Delicious restaurants, thermal waters, and museums abound in this cluster of tiny towns.
When you think of the Austrian Alps you likely imagine snowy avalanches dotted with downhill skiers, but that’s just one angle to the perfect Austrian jaunt. In Tyrol, a cluster of tiny towns 300-some miles from Vienna, activities vary from the culinary to creative arts and wellness, with thermal waters and a Swarovski-studded art installation.
Innsbruck (pop. 130,894) is the capital city in this Western Austrian region, and while it’s famous for the ski culture (the Winter Olympics were hosted here in 1964 and 1976), it’s also a cultural mecca with 11 museums and several landmarks. Dubbed Golden Roof, the Goldenes Dachl landmark in Old Town dates back to 1500 and was built in honor of Emperor Maximilian I’s wedding then served as the couple’s home. Frescos, coats of arms, and a copper-tile roof are serious architectural eye candy. Duck into the museum for a crash course on the region’s history.