Austria Patsch

Bregenz Festival Opera on the Lake and Walks in the Innsbruck Valley


Kudu Travel returns to Austria for opera and classical music, combined with gentle walks in an Alpine setting. This new tour focuses on the western states of Tyrol and Vorarlberg and their respective capitals, Innsbruck and Bregenz.

We meet in Innsbruck and settle ourselves for 3 nights at a traditional mountain hotel in the hills above the city. We walk along a branch of the St. James’ pilgrimage route (Camino de Santiago) and take a cable car to access the Innsbruck University Alpine Botanical Gardens, established in the 1930s below the peak of Patscherkopfel (2,246 m). We explore the city formed around a bridge across the river Inn, the former residence of the Hapsburg family and the centre of the struggle for Tyrolean liberation in 1809. More recently, Innsbruck has become a popular winter sports centre, hosting Winter Olympics and Paralympics.

Further west, having crossed the Arlberg massif via a spectacular high pass road, we spend 4 nights in Bregenz on Lake Constance (Bodensee), one of the largest in Western Europe, with its shore divided between Germany, Switzerland and Austria. The final highlights of our journey will be two performances of the Bregenz Festival, including Verdi’s Rigoletto set on the floating stage on the lake.