Innsbruck


Innsbruck is known as the Capital of the Alps - and for good reason! It has everything a lively, vibrant city needs, and yet it is just a ten-minute journey into the high mountains which dominate the skyline.

Innsbruck’s residents like to say that the regional capital of Tirol is, in fact, nothing more than an oversized village. This reflects both their pride and love for the fourth-largest city in Austria and their self-deprecating humour and natural reluctance to get too big-headed about the place they call home.

The fact is that Innsbruck is small enough to get around on foot, yet large enough to be expanding outwards towards the villages on its periphery. Innsbruck is small enough for the petty bourgeoisie, yet large enough to satisfy the joie de vivre of 30,000 students and house a diverse arts scene and numerous restaurants catering for a wide range of tastes and interests.

When the working day is done, many locals hop on their mountain bike and ride up to one of the nearby huts overlooking the city. In winter you may well meet somebody during a ski tour and then see them again the same evening at the opera in the Tiroler Landestheater or dancing the night away to a band or DJ playing in one of the many clubs under the railway arches.

Innsbruck has everything which a modern city needs – and yet it is so compact that the funicular railway in the centre of the city will whisk you up into the high mountains within just 10 minutes.


What would Innsbruck be without its iconic Golden Roof? This late gothic balcony located in the heart of the old town comprises 2,657 gold-plated copper tiles., © Innsbruck Tourismus
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What would Innsbruck be without its iconic Golden Roof? This late gothic balcony located in the heart of the old town comprises 2,657 gold-plated copper tiles.

Innsbruck is large enough to be home to a pulsating shopping area with many restaurants and retail outlets. Yet, at the same time, it is small enough to bump into friends and acquaintances in the Maria-Theresien-Straße at any time of the day., © Innsbruck Tourismus
Beating heart

Innsbruck is large enough to be home to a pulsating shopping area with many restaurants and retail outlets. Yet, at the same time, it is small enough to bump into friends and acquaintances in the Maria-Theresien-Straße at any time of the day.

Innsbruck’s residents love spending their free time up in the mountains of the Nordkette. This chain of peaks to the north of the city offers everything from gentle forest walks to adrenaline-pumping downhill mountain bike trails and challenging skiing in the “Karrinne” couloir., © Innsbruck Tourismus
Mountains on your doorstep

Innsbruck’s residents love spending their free time up in the mountains of the Nordkette. This chain of peaks to the north of the city offers everything from gentle forest walks to adrenaline-pumping downhill mountain bike trails and challenging skiing in the “Karrinne” couloir.

Designed by famous architect Zaha Hadid, the Bergisel ski jump is both a state-of-the-art sports facility and an excellent vantage point to the south of the city as well as an iconic landmark on the Innsbruck skyline., © Innsbruck Tourismus
Safe landing

Designed by famous architect Zaha Hadid, the Bergisel ski jump is both a state-of-the-art sports facility and an excellent vantage point to the south of the city as well as an iconic landmark on the Innsbruck skyline.

There are plenty of trees and gardens dotted around Innsbruck, but what a real city needs is a large park. That is precisely what the Hofgarten offers. Even the Habsburgs were known to use this open green space for walks and to impress guests., © Innsbruck Tourismus
Oasis

There are plenty of trees and gardens dotted around Innsbruck, but what a real city needs is a large park. That is precisely what the Hofgarten offers. Even the Habsburgs were known to use this open green space for walks and to impress guests.

The Inn draws students looking to revise or relax, runners out on an early morning jog, pensioners enjoying an afternoon walk and tourists attracted by the charming views of the houses in Mariahilf., © Innsbruck Tourismus
Where there’s water, there’s life

The Inn draws students looking to revise or relax, runners out on an early morning jog, pensioners enjoying an afternoon walk and tourists attracted by the charming views of the houses in Mariahilf.

Who needs sunny Spain or Bella Italia when you can spend the day at the beautiful Lake Baggersee for a fraction of the price? This artificial lake in the east of the city offers plenty of activities away from the water and is popular with guests of all ages., © Innsbruck Tourismus
Family fun

Who needs sunny Spain or Bella Italia when you can spend the day at the beautiful Lake Baggersee for a fraction of the price? This artificial lake in the east of the city offers plenty of activities away from the water and is popular with guests of all ages.

Locals love the Wiltener Platzl, a charming little square just a few minutes’ walk from the busy city centre. It is surrounded by impressive 19th century houses, artisan shops and enticing cafés and restaurants – and every Saturday it hosts a popular farmers’ market where you can buy fresh local produce. A village square in the middle of the city!, © Innsbruck Tourismus
Insider tip

Locals love the Wiltener Platzl, a charming little square just a few minutes’ walk from the busy city centre. It is surrounded by impressive 19th century houses, artisan shops and enticing cafés and restaurants – and every Saturday it hosts a popular farmers’ market where you can buy fresh local produce. A village square in the middle of the city!

Whatever you may think about the Habsburg legacy, the magnificent Schloss Ambras castle with its spectacular Chambers of Art and Curiosities and magical gardens are an absolute must-see and very popular with locals., © Tirol Werbung/Bernhard Aichner
Imperially imperious

Whatever you may think about the Habsburg legacy, the magnificent Schloss Ambras castle with its spectacular Chambers of Art and Curiosities and magical gardens are an absolute must-see and very popular with locals.

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