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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.

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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, e.g. the Golden Roof and his tomb at the Imperial Church.

With Dominique Perrault’s Rathausgalerie and late Zaha Hadid’s Bergisel Ski Jump and Hungerburgbahn, outstanding new landmarks have recently been added to Innsbruck’s modern cityscape. Just image to board the Hungerburgbahn and 20 minutes later you are on top of the Nordkette looking down at the city of Innsbruck.

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.

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.

Innsbruck, host of the Olympic Winter Games in 1964 and 1976, is of course a major winter sports center. Popular activities include skiing, snowboarding, ski mountaineering, snowshoeing, and skating. In the summer 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.

The golden roof in Innsbruck © The Cutlery Chronicles The golden roof in Innsbruck © The Cutlery Chronicles

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

Things to do in Innsbruck...

Hungerburg bei den Nordkettenbahnen © TVB Innsbruck / Andre Schönherr Hungerburg bei den Nordkettenbahnen © TVB Innsbruck / Andre Schönherr

The Ultimate Trip to Innsbruck

See Innsbruck's historic city and mountains from a new perspective.
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Nordkettenbahn Innsbruck © TVB Innsbruck Nordkettenbahn Innsbruck © TVB Innsbruck

Innsbruck Cable Cars

The best way to climb Innsbruck’s majestic Nordkette mountain range: Step on board the Nordketten Cable Car.
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Olympic Bobsleigh in Igls © TVB Innsbruck Olympic Bobsleigh in Igls © TVB Innsbruck

Olympic bobsleigh run in Igls

Cool runnings and chilly thrills - enjoy high speed adventure down the Olympic bobsled run in Innsbruck-Igls! Visitor’s bob is your key to a rapid 900 metre long track with 10 curves in less than one minute!
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Nordketten Cable Car Station Hungerburg in Innsbruck © TVB Innsbruck Nordketten Cable Car Station Hungerburg in Innsbruck © TVB Innsbruck

Hungerburgbahn

Explore Innsbruck in an architecturally stunning way, that has became a destination in its own right.
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Ambras Castle in Innsbruck © TVB Innsbruck / Christof Lackner Ambras Castle in Innsbruck © TVB Innsbruck / Christof Lackner

Ambras Castle

One of the most important sights in the city houses some of the most important cultural works in the country.
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Innsbruck Card © TVB Innsbruck Innsbruck Card © TVB Innsbruck

Innsbruck Card

This card offers great benefits during your visit.
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Imperial Palace in Innsbruck, Tirol © TVB Innsbruck Imperial Palace in Innsbruck, Tirol © TVB Innsbruck

Imperial Palace

The Habsburgs loved Innsbruck, its surroundings, and the distinct Tirolean culture.
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Imperial Church in Innsbruck © TVB Innsbruck Imperial Church in Innsbruck © TVB Innsbruck

Imperial Church

Almost five hundred years ago, construction began on a church that would inspire awe throughout the country.
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View of the "golden roof' in Innsbruck © TVB Innsbruck / Rainer Fehringer View of the "golden roof' in Innsbruck © TVB Innsbruck / Rainer Fehringer

Innsbruck's Old Town

Travel back in time strolling through the 800 year old city center of Innsbruck.
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Bergisel Olympic ski jump offers stunning views © TVB Innsbruck / Christof Lackner Bergisel Olympic ski jump offers stunning views © TVB Innsbruck / Christof Lackner

Bergisel Ski Jump Tower

Innsbruck’s futuristic landmark is well known as one of the venues for the International Four Hills Ski Jump Competition.
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  • View from the Bergisel Ski Jump Tower in Innsbruck © TVB Innsbruck / Christof Lackner View from the Bergisel Ski Jump Tower in Innsbruck © TVB Innsbruck / Christof Lackner
  • Ambras Palace, Innsbruck © TVB Innsbruck / Christof Lackner Ambras Palace, Innsbruck © TVB Innsbruck / Christof Lackner
  • Hiking through Innsbruck's mountain villages © Innbruck Tourismus Hiking through Innsbruck's mountain villages © Innbruck Tourismus
  • View of the "golden roof' in Innsbruck © TVB Innsbruck / Rainer Fehringer View of the "golden roof' in Innsbruck © TVB Innsbruck / Rainer Fehringer
  • Imperial Palace, Innsbruck © TVB Innsbruck / Michael Mössmer Imperial Palace, Innsbruck © TVB Innsbruck / Michael Mössmer
  • Enjoy a great view from the 360 degree bar in Innsbruck © TVB Innsbruck Enjoy a great view from the 360 degree bar in Innsbruck © TVB Innsbruck
  • Bergisel Ski Jump Tower in Innsbruck © Tirol Werbung Bergisel Ski Jump Tower in Innsbruck © Tirol Werbung

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