Brimming with extraordinary mountain landscapes, Tirol is a photophile’s dreamland that overflows with natural sights begging to be captured by camera. Dazzle your friends and followers at home by shooting memories at one of these photo-worthy locales. Here are five of our country’s most photogenic natural sights and tips when to snap the perfect shot!
1. Petersköpfl Peak
Zillertal Alps Nature Park
An army of rock cairns form an otherworldly setting in this rock garden at craggy 2,672-meter Petersköpfl Peak. Usually used to mark the way, the rock cairns give off a warm glow, especially at sunrise and sunset — when photographers of all talents are compelled to snap away in hopes of translating this strange beauty of Zillertal Alps Nature Park through the lens.
2. Jagdhausalmen Alpine Pastures
Hohe Tauern National Park
Wrapped along the glorious mountain scenery of Hohe Tauern National Park at an elevation of 2,000 meters above sea level you’ll find the oldest mountain settlement in Austria: Dubbed “Little Tibet”, this remote high-mountain ensemble in East Tirol’s Defereggental Valley consists of 15 archaic stone houses. Here, you’ll access a pristine area with few visitor footprints, where ancient masonry and emerald carpets draped over rolling ridges make the perfect foreground. It’s best to point your camera to this pure, unaltered and classic Alpine landscape in the morning (before 10:00am).
Karwendel Nature Park
Looking down from the 2,256-meter summit of Hafelekar offers a snapshot of what makes Innsbruck such a special place. Urban meets outdoors in Tirol’s capital, where Hungerburg funicular and Nordkette gondolas speed you from the historic city center up to Nordkette mountains — skyscrapers of a different sort — cut through the sky, reminding residents of the playground that awaits when they leave the office. Up there, jaw-dropping views over Innsbruck and into Karwendel Nature Park await. Frau Hitt, the stony landmark of Tirol’s capital that calls to mind the image of a mighty giant queen on her horse, adds the final touch to this amazing scene. This place is breathtaking to shoot anytime, during any season.
4. “Gacher Blick”
Kaunergrat Nature Park
Some of the wildest photographs can be taken at Kaunergrat Nature Park: The spectacular “Gacher Blick” viewing platform is a primo spot to capture the wildlife and plant life of the Alps—and provides a superb viewpoint that drops steeply over the rocks and the valleys of this westernmost area of Tirol. For the best light, you’ll want to shoot morning and early-afternoon here. At Kaunergrat Nature Park, a backdrop of rugged and jagged summits and peaks, glistening white glaciers and the dazzling Kaunertal Glacier Road means you’ll easily spend hours capturing all the different photo-worthy possibilities.
5. Piburger See Lake
Ötztal Nature Park
Suspended in Tirol’s oldest nature reserve high above Oetz in Ötztal Valley, Piburgersee Lake is an aquatic jewel. At sunrise, the lake’s waters mirror the light show displayed on the snow-capped mountains behind it. Situated at an elevation of 900 meters and bordered by pine tree-covered hills, the idyllic display lures photographers humbled by the panorama to fully capture the lake’s crystalline qualities. The beautiful reed-fringed shore lands play host to a varied community of specialized plants and wildlife. This is where you will even find fragrant water lily in the summer.