Travel to the Tirolean capital of Innsbruck for a weekend break with a difference. Surrounded by 300 km of slopes, its where skiing and culture go hand in hand.
There are few places in the world like Innsbruck. The capital of Tirol is known for its historic architecture, exciting events and culture-packed museums. But it’s also at the centre of a 300 km ski area, with the nine resorts of the Olympia Ski World all within easy reach.
Spend your morning ambling through the intriguing old town before jumping on the funicular for an afternoon of skiing at Nordkette, which overlooks the city. Or take the free bus to experience cruisey Patscherkofel, glacier skiing at Stubai or Olympic heritage at Axamer Lizum. Beginners and intermediates will love the gentle resorts of Schlick 2000, Glungezer, Muttereralm and Rangger Köpfl, while the resort of Kühtai, 45 minutes from Innsbruck centre, is the perfect family retreat. The highest-altitude ski village in Austria offers convenient doorstep skiing, excellent childcare facilities and snow-sure slopes all winter long.
Innsbruck plays host to some of the biggest events on the snowsports calendar. Snowboard fans should keep an eye out for Air&Style, where the world’s best freestyle athletes perform in front of the roaring crowd at the Olympia World Stadium. Nearby, at the city’s iconic Bergisel stadium, the Four Hills Tournament sees ski jumpers take on a 134 metre-high ski jump. With sleek architecture, stunning views over the city and a festival atmosphere, it’s a great way to experience this dynamic city.