Top places to visit in Tyrol with children, as a couple, or alone

Recommended attractions for all the family in the area around Ried im Oberinntal

Time for an away game? There are countless attractions and places to visit in Tyrol and its surroundings simply waiting to be discovered. Many attractions are very easy to get to from the active and family hotel Truyenhof.

Whether you want to visit a town with your partner, or plan a day trip with children, here is a selection of the highlights in the region which you shouldn’t miss out on.

Places to visit by car & by rail

2 magnificent passes and one prince – Davos/Liechtenstein

After a lovely drive through tranquil Engadin, we reach to Davos via the Flüelapass (2383 m) you then continue through romantic Prättigau into the principality of Lichtenstein and Vaduz. After a visit and short stay, we continue via Feldkirch and Bludenz into Austrian Montafon where we reach the Paznauntal by taking the fascinating Silvretta High Alpine Road. By driving past Ischgl, we get back to Ried via Landeck.

3 border drive – Austria, Switzerland, Italy

The “classic” amongst Alpine trips. We drive over the Reschenpass into romantic, south Tyrolean Trafoital, past the Ortler Massif (3905 m, the highest mountain in South Tyrol), via the highest and oldest Alpine Crossing, the Stilfser Joch (2757 m) and over the Umbrailpass until we get to the Münster Valley. Then, this wonderful route takes you back through the Swiss National Park into Engadin, then via dreamy villages such as Scoul, back to Ried.

Silvretta High Alpine Road

The Silvretta High Alpine Road links Montafon (Vorarlberg) with Paznauntal (North Tyrol). As you approach from the west, you gain 985 m around 30 tight bends, whilst on the eastern side there are just 2. Enjoy fabulous views from the Silvretta reservoir on the Bielerhöhe.

Bernina Express – The King’s route

A high point of your holiday. Drive via Swiss Engadin to Pontresina (1805 m). There, a seat awaits you in a panorama carriage of the renowned Bernina-Express train (prior reservation is necessary). You travel through breathtaking scenery before arriving at your destination, Poschiavo (1014 m). The route back takes you via Puschlav, a southern valley in the Swiss Alps. If requested, you can travel back via the Italian tax-free zone in Livigno (an extra 60 km) or straight back to Ried via the Berninapass.

Kaunertaler Gletscher

Our tip: the Kaunertal Glacier

After Prutz, the road branches off into the Kaunertal valley. We continue to the end of the valley, past the wonderful Gepatsch reservoir (the largest reservoir in western Austria) up to a height of 2750 m. At the glacier, you have the possibility of continuing to the Dreiländerblick at a height of 3108 m on the Karlesjochbahn lift. You are sure to be amazed by this impressive glacier world. In summer, it is a wonderful place for biking or hiking, and in winter, the Kaunertal Glacier is one of the most beautiful skiing areas in Tyrol and in the whole of Austria.

Towns and villages in Tyrol and surroundings

The Olympic city of Innsbruck

The state capital Innsbruck, twice a venue for the Olympics, not only has famous sporting sites, but also a broad range of culture and history. On a city tour through Innsbruck, you can find out about the most interesting, historical places such as the Hofburg, the Schwarz-Mander church, the Goldenes Dachl, the Triumphpforte, Basilica, and so on. It is also well worth taking some time for a stroll round the shops in the Tyrolean capital.

Innsbruck & Wattens, with the famous “Kristallwelt” of André Heller

Marvel at the beautiful city of Innsbruck. Innsbruck is a city with plenty of culture and history, such as the emblem, the “Goldenes Dachl – Museum Maximilianeum” in the old town (memorial place for Emperor Maximilian I from 1459 to 1519, one of the most important European personalities), the “Hofkirche” church (with the tomb of Emperor Maximilian I), the city tower, court garden, or Berg Isel.

Just 50 km further is the next highlight: the “Swarovski Kristallwelt of André Heller”, dive into a world of crystal glass.

Looking over to our neighbours – Mals and the historic town of Glurns

Crossing the Reschenpass (1380 m) past the famous Reschensee lake with the church tower as its emblem, you reach Mals in the Obervinschgau region in South Tyrol with its famous market (every Wednesday in summer), then continue on to Glurns with the smallest town wall in the Alps and only 650 inhabitants.

Friday is market day in Merano

The market in Merano in South Tyrol is a place where people of different origins create a fascinating atmosphere every Friday, with a plethora of wonderful aromas, a pleasure for the eyes, and a unique atmosphere. You get there via Vinschgau and crossing the Reschenpass.

Samnaun – A coffee trip and shopping spree in the town

Although it has its scenic charms, there is another very good reason why so many people flock to this mountain village day after day: Samnaun is a Swiss tax-free area. Regionally and politically it belongs to Switzerland, but is only accessible from Austria. It offers tax-free shopping possibilities.

Guarda and Ardez – Villages you will never forget

The Engadin villages of Guarda and Ardez are high above the valley base in the lower Engadin region in the Swiss Canton of Graubünden, on a wonderful sun terrace. Guarda and Ardez are famous for their splendid Engadin houses and the friendliness of the locals. As their mother tongue, in the villages they speak only Romansh. The village of Ardez itself is 350 years old.

Goldenes Dachl Stadt Innsbruck

Palaces, monasteries, and castles in and around Tyrol

Schloss Landeck in Tyrol

Schloss Landeck is a palace on the Via Claudia Augusta route and was probably built in the 13th century by the Duke of Ulten high up on the cliffs above the river Inn, It was later extended by Duke Meinhard II of Tyrol-Görz. In 1282 it was home of the Landeck court and the seat of the Crown Prince warden. The castle had its heyday under the Knights of Schrofenstein.

The Stift Stams Cistercian monastery

Take a trip into the past on a tour around the Stift Stams monastery. The Stift Stams monastery was founded in 1273 by Duke Meinhard II, and went on to serve as the burial ground of the Görz-Tyrol dukes. You can recognise the various periods of history the monastery has experienced by the style of building. The Stift Stams is not just something to be savoured with your eyes; they also distil some noble liquors here.

Schloss Tarasp in the Swiss Canton of Graubünden

This palace was bought at the beginning of the 19th century by the Dresden industrialist Karl August Lingner for 20,000 Swiss francs, and was totally renovated. Wood panelling and furniture was bought from patrician houses and noble courts from neighbouring Tyrol and installed here. Lingner installed a large concert organ in the former armoury. Tarasp was to become a palace of sound. The palace organ is a masterpiece from the Jehmlich Dresden organ builders and in 1991, thanks to the foundation of a trust, it was extensively renovated. Today, its 3000 organ pipes resound once again at the annual palace concerts in the hall.

And another tip for all the family: a summer trip into the Ötztal valley, not far away, with a visit to the Ötzi village.

Ever since the man in the ice (called Ötzi) was found in 1991, the Ötztal has been one cultural sensation richer. The world-famous discovery from the 4th millennium BC is an archaeological trophy for the whole of the Ötztal region, and the findings are irrevocably linked now with this valley and its mountains.

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