Alpine Jewel: Innsbruck
ImperialPalaceor architectural marvels? Mountain adventure or cultural pleasures? Hiking boots or high heels? With a holiday in Innsbruck and the surrounding holiday villages, you are guaranteed unique experiences in BOTH the city and the mountains alike.Where else can you go from a fascinating medieval city centre up to the sunny terrace of a mountain restaurant at an altitude of 2,000 meters in barely 30 minutes? Innsbruck’s Nordkette cable railways make this possible. The restaurant terrace at Seegrube station is where city and mountain meet: Innsbruckand its magnificent medieval city centre glittering below in the valley with the Tyrolean Alps providing a stunning backdrop.
The Nordkette mountain range, Innsbruck's famous skyline, is also the heart of the Karwendel Alpenpark beckoning right at the city’s doorstep. At 730 km2 this is not only theTyrol’s largest nature reserve but features also some of the most impressive scenery in a region where unspoiled landscapes and genuine hospitality live side by side. Many paths lead to a vast array of lodges and chalets, other routes will guide you through ancient forests that are home to rare plants and animals. Here, you can experience mountain life literally with a bird's eye view. One of the most spectacular sections of the Adlerweg – or Eagle trail, running across the entire Tyrol- leads you from the Hafelekar station, along the Goethepath to the remote and cosy Pfeishütte. This challenging trek for experienced hikers is considered one of the most beautiful alpine hikes in the greater Innsbruckarea. Skilled hikers can also enjoy the breathtaking vistas along the Innsbruck climbing route. At a length of 3,300 metres, well equipped with steel cables and hooks, this demanding trail leads you from Hafelekar across seven stunning summits of the Innsbruck Nordkette mountain range. more information: www.innsbruck.info