Skiing by day, opera by night! Innsbruck and its surrounding region combines alpine nature and urban living like few other places.
Straight from the ski pistes to the opera house – Innsbruck, the regional capital of Tirol, offers a unique combination of urban living and alpine nature. It is home to 127,000 inhabitants and regularly hosts major events such as the Christkindlmarkt advent markets in the run-up to Christmas. Known beyond the borders of Tirol as the Capital of the Alps, Innsbruck lies in the wide Inntal Valley between the mighty Nordkette mountains of the Karwendel Massif to the north and the Stubai and Tux Alps to the south. This university city, host of the Winter Olympics in 1964 and 1976 as well as the first Winter Youth Olympic Games in 2012, has many students and a lively nightlife and arts scene. Tourists are drawn to the medieval old town with its famous Golden Roof and Maria-Theresien-Straße as well as to the nearby museums and the Hofburg, a former imperial palace once used by the Habsburgs.
Skiing in Axams, mountain biking in the Karwendel mountains
Innsbruck’s 25 holiday villages lie on the banks of the Inn and in the mountains overlooking the city, stretching from Axams, Rum and Patsch into the Sellraintal Valley as far as Kühtai, Austria’s highest wintersports area. They are situated close to the region’s most important ski resorts and are the ideal starting point in summer for mountain bike rides up to 2,200m in the Karwendel Massif or the Patscherkofel to the south of Innsbruck. Visitors looking for a more relaxing two-wheel experience will find plenty of easy cycle paths leading through the Inntal Valley. Some of the best views of Innsbruck can be enjoyed from the Seegrube at 1,905m.