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Alpine Crossings

Completing an Alpine crossing is a test of mind, body and spirit, but alongside this come the rewards that only a trip such as this can provide, with a special feeling of achievement and memories that will last forever. There are some wonderful Alpine Crossings which take you through Austria. These unique tours allow you to complete each crossing while enjoying the comfort of private rooms in high standard accommodations, as well as bag transfers to help lighten the load.

Macs Adventure has been helping walkers to explore the wonders of the Austrian Alps on foot with the support of our sister company who run all of our Austrian trips. With the freedom to create your own itinerary and the knowledge that our team have the expertise to tailor-make these trips to perfectly suit you, you can book your walking holiday in Austria with confidence. 

Embark on the E5 Alpine Crossing, a classic Alpine crossing combining three countries in one legendary trek; Germany, Austria and Italy or enjoy an equally as breathtaking but less strenuous Across the Alps: Bavaria to South Tyrol as you cross the Eastern Alps from German Bavaria to Italy’s South Tyrol via Austria. Take in some culture on our Tyrolean Alps: Garmisch to Innsbruck as you explore the historical old town of Innsbruck. 

 

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  • Which Alpine Crossing is for me?
    Which Alpine Crossing is for me?

    Embark on one of our Alpine Crossings, these unique tours allow you to complete each crossing while enjoying the comfort of private rooms in high standard accommodations, as well as bag transfers to help lighten the load. Here are some of our most popular ones:

    The E5 Alpine Crossing (Grade 5) Starting in Oberstdorf, embark on this classic Alpine crossing, finishing in Meran. Experience three countries in one legendary trek; Germany, Austria and Italy. This is one of our tougher alpine crossings with long days and sizeable ascents and descents and terrain that covers scree, rocky and exposed paths with sections of rope to aid ascents/descents. We only recommend this walk to experienced alpine walkers or novices with a good level of fitness and a head for heights. It is ideal for those who don’t want to sacrifice comfort and enjoy hiking away from the crowds. Stay in 3* hotels/guesthouses and spend one night in a mountain hut (private room).

    Across the Alps: Bavaria to South Tyrol (Grade 3) This tour takes you through the Eastern Alps from German Bavaria to Italy’s South Tyrol via Austria on this moderate inn to inn walking tour. This unique route has been designed by us with the Alpine novice in mind, or for those who are simply looking for a comparatively easy-going Alpine experience. Rated moderate, no Alpine experience is required to complete this tour, just a good level of fitness. You should be happy walking 13-19km and 500-1000m of ascents/descents a day. However, almost all the walks can be shortened if required. Stay in high-quality 3 and 4* hotels, and your bag will be transferred each day, giving you the freedom to walk with just a small day pack

    Tyrolean Alps: Garmisch to Innsbruck (Grade 5) Walk from Germany to Austria through the Bavarian and Tyrolean Alps, Explore the historical old town of Tyrol’s capital - spend a night in the heart of the Tyrolean Alps in a traditional hut. This trip involves a mixture of moderate to strenuous hikes, whilst staying in lively cultural hubs such as Garmisch and Innsbruck. Graded moderate, there are some significant ascents and descents involved, perfect for working up an appetite for some of the hearty local cuisines! Optional walks allow a rest day if preferred. If you are looking for the best of both worlds, then this is the tour for you!

  • Local Cuisine
    Local Cuisine

    Kaiserschmarren

    This dish is a favourite in the office and we have to admit that “Kaiserschmarren” is an icon of Austrian cuisine, not especially of Tyrol but is so delicious it needs to be mentioned. Kaiserschmarren is a fluffy shredded pancake, which has its name from the Austrian Emperor, Kaiser Franz Joseph I, who was very fond of this kind of dish. Made from a sweet batter using flour, eggs, sugar, salt, and milk, Kaiserschmarren is baked in butter, torn with forks and served with stewed plums.

    Speckknödel

    A real staple, which you will find at most local restaurants. It is a large round boiled bread dumpling with bacon mixed through it. The dish is most commonly served with sauerkraut and salad as sides.

    Gröstl

    Known as Gröstl, which is grated potatoes fried with bacon and onions which is usually served with a fried egg, a real Alpine filler after a long of day of hiking.

    Kasspatzln

    The direct translation of this dish is  ‘cheese sparrows’, “Kasspatzln” are a thick type of egg noodle cut into small piece with grated cheese, oven-baked and sprinkled with fried onion. A savoury delight!

     

  • History of Tyrol
    History of Tyrol

    Tyrol, a historical region in the middle alpine area of Central Europe has been inhabited for thousands of years, and the first settlers date back to around 10,000 BC. Excavations in all parts of Tyrol and the findings of the famous Ice Man “Oetzi” are testimonies of those times. The region went from Roman to Habsburg rule, each leaving their footprint on the region.

    The most significant shift to happen in recent history was at the conclusion of World War I, the Treaty of Saint-Germain-en-Laye of 1919 ceded the southern part of Tyrol to Italy, including present-day South Tyrol with its large German-speaking majority (who still speak German today).

    The northern part of Tyrol was retained by the First Austrian Republic and today is formed by the present-day Austrian State of Tyrol and the Italian provinces of South Tyrol and Trentino. Thus making the region of particular cultural and linguistic interest as you wander from German to Italian speaking pockets.

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