Things to do: Innsbruck in 48 hours
Discover Innsbruck in 48 hours
Two days filled with amazement, enjoyment and discovery. To ensure your 48 hours in Innsbruck are a great experience, we’ve put together the main highlights that should be included in every two-day discovery tour:
- Start with a visit to one of the centrally located museums (Imperial Palace, Museum of Tyrolean Folk Art, Ferdinandeum, etc.)
- Per Pedes guided city tour at 2 pm followed by the City Tower (get your bearings in Innsbruck)
- Nordkettenbahnen cable cars and optional Alpine Zoo visit
The first day
Time for Innsbruck. Time for exploring. Start at one of the many museums, for example the Imperial Palace, the Museum of Tyrolean Folk Art or the Ferdinandeum with its impressive temporary exhibitions. At midday, simply relax and enjoy – on Maria Theresien Street, for example, or at one of the numerous cafés, bars and restaurants in the centre of Innsbruck. At 2 pm, culture fans can join the Per Pedes guided city tour followed by the enchanting City Tower – where 133 steps lead up to breathtaking panoramic views. However, the Nordkette mountain range certainly offers the best views from over 2,000 above sea level. It’s easily accessible on the Hungerburg funicular and Nordkettenbahnen cable cars, which depart from the centre of town. The Alpine Zoo with its diverse wildlife is an exciting place to stop on your way back down into Innsbruck.
Discover Innsbruck and the surrounding area: Day 2
Swarovski’s dazzling creations are known around the world. But the Swarovski Crystal Worlds in Wattens are even more extraordinary. Fascinating artistic exhibitions and sparkling plays of water & light – accompanied by performances of the music of spheres – await you and can be visited at various times every day on the Crystal Worlds shuttle bus. In the afternoon, head up the majestic Patscherkofel where the Winter Olympic Games were hosted in 1964 and 1976. Innsbruck’s “local mountain” is 2,246 metres above sea level and home to the highest botanical garden in Austria with over 400 different types of plants, some of which are highly protected species. One of the oldest and largest populations of stone pine trees in Europe can also be found here on the Patscherkofel. If the weather is not on your side, Innsbruck offers many exciting alternatives: the Audioversum or the Grassmayr Bell Foundry bring magical worlds to life.