InnsbruckAustria

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Visit Innsbruck

The Tyrolean capital is known for its historical charm, including old buildings and narrow cobbled streets, as much as its proximity to world-class ski areas.

Innsbruck is steeped in history, and its charming alleys and medieval buildings are testament to that. The city is surrounded by picturesque mountains that attract skiers and snowboarders in winter and hikers in the warmer months.

Wander around the Old Town, with its pastel-colored houses and narrow cobbled streets. See the landmark Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl) building, commissioned by the Emperor Maximilian I as a symbol of the Habsburg’s power. St. Anne’s Column (Annasäule) also makes for some great photographs with the imposing peak of Hafelekar Mountain as a backdrop.

Walk from the city center to the grand Imperial Palace (Hofburg), home to the ruling Habsburg family for over four centuries. Across the street, the Court Church (Hofkirche) contains the tomb of Maximilian I. Farther afield you’ll find more royal splendor in Ambras Castle (Schloss Ambras), used by the Renaissance Prince Ferdinand II to house his collections of quirky treasures.

Getting around the city is easy, and most choose to do so on foot. Alternatively, make use of the city’s efficient tram and bus networks.

Outside the city, there’s plenty to do in the surrounding ski areas. These areas include the professional-quality snow park where the snowboarding revolution took off in the ‘90s. Innsbruck remains a magnet for the snowboarding crowd. Practice your tricks in the snow park, or explore the extensive network of pistes. Get to the slopes via the futuristic Nordkette Cable Car, which will whisk you all the way to the top of Hafelekar Mountain via a series of architecturally interesting stations.

A 25,000-strong student population keeps the nightlife of the town busy year-round. Those looking for more refined evening entertainment will find plenty of restaurants. There are numerous cafés around the Old Town where you can indulge in local specialities, including thick hot chocolate and delicious Austrian pastries.

Innsbruck is a year-round destination. Once the snow melts in the summer, the mountains burst into color with wildflowers. A network of walking trails, accessible via the Nordkette Cable Car, offer stunning views across the town and over the Italian border.

Where to stay in Innsbruck

City Tower showing heritage elements and night scenes

Innsbruck City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(197 area reviews)

The captivating mountain views and ample dining options are top of the list for many visitors to Innsbruck City Centre. A stop by Tyrolean Provincial Museum or Court Church might round out your trip.

Innsbruck City Centre
Seefeld in Tirol featuring a city, night scenes and snow

Innsbruck-Land District

4.5/5Wonderful!(68 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Innsbruck-Land District, Bergisel Ski Jump and Galerie im Taxispalais are top sights worth seeing.

Innsbruck-Land District
Igls in the Austrian Tirol

Igls

5/5Exceptional!(13 area reviews)

Skiing, mountain views, and spas are just a few things travelers enjoy about Igls. Check out Olympia Express Gondola or Innsbruck Olympic Sliding Center while you're exploring the area.

Igls
Seefeld in Tirol featuring a city, night scenes and snow

Seefeld Pedestrian Zone

3/5(1 area review)

Seefeld Pedestrian Zone is noteworthy for its spas, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Seefeld Ski Area and St. Oswald Church.

Seefeld Pedestrian Zone
Bergisel Ski Jump featuring modern architecture

Wilten

4.5/5Wonderful!(10 area reviews)

You'll enjoy the mountain views and coffeehouses in Wilten. You might want to make time for a stop at Bergisel Ski Jump or Tirol Panorama.

Wilten
Nordkette Cable Car which includes landscape views, mountains and snow

Hungerburg-Hoheninnsbruck

Visitors to Hungerburg-Hoheninnsbruck like its mountain views and ski areas, and Nordkette Mountains is a sight worth a stop.

Hungerburg-Hoheninnsbruck

Top Hotels in Innsbruck

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
AC Hotel by Marriott Innsbruck
AC Hotel by Marriott Innsbruck
4 out of 5
Salurner Strasse 15, Innsbruck, Tirol
$80
per night
Feb 2 - Feb 3

This family-friendly Innsbruck hotel is located near the airport, just steps from Casino Innsbruck and Galerie im Taxispalais. Tyrolean Provincial Museum and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,848 reviews)

"Nice wood floor in the room, staff are very nice, helpful and professional. Didn't get to see a mountain view through a window at the higher floor lounge"…"

Reviewed on Nov 26, 2019

AC Hotel by Marriott Innsbruck
Grand Hotel Europa - Since 1869
Grand Hotel Europa - Since 1869
4 out of 5
Suedtiroler Platz 2, Innsbruck, Tirol
$104
per night
Jan 19 - Jan 20

Located in Innsbruck City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sillpark Shopping Center, Tyrolean Provincial Museum, and Galerie im Taxispalais. ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,017 reviews)

"The staff was very helpful. I booked in a ski resort that was very far away from town and they helped me to cancel my private lessons and the rent of equipment. They explained to me that there was a free shuttlebus and the ski resorts very close to hotel. They scheduled my taxi as well. Excellent ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec 29, 2019

Grand Hotel Europa - Since 1869
ADLERS Hotel
ADLERS Hotel
4 out of 5
Bruneckerstraße 1, Innsbruck, Tirol
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
$137
per night
Feb 9 - Feb 10

Located in Innsbruck City Centre, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sillpark Shopping Center, Tyrolean Provincial Museum, and Galerie im Taxispalais. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (863 reviews)

"The bar/restaurant on the 12th floor was a fantastic place to while away the hours - staff were very friendly - rooms afforded glorious mountain views - can’t wait to return"…"

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2019

ADLERS Hotel

Popular things to do in Innsbruck

Golden Roof
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Golden Roof

4.5/5(107 reviews)

Discover the history and significance of this building with the gleaming roof in the heart of Innsbruck’s charming Old Town.

Bergisel Ski Jump
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Bergisel Ski Jump

4.5/5(34 reviews)

Picture yourself soaring through the air from the top of an elegantly designed ski jump, where the viewing platform provides panoramic views of the Tyrolean alps.

Swarowski Crystal Worlds
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Swarowski Crystal Worlds

4/5(33 reviews)

Interact with beautiful and imaginative works of art made of crystals and enjoy family-friendly attractions in the garden, including a maze.

Imperial Palace
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Imperial Palace

4.5/5(65 reviews)

An ornate Gothic palace that was owned by the ruling Habsburg family for more than 450 years remains one of the three most important buildings in Austria.

Court Church
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Court Church

4.5/5(32 reviews)

This Gothic church houses a lavish silver chapel and one of the most elaborate tombs in Europe.

Cathedral of St. James
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Cathedral of St. James

4.5/5(49 reviews)

Famous religious artworks and iconic Baroque architecture can be found in Innsbruck’s unmissable 18th-century cathedral, located in the city’s charming old town.

Top activities in Innsbruck

Tyrolean Folk Show
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Tyrolean Folk Show

$33

Celebrate in true Austrian style in a setting reminiscent of a traditional country estate. Dancers and musicians dressed in colorful costumes and the famous lederhosen entertain you with their vivid performances throughout the night.

Admission to Ambras Castle Innsbruck
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Admission to Ambras Castle Innsbruck

$9

Travel back in time with a trip to Ambras Castle nestled into the foothills near Innsbruck. See the collections amassed by the Tyrolian Archduke Ferdinand II, perusing the distinctive Chamber of Arts and Curiosities, as well as the estate's sprawling armory and its exhaustive Habsburg Portrait Gallery.

Innsbruck: Classic City Highlights Tour
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Innsbruck: Classic City Highlights Tour

$28

Experience an informative sightseeing tour of Innsbruck's most important sights. Admire the varied architecture, discover the Imperial Court Church and learn the history of the city. On our walking tour is the ideal introduction for international visitors and local history lovers.

Reviews of Innsbruck

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 16, 2020

Clean .quaint and beautiful..

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 4, 2020

Magic town , it is unreal , people very nice nice beer and good food!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 17, 2019

It is great in the christmas season

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 17, 2019

I went to see skiing and that was lovely The Hofkirche is amazing Christmas markets are lively The light show of max 500 was very impressive The Tyrolese folk dance show was interesting

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 3, 2019

Great city to visit in general. But had a hard time to look for a dinner place for a meal, because most of the restaurants were full. And left nothing to find a place to sit down and enjoy a good dinner. It is a shame for such a great city .

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 26, 2019

It is charming and beautiful. Please take the furnicular into the mountains for spectacular views

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