• Tirol


Tirol — in Austria's panhandle, south of Bavaria — is a winter sports mecca known for its mountainous panoramas. In the region's capital, Innsbruck, the Golden Roof glitters, and an alpine peak is in every view — but drivers strike it rich by staying in neighboring Hall, which has twice the charm and none of the tourist crowds. Farther west lies sleepy little Reutte, just over the border from the best of the Bavarian castles, and in the shadow of its own dramatically set (and evocatively ruined) castle.