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.