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Innsbruck
Travel Guide

Innsbruck showing a river or creek, heritage elements and a sunset

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

Hotel Maximilian Stadthaus Penz
Hotel Maximilian Stadthaus Penz
4 out of 5
Marktgraben 7 - 9, Innsbruck, Tirol
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $132 per night from May 19 to May 19
Located near the slopes, this Innsbruck City Centre hotel is in the city center, within a 5-minute walk of Maria Theresa Street and Golden Roof, and close to ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (401 reviews)
"Lovely hotel to stay in Easy walk to sights"

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2020

Hotel Maximilian Stadthaus Penz
ADLERS Hotel
ADLERS Hotel
4 out of 5
Bruneckerstraße 1, Innsbruck, Tirol
The price is $161 per night from Jun 6 to Jun 6
Located in Innsbruck City Centre, this romantic hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Sillpark Shopping Center and Golden Roof. Bergisel Ski Jump is 1.5 mi (2.4 ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (964 reviews)
Chic, Clean, and Comfortable
"My stay at the Adlers Hotel was incredible. The room was perfectly clean, and had a very chic style. The bathroom had heated tiles, a waterfall shower head, and extra toiletries. The bed was very comfortable, and waking up to a mountain view is just breathtaking. The staff was very accommodating. ..."

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2020

ADLERS Hotel
Das Innsbruck
Das Innsbruck
4 out of 5
Innrain 3, Innsbruck, Tirol
The price is $126 per night from May 16 to May 16
Located in Innsbruck City Centre, this spa hotel is steps from Golden Roof and City Tower. Imperial Palace and Court Church are also within 5 minutes. Innsbruck ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (750 reviews)
"Great stay in Innsbruck! Pros: Safe camera surveilled underground parking, rich buffet breakfast, spacious and clean rooms, comfortable bed"

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2020

Das Innsbruck
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
A-VITA Viktoria & A-VITA Living Luxury Appartements
A-VITA Viktoria & A-VITA Living Luxury Appartements
4 out of 5
Hohe Munde Strasse 589, Seefeld in Tirol, Tirol
The price is $158 per night from May 12 to May 12
Located connected to a shopping center, this ski-in/ski-out apartment building in Seefeld in Tirol is within 1 mi (2 km) of St. Oswald Church and Seefeld Ski ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (22 reviews)
Amazing apartments.
"Very neat and clean place. Station just opposite the apartment. Just a few steps away . Bathrooms are very big and nice. Apartment is newly bulit. Car parking is available free at the premises. Has lift. I would highly recommend this apartment. Has two rooms with 4 beds. Common bathroom. Many flats ..."

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2019

A-VITA Viktoria & A-VITA Living Luxury Appartements
Mountains Chalets
Mountains Chalets
4 out of 5
98 Am Kirchwald, Seefeld in Tirol
Situated in the mountains, this spa chalet is steps from Olympia Sport and Congress Centre and Seefeld Ski Area. St. Oswald Church and Cross with Stone Circle ...
Mountains Chalets
Kaiser Max Design Appartements
Kaiser Max Design Appartements
3.5 out of 5
Herzog-Friedrich-Straße 23, Innsbruck
The price is $195 per night from Jun 7 to Jun 7
Located in Innsbruck City Centre, this apartment building is steps from Imperial Palace and Golden Roof. Hofgarten Park and Nordkette Mountains are also within ...
4.4/5Excellent! (108 reviews)
"Spacious apartment with two beds, very clean and modern in design. In a great location, right in the heart of old Innsbruck. The apartment felt hot and stuffy and we couldn’t figure out how to cook it down, and the linens and towels were really minimal. It was fine for one night."

Reviewed on Dec 27, 2019

Kaiser Max Design Appartements
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Innsbruck

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Feb 24, 2020

Loved Innsbruck! The food was amazing and all the people were incredibly friendly and the view of the mountains was truly breathtaking.

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Feb 2, 2020

Just passing through.

5/5 - Excellent

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Jan 23, 2020

Lovely town with a great selection of bars and restaurants. Not as touristy as Salzburg. Gorgeous scenery.

4/5 - Good

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Jan 20, 2020

It's a typical Austrian mountain city, beautiful but also overpriced.

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Jan 16, 2020

Clean .quaint and beautiful..

5/5 - Excellent

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Jan 4, 2020

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

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