The Tour des Alps: Munich to Geneva - Page 2
|Alpine Paradise, All in a Row: Innsbruck, Austria (PhotoDisc)|
Day 4: Reutte to Innsbruck (60 Miles)
Drive 60 miles southwest through the Tirol countryside to Innsbruck, the iconic Alpine resort town and host to the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics. A recreation Mecca for years, you'll have no trouble finding outdoor action. Stretch your legs by tackling one of ten marked trails designated for trail running in Innsbruck—try the Inn River Running Mile, which connects the main town with the Olympic Village along 13 miles of the Inn River. Alternatively, rent a mountain bike in Innsbruck and pedal some of the 200-some miles of trails in the Inn Valley. For a slightly quieter place to explore, head west to Hall, home of the oldest salt mine in the world, a charming and historic city center with a refreshingly small-town feel.
Day 5: Hall to St. Anton (65 Miles)
Driving west, the landscape only gets prettier as you pass the smaller villages throughout western Austria's Stubaier and Lechtaler Alps. Take a detour to the Oetz Valley for a dip in the hot springs at Langenfeld before bedding down for the night in St. Anton, 60 miles west of Innsbruck. St. Anton is a skier's haven in the winter but—for no good reason—traffic slows down considerably in the summer. This is a decidedly good thing; you'll have the hills to yourself for hiking, mountain biking, canyoneering, rock climbing, and kayaking, all within a short distance of town. Post-adventure, hit the hot pool and sauna at Wellnesspark (Pettneu 235 c; +49.0.544.822.276; ) in nearby Pettneu am Arlberg.
Day 6: St. Anton to Appenzell (56 Miles)
As you steer west of St. Anton toward Switzerland, avoid the Arlberg Tunnel and take the more scenic open-air route through Stuben in northeastern Switzerland, one of the country's most traditional regions. Sample the simpler times by staying the night in the small, unpretentious town of Appenzell. Stroll the streets, or embark on an ambitious 23-mile mountain bike loop from the train station for magnificent views of the region and the Santis Massif. Yodeling, alphorn-playing, and cheese-making—as evidenced by the large population of cows—are all still charmingly alive here.
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