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Tyrol Adventure

A fun-filled Alpine playground
Holiday information
Nights: 6
Grade: 1-2
Terrain: meadows, forests
Hotels: two 4-star hotels
Meals: 6 breakfasts, 6 dinners
Extend your stay
If flying via Innsbruck or Munich, why not add on a couple of nights to explore either of these historic cities?
Starting point

You spend your first three nights at the Hotel Kristall in Ober Weidach, from where it is a short walk to the cycle shop to collect your bikes.

Day 1

Explore the far western reaches of the valley and the tranquil Gaistalalm on a gentle circuit along pretty village lanes and forest tracks. Park your bikes and enjoy a section of riverside gorge walking before heading up to a mountain hut for lunch (up to 3 hours return) where you can feast on truly scrumptious Apfelstrudel washed down with lashings of the local lemonade, Almdudler, which translates as ‘tootle round the mountain pastures’.
This narrow, winding gorge, through which the Leutascher Ache river rushes on its way to cross the German border (where it joins the River Isar in the Mittenwald valley), is a secret paradise waiting to be discovered. The river has created a fascinating natural water play area (Naturkneipp und Wasserspielanlage Salzach) which will surely tempt young and old alike to cool off on a hot summer’s day. (18km cycle)

Day 2

Today, enjoy another cycle to the eastern end of the valley via forest tracks and through typical Alpine flower meadows. At the head of the valley, leave your bikes aside and enter the ghostly Geisterklamm or ‘Spirit Gorge’ on foot. Read more about it here >
Follow a thrilling gorge walk along man-made walkways and bridges that crosses the border into Germany where you can relax over lunch at one of the many restaurants and cafés in the pretty frescoed town of Mittenwald. In the afternoon, catch the bus back to your bikes (don't forget where you left them!) and cycle back to Ober Weidach (22km cycle; plus optional 3km walk)

Day 3

Leaving the symbolic chapels of the Leutasch Valley behind, you head off on foot through meadows and forest via Lottensee (a 'see' is usually a lake, but this is more of a marsh!) to the village of Mösern, perched on the edge of the plateau peering down at the River Inn in the valley far below. You reach the impressive Hotel Inntaler Hof, your base for the next three nights, in front of which is the iconic Friedensglocke or 'Peace Bell'. (12km)

Days 4-5

Mösern is a great place to spend a few days as there is so much to do:

Walking

There are a number of rewarding and leisurely walks up to 14 kilometres that can be undertaken from the door of your hotel.
• Swim in a mountain lake: amble along the Peace Bell Trail to the tranquil shores of the Möserer Lake, reputedly the warmest lake in the Tyrol, have a swim; then enjoy lunch at the handily-located Möserer Seestube. (6km, 2hrs)
• Looking for red squirrels: follow the Stations of the Cross to family-friendly Seefeld before going on the trail of the red squirrel and deer around the Wildsee (10km, 2 hrs)
• Climb a mountain: a more demanding route ascends steadily to the summit of Gschwandtkopf at 1,500 metres, where you are rewarded with a glorious 360-degree panorama. Take time to stop for refreshments on the panoramic terrace of the aptly-named Sonnenalm. You then descend to Seefeld and return to Mösern through a mixture of meadows and forest. (14km, 4.5hrs)
• Take the tramway: from Seefeld you can take the Rosshütte funicular and cable cars up into the mountains to reach the Seefelder Joch at 2,060 metres and Harmelekopf at 2,134 metres. Enjoy the fabulous far-reaching views, just reward for your efforts.

Sightseeing

The historic city of Innsbruck is but a short ride by bus to Seefeld then train (pay locally) if you fancy time in the city, which stands on the River Inn in a wide, sheltered valley. Children of all ages may wish to visit the Alpine Zoo (Alpenzoo), home to over 2000 animals (150 species) which are or have been at some point, native to the Alps. It is the only zoo in the world to devote itself specifically to Alpine fauna.
One of the most unusual attractions in Innsbruck is Swarovski Crystal Worlds, an artistic and imaginative theme park/shopping experience and one of Austria's most popular attractions. Highlights for adults are the Giant's Chamber of Wonders and the gardens with their Crystal Cloud and Mirror Pool, whilst for children there's an innovative play tower on four levels, creative outdoor play areas and a hedge labyrinth in the shape of a hand.

Relaxing at the hotel

You may, of course, wish to take advantage of the hotel's excellent facilities, splashing about in the indoor pool, enjoying a game of tennis, exploring the playground (with slides, swings, a trampoline and mini football goals), or playing table tennis. The spa is pretty good too! And if you fancy a game of golf, you qualify for discounted green fees at the nearby Golf Spielplatz in Seefeld.

Visit the Olympiaregion Seefeld

The Olympiaregion Seefeld is a family playground waiting to be explored and Seefeld is easily reached by bus from the Inntalerhof. There is a large swimming pool complex with an indoor-outdoor pool and waterslides. From the end of June until the end of August, the tourist office organises a comprehensive Kinderprogramm to entertain the kids.

Add on Innsbruck or Munich

If flying via Innsbruck or Munich, why not add on a couple of nights to explore either of these historic cities?

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