Last Updated: 5th May 2014

<p><img src="https://downloads.contiki.com/contikipedia/europe/mattyvcontiki/Hopfgarten_town_in_summer.jpg" class="rightwise" alt="" /></p> <p>The Tyrol is a region of western <a href="/contikipedia/articles/austria">Austria</a> and northern <a href="/contikipedia/articles/italy">Italy</a> most famous for its towering Alps, fantastic skiing and laid back, casual yet active lifestyle and fresh, clean environment.</p> <p>Home to towns like <a href="/contikipedia/articles/hopfgarten">Hopfgarten</a>, <a href="/contikipedia/articles/innsbruck">Innsbruck</a> and <a href="/contikipedia/articles/itter">Itter</a> in Austria and Bozen on the Italian side of the border. The region also incorporates the Brenner Pass on the Austrian/Italian border.</p> <p>The people of the Tyrol share many cultural similarities with the <a href="/contikipedia/articles/bavaria">Bavarians</a> of southern <a href="/contikipedia/articles/germany">Germany</a> however they possess a fierce cultural independence from their fellow German-speakers and even their own countrymen. If you&#8217;re in a bar in a region and ask someone if they&#8217;re Austrian, often the answer will be &#8220;No! I&#8217;m Tyrolian!&#8221; &#8211; Prost.</p>