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Top 5 FREE Guest Cards for Visitors to Tirol

July 15, 2013 DESTINATION No Comments Email Email

It’s fairly standard practice for cities and resorts to give guests the opportunity to purchase a visitor card. Generally the cost of the card is redeemed several times over with the numerous benefits and discounts offered in return.

With free entry to the most interesting museums and attractions as well as free bus transport plus many more benefits, the Innsbruck Card at €31 presents excellent value for money, in comparison to some other European cities. Aside from the paid-for options, many of the local tourist boards in the Austrian Tirol offer visitor cards FREE of charge to guests staying in the region. Here are the top 5 summer cards offered free for 2013.

Where? Alpbach Valley

If you are in need of a system reboot then a holiday in the Alpbach Valley is just the switch off you need. The only distraction here is a serene landscape, dotted with old wooden farmhouses and cows grazing on the mountain pastures. The Alpbach Valley Seenland card includes free entry on the cable cars, local buses, a weekly guided walking programme, bike tours as well as entrance to the bathing lakes and swimming pools. Families will benefit from Juppi’s  Kids Club in Reith (Mon-Fri) as well as entrance to the Museum of Tirolean Farmhouses in Kramsach.

How much?

Stay 7 nights at a 3* Hotel on half board with prices starting from only £299 (€359) per person. For more information visit here or call the Alpbach tourist office on +43 (5337) 21200. easyJet fly twice weekly to Innsbruck during summer, with prices starting from £34.99 per person one-way.

W: www.alpbachtal.at.

Where? Wildschönau Valley

It’s time for your wallet to take a holiday by maximising the benefits of the Wildschönau guest card. The resorts of Niederau and Oberau are popular for walkers and the guest card allows free access up the mountain on the main Markbachjoch and Schatzberg cable cars, as well as on the Wiedersbergerhorn and Reitherkogel cable cars in the Alpbach Valley. A guided walking programme from Monday-Friday is offered with the guestcard too, as is entrance to the Farming Museum in Oberau, the Silver Mine in Thierbach and the Augustine Museum in Rattenberg. Families also benefit from the Dragon Kid’s Club from Monday-Friday.

How much?

A 7 day holiday in the Wildschönau in a 3*Hotel/Gasthof starts from just £235 per person incl. breakfast buffet and 3 course evening meal and the Wildschönau Card. For more information call the Wildschönau tourist office on +43(0)5339 8255-0 or email info@wildschoenau.com. easyJet fly twice weekly to Innsbruck during summer, with prices starting from £34.99 per person one-way.

W: www.wildschoenau.com

Where? Jenbach, Silberregion Karwendel

The Silberregion Karwendel takes its name from the precious silver mined here, which brought wealth to the area during the Middle Ages. Save your silver and make full use of the SILBERcard programme, which is offered free of charge to guests staying in the region. The varied programme of events includes a Nordic walking tour to Tratzberg Castle, a hike to the mystical Wolfsklamm gorge, an e-bike tour through the villages of the Karwendel Silberregion and a romantic hike through Stans, guided by the flickering light from lanterns. For some added culture you can also tour the art gallery at Rablhaus or the Museum of Art and Ethnography in Schwaz.

How much?

A 7 night holiday in Jenbach at the 4* Hotel Jenbacher Hof starts from € 329 per adult on B&B basis and € 420 with half board. To book call +43.5244.62442 or email info@jenbacherhof.ateasyJet fly twice weekly to Innsbruck during summer, with prices starting from £34.99 per person one-way.

W: www.silberregion-karwendel.com

Where? Obergurgl, Ötztal

High alpine walking, fresh mountain air and stunning scenery await visitors to the resort of Obergurgl at the end of the Ötztal valley. An excellent way to explore the area is with the Ötztal Premium Card, which can be purchased or offered free of charge if you are residing at one of the 120 ‚premium‘ accommodation partners. The card includes access on the cable cars and lifts in the Ötztal, free use of local buses, bike hire, walking programmes as well as access to the bathing area at Area47 and admission to the thermal spa Aqua Dome at Längenfeld. Entry to other local attractions is also included on the card.

How much?

A 7 night holiday at the 4* Hotel Regina in Obergurgl on half board starts from £354 per person. For more offers from premium partners visit here. To book call +43(0)57200 or email info@oetztal.com. easyJet fly twice weekly to Innsbruck during summer, with prices starting from £34.99 per person one-way.

W: www.oetztal.com

Where? Serfaus Fiss Ladis

Barely known as a ski resort to the UK market, the resorts of Serfaus Fiss Ladis are even less well known as a summer family-friendly destination. Located on a sunny plateau, the summer resort card works well for walkers, offering free use of the cable cars in each resort as well as the hiker’s bus and a programme of guided mountain hikes. Families possibly benefit the most with free children’s entertainment from Sunday-Friday at the Murmli-Club in Serfaus or the Mini&Maxi club in Fiss-Ladis, as well as entry to the summer fun park in Fiss and the Adventure World in Serfaus.

How much?

A 7 night holiday in a family room on half board in a 3* Hotel starts from £990 (€1150) per family, based on 2 adults and 2 children under 15. For more information call the Serfaus Fiss Ladis tourist office on +43/5476/6239 or emailinfo@serfaus-fiss-ladis.at. easyJet fly twice weekly to Innsbruck during summer, with prices starting from £34.99 per person one-way.

W: www.serfaus-fiss-ladis.at

For more information on the Tirol region www.visittirol.co.uk or keep updated at www.facebook.com/visittirol

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