Warm, cold or mountain winds?

Innsbruck is also full of character when it comes to the weather

In Innsbruck, the year has four seasons ... theoretically. In actual fact, however, the transition periods in spring and autumn are sometimes quite abrupt. Innsbruck generally has a moderate climate with warm summers and cold winters and therefore offers the perfect conditions for winter sports, hiking, biking and swimming. Here are our tips to make sure you are perfectly equipped for the Innsbruck weather.

The right equipment for the mountains

Even on a simple hike, it’s important to have the right equipment, for example good footwear. We recommend that you wear hiking boots, especially at high altitudes and in rough terrain. Flip-flops, sandals and high heels should be saved for your time down in the valley! You also need to be aware of the differences in temperature between the mountains and the city. If you decide to take the Nordkettenbahnen lifts and cable cars from the city centre up to the Seegrube or Hafelekar, for example, you’ll need some extra layers! Even if the temperature is 30°C when you start out on your journey, it gets cooler the higher up you get. A jacket is therefore an absolute must! It is also a good idea to take wet weather gear and a hat to protect you from the strong mountain sun. When up in the mountains, do not underestimate the elements. Sudden changes in the weather or drops in temperature may well occur. You can find useful information about this topic on our hiking page

The “Föhn”: an Innsbruck phenomenon

The alpine wind commonly known as the “Föhn” flows right through Innsbruck. If this warm wind is in the city, you need to hold onto your hat! Although the Föhn isn’t always strong, it can sometimes reach top speeds of up to 150 kilometres per hour. 

Packing your suitcase for Innsbruck

The great thing about summer in Innsbruck is that it is normally lovely and warm during the day, with temperatures reaching up to over 30 degrees Celsius. In the evening, the drop in temperature is ideal for a comfortable night’s sleep. If you decide to head out for the night and make the most of the city’s al fresco dining options, however, you’ll need to take a jacket with you! The general rule in Innsbruck is to be prepared for most circumstances. The weather up in the mountains is quite changeable, so rain showers are possible. Temperatures then tend to cool down and become less pleasant. Then again, you may also get stunning summer weather during your holiday. It’s therefore well worth packing both a jumper and a swimming costume.

In winter, temperatures often remain below freezing. We therefore recommend that you bring warm hooded winter clothes, gloves and warm footwear, especially if you plan to spend time outdoors and go on a winter hike or tobogganing. The ideal way to warm up: a mug of hot mulled wine at the Christmas markets in December or a visit to one of the many friendly and welcoming mountain huts and cosy cafés. 

What should you wear when visiting churches?

The churches in and around Innsbruck are architectural and artistic gems. Their golden altars, magnificent paintings, mystical rooms and buildings dating back centuries are all well worth a visit! It is, however, important to remember that the churches are places of worship and prayer for believers. You should therefore cover your knees and shoulders when entering religious buildings. As a sign of respect, we recommend that you do not wear shorts or skirts that are too short or strappy tops when visiting churches. You should also remove any headwear when you enter the building. 

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