Excursion destinations in the region
The museum with its 700 m2 floor space and 19 rooms is dedicated to the following themes, showing exhibits, photographs, and documents:
Industry: scythe manufacture, Jenbacher Werke, trains
Nature: butterflies, birds, fungi, snails, shells
Sport: alpine and winter sport
History: Jenbach, important people from Jenbach, the South Tyrol "Option" of 1939
The world's oldest steam-powered cog rail trains are over 117 years old. Whistling locomotives, hissing and steaming vents, pounding pistons, and hammering exhaust bursts guarantee an unforgettable steam train experience. Starting at the Jenbach train station, the journey to the Achensee takes 45 minutes and overcomes a gradient of 16 %. The Achensee is the largest lake of the Tyrol. There is a direct connection to the ships on the Achensee.
Tratzberg Castle was built in the year 1500 high above the Inn valley between Jenbach and Stans, and was a hunting castle in th times of Emperor Maximilian I and the Fuggers. The late-gothic marvel was extensively furnished in the Renaissance and has been the home of the Counts Enzenberg since 1848. In perfect condition and completely furnished Tratzberg Castle provides its visitors a fascination audio experience (for children in the shape of a fairy tale) that showcases the impressive history of the place.
The Krimml Falls - the highest in Europe - with their impressive height of 380 m across three levels are the fifth-highest waterfalls on the planet. Constructed by the Austrian Alpine Association (ÖAV), a hiking path leads directly to this breathtaking natural spectacle. Experience the refreshing spray and the impressive strength of the water in the marvellous mountain scenery of the Hohe Tauern National Park.
See the sky up close, in the highest observatory in Europe. The first glimpse through a telescope is something few people will ever forget - bizarre moon landscapes, the cloud bands of Jupiter, the rings of Saturn, glittering star clusters, they all take our minds into other worlds. Gaze through our telescopes and discover shining gas nebulae or galaxies in the depths of space.
Be a bit closer to the sky in the Zeiss Planetarium in Schwaz. Aided by precision instruments, effect projectors, and audiovisual equipment, the events taking place above our heads in the cosmos are shown and explained. The constant changing of the shows makes the Zeiss Planetarium a cosmic cinema.
The only anthropology museum in Western Austria shows on over 1,000 m2 more than 1,000 exhibits from the collection of photographer and Africa expert Gert Chesi. The majority of the museum is dedicated to Africa, its art, and its culture; together with Chinese archeological finds, impressive depictions of Buddha are the heart of the Asia collection.
Experience a fascinating adventure below ground in the silver mine in Schwaz. The exciting journey back into the medieval past starts with an early highlight: the ride 800 m into the Sigmund tunnel, begun in 1491. The miners in Schwaz had the best know-how of the time and made Schwaz the biggest mining centre in Central Europe and the second largest locality in the Habsburg Empire.
In our unique wax museum we show you handmade and very precious was figures. Observe us at work! We gladly give you a free demostration of the art of candle manufacture.
Close by the Inn river, the medieval city of Rattenberg - the smallest in Austria - hugs the mountainside. Its 600 inhabitants live in restored town houses. Rattenberg is also called the "Glass City", offering everything that makes glass beautiful: engraved and painted glass, crystal glass, dishes, cups, bowls, etc. You can also watch glassblowers demostrate their skills.
It was over 100 years ago that the Wolfsklamm in Stans was opened. Since then, thousands of vitors have seen this natural spectacle, and the Stallenbach with its white spray and emerald-green glow in the depths, will continue to rumble through the gorge. The wooden footbridges are technical masterpieces and take you to the Georgenberg, the entrance to the Alpine Park Karwendel.
A trip to the city of Rattenberg is ideal for a visit of the so-called "exemplary cemetary". This cemetary "without the dead", which has been put together with a lot of hard work by the Guggenberger Family, beautiful examples of old craftsmanship have found a new home. Visitors are inspired by the inscriptions to consider life and death in a pleasant and contemplative atmosphere.
Embedded in a mysterious park, a glittering fairy-tale landscape awaits you and invites you to dream. The multimedia artist André Heller designed 14 underground chambers for the centenary of the Swarovski Company in 1995, creating a genuine marvel. The rooms' ever-changing crystal dress mirrors the innovation and dynamism that are the top maxims of the world-leading producer of cut crystal.
The museum of the Hall Mint - home of the Thaler and the modern Dollar - traces back a past in which wealth meant hard cash, money still possessed a magical gleam, and curriencies were as hard as the material they were made from. Modern audio guides take the visitors on a journey through half a millennium of European money history.
The regional capital. In the heart of the Alps many diverse cultures of historical epochs meet an alluring landscape in a unique way. The city shows its many sights - the "Golden Roof" in the Old Town should definitely not be missed. A visit to the Alpine Zoo will be an unforgettable experience for the children.
Visit the interactive museum with their newly adapted show rooms dedicated to the life and times of Emperor Maximilian I (1459-1519). The new "Children's World" invites young visitors on an exciting journey of discovery in the museum. Enjoy a magnificent view from the grandiose bay of the Golden Roof.
More than 2000 animals belonging to 150 species from all over the Alps are waiting for you in the highest zoo in Europe. Animals of all sizes have found their home in the Alpine Zoo: the kinglet with its 5 grams is a real lightweight, whereas the Bearded Vulture with its 3 m wingspan is the largest bird of the Alps. The special experience for the entire family!
The stately Kufstein Fortress has long since secured itself a spot among the most popular trip destinations. The opportunity to "travel back in time" is like a magnet for locals, daytrippers, and tourists alike. Expensivly restored, the fortress constitues the much-adored and versatile "Pearl of Tyrol" and offers a stunning array of impressions and services to lovers of culture and history.