The golden roof in Innsbruck

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Innsbruck

Innsbruck: capital of the Alps

Capital of Tirol

Past and future meet in the heart of the Alps, where Innsbruck’s world-famous sights, which testify to the Tirol province’s great past, stand alongside post-modern international architecture to create a fascinating blend.

 

Imperial Elegance Meets Natural Beauty

Nestled amidst majestic peaks, this breathtaking city offers a unique combination of nature, history, and culture. You can stroll its streets full of Baroque and Gothic architecture in the Old Town, or discover one of the hip districts such as Mariahilf or St. Nikolaus where Innsbruck’s uni students like to meet for a drink. After, you can take a cable car from the city centre, and in just 20 minutes, reach the Seegrube at 2,000 m (6,562 ft). Here you can take in spectacular views of the Inn valley and the surrounding mountains.

The diverse attractions of the city – ranging from the famous Dance Summer to the Innsbruck Festival Week – coupled with the beautiful scenery make Innsbruck a destination that offers something for everyone.

 

Enjoy City Life

Innsbruck is a magnificent city, offering architectural marvels, diverse restaurants, and amazing shopping.
Explore Innsbruck’s picturesque old city, and make your way to the Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), the city’s most famous landmark. Stroll along the bustling Maria Theresien Street and stop off at Das Schindler, a Gault Millau-awarded restaurant, for a delicious meal.

If you’re in the mood, explore Innsbruck’s young, hip areas: Mariahilf, St. Nikolaus, and Wilten square with their distinctive local shops, vegan restaurants and unique bars such as Kater Noster, John Montagu, or M+M Bar. Or visit an unusual museum such as the Grassmayr Bell Foundry or the Audioversum, Innsbruck's museum of sound.

Fancy some imperial splendour? Ambras Castle with its magnificent gardens, small waterfalls, and free-range peacocks takes you back to the Renaissance period. The Imperial Palace, Ottoburg, and the Wilten Basilica all tell of Innsbruck’s eventful past and its great figures including Philippine Welser, the secret wife of Archduke Ferdinand I, Andreas Hofer, the Tirolean freedom fighter, and last but not least Emperor Maximilian I, who built many of the monuments that survive today, e.g. the Golden Roof and his tomb at the Imperial Church.

 

Experience Natural Wonders

Innsbruck's surrounding mountains and lovely villages make for truly memorable experiences in nature.
Hop on the Nordkettenbahn – a cable car designed by star architect Zaha Hadid – and get off on the Nordkette mountain range at nearly 2,000 m (6,562 ft) 20 minutes later. Here you’ll find lunch with a view at Seegrube restaurant, Austria’s biggest nature park, Karwendel, and Europe’s highest Alpine Zoo.

In the summer the region boasts a whole host of outdoor sports such as cycling, mountain biking, paragliding, and, of course, hiking and walking in areas of great natural charm such as the Karwendel Alpine Park or Zirbenweg trail on Patscherkofel. With the Innsbruck Trek programme, you can take a different guided hike each day, spending the night comfortably in a hotel. Looking to cool down? Go for a swim in one of the region’s many lakes and relax like a local. Lake Lans and Lake Natters are both easily accessible by tram from the city centre. Rock climbing enthusiasts will enjoy the climbing garden in the village of Igls or at the Innsbruck indoor climbing centre.

You can venture even further and visit the Stubai Glacier with its hiking routes and beautiful ice caves, or explore 007 ELEMENTS, a James Bond-themed interactive museum in Sölden. Innsbruck, host of the Olympic Winter Games in 1964 and 1976, is of course a major winter sports centre as well. Popular activities include skiing, snowboarding, ski mountaineering, snowshoeing, and skating.

 

Innsbruck Card

For a city as diverse as Innsbruck, we recommend taking at least three or four days to fully experience it. For ultimate comfort, get the Innsbruck Card and take advantage of access to 19 sights, a return trip on 7 cable cars, and unlimited public transport.

Duration: 24 / 48 / 72 hours
Prices from September 2018: €43.00 / €50.00 / €59.00
Children (6-15 Years): half-price

Group tickets available for 25 people and more

Card Benefits:

  • Free entrance to all museums and other visitor attractions in the Innsbruck region
  • 1 ascent and 1 descent with any cable car, funicular railway or lift in the Innsbruck region
  • Free transportation to a wide range of attractions on the Sightseer Bus
  • Swarovski Crystal Worlds shuttle bus incl. free entrance
  • Public transport by IVB in Innsbruck and to Rum/Hall
  • IVB tram transport on the scenic route to and from the villages of Igls and Mutters/Kreith
  • Very interesting reductions on other services: Audioversum, Tyrolean evenings, guest bobsleigh, Schubert city tour, Tratzberg castle, shopping and much more
  • Discounts on the welcome pack at Casino Innsbruck and a free glass of sparkling wine
  • I-Bike: bicycle rental for 3 hours included (Die Börse, Leopoldstrasse 4)
  • Price reductions in Golfclub Innsbruck-Igls, Olympia Golf Igls, Golf Mieming and Area 45

 

Buy your Innsbruck Card at the Innsbruck Tourist Office, museums, and at the mountain railway terminals.

 

Things to do in Innsbruck

  1. Swarovski Kristallwelten
  2. Bergisel Ski Jump Tower
  3. Innsbruck Cable Cars
  4. Ambras Castle
  5. Innsbruck's Old Town
  6. The Ultimate Trip to Innsbruck