Experiences that exceed a holiday: Innsbruck is more

The morning sun bathes the grey peaks of the Nordkette in a golden light. A sight that brings a sparkle to the eyes of visitors and locals alike. In Innsbruck, the mountains are our constant companions, even when we are standing at the heart of the city. They surround us on all sides and we are always stealing glances at them – capturing the essence of a holiday while at work, on a walk through the city, from classroom windows or during a hike, bike ride or ski day. Innsbruck is more: more than just a city, more than the mountains and more than a simple holiday destination. Innsbruck is an alpine-urban experience. 

The Innsbruck region

The Innsbruck region is much more than its city alone. It also includes 40 towns and villages that fulfil your every want and need. You can stay in the alpine countryside, in an idyllic village, in the city centre or at 2,000 metres above sea level. On the Mieming Plateau west of Innsbruck, for example. This sunny area lies on a high mountain plateau with green alpine meadows and secluded groves. It is ideal for golf, leisurely cycling, walking and cross-country skiing. Plus the impressive Mieming Range is also right on the doorstep for long hikes and challenging summit tours. 

Accommodation in and around Innsbruck
 
If you stay in the city, you have sights, shops and restaurants right on your doorstep. Plus you can enjoy the nightlife of this student town. During an evening walk through the historic old town, you practically have the narrow streets to yourself. Or would you rather stay outside the city? There are many well-connected places to stay along the Inn Valley that are excellent starting points for a variety of activities from hiking and biking to countless winter sports. These towns and villages are also ideal if you are just making a short stop in Innsbruck before continuing your journey elsewhere. The towns and villages south and southwest of Innsbruck are also well-worth a visit. They are located up in the mountains overlooking the valley and make it possible to walk right out of your accommodation and directly into holiday experiences surrounded by nature. 

Event highlights in winter

Advent and Christmas

Innsbruck is particularly beautiful in the run-up to Christmas. The city is illuminated with festive lights, people gather at bustling Christmas markets and certain neighbourhoods become havens of Christmas tranquillity. To make your stay even sweeter, you’ll find mulled wine and traditional delicacies around every corner. Join us for this wonderful time in Innsbruck!

Sports highlights in winter

Winter World Masters Games

The world's largest winter sports festival for over-30s is coming to Innsbruck. This sports event offers an Olympic experience for everyone in the fabulous wintry Tyrolean mountains: from 10 to 19 January 2020.

The Four Hills Tournament

One of Innsbruck's classic sports events, yet a real nailbiter every time: the annual ski jumping competition held at Bergisel Ski Jump at the beginning of January is part of the Four Hills Tournament and an absolute must-see!

Sightseeing and city strolls

Visit the sights and attractions in Innsbruck. Walk in the footsteps of the Habsburgs and admire the Golden Roof, the Imperial Palace, the medieval old town and the famous Court Church with its "Schwarzen Mandern" life-size bronze figures. The museums give an even deeper insight into the many exciting occurrences that took place throughout Innsbruck's history.
Stroll along Maria Theresien Street and enjoy a drink or a bite to eat at one of the sidewalk cafes. It is the perfect way start to a day exploring Innsbruck's cultural scene: from Early Music and Promenade Concerts to theatre visits and the New Orleans Festival – Innsbruck has it all. Or simply browse the colourful shops and stores in the various different districts throughout the city. 

The Innsbruck Card

Free museums, free public transport and free cable car rides up to the most beautiful peaks. The Innsbruck Card is your key to exceptional experiences.

Tyrolean cuisine

Dumplings, smoked sausages and fried dough: these are absolute must-tries! Tyrolean cuisine is feel-good food. Connoisseurs and foodies are sure to love the fluffy dumplings, the traditional and hearty "Gröstl" potato dish and the flavourful sausages. Tyrolean delicacies are hearty and will fill you with energy so you are ready for your next mountain adventure or long sightseeing tour. Keep reading to discover the region's guesthouses, mountain huts and restaurants.

Sporting variety from skiing to ice climbing

The ski resorts around Innsbruck are well-developed and easily accessible, including by free ski bus from Innsbruck. Gentle pistes, steep slopes or freeriding in fresh powder – the choice is yours. The Innsbruck region has the perfect slopes for everyone, from beginners and more experienced riders to après-ski fans and connoisseurs. Visit the Stubai Glacier, for example, which is the largest glacier ski resort in Austria, enjoy a leisurely ski day on the pistes at Patscherkofel to the south of Innsbruck or take advantage of the many other options available. The ideal alternative: tobogganing. This sport is great value, heaps of fun and suitable for the whole family. Plus the toboggan runs around Innsbruck are usually located by charming mountain huts where you can warm up and replenish your energy levels. Ski touring is also very popular, whether following a leisurely route up the edge of a piste or exploring the backcountry, far away from civilisation and ski resorts. Daredevils may even want to try ice climbing on the frozen waterfalls in the Sellrain Valley. 

Holidays in the mountaineering villages

The Sellrain Valley is home to not one, but three "mountaineering villages". This exclusive seal of approval is awarded to places that have remained true to nature and refrained from building mountain lifts and cable cars. The villages of Gries im Sellrain, Sellrain and St. Sigmund im Sellrain are perfect for ski tourers, mountaineers, cross-country skiers and ice climbers. At the upper end of the valley, on the other hand, you can ski to your heart's content at Kühtai. This resort is located 2,020 metres above sea level and is snow-sure until well into spring.

Speed down the ice track

Experience the thrill of a guest bobsleigh ride in summer by hurtling down the Olympic ice track on wheels (there is no ice in summer). Speed around the curves and the "Kreisel" spiral with four other guests and a professional pilot and experience the ride from the perspective of the World and Olympic champions who have celebrated victories here. A great experience for adults and children over the age of 12. In winter, it's even faster: in a four-person bobsleigh with a professional pilot. Icy fun for speed freaks over the age of 14.

A sporting city with Olympic history

Sport is a big topic in Innsbruck: we love getting out into the mountains ourselves and Innsbruck also attracts the world's best athletes. The Olympic city has played host to it all. It has welcomed the Winter Olympics twice, as well as many other major events, including the Youth Olympic Games, the Road Biking World Championships, the Climbing World Championships and the famous ski jumping competitions at Bergisel to name just a few. Crankworx is a very special highlight in summer. This mountain bike festival brings the best mountain bike artists to Bikepark Innsbruck at Muttereralm. A sporting event in a fabulous setting. 

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