" TIROL ISCH LEI OANS " Bundesland Tirol by iris2002
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What shall I tell you - I moved to Tirol when I was 2 years old with my parents and over 13 years explored every mountain top, ski-pist, forest area, and nook and cranny of it... so it's kind of my home.
I must confess it's one of the most stunning places in Austria with a bit of a rough n' ready vibe to it where all 4 seasons most social activities are outdoors... a healthy place indeed to grow up.
AND - not to forget the really attractive population --- where all guys look like Micheal Schenkenberg (yummi) ;)
Hermann Buhl (1924 - 1957): the native of Innsbruck is considered to be the best mountaineer of his generation. He was the first to ascent many mountains in Austria and in 1953 he soloed the first ascent of Nanga Parbat (8,125) in Pakistan. In 1957 he lost his life on Chogolisa in the Karakorams.
Margarethe Maultasch (1318 - 1369): the granddaughter of Meinhard II was Tirol´s last countess. After the death of her second husband and her only son Meinhard III, she handed over Tirol to the Habsburg Rudolf IV.
Jakob Prandtauer (1660 - 1726): one of the greatest Baroque architects was born in Stanz near Landeck. The major work of this trained bricklayer is the famous Stifft Melk, a Benedictine abbey. Other highlights include the monasteries of Garsten, St. Florian and Kremsmünster, the pilgrimage churches of Sonntagberg, Maria Taferl and Christkindl, palaces in St. Pölten and Schloss Hohenbrunn near St. Florian.
Toni Sailer (born 1935): at the 1956 Olympic Winter Games in Cortina D´Ampezzo, Seiler, a native of Kitzbühel, won the slalom, giant slalom, downhill and combination; at the 1958 World Cup Seiler won three gold medals. His career at the international level lasted only four seasons before he retired to become a hotelier and an occasional film actor and singer.
Different vegetation zones can be discerned according to altitude.
600 - 1,600 m: in the lower regions spruce, beech, pine and larch predominate; common are Ericaceae (heaths and heathers), maple and juniper. A natural landmark is "Ahornboden" in the Karwendel mountains consisting of luxuriant pastures for mowing and colorful flower meadows. The higher regions are characterized by spruce, larch, stone pine and mountain pine (limestone plateaus).
1,500 - 2,300 m: alpine meadows at this altitude boast a great variety of flowers of which many are protected including alpine aster, alpine toadflax, arnica, gentian and globe-flower. Isolated trees include Swiss pine, dwarf pine, larch and mountain pine (up to 2,400 m). Alpine heathlands can also be found at these altitudes.
2,300 - 2,700 m: the rocky terrain is home to mosses, lichens and some floriferous plants including gentian and alpine auricula (protected!); the rare glacier buttercup grows at altitudes between 2,000 - 4,000 m.
Alpine terraces are characterized by moorlands. Typical plants are cotton grass, heather, certain sedges and dwarf birches.
- Pros:A great place to grow up
- Cons:Getting too overpopulated in Winter with tourists
- In a nutshell:A pearl in the heart of the Alps - unforgettable
PARAGLIDING - PARASAILING For those who want to take to the sky - Tirol has fantastic thermal conditions to get out... more travel advice
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