Traces of the past constantly cross your path on the way to the most popular day trip destinations in Tyrol. The region was influenced by the Habsburgs and countless cultural institutions, museums, churches and castles report from former times. We reveal to you the day trip destinations most worth seeing in Tyrol – they are sometimes ornate, sometimes amazing and always impressive.
It is almost a matter of courtesy to visit the Imperial Hofburg in Innsbruck in Tyrol, roughly 20 minutes away from Matrei am Brenner. Besides Schönbrunn castle and Hofburg Palace in Vienna, which are also popular day trip destinations in Austria, the Hofburg is a legacy of the Habsburg dynasty and one of the most important cultural buildings in Tyrol and Austria. Ambras Castle in Innsbruck, Tratzberg Castle in Stans, Austria's Renaissance gem, Hasegg Castle in Hall, which is steeped in legend, or Kufstein Fortress with its eventful history are also particularly worth seeing.
Over 800 palaces and castles in South Tyrol are also waiting to be discovered by you!
Churches are popular day trip destinations in Tyrol and one is more beautiful and ornate than the other. The Court Church in Innsbruck, the "Schwarzmanderkirche", was originally intended to be the tombstone of Emperor Maximilian I. However, it is also worth visiting the Parish Church of Matrei, as well as the Parish Church of Steinach, the Pilgrimage Church of Maria Locherboden, the Basilica Mariathal in the convent of the same name with sculpture park, the Maria Waldrast church surrounded by mountain pastures in Matrei and many others.
Tyrolean museums pick up on various interesting topics. For example, the Tyrolean State Museum Ferdinandeum is dedicated to the history of Tyrol and is the third oldest national museum in Austria-Hungary; it has significant art collections. The Tyrol Panorama & Tyrolean Imperial Infantry Museum is situated on the original site of the Tyrolean struggle for freedom of 1809 at the Innsbruck Bergisel, the Tyrolean Farms Museum tells us about the life and work of farmers, the Alpinarium Galtür reports on life in the mountains and the dangers of nature. Other day trip destinations in Tyrol: The Hall Mint Museum and Mint Tower, St. Anton am Arlberg Museum and the Fliess museums along the former Via Claudia Augusta.
You can also enrich yourself culturally at various different events in Tyrol. For example, there's the "Fisser Blochziehen", which attracts countless visitors every four years and is one of the most famous carnival traditions in the alpine region. The Tyrol Easter Festival is one of the most renowned Easter festivals in the German-speaking region. Various concerts, exhibitions and festivals are all part of Tyrol's entertainment repertoire, including the Festival of Early Music and the Passion Plays in Erl.
Tyrolean traditional dress, handicrafts and farmers' products as a gift for loved ones or a souvenir for yourself. Farmers' markets where you can buy quality Tyrolean products take place regularly around Matrei am Brenner. Artistically made handicraft products out of wood, glass, felt and leather are popular with everyone and impress with their quality. Anyone who would like to purchase an original Tyrolean traditional costume, either traditional or in modern interpretation, can use the opportunity to buy a one-off on holiday in Matrei.