Seefeld © David Schreyer
Seefeld © David Schreyer

Art & Culture

Tradition and custom have shaped Tirol over centuries ...

… and still play a significant role today. Modern art and a diverse range of cultural activities, however, also contribute to Tirol’s incredible diversity.

Tradition

You will find that Tirol still celebrates many traditional customs and folk festivals that have long been forgotten elsewhere. Unique traditions that are carefully nurtured and enjoy ever-increasing popularity. The cultural year in Tirol is marked by the seasons and pagan customs. Shrovetide, Easter and Thanksgiving, as well as summer mountain fires are celebrated by the dwellers of each valley in individual style and have their own special significance.

Matrei i. Osttirol, Bartlerhof ©Tirol Werbung / Hörterer Lisa

Cuisine

Even if it seems slightly unusual, food and drink are an integral part of Tirolean culture. Unique and traditional dishes characterise Tirolean cuisine. Have you ever tried the strange sounding but delicious tasting Kaspressknödel (cheese dumpling), Tiroler Gröstl (sautéed potatoes with onion and meat, topped with a fried egg) or Kiachl (sweet or savoury filled and fried yeast dumplings)? Menus are filled with a veritable plethora of sweet and savoury delicacies that both surprise and delight the palate. Traditional inns and rustic Alpine huts in particular offer delicious Tirolean specialties.

Tiroler Speisen - Matrei in Osttirol © Tirol Werbung / Heinzlmeier Bert

Modern Art

No matter whether you find yourself in the provincial capital of Innsbruck, or one of the various valleys – you will find a varied cultural programme with numerous museums, theatres and concerts throughout Tirol. Tirol Panorama offers information on the history of Tirol, while visitors can embark on an exciting journey back through time at the “ Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum”, where works by traditional artists such as Rembrandt and Brueghel are on display, as well as modern pieces by Oskar Kokoschka or Egon Schiele. A large number of smaller museums throughout the entire province offer unique cultural experiences – you can even hold seminars in the art and concert hall at arlberg1800 in St. Christoph am Arlberg.

When it comes to music, Tirol has much to offer all year round. From modern pop concerts at Kufstein Fortress, to traditional brass music concerts with classic beer festival ambience, there is something to suit every taste.

Numerous cultural events all year round also provide plenty of diversity throughout the entire province.

Please visit https://www.tirol.at/reisefuehrer/kultur-leben for even more detailed information.

Konzerthalle arlberg1800 © Schreyer David

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