27 November 2023
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The winter possibilities of the Innsbruck region go far beyond the snow-covered slopes and offer a wealth of experiences to delight every visitor. Away from the skiing, a fascinating winter landscape reveals itself, enticing visitors with cultural treasures, historical sites and picturesque nature. An unforgettable winter vacation is guaranteed.

Let's take a closer look at the various options. The area is large and offers all kinds of variety.


Innsbruck offers many winter experiences in the city itself. Here are some of the activities and attractions you can do in Innsbruck in the last weeks of the year:

  • Old town in winter magic: Innsbruck's historic old town is a picturesque fairytale land in winter. The snow-covered roofs of the historic buildings, the festive lighting and the winter decorations create a romantic atmosphere. A stroll through the historic alleyways is an absolute must for every visitor.

  • Christmas markets: Innsbruck is famous for its atmospheric Christmas markets. Many of the very romantic markets are definitely worth a visit during the Advent season. My tip: Visit the Christmas market on the Hungerburg or on the Bergisel and enjoy the beautiful view of the illuminated city.

  • Lumagica: The now well-known Lumagica Festival of Lights in the Hofgarten offers a journey through time this year. Many illuminated sculptures on a mountain road will not only make children's hearts beat faster. I reveal more about this in this blog post.

  • Ice skating: The ice rink at Olympia World Innsbruck offers the opportunity to go ice skating. It's a unique activity for families and friends to get into the winter spirit.

  • Sightseer : The Hop-on Hop-off Sightseer bus is the best way to explore the sights of the Tyrolean capital. Bergisel, Ambras Castle and the Triumphal Gate are just a few of the stops.

  • Winter hiking: Innsbruck lies in a beautiful mountain landscape. There are several winter hiking trails that are suitable for both beginners and advanced hikers. The Nordkette, for example, offers fantastic views and is also easy to hike in winter.

  • Enjoy Tyrolean cuisine: The winter months are perfect for sampling delicious Tyrolean cuisine. Many restaurants in Innsbruck offer dishes such as Tiroler Gröstl, Käsespätzle, Kaiserschmarrn and apple strudel, which you can enjoy after a day outdoors.


The region offers a wide variety of toboggan runs that are appreciated by locals and visitors alike. Here are some tips for unbeatable tobogganing experiences:

  • Rangger Köpfl
    Tobogganing fun without much effort is guaranteed with the new cable car on the

    Rangger Köpflguaranteed. The toboggan run, with a total length of eight kilometers, is one of the longest in the country and also offers a toboggan evening where the run is illuminated until midnight. You can stop off at the rustic Rosskogelhütte. Find out more on my colleague Tamara's blog.

  • Gleirschalm
    The Gleirschtal is one of the most beautiful side valleys in the Sellraintal. The short trail to the Gleirschalm is easy to manage and, due to its altitude, very snow-sure.

  • Lehnberghaus:
    The Lehnberghaus is located on the

    Mieminger Plateau. The hut can be reached from Arzkasten in around 1.5 hours. You can find more information in my blog here.

  • Kogelalm
    InLüsener Gletschertal, near Praxmar, you will find the Kogelalm with a great toboggan run. Here it is already high alpine and you can find all the information in my blog. You can stop for refreshments at the Alpengasthof Praxmar. The Kogelalm is not open to the public.

  • Birgitzer Alm:
    Not far from Innsbruck is theBirgitzer Alm.Halfway to Axamer Lizum there is a large parking lot and the starting point for the hike to the alp. More about this in my blog article. Tobogganing fun directly from the Alm back to the parking lot. The ski bus to Axamer Lizum stops at the starting point.


Snowshoeing is becoming increasingly popular. Untouched snow in fantastic winder landscapes can be explored perfectly on snowshoes.

Some snowshoe hikes are guided and can be booked free of charge for guests with the Welcome Card bookable free of charge. You can find more information here.

And now a few of my tips.

  • Snowshoe hike in Kühtai:
    Kühtai lies at 2,020 meters above sea level and is therefore very snow-sure throughout the winter. It is very suitable for beautiful snowshoe hikes. For example, I was out and about in the Mittertal valley and wrote a blog about it. It's a side valley of Kühtai and the landscape is a winter dream.
  • Walderalm:
    The starting point of the snowshoe hike to the Walderalm is in Gnadenwald, east of Innsbruck, but is very easy to reach by bus from Innsbruck. From the Gnadenwald high plateau, the trail continues to the even higher plateau of the Walderalm, which rises out of the high mountains of the Karwendel. You can find out more here in the blog.
  • Telfer Wiesen:
    My colleague Lea has written a blog article about the Snowshoe hike over the Telfer Wiesen written. What's great about it is that you can travel comfortably from Innsbruck on the Stubai Valley Railway. Passing larch forests, wide meadows and many wooden huts, you always have the Patscherkofel, Nordkette and Serles in view.

  • Mieminger Plateau:
    The wide, not steep meadows of the Mieminger plateau are perfect for exploring on snowshoes. The many beautiful larch trees that grow on the plateau make the landscape particularly attractive. If you want to be a little more sporty, you can go to the Lehnberghaus or the Simmeringalm, for example, and then take a toboggan down into the valley after the snowshoe hike.

  • Faltegartenköpfl.
    On the way from Kühtai in the direction of Heimung, you pass the Satelle. There is a parking lot here and from Satelle you can reach the Faltegartenköpfl via the Feldringalm and the Feldringer Böden. A scenically beautiful snowshoe hike in high alpine terrain. Find out more in my blog.article

Winter hiking

Winter hiking is becoming increasingly popular. More and more paths are being prepared in winter, so nothing stands in the way of hiking in the quiet season. There are a large number of beautiful hiking routes around Innsbruck. A perfect way to enjoy winter landscapes without too much effort.

  • Sellraintal:
    In Sellraintal, I can recommend the winter hiking trail at Lüsener Gletscherboden. At the foot of the Fernerkogel you have a wonderful high alpine mountain experience. The trail is easy to follow and leads past three-thousand-metre peaks and frozen waterfalls on the surrounding mountains.

  • Feldringer Böden:
    The Feldringer Böden are a particularly beautiful excursion destination. A groomed circular trail from the Feldringalm leads to the Grünwaslekreuz and back again. Here it is high alpine, snowy and therefore particularly idyllic.

  • Rosengarten:
    The Rosengarten circular hiking trail leads from Igls to Patsch and back again. Beautiful views of the Serles, the Stubaital and the Nordkette are guaranteed. Accessible by bus line J from Innsbruck every 10 minutes
  • Telfer Wiesen:
    The Stubaitalbahn takes you from Innsbruck to the Telfer Wiesen. From there, follow the signs to Mutters past larch forests, snow-covered meadows and many wooden chalets until you reach Mutters. There you can take the streetcar back into the city. If you wish, you can continue via Natters and the Natterböden back to Innsbruck.

  • Patscherkofel:
    Innsbruck's local mountain also offers the opportunity for wonderful winter hikes. The cable car takes you comfortably to the mountain station and you can climb to the summit in around an hour on a groomed trail. If you haven't had enough, you can descend via the Vitalweg to the Patscher Alm and fortify yourself there. From there, take the cable car from the middle station back down to the valley. The Patscherkofel can be reached every 10 minutes from Innsbruck on the J line.

Ice skating

Why not simply put on your ice skates and glide across frozen lakes? There are several options in the Innsbruck region. Almost all municipalities have an ice rink, but there are also natural areas.

  • Lanser See:
    If the winter is very cold, you can enjoy a beautiful natural spot at Lake Lans at the foot of the Patscherkofel. Easily accessible with the 6-seater streetcar, which is an experience in itself, as it travels from Innsbruck through the forest to Igls and stops at Lanser See.

  • Möserer See:
    Lake Möserer See above Telfs offers the possibility of natural ice skating in winter. Here you can enjoy the beautiful landscape and the view of the mountains, especially the Hohe Munde.

  • Olympiaworld Innsbruck:
    The Olympiaworld Innsbruck offers a large outdoor ice rink. With lighting , you can also skate here in the evening. The indoor rink can also be used. Ice skating with music from the loudspeakers is a particularly cool experience here.

So much more!

Innsbruck and its regions offer much more than just alpine skiing. The possibilities are very diverse. Sporting, cultural, feasting or simply enjoying the winter in peace and quiet.

At aglance: The Innsbruck Tourismus ski map also provides information on cable cars and cross-country ski trails. Up-to-date information on winter sports opportunities in the region can be found in the Innsbruck region snow report.

I hope you will find one or two tips here. Enjoy a wonderful winter time in the Innsbruck region!

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