Winter holidays in the Austrian Tyrol

Magnificent 'big-screen' landscapes that will take your breath away: majestic mountains that will have you reaching for your skis; Alpine meadows, forests, waterfalls, crystal cold lakes and picture-postcard villages with church spires mimicking the surrounding peaks: the Austrian Tyrol boasts story-book scenery where Heidi herself would feel right at home. And in winter the scene is even more bucolic. Checkout our photo gallery to discover the charms and attractions of this mountain region: the capital Innsbruck, twice setting for the Winter Olympics; traditional villages and towns such as Seefeld and Laengenfeld where the authentic Tyrolean spirit is strong; legendary ski resorts such as Kitzbuhel, Solden and St. Anton; ideal settings for other outdoor activities: a sleigh ride, bobsleigh or snowshoe hiking... This icy white wonderland is perfect for a winter vacation with all the snowy consequences.

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Seefeld, Tyrol
The church of Seefeld in the Tyrol, one of the most popular tourist destinations of the Alpine region, particularly among skiers / © Austrian National Tourist Office / Ascher 

Kitzbuhel, Tyrol
If you're planning a long weekend or a longer holiday, winter in the Kitzbuhel region is the perfect setting for snowy fun, whether you want the adrenaline rush of winter sports or fancy something a little more sedate such as admiring the scenery from a horse-drawn carriage / © Austrian National Tourist Office / Ascher 

Innsbruck, Tyrol
Innsbruck, the capital of the Tyrol, doesn't escape the winter weather / © Austrian National Tourist Office / Ascher 

Kitzbuhel, Tyrol
Surrounded by magnificent mountains, the pretty town of Kitzbuhel is dotted with picturesque multi-coloured houses, many of them some five hundred years old; in winter, though, the predominant colour is, of course, white / © Austrian National Tourist Office / Markowitsch 

Achenkirch, Tyrol
Sledding is always fun, but perhaps even more so when it's done by torchlight  / © Austrian National Tourist Office / Wiesenhofe 

Obermauern, Tyrol
The winter landscape of Obermauern may seem familiar as it was used in the classic Beatles film Help / © Austrian National Tourist Office / Jezierzanski 

Westendorf, Tyrol
Westendorf is just one of the mountain towns that is pretty as a picture at this time of year / © Austrian National Tourist Office/ Niederstrasser 

Kufstein Fortress, Tyrol
Dating back to the twelfth century, this monumental building overlooking the river Inn is Kufstein Fortress, the main landmark of Kufstein, the Tyrol's second largest city / © Austrian National Tourist Office / Niederstrasser 

The Austrian Tyrol is dotted with pretty mountain towns such as Barwies / © Austrian National Tourist Office/ Niederstrasser 

Kartitsch, Tyrol
Nestled in the heart of the Dolomites and the Carnic Alps, Kartitsch is an ideal base from which to explore the great mountain landscape / © Austrian National Tourist Office/ Niederstrasser 

Laengenfeld, Tyrol
Romantic walks, skiing, cosy cabins to take shelter from the cold... Laengenfeld has all this and more / © Austrian National Tourist Office / Mallaun 

Leutasch, Tyrol
Wherever you are, winter in the Tyrol offers scenery to take your breath away, like this view taken near Leutasch / © Austrian National Tourist Office/ Mallaun 

Hintertux Glacier and Perchten, Tyrol
The Hintertux Glacier (left) is popular with skiers all year round; Perchten (right) are an ancient pre-Christian tradition of the Austrian Alps, associated with the demons and dangers of winter / © Austrian National Tourist Office / Fankhauser