From eternal ice to a summit of thinkers

Alpine landscape, highly active economy and an urban attitude to life – the Tyrol is a diverse region. But where is everything? We will show you a panorama of this region - from its glaciers to the business and science summit.

Five glaciers in the Tyrol are covered in eternal ice: the Hintertux Glacier is Austria's only ski resort open throughout the entire year and then the next glacier to the west, the Stubai Glacier, is Austria's largest glacier ski resort. Further to the west is the glacier near Sölden in the Ötztal valley, the highest Pitztal Glacier with the new Wildspitzbahn cable car and the largest glacier in the Eastern Alps, the Kaunertal Glacier with the Gepatschferner Glacier.

Impressive insights and views everywhere: Innsbruck, the university town and state capital and with its 125,431 inhabitants the largest town in the Tyrol, is stretched out directly under the Nordkette, a mountain chain in the Karwendel. Together with the neighbouring district of Innsbruck Land, this region with 21,160 companies is also the nerve centre of business and science in the Tyrol.

It can be found everywhere, Near Kufstein in the lowlands, the Inn valley opens up towards Germany, in economic terms, too. It is not without reason that Stihl Group from Germany – global leader in chainsaws – headquartered Viking, a subsidiary, here. But also in the Reutte district or in the eastern Tyrol district of Lienz, subsidiaries of international companies such as Durst Phototechnik, a part of the Leitner Group, Loacker, Nordpan, Liebherr or Multivac also have offices here. Daniel Swarovski founded Swarovski AG, the world-famous jewellery corporation, in Wattens in Tirol in 1895 because of the abundant hydropower there.

The Tyol naturally has a lot of water: the glacier-fed Inn river (see article) winds its way through the region as though it were the region's main artery. Its 212 kilometres make it the longest river in the region. The largest lake, Lake Achen, contains 481 million cubic metres of water. And the state is simply brimming with rushing waterfalls, streams and lakes as it is. Including High Tauern National Park. Covering 1,856 square kilometres, it is the largest nature reserve in the Alps. The highest peak in Austria protrudes on the East Tirolean side from the very heart of it: the Grossglockner at 3,798 metres.

Breathtaking scenery, a vibrant business environment and internationally recognised science institutes – they are all a part of the Tyrol. Just like in Alpbach. In this small mountain village between the Kitzbühel Alps and the Brandenberg Alps renowned scientists, politicians and business representatives from all over the world have been getting together at the "European Forum Alpbach" every year since 1945 to discuss the issues of the day. The forum in the "Village of Thinkers" welcomes more than 4,000 people from 70 countries every year. Be it peaks or summit meetings – the combination and the interaction give the Tyrol its special charm.

The map above in the image area on this page is a high-precision, web-based map of the Tyrol, which - unlike other well-known applications - also shows the topography of the Tyrol. Simply zoom in and find all of the details. The first links box below this article will take you to applications based on this map. They provide details on the competencies of the companies and research institutions in the clusters in the Tyrol (Tyrol competence atlas), through to commercial space available in the state (Tyrol database) to holidaying in the Tyrol.


Where, what and how does everything work in the Tyrol?
The regions and districts in the Tyrol have very different statistics:


More information can be found in these documents: