The Austrian Tirol is open for summer, and it’s awesome
Direct UK flights to Innsbruck, the capital of the Austrian Tirol, take from two hours all summer long. Warm and sunny weather in July and August is pretty much the norm. And if you’re looking for a family activity holiday with unlimited potential, this is the land where they practically invented adventure.
There’s something for every type of family in the Tirol this summer. Active families will love child-friendly hiking paths, rock-climbing areas and cycle routes for road bikes, mountain bikes and even e-bikes. If history and culture is your collective passion, Tirol is traced all over with museums, monuments, castles and experiences to enthral everyone from toddlers to teens.
And if that isn’t enough to persuade you to discover Tirol this summer, several top family regions are offering free weekly activity programmes for the entire season. So you can try out anything from rock climbing and star gazing to forest camping and family-friendly foodie adventures. Want to know more? Have a look at three regions highly recommended by Tirol Tourist Board for fabulous – and free – family fun this summer.
You’ll love Innsbruck in summer. Not only is the city itself incredibly pretty and easy to explore with kids, catch the funicular railway in its historic centre and you can be adventuring on the magnificent Nordkette Mountains in just 10 minutes.
Family friendly bike paths cover hundreds of kilometres round Innsbruck, but divide neatly into easy-going shorter rides so even younger kids get in on the freewheeling excitement.
And if you want to find out why everyone raves about Tirolean mountain huts and restaurants, this is the region to find them at their finest and friendliest, serving up fantastic food in spectacular surroundings.
Innsbruck summer holiday highlights
- Muttereralm Mountain of Adventure might soar over Innsbruck but it’s surprisingly easy to reach and makes for a great day out with kids. You’ll find heaps of family-friendly hiking trails here – you can even kick off your boots and tiptoe along the sensational Barefoot Trail. Thrill seekers should hop aboard Mountain Carts for all natural, white-knuckle rides. And when you need to refuel Muttereralm’s also the place to try out traditional mountain huts and restaurants where food and views are equally astonishing.
- Innsbruck is mountain biking heaven. And while the likes of the Nordkette Singletrail (said to be Europe’s toughest) is best left to experts, there are loads of other less daunting trails through forests and on the mountains. Several beginner and intermediate trails start out at Bikepark Innsbruck which also has a challenging pumptrack, skills’ area and fun kids’ park.
- Lace up your family boots for Meadow Hike Mutterer Alm. A lovely walk with breathtaking views of the Inn Valley and Nordkette Mountains, it’s perfect for kids of all ages and packed with activities along the way. Plus the excellent Mutterer Alm mountain restaurant on-route is known as one of the most child-friendly in the region.