Top things to do in Tyrol & Vorarlberg

Top Choice Palace in Innsbruck

Schloss Ambras

Picturesquely perched on a hill and set among beautiful gardens, this Renaissance pile was acquired in 1564 by Archduke Ferdinand II, then ruler of Tyrol, who transformed it from a fortress into a palace. Don't miss…
Top Choice Church in Innsbruck

Hofkirche

Innsbruck’s pride and joy is the Gothic Hofkirche, one of Europe’s finest royal court churches. It was commissioned in 1553 by Ferdinand I, who enlisted top artists of the age such as Albrecht Dürer, Alexander Colin…
Top Choice Austrian in Zell am Ziller

Schulhaus

On its panoramic perch above Zell am Ziller, this old schoolhouse turned restaurant is Tyrolean through and through. The larch-wood interior is drenched in honeyed light, the terrace plays up the views deep into the…
Top Choice Palace in Innsbruck

Hofburg

Grabbing attention with its pearly white facade and cupolas, the Hofburg was built as a castle for Archduke Sigmund the Rich in the 15th century, expanded by Emperor Maximilian I in the 16th century and given a baro…
Top Choice Austrian in St Anton am Arlberg

Museum Restaurant

On the fringes of the village, this utterly charming restaurant is housed in the picture-perfect chalet of the St Anton Museum. Winter salad with caramelised nuts, pear and smoked goose breast, and the most succulen…
Top Choice Bar in St Anton am Arlberg

Mooserwirt

One word: craaaazy. Come teatime Mooserwirt heaves with skiers guzzling beer (the place sells around 5000L a day), dancing to Eurotrash and sweating in their salopettes. The first challenge is to locate your skis, t…
Top Choice Fortress in Kufstein

Festung Kufstein

Lifted high on a rocky crag like an offering to the alpine peaks that surround it, Kufstein's turreted castle provides a fascinating insight into the town’s turbulent past. The fortress dates from 1205 (when Kufstei…
Top Choice Gorge in Imst

Rosengartenschlucht

An easygoing family hike is the 5km (approximately three-hour) loop through the dramatic 200m-high Rosengartenschlucht, where boarded walkways make for a gentle ascent and afford sterling views of a waterfall. At th…
Top Choice Museum in Innsbruck

Goldenes Dachl

Innsbruck's golden wonder and most distinctive landmark is this Gothic oriel, built for Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I (1459–1519), lavishly festooned with murals and glittering with 2657 fire-gilt copper tiles. It…
Top Choice Austrian in Kufstein

Auracher Löchl

Creaking with the weight of its 600-year history, this enticingly cosy, low-beamed restaurant is the one-time haunt of Tyrolean hero Andreas Hofer. The kitchen rolls out brilliant incarnations of Austrian classics s…