause in the pretty market town of St Johann in Tirol and admire the large inns decorated with wall-paintings. There is time to browse the shops and enjoy an irresistible pastry before continuing our journey by train to Zell am See, passing the lake en route. A boat takes us across the lake and drops us on Tummersbach shore. From here we walk to our hotel, the former hunting lodge of the Trapp family - where you can still feel "the Sound of Music" - to have dinner overlooking the lake with time to explore the pretty garden before we dine.
After a hearty breakfast, we spend the morning walking in the hills of the impressive Steinernen Meer mountain range circling the northern side of the Zeller lake. We stop for lunch along the way and then descend to the lovely resort town of Zell for shopping and afternoon tea. We return to our hotel for our delicious Farewell Dinner.
After breakfast, we say "Auf Wiedersehen" at the rail station in Zell am See.
This itinerary represents a typical Walk. We prepare itineraries well in advance of the trip and therefore we reserve the right to make changes due to weather, local events or other circumstances - but always to improve the experience of our guests.
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Sporthotel - Sunday & Monday
The Sporthotel was originally designed and built in 1889 by Max Haas, a well-known architect of many buildings in the area. Situated in the Olympic village of Igls, on a sunny plateau 900 meters above Innsbruck, the hotel and its surrounding complex offers a host of activities to the sports enthusiast alongside relaxing health and beauty facilities. All rooms are very comfortably furnished in Austrian style with ensuite bath/shower, radio, cable TV, phone, minibar, safe and WiFi.
The complex includes a large 20 meter indoor swimming pool, spacious sun lounge area with pool bar, and sauna complex with large sauna cabin, steam bath, diving area, Kneipp bath and jacuzzi. Massages, solariums and numerous beauty treatments are also available. The hotel lounge features a large open fireplace and stylish décor.
The restaurant combines elegance with tradition and has won many awards over the years for its high quality Austrian & International cuisine, including a prestigious Gault Millau award.
Hotel Kaiserhof - Tuesday & Wednesday
Nestled within the Austrian Alps, this lovely hotel has been completely renovated over the last year by the family who have owned and run it for the last 30 years. It now combines fresh, contemporary-designed rooms with the traditional style of the area and a very friendly atmosphere.
All rooms offer ensuite bath/shower, phone, cable TV, hairdryer, radio, safe and broadband internet access. The charming restaurant offers both local and international cuisine, always using fresh ingredients. Guests can indulge in the hotel's superb Wellness center which offers an indoor pool surrounded by comfortable deck chairs, a fitness area, relaxing sauna & steam rooms, the stimulating light of a Sanarium, massages and a solarium.
The location has an added bonus for golfers as there are several excellent golf courses nearby, including the 18 hole championship Urslautal course on a high plateau with unique mountain scenery.
This hotel list is a provided as an example. We may use different hotels of the same quality and style on specific trips. The Wayfarers will notify confirmed travelers of any changes to the hotels.
Before & After:
- Stay on to enjoy sight-seeing and shopping in Salzburg
- Vienna beckons - one of Europe's great centers of music and art.
- Munich, too, is within easy reach.
Average temperatures in this area in June and September reach between 68ºF (20ºC) and 90ºF (30ºC). In addition, very generally speaking, the temperature drops about 1ºC with every additional 650 feet (200 metres) elevation gain. There is always the possibility of some rainfall so we recommend you bring good quality, lightweight, rain gear.
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