A walking tour of Innsbruck… and its fountains?! Yes, Innsbruck has beautiful fountains and they’re totally worth a visit. So if you want a slightly-strange-but-kind-of-nice way to explore the city, check out this walking tour of Innsbruck and its fabulous fountains.
#1: Trautson Fountain, Old Town
Any good walking tour of Innsbruck should start in the old town. Once you’ve taken the obligatory selfies with the Golden Roof, walk down the main street towards Maria-Theresien-Strasse. There on the right you’ll see the cute little Trautson Fountain. It was built in 1806 and is the only fountain in the old town still in its original location.
Want to stop here? Grab a coffee in Café Katzung, watch the street entertainers, or climb the City Tower for magnificent views over Innsbruck.
#2: Leopold Fountain, Haus der Musik
Go back to the Golden Roof and turn right. Follow the narrow little street all the way down and through the arch at the end, then turn left. On the other side of the road you will find a most magnificent fountain. This is the Leopold Fountain, which was built for the famous Emperor Leopold way back in 1622 (he’s the one riding his horse on top of the fountain).
The modern building behind the fountain is the brand new Haus der Musik concert hall. In Leopold’s time this was the court theatre. Now it’s a modern music venue, hosting concerts of every musical genre you can think of.
Want to stop here? Dine at the Das Brahms restaurant in the Haus der Musik, or cross the road and visit Leopold’s old palace, the Hofburg.
#3: Twin Fountains, Ferdinandeum
Walk down Universitätsstrasse until you come to the stunning Jesuit church. Take an optional look inside, then go through the little wooden door to the right of the church. Keep walking straight with the buildings on your left and you will come to the first of two pretty fountains, one each side of the Ferdinandeum museum.
Want to stop here? Do like the locals. Grab a sandwich from Bäcker Ruetz and bask in the sunshine next to the Rudolf Fountain.
#5: Vereinigung Fountain, Landhausplatz
And now for something completely different. Keep walking down Wilhelm-Greil-Strasse and you’ll arrive at our final destination: the Vereinigung Fountain. “Vereinigung” is the German word for unification, and this fountain commemorates the eight districts that came together to form the city of Innsbruck. If you look closely at the fountain you’ll see eight holes in the stone, one for each district.
But the best thing about the Vereinigung Fountain is that it’s meant to be jumped in (unlike the rest of the fountains on this tour, FYI!). So whip off your shoes, splash around on the watery steps, and then find a shady spot under the trees on Landhausplatz and soak up the Innsbruck atmosphere.
Innsbruck turns off its fountains during the winter so that they don’t freeze., so if you’re doing this tour in January, don’t expect to see any water. However, do expect to see these beautiful fountains covered in snow, which is equally as lovely!