10 good reasons why each year over 5 million visitors come to Tyrol in winter

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: Ski, Board & Fun

Over 3 000km of perfectly groomed slopes  – for beginners, families and true aficionados – reached in comfort and speed using modern lifts, and causing every skier's heart to a beat a bit faster. Freestylers and snowboarders will also get their money's worth: 30 Snow parks offering spectacular pipes, rails and kickers make breath-taking jumps possible – also well worth watching. Off the slopes covered bars and wellness loungers on sun-soaked slopes and rustic huts invite you in to charge your batteries, rest a while and warm up. If the perfect curve doesn't seem to quite work, around 200 Tyrolean ski schools are at your service to lend a hand. Tyrol's largest skiing resort, Skiwelt Wilder Kaiser, can be reached from Hotel Ramada Innsbruck Tivoli by car in about an hour. Closer to home there are the large resorts of Axamer Lizum, Olympia Ski world Innsbruck and the Olympic region Seefeld (can be reached in around 10 to 30 minutes) and the all-year skiing area of the Stubai glacier (approx. 35 min drive).

The free shuttle service will take you from the Hotel Ramada Innsbruck Tivoli into the various ski areas. Please take your Club Innsbruck Member Card (guest card)  with you on the bus.


No. 2: Cross-country skiing … the oldest form of skiing

4 000 kilometres of varied trails taking you across beautiful winter landscapes – a run as long as a trip through the whole of Europe – stirs enthusiasm in both pleasure skiers and professional sportsmen and women: of course all trails are snow-secure and checked for quality. Both beginners and experienced cross-country skiers will find perfect conditions in the place where the world's cross-country skiing carry out their training. The loveliest trails can be found around 30 minutes from the Hotel Ramada Innsbruck Tivoli on the Seefeld plateau and in Leutasch.

No. 3: Tobogganing Tours

Families in particular appreciate the numerous and well-groomed toboggan runs – accessible by lift, toboggan taxi (Rodeltaxi) or for the sporty visitor, on foot. Once at the top the winter sport visitor can reward his efforts with a short stop-off in a cosy mountain hut for a hot mug of tea and some hearty Tyrolean food. Many routes also offer separate climbs up and floodlit runs. A list of all toboggan runs – many very close to Hotel Ramada Innsbruck Tivoli – complete with good descriptions, can be found here, for example: www.almenrausch.at (currently in German only).

No. 4: Tyrol is a sports trend-setter

Winter and summer the Tyrol draws in the sports enthusiasts with extraordinary sporting experiences. Ranging from skiing tours on untouched mountainsides to a mountain bike tour across snowy winter trekking paths or adventurous climbing routes in steep ice-caked slopes or even paragliding over snow-covered mountains – the Tyrol is a paradise for those in search of the extraordinary!

No. 5: Natural winter magic

The Tyrol's natural world enchants with its winter wonderland and unique mood. Pleasant winter strolls, snowshoe tours or a romantic sleigh ride through countryside deeply blanketed in snow - all these activities truly bring you closer to the natural experience.  The villages and small towns surrounding Innsbruck also stand out during the colder seasons due to their unique charm.

No. 6: Family-friendly winter fun

Many Tyrolean ski resorts have given extra thought to entertaining their youngest visitors. They have created a colourful vacation world with friendly mascots which encourage even the youngest children to thoroughly enjoy their first attempts at this fascinating sport. Even without the "two little boards" on their feet kids can still have great fun: there are tubing runs, slides, the skidoo, igloos, fantastic sculptures and much more. Child-friendly resorts close to the Hotel Ramada Innsbruck Tivoli are the Muttereralm and the Olympia Ski world in Igls (approx. 5 and 8 km away). A true paradise for kids can be found either in the skiing region of Serfaus- Fiss-Ladis or in the Ski world Wilder Kaiser (both approx. 1 hour's drive).

No. 7: Peaceful Tyrolean Advent

In the Tyrol a peaceful Advent has long been important. Festive services, accompanied by sweet horn music is as much a part of this custom as the convivial Christmas markets, where you can see and buy genuine Tyrolean handicraft items. The aroma of freshly roasted chestnuts, "Kiacherln", a Tyrolean yeast delight, and mulled wine may well tempt you to take a short break from shopping. Every town and village in the Tyrol celebrates Advent in their own special, original way. The loveliest Christmas markets can be found in the heart of Innsbruck's old town, in Hall (10 km from Hotel Ramada Innsbruck Tivoli), Rattenberg (40 km) and Imst (60 km), directly at the fortress in Kufstein (75 km) or as Christmassy log cabins in Seefeld (20 km) or Mayrhofen (65 km). The Christmas markets in the South Tyrol are also well worth a visit - we recommend Sterzing, Brixen and Bozen/ Bolzano (50, 80 and 120 km).

No. 8: 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.

No. 9: Tyrol's historical sites and monuments – a stone's throw away

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. 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: Destinations for shopping and bathing

Even in the winter months the Tyrol has excursion destinations away from the provincial capital which are well worth visiting. 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. Total relaxation can be found in the unique wellness wonderland of the Aquadome in Längenfeld – about 80 minutes' drive from Hotel Ramada Innsbruck Tivoli. A totally different watery experience can be found in the spectacular slides and water runs of the water park "Wave" in Wörgl, which is particularly attractive to a younger audience and is about 30 minutes away.