A beautiful mountain sunrise not far from Mieming in the Tirol region of Austria.
Going 100 miles an hour* down a mountain on an electronic bike is not an activity I would usually volunteer for but that’s what I ended up doing one sunny afternoon in Mieming, near Innsbruck. In fact, there are a number of activities available in the Tirol region which I never imagined partaking in and which to my surprise were loads of fun. So here is my list of fun things to do near Innsbruck.
Ride an E-Bike Around Tirol
Mieming is only 30 minutes from Innsbruck but it’s well worth spending a few nights there to enjoy the fresh mountain air and striking scenery. There are plenty of hiking trails to choose from but riding an electronic bike is a great way to get up and down the rolling hills without exerting too much energy. My kind of activity in other words. I hadn’t ridden a bike for about 20 years so there were a few precarious moments but it ended without incident and I did get to snap a few photos along the way.
See a Stunning Mountain Sunrise
I am not a morning person. At all. I rarely get up before 9am. But heading out at 5am to hike up a mountain and see the sun rise was one of my best travel experiences ever. It took my breath away both figuratively and literally. It’s amazing how I felt like the air was thinner up there even though we were only 1700 metres above sea level. I would totally fail as a mountaineer. My photos really don’t do it justice but it was one of the most beautiful sunrises I’ve ever seen. We went to Lacke Mountain near Mieming but you could ask at the tourist office for other options.
Once the sun came up we had champagne followed by a little mountain yoga and then a hearty Austrian breakfast at Lehnberghaus.
Practice Your Golf Swing
I have never played golf before but I quickly discovered I’m completely useless at it. I thought that being a former cricketer may have helped me but apparently not. Nevertheless, attempting to hit those little balls as far as I could was not only fun but surprisingly relaxing. In Mieming you can play a full round of golf, follow a 9 holes course or you can just have a hit on the driving range like I did. When it’s time for a golf break you can eat a typical Tirolean snack of cured meats, cheese and pickled chillies at the very cute Stottlalm.
I don’t know if that dish is meant for one person or not but there’s a hell of a lot of pork on that plate!
Catch Your Own Dinner
Even though there are no photos of me biking through the Tirol mountains, I do have proof (well a photo) that I caught a couple of trout which were later prepared for my dinner at Hotel Holzleiten.
Yep, that’s a photo of me holding a dead fish and no, I did not take a wooden mallet to its head, that was someone else’s job (thankfully).
I wish I could say I’m a skilled fisherman but that little lake in Stams was jam packed with trout so the odds were totally in my favour. Those poor fish didn’t stand a chance.
Spoil Yourself at a Spa
Austria is a great place to visit for outdoor activities but they are also big on spas. So you can have a massage, sauna, spa and all kinds of beauty treatments in your hotel all the while surrounded by stunning alpine scenery.
I was lucky enough to spend the night at Hotel Holzleiten in Obsteig where the early morning views from the rooms are something like this:
This was by far my favourite hotel in on this trip to Austria. The rooms were stylish and contemporary in design, the restaurant food focused on local produce and included a fantastic breakfast with local butters, jams and cheeses, and along with the usual spa treatments you can sign up to do yoga, Qi Gong and other classes or just swim in the heated swimming pool. This is my top choice for a pampered weekend getaway.
Kaysers is another great option for a stay in Tirol and the views there aren’t too bad either.
Most people opt for the half board option when staying here and it’s not surprising when that includes a 6 course meal for your dinner. I was a bit worried how that would go seeing as I’m a fussy eater but I loved everything.
Kaysers offer all the usual spa treatments but also provide a large range of sporting activities to get you out experiencing the great outdoors. Golf, tennis, hiking, mountain climbing, horse riding etc can all be arranged by the hotel and with a guide or trainer if you prefer. The e-biking was a lot of fun but I would love to do the adventure walk next time. You can also take exercise classes like Pilates and water aerobics so there are activities for everyone.
Last wellness option is Schwarz Resort which is the largest of the hotels/resorts we went to. It’s walking distance to the golf course and they have multiple swimming pools, spas, and saunas. Again, the views aren’t too shabby.
The weird crystal room was my favourite of the relaxing rooms.
Obviously that’s just the tip of the iceberg on things to do in Tirol. It’s a great summer destination but is also good for a ‘soft winter’ as they call it.
* Total exaggeration