The province in the mountains and the heart of the Alps is characterised by its memorable landscapes: Narrow valleys nestle into harsh mountain landscapes and lush alpine pastures. Wonderful clear lakes and breathtaking nature wait to be discovered. Small-structured agricultural businesses provide products of unique quality, the gastronomy spoils with typical regional delicacies.
Typical products from the region are the tender flesh from the Tyrolean grey cattle or the pigs of the alp, savoury potatoes, crispy vegetables, dairy products and cheese, like for example the Tyrolean cheese from a hill farm or mountain cheese and juicy apples. Healthy enjoyment and a sustainable management characterise the top performances of the regional hosts – in hill farms and mountain huts as well as in long-established inns and fine gourmet restaurants – the Tyrolean master chefs combine considerable 110 hats. Served are savoury Kaspressknödel (cheese dumplings), delicious Schlutzkrapfen (kind of savoury ravioli), Kiachl (dough discs) with kraut, the typical Kasnockn (little cheese dumplings) or sweet delights like Zwetschkendatschi (plum cake), Kaiserschmarrn (cut-up pancakes) and Apfelkiachl (apple dough discs).
Up the mountains
Whether you go hiking during the warmer seasons or prefer winter sports, the Tyrol is known for its mountain landscapes. As a result alpine farming plays an important role. In the east of the province there are graceful lowlands and south of the river Inn narrow valleys are located. Only 15 % of North Tyrol is true settlement area on a flat surface, including the urban capital Innsbruck. Apart from that the landscape is dominated by high mountains and glaciers. The highest mountain in Austria with 3,798 m is the Großglockner in East Tyrol, the highest peak in North Tyrol is the Wildspitze with 3,768 m.
Regional gourmet tours
The best specialties can directly be experienced on gourmet tours – after all, what is better than to end your hiking with a visit in a cheese dairy or with a special culinary festival? The province has a lot to offer that is worth to see from a culinary point of view: For example attracts the culinary way of St. James with specialties like the Paznauner Almkäse (cheese from the hill farms) to visit the region Ischgl, in the Kufstein region you can experience all kinds of customs during the genuss.tage (gourmet days), in the regions East Tyrol and West of Tyrol you can discover various gourmet routes, in the Brixental valley first-class chefs present their delicacies from the local cuisine on the rarity days and all year long you find specialties on the weekly markets in St. Johann or Kitzbühel.
ORF "Land&Leute: Genussregion Paunzn und Gröstl Tiroler Erdäpfel", Broadcast from 30.10.2021, Creator: Hans Nußbaumer