The Imperial Palace, Ambras 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, including the Golden Roof and his tomb at the Imperial Church.
With Dominique Perrault’s Rathaus Galerien shopping center and Zaha Hadid’s Bergisel Ski Jump, two outstanding new landmarks have more recently been added to Innsbruck’s modern cityscape. The diverse cultural offerings of the city such as the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music coupled with the beautiful scenery make Innsbruck a destination that offers something for everyone.
Innsbruck is scenically squeezed between two impressive mountain chains and an absolute must on every visit to Innsbruck is a gondola ride up Seegrube (2000m) from where you enjoy spectacular views of the Inn valley and the surrounding mountains. Having hosted the Olympic Winter Games in 1964 and 1976, Innsbruck is of course also a major winter sports center. Skiing, snowboarding, ski mountaineering, snowshoeing and skating are only some of the activities guests can enjoy on their winter holidays here. For your summer holiday the region also 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.
When visiting Innsbruck, make sure you benefit from the advantages of the Innsbruck Card.
"God must have been a Tiroler and probably lived in Innsbruck. Nature blossoms out of the Inn valley and stretches to every corner of the region. The Tiroler cuisine, the friendliness of the inhabitants, the urban infrastructure and the geographical location pulls tourists from every corner of the globe. Once you are in, you definitely don't want to go home, as you'll feel at home in Innsbruck."
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