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Innsbruck - The capital of the Alps

With its unique blend of urban flair and winter sports, Tyrol's regional capital names itself the capital of the Alps for good reason. Multi-faceted and full of surprises, Innsbruck is the perfect venue for a skiing holiday with an urban touch.
The glistening snowy landscapes, boldly coloured in brilliant winter white and bright sky blue, are a veritable dream come true for skiers and freeriders, snowboarders and winter hikers alike. The nine ski areas of Olympia SkiWorld Innsbruck - including Kühtai, at 2,020m altitude Austria’s highest ski resort - offer everything a snow sport enthusiast’s heart can possibly desire. This in itself, of course, doesn’t distinguish the three-time Olympic host city from other major winter sports destinations. What makes Innsbruck truly unique is its exceptional location, offering a variety of urban delights after a glorious day on the nearby slopes.

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.

Experience skiing in Innsbruck

Stubai in Tirol © Österreich Werbung / Wolfgang Zajc Stubai in Tirol © Österreich Werbung / Wolfgang Zajc

At the Top of Tirol

Summit platforms usually offer a spectacular view, but the Stubai Glacier took this one step further with a platform suspended in air, accentuating the image of the mountain.
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Freeriden © Innsbruck Tourismus Freeriden © Innsbruck Tourismus

Freeride City Innsbruck

There’s no other European town of similar size where city feeling and epic powder locations are only a heartbeat apart.
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Olympic Bobsleigh in Igls © Innsbruck Tourism Olympic Bobsleigh in Igls © Innsbruck Tourism

Olympic bobsleigh run in Igls

Cool runnings and chilly thrills - enjoy high speed adventure down the Olympic bobsled run in Innsbruck-Igls! Visitor’s bob is your key to a rapid 900 metre long track with 10 curves in less than one minute!
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The top of the Nordkette ski area is just 20 minutes from the Innsbruck city centre © Innsbruck Tourismus / Nordkettenbahnen The top of the Nordkette ski area is just 20 minutes from the Innsbruck city centre © Innsbruck Tourismus / Nordkettenbahnen

Olympia SkiWorld Innsbruck

The winter sports program of the Olympic Ski World Innsbruck reads like a wish list: easy for beginners,challenging for advanced skiers and extreme for free riders. Innsbruck's 9 ski resorts cater for skiers of all abilites and can all be used with just one ski pass.
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Hungerburgbahn Innsbruck © Österreich Werbung/Andreas Hofer Hungerburgbahn Innsbruck © Österreich Werbung/Andreas Hofer

Nordkette - From the old town to new heights

Just a stone throw away from the famous “Goldenes Dachl” (golden roof) you can start your journey into the lofty heights of the Nordkette mountain range. The Hungerburg funicular and the Nordkette cable car will take you straight from the city centre to the slopes in less than 20 minutes!
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Christmas market in Innsbruck © Innsbruck Tourismus Christmas market in Innsbruck © Innsbruck Tourismus

Christmas markets in Innsbruck

Experince the magic of Christmas in Innsbruck

Innsbruck is the perfect place to visit during the Christmas season. Apart from the easily accessible ski resorts, the Christmas markets are the main reason to visit the city in December. Imagine the lights of a Christmas tree rivalling the glistening tiles of the Golden Roof, the aroma of freshly made “Kiachln” (piping hot doughnuts laced with Sauerkaut), and the sound of traditional Christmas carols. This is Christmas time in Innsbruck.

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