This picturesque Austrian Tyrolean village remains almost unchanged since the 16th century. It is the smallest in Tyrol and it is a real pleasure to walk through the medieval streets. Rattenberg was a customs post between Tyrol and Bavaria and was an important transit point for all kinds of goods on the Inn River. It was part of Bavaria until 1504, when it became part of the Habsburg Empire thanks to Emperor Maximilian I. Today the village is known for its glass industry. Despite being such a small town, Rattenberg is the cultural center of the region mainly due to the annual festival held in its castle at Christmas. It hosts one of the most beautiful Christmas markets, with torches and candles, open fires and traditional Advent shows and live music.
Lans is situated a short drive south of Innsbruck, at the foot of Patscherkofel Mountain, which is 2,246 meters high. This peaceful village, which has grown gradually, impresses with its beautiful traditional farms and lush nature. The icing on the cake is its excellent traditional cuisine. The reasons for a holiday in Lans can be diverse: finding rest, enjoying nature, practice outdoor activities or the hospitality of the local inhabitants. An excellent relaxation area, for example, is Lake Lansersee, an alpine natural swamp. Visitors to Lans enjoy free admission to the swimming area of the lake. The meadows and fields of the surrounding mountains invite relaxing excursions on foot to enjoy the stunning scenery. The offer is completed by a children's program, a hiking program and a 9 hole golf course. Every day another adventure in the snow. This is the motto in winter. A ski bus transports skiers to skiing stations on Patscherkofel. Another bus provides a shuttle service to nearby Rinn, which awaits skiers with excellent snow conditions. Ski enthusiasts will enjoy skiing and snowboarding on the slopes of Patscherkofel. Twice a week a free bus take visitors to the nearby Stubai Glacier. And to plunge into urban life, shopping or visiting the nearby cultural treasures, Innsbruck is just a short distance from Lans.
It is perfect to start visits in Tyrol. The Stubai glacier, lifts, trails, perfect landscapes, close to Innsbruck. Krimml Waterfalls, serlesbanhen. Nearly 3 km in rail, fun for children and seniors, parks to enjoy with kids, shilk2000, minigolf in Innsbruck, Swarovski, and if you want you can pay to see a small museum, with shopping at the end. It is just 2 hours from Munich, and Italy. There are also silver mines in Schwatz. YOu can go inside the mine with miners´ carriage rails and they teach you how they worked through projections inside the mine, fun for everybody, and the trip in the cart is quite exciting. There is a wide variety of hotels with breakfast, dinner, spa, children's zones, playstation, Ping pong, football, etc.. We, a family with a child, stayed at the hotel in Neustift Bergcristall. It was a 4 star hotel with a very nice staff that was quite helpful. They have rooms, suites and apartments, we were in the latter, which was more convenient, cheaper and independent. They had a good breakfast, though a bit monotonous for our taste, but you can always go to the heart of town, 5 minutes by car to the main square where there are many restaurants. I would highlight the restaurant DORFRAU, with incredible burgers, and coffee Anny has pizzas, pasta and traditional food. The others are not bad. In the first the staff was very friendly, attentive, and helpful, and it is a pub as well. In summer they have many folk festivals, and markets. For us it was a great summer as well, we were very lucky.
Perhaps this isn't exactly a place you were planning to visit, unless you have a good recommendation to go on. If you're on the Austrian Tyrol route, make sure you visit Hall, which is in Tirol, a small, charming town where there's actually some stuff to do. There are several things to visit, such as The Mint (which is where silver coins are minted), the St. Nicholas Church, the Salt Museum, City Hall, etc. You could also add the charming historic center and several interesting places to eat to the list. The town's location is excellent, you can be in Innsbruck in 15 minutes, and then there's also Vattens, which is where the Svarovsky factory is. There's also Küthai, and many other towns in the Austrian Tyrol. If you want peace and quiet, in a nicely appointed area, this may be your place.
On our trip to Austria and specifically Tirol we were lucky our friends were Tyrolean guides and took us to this charming Tyrolean village in Rodel. The Rodel is a traditional type of sled. One of the many traditions is to go with your family or friends to one of the many mountains of Tirol, walk up to the top of the mountain dragging your Rodel and once up, dine or drink traditional Tyrolean Schnapps. After filling their stomachs, and perhaps after being a little drunk, they all descend the mountain on their Rodels. This can also be done in the evening, which adds to its charm, both for the view and because it is more risky. We do this every year we go. T say you've done something typically Tyrolean, you have to Rodel. A lovely little town to practise the art of Rodeling!
Mayrhofen is a very popular skiing resort but is also a spectacular place to visit in the summer when the countryside is incredibly green and the waterfalls are freely flowing. It's a great place to relax!