In villages throughout Alpine Europe, a very special tradition takes place at the end of summer each year. This is the Almabtrieb, the bringing down of cattle from high in the mountains to their village quarters after a summer of grazing in flower-filled alpine meadows. The animals are decked out in magnificent headdresses decorated with garlands of greenery, meadow flowers and ribbons, plus heavy leather collars complete with a clanging cow bell to ward off evil demons on the way. The procession makes its way down the mountain and through the streets before the animals are sorted and reunited with their owners, then their safe return home is celebrated in lively village festivals enjoyed by locals and tourists alike, with music, dancing and perhaps the odd stein of beer or two!
Our holiday to the Austrian Tyrol allows you to take part in the celebrations as they happen, and a full itinerary of escorted excursions for a true Tyrolean experience.
We’ll stay at a well-appointed 4-star hotel in the Austrian Tyrol area such as the Hotel Edelweiss in Hochfilzen. The comfortable rooms are en suite and other facilities include a bar and restaurant.
Please note: In Austria, a twin/double room will have one double bed base structure with two separate mattresses and separate bed linen for each mattress.
Single Supplements Apply
We fly to Munich and transfer to our hotel in the Austrian Tyrol.
Day 2 – Rattenberg & the Tyrolean Farmhouse Museum
There’s two treats in store today. The first is a visit to Rattenberg, the smallest town in Austria, with a long history of glass-blowing plus a picturesque, well-preserved medieval centre and rows of brightly painted townhouses. We also visit the Tyrolean Farmhouse Museum, just outside Rattenberg, where original examples of rural farmhouses and annexed buildings have been brought together in the largest open-air museum in Tyrol, giving visitors a flavour of Alpine farming life.
Day 3 – Tyrolean Alm Festival
Let your hair down with the locals today at a nearby Village Festival, and join in with the festivities of the Almabtrieb as the whole community gives thanks for the safe return of their animals from the high mountain pastures.
Day 4 – Kitzbühel Alps & Cheese Dairy
We embark on a scenic tour of the Kitzbühel Alps, and our day out includes a horse-drawn carriage ride and a visit to a cheese dairy.
Day 5 – Salzburg & Tyrolean Schnapps Museum
We set off for Salzburg where we’ll have a guided walking tour of the city, with its impressive and fully-preserved fortress, interesting historic buildings, The Sound of Music associations and, of course, the spirit of Mozart, whose name lives on in Mozart Square and his birthplace at No. 9 Getreidegasse in the old town. En-route back to our hotel, we stop at a Tyrolean Schnapps Museum where we learn more about this popular fruity liqueur and enjoy a tasting session.
We check out of our hotel and transfer to Munich airport for our return flight home.
You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.
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