The Joy of Hiking in Tirol – The Alternative to a Skiurlaub Tirol

May 24, 2009 –  If you love to go out and see the countryside then leave the car behind and take the family hiking in Tirol.  Whether its skiurlaub or sommerurlaub season, there really is no better way to get close to nature and to see the real beauty of our planet.

 There are many positives experiences that are inherent to hiking like: fresh air, beautiful scenery, soul refreshing solitude and healthy exercise. 

Hiking can be as easy or as difficult as you choose and it is available to people of all ages and abilities. Whether you're 7 or 70 years old, hiking could well be for you.

All you need to get started are some good boots, the appropriate outdoor clothing and access to an area that allows you to enjoy the experience.
As with any other exercise, you will want to consider a few common sense safety guidelines before you go very far beyond your local trail-lined hills.

General Hiking Guidelines

  1. Eat a good breakfast.
  2. Tell someone where you're going and when you expect to return.
  3. Get a weather report.
  4. Bring a compass, map or a guestbook. Ask always for instructions, directions and more to our Customer Service People, Turist Guide and Front desk.
  5. They'll always there to help you and your family or friends.
  6. Bring a light source.
  7. Bring a first aid kit.
  8. Bring plenty of water.
  9. Carry out what you carry in.
  10. Don't forget the duct tape.
  11. Stop and smell the flowers.

Another fun variation of hiking is night hiking which is a bit more adventurous but the sights and sounds you will experience are worth it.

If you are uncomfortable about night hiking, you might want to do some trial hiking around home, in a familiar and safe area, or early in the evening. Try out that headlamp. See if you can follow a street map and compass. Maybe extend the hike later into darkness on a night when the moon is absent.

Hike up the trail in late afternoon and turn around every so often to check out how the trail looks in reverse. Head back down right after sunset when there is still plenty of twilight to see by.

Do this hike with friends, extra eyes and brains help avoid errors and add peace of mind to the venture.

The next time you are staying overnight at the St. Johanner Hof Hotel, think about hiking the nearest peak for sunset. A peak may be quite close, so the hike up and back might be short and could be timed to get you back to your lodging before twilight fades into night.

Allison Kim is a published  professional traveler who has seen over 30 countries and lived in 5 of them.  She currently resides in London with her cat.  You can learn more about Ms. Kim by visiting her travel website at: