Tirol... Heart of the Alps.
Tirol has a land area of 12,648 square
kilometres and a population of 630,000,
making it the third largest of Austria's
provinces. A typical Alpine region, only
13% of its land is inhabitable.
Conservation and land use laws designate
another 20% as nature reserves,
protected land where development is by
special permit only, or areas closed to
all development. Tirol shares borders
with Germany, Italy and Switzerland as well as with the other Austrian provinces of Vorarlberg.
Salzburg and Carinthia. The region called East Tirol is geographically separated from the rest of the province