Innsbruck is visibly shaped by its imperial past. The Imperial Palace, Ambras Castle, Ottoburg and the Wilten Basilica all tell of Innsbruck’s eventful history. Innsbruck was the home of great figures like Philippine Welser, the secret wife of Archduke Ferdinand I, Andreas Hofer the Tirolean freedom fighter, and Emperor Maximilian I, who built the Golden Roof and his tomb at the Imperial Church that you can visit today.
Next to centuries of Austrian history sit the designs of internationally acclaimed architects. With Dominique Perrault’s Rathausgalerie and Zaha Hadid’s Bergisel Ski Jump and Hungerburgbahn, outstanding new landmarks have been added to Innsbruck’s skyline. Just imagine boarding the Hungerburgbahn furnicular and 20 minutes later you are on top of the Nordkette mountains, looking down at the city.
Thanks to its alpine setting, Innsbruck is nestled between two impressive mountain chains. It hosted the Olympic Winter Games in 1964 and 1976, the first Youth Olympic Winter Games 2012, and is of course a major winter sports center. Popular activities include skiing, snowboarding, ski mountaineering, snowshoeing and skating. In the summer the region also offers a host of outdoor sports such as cycling, mountain biking, paragliding, and, of course, hiking and walking in areas like Karwendel Alpine Park or Zirbenweg trail on Patscherkofel.
Events like the Promenadenkonzerte in July or Innsbruck Festival of Early Music coupled with the beautiful scenery make Innsbruck a destination that offers something for everyone. You also shouldn't miss a visit to Swarovski Crystal Worlds in nearby Wattens. Designed by Andre Heller, this underground fairy tale world dedicated to the famous crystals lures you in with sparkling installations.
A New Era of Wonder: 120 years of Swarovski & 20 years of the museum is celebrated with a spectacular new opening; now larger, more sparkling, and more fascinating than ever.Swarovski Kristallwelten
Experience Innsbruck and its holiday villages with the Innsbruck Card.Innsbruck Card