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A mini guide to Innsbruck

Travel writer Becki Enright's mini guide to Innbruck is a great starting point when planning a trip to the 'Capital of the Alps'

By Becki Enright (Borders of Adventure) as part of her #YearInAustria

Innsbruck is a city hugged by the mountain peaks and alpine meadows, and filled with 800 years of urban history - an accessible nature haven and cityscape all rolled into one.

A stone archway marks the main thoroughfare of Maria-Theresien-Street that leads to the cobbled stoned streets and alleyways of the Historical Old Town. It’s filled with pretty pastel townhouses, the Hofburg Imperial Palace, Hofkirche Court Church, City Tower and the glimmering Golden Roof with 2,657 fire-gilded copper tiles that you can’t miss. Continue the history trail on the hilly outskirts of Innsbruck at Ambras Castle - built by Archduke Ferdinand during the 16th century and home to the Chambers of Art and Curiosities (his famed collections).

Modern town vibes can be found in the downtown area where you’ll find craft beer and panoramic viewpoint bars, the avant-garde design of the three main Nordkettenbahnen cable car stations, and the Olympic ski jump, in keeping with the winter sports Austria is known for. That’s before you’ve seen the glittering Swarovski Crystal Worlds, with its artworks and crystal tree garden.

Stroll along the Inn river for famous multi-coloured townhouse views as part of your accessible city walk, although the ‘Sightseer’ bus gets you into some small corners of Innsbruck’s neighbourhoods outside of the centre.

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Must see in Innsbruck:

  • The 2000m high views of Innsbruck from the Nordkette Mountain, just 20 minutes from the Old Town via the city cable cars. Visit Austria’s biggest nature park, Karwendel, and Europe’s highest (Alpine) Zoo.
  • Traditional Tirolean dishes at very traditional establishments including the Weisses Rössl, the oldest restaurant in the city that dates back to 1509, or Stiftskeller, which is set within an old monastery.
  • Indulge in one of the many sweet or savory strudel options at Strudel Café Kröll in the Old Town. It’s a rite of passage after all the historical wandering.
  • Watch the ski jumpers at the 50m high Bergisel Olympic Ski Jump Tower, which is also a platform for one of the best views of Innsbruck. On the way up stop by the Tirol Panorama Museum with its giant 1,000m2 panoramic painting.
  • Stay at the Nala Hotel, the city’s hotel centerpiece in boutique and art design, where every room is different.

“There’s no city quite like Innsbruck and its mountainous walls, for this is the very first thing you will notice upon arrival.”

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City sights

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About the author

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Name Becki Enright

From London

Living in Vienna

Blog bordersofadventure.com

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This article is part of the #YearInAustria project in collaboration with Becki Enright, the award-winning travel writer behind Borders of Adventure. After living in Vienna for one year, Becki wanted to explore more of her adopted homeland, and so this 12-month journey into the very best of Austria began.

We invited Becki to travel the length and breadth of Austria to explore its many cultural, historical, culinary and adventurous delights.

View the #YearInAustria itinerary, read our interview with Becki (Is there more to Austria than schnitzel and Sound of Music?), and see highlights from her trips... Discover it all here!

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