Vibrant and full of joie de vivre, the city is ringed by stunning mountain landscapes. Here you can enjoy an early-morning cappuccino at a cosy inner-city coffee house, preferably already in skiing attire, before catching the first gondola to the slopes just above town. With 300 km of snow sure pistes, perfectly groomed slopes and a vast range of lifts and cable cars, Innsbruck’s Olympia SkiWorld ticks all the boxes and offers ideal conditions for carefree winter fun. Looking for a twist of adventure? Why not tear down the ice channel of the Olympic bobsleigh and luge track – either in a racing bob, or even better, in a four-man wok for a maximum adrenaline rush.
Whenever you feel like taking a break from the action on the slopes, the Capital of the Alps beckons with a range of fascinating ‘must see’ attractions. Make sure to check out the Bergisel Ski Jump Stadium with its spectacularly curved inrun, or even attend a competition. The collections on display at the Tyrolean Folk Art Museum are definitely well worth a visit as they are unique in the Alpine region. Also Ambras Castle opens its marvellous Chambers of Wonder full of delightful Renaissance treasures to the public during the winter months. Numerous galleries and exhibition venues such as the Galerie im Taxispalais will surprise you with a wide range of contemporary and avant-garde art.
All these exciting activities have made you hungry? Treat yourself to some excellent cuisine at Innsbruck’s many award-winning eateries, for example at the beautiful Wirtshaus Schöneck with its cosy wood-panelled parlours, or in the tranquil ambiance of the sophisticated Sitzwohl restaurant. Thus fortified, you are now ready to explore the delightful small shops dotted along the vaulted alleyways of the historical Old Town. Nearby Maria Theresien Street awaits you with stylish city-centre malls, such as Kaufhaus Tyrol which impresses at first sight with its elegant facade. Just opposite, Rathausgalerien with its light glass roof structure is home to the exquisite Lichtblick restaurant and Café 360° offering breathtaking views from the top floors.
If you are romantically inclined make sure to visit Innsbruck during the run-up to the festive season, when as many as six distinctive Christmas markets put you into the true Christmas spirit.
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