Schmalzgasse 27, Tulfes
phone (0043) 5223 78324
922m above sea level, population 1,422
This pretty village, which has successfully retained its rural character, is so enchanting, because of its sunny location on an inviting plateau above the Inntal Valley.
The picturesque and varied walks in the countryside around the Tux Alps are suitable for every level of fitness, making Tulfes an outdoor paradise that is much loved and appreciated throughout Tyrol. Ask any Tyrolean what they associate with Tulfes, they have a ready answer: the Glungezer. Tulfes' house mountain has become the mountain that symbolises Tyrol. But no wonder, as it is one of the most beautiful mountains in the country, boasting breathtaking views of the Karwendel range opposite or along the Inntal Valley.
Another very rewarding destination attracts nature lovers from near and far: the Stone Pine Path or Zirbenweg. With one of the largest stands of stone pine in Europe, this easily accessible circular trail is a great nature ramble for children and adults. You can feel the positive energy that emanates from this very special tree. It has been scientifically proven that a bed made from stone pine timber will give a better night's sleep – it lowers the heart rate and improves the circulation's recovery rate.
But the Glungezer is not just a summer paradise for families and nature lovers. In winter, it's a small, but perfectly formed mountain of thrills that draws skiers, tobogganers and ski tourers. Families with young children and those returning to the slopes always feel at ease on the Glungezer ski area.
One thing not be missed under any circumstances is "klumping" fun: Klumpers are a type of single runner toboggan – and unique to the Tulfes region. This wacky winter sport is promoted by the Tulfes Klumper Club and every week visitors to the area join in the fun and make daring downhill runs.