10 good reasons why each year over 4 million visitors come to Tyrol in summer

Tyrol is Austria's favourite holiday location and one of the most beautiful holiday destinations in Europe.

What makes the little province in the heart of the Alps stand out is its versatility: the incomparable natural experience, the high class hotels, the cultural and shopping experience all united with warm-hearted hospitality. Per year around 10 million visitors from all over the world enjoy wonderful holiday breaks in the Tyrol.

No. 1: Explore our mountains on foot

The breath-taking Tyrolean mountain ranges, with their outstanding peaks, lushly forested slopes and gently alps all connected by a network of hiking trails which open up all of this to the devoted hiker. Some peaks can be easily reached thanks to cable cars and well-made, broadly laid paths make them accessible even for unpractised hikers. Others remain a challenge even for the most experienced climbers. In the walking and hiking guides available there is a suitable route to meet the demands of every kind of hiker or climber. It is possible to hike through the Tyrol from refuge hut to refuge hut without once leaving the mountains: for example on the so-called Tiroler Adlerweg or Eagle Path which follows a route of 1480km in 126 stages right through the whole province. Set off on the most attractive hiking route around the Patscherkofel almost from the front door of the Hotel Ramada Innsbruck Tivoli.

No. 2: Around the mountains on two wheels

Mountain biking or simply cycling can be enjoyed in the Tyrol thanks to a well-planned cycle path network. This takes you across forest roads, alpine pastures and the occasional elevation but also on flat runs. Just a few minutes from the Hotel Ramada Innsbruck Tivoli, for example, you can join the cycle path along the Inn up into the higher country of the Oberland. And you can then return in the comfort of the train together with your bike. Around Innsbruck both the mountains to the south as well as the Northern Chain have a range of mountain bike routes. The Nordpark is a paradise for down hill riders with numerous single trails, which go from the Seegrube across the Hungerburg and down into the town itself, covering 5.4 km and a height difference of over 1330 meters and offering a number of challenges on the way!

No. 3: Hüttenzauber – the magic of the mountain refuge huts

The traditional destination for any hike or bike tour is the typical Tyrolean mountain refuge or hut. They are a magnet for hikers, offering home-made Tyrolean meals and refreshing beverages. More often than not a long hike up is rewarded with a breath-taking mountain vista or view down to the idyllic alp landscape. On www.oeav.at (in German only) hikers will find information on the ideal refuge to suit their needs and abilities – as the peak experience of a gentle family hike with a playground and petting zoo or a stop-off as part of a more challenging mountain tour up to a 300 metre summit. Starting out from Hotel Ramada Innsbruck Tivoli at least a dozen alpine huts serving food and beverages can be easily reached, e.g. at 1067 m (the Arzler Alm) or at 2.610 m (the Glungezer Hütte).

No. 4: The rocks beckon

The Tyrol counts as a paradise for climbers. Both outdoors and indoors there are numerous opportunities to conquer the rocks. Just 3 minutes' walk from Ramada Innsbruck Tivoli you will find the boulder and climbing hall in the "Landessportzentrum Tirol" next to Olympia World, where you can practise the rights hand-holds. Beginners are advised to choose from the many climbing courses on offer to ensure the best and safest introduction to this sport. Over 300 different routes offering varying degrees of difficulty await the practised climber in and around it Innsbruck. The rich range on offer makes it easy to choose the best route to suit your skills and needs!

No. 5:  Tyrol is a sports trend-setter

Winter and summer the Tyrol draws in the sports enthusiasts seeking new sporting challenges. On hot summer days rafters take the plunge in the raging currents of the Tyrol's streams and rivers. Beginners can seek out a safe wild water experience in boots piloted by professionals on the simpler routes. Beyond Imst and in the valleys real adventure is waiting for the experienced rafter. On tried and tested canyoning routes experienced trainers take the lead for both beginners and more experienced rafters as you travel through narrow gorges (e.g.: www.area47.at). At lofty heights paragliders and hang-gliders can experience true freedom. Floating above the impressive mountain peaks however demands some skill. The equipment required can be rented out from one of the many flight schools all over the Tyrol. About 20 minutes' drive from Hotel Ramada Innsbruck Tivoli takes you to the side of the "Elfers", the mountain most often flown over in the Tyrol.

No. 6: Fun & action not just for kids

To encourage children to enjoy walking and seeing being in the great outdoors as an extraordinary experience, their curiosity has to be awakened. That's why the "adventure mountain" Muttereralm entices kids with numerous attractions to discover and try out. The Alpine Coaster in Imst (approx. 30 min. from Innsbruck) rewards the determined hiker with a racy zoom downhill across alpine meadows and deep ravines. The holiday region of Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis (about an hour away) offers something for every age: High-wire Park, Fun Park, the ultimate adventure playground (www.serfaus-fiss-ladis.at/en/). Old and young can follow in Ötzi's steps in Umhausen in the Ötztal valley (www.oetzi-dorf.at/en/home.html).

No. 7: The Crystal Worlds – worth a visit all year round

Thanks to its central location the Hotel Ramada Innsbruck Tivoli is an ideal starting point for trips all over the Tyrol. One of the world's most prestigious sightseeing destinations is Swarovski Crystal Worlds in Wattens, just 15 minutes by car from Hotel Ramada Innsbruck Tivoli.

No. 8: The Event Centre in the mountains

Action-packed days can be guaranteed at Area 47, which is at the beginning of the Ötztal valley – barely 45 minutes by car from Hotel Ramada Innsbruck Tivoli. This location not only houses one of the most spectacular water fun parks in Europe but also Austria's tallest artificial climbing wall and an adjoining high-wire park.

No. 9: Historical sites and monuments in the Tyrol – history at your finger tips

Those visitors interested in history will be fascinated by the middle-aged towns of Hall, Rattenberg and Kufstein as well as Sterzing and Brixen/Bressanone in the South Tyrol. The "Höfemuseum" or Museum of Farming in Kramsach allows you glimpses into the agricultural way of life over the past 500 years – tangible history! Easily reachable after just a 10 minute drive from Hotel Ramada Innsbruck Tivoli you will find the Castle "Burg Hasegg" in Hall with its Münzturm or minting tower. Here, where once upon a time the very first coins which became Europe's first currency were minted, valid currency is still minted today from bronze, silver or gold – and visitors can purchase a souvenir of real and lasting value. Interestingly, the word "dollar" originated from the Hall word "Thaler". The castle "Schloss Tratzberg" and the town of Schwaz with its silver mine are both closely interwoven with the Tyrol's history as a financial centre in the Middle Ages and are worth visiting.

No. 10: Brennero: A shopping experience at 1400m altitude!

The Brenner – the division between North and South Tyrol – has a long tradition as a shopping destination. It became a true magnet for brand-name lovers and bargain hunters when the "Designer Outlet Brennero" or DOB for short, was built. Brand-name manufacturers offer their products for sale at drastically reduced prices in a sales area of over 10 000m2. The new shopping mecca is just 20 minutes' drive from Hotel Ramada Innsbruck Tivoli and is open daily – including Sundays and most public holidays – from 9am till 7pm.