To journey or to arrive? Just getting to the slopes is part of the pleasure of Innsbruck skiing, a storybook alpine city perfectly placed for a combined fix of downhill and downtown.
Recently accoladed 'Best European Winter Destination' by a leading luxury magazine, it’s a ski destination unlike any other: a medieval city and university town of unparalleled beauty, surrounded by an exciting assortment of ski areas. No fewer than nine within about half an hour and one that sits smack above the city itself, all combined in the Olympia SkiWorld Innsbruck.
Among the city’s jewels is Nordkette, a bijou series of panoramic pistes perched high above the city centre, and served by one of the Alps’ most exciting lift stations. Designed by star architect, the late Zaha Hadid, its floaty glass-paned stations lace the 20-minute skyward trip from city to mountaintop with a touch of outer space. From the futuristic base and bridge to the art deco top station, alighting here to trace the tracks of Goethe. He walked, but we today ski…
Skiing amidst the panoramic peaks of the Tirolean Alps begins above the city and continues at eight further conveniently close ski areas, all easily reached by free ski shuttle bus: nearby Axamer Lizum and Patscherkofel (both home to the 1964, 1976 and 2012 Winter Olympic races), Muttereralm, Rangger Köpfl and Glungezer as well as snow-blessed Kühtai (which is also famous for hosting Channel 4's The Jump), the gentle tree-lined slopes of Schlick 2000, and the snowy jewel in the crown, Stubai Glacier.
And after a day on the Tirolean slopes, the city awaits with shops, cobbled streets, cultural gems like the Habsburg palaces and castles and numerous museums and perhaps a café moment for cake and coffee: the delectable glue that binds Austrian society. The proud history-rich capital of the Tirol, Innsbruck, is a ski resort in its own right – and its pretty pastel-painted medieval buildings make a beautiful backdrop for a ski getaway with a difference.
The Christmas Markets in Innsbruck are also counted as some of the most beautiful and romantic in the entire Alpine region, so drop by one to savour piping hot doughnuts, the sound of Christmas carols and twinkling Christmas lights. This inseparable combination of Alpine, urban and imperial features marks Innsbruck out from any other ski destination.
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“For a ski holiday with a very different feel, the stunning Habsburg university town of Innsbruck will not disappoint.”
Picture the lights of a Christmas tree rivalling with the glistening tiles of the Golden Roof. There's something truly magical about Advent in Innsbruck.Advent in Innsbruck