Things to do: Innsbruck in 72 hours
Experience Innsbruck and the surrounding area
All good things come in threes: A three-day experience. A three-day adventure. A three-day delight. Changes of perspective included – because the Alps are filled with peaks and valleys and three days gives you enough time for a trip into the Tyrolean mountains. Don’t miss out!
• Swarovski Crystal Worlds with a stop at Hasegg
• One of the cable cars (Kühtai, Oberperfuss, etc.)
• Wet weather alternative: one of the museums you haven’t visited yet, the Audioversum or the Grassmayr Bell Foundry
Day 1: From the city to the peaks
Innsbruck – a city for explorers. 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 Tyrolean or international delights – on Maria Theresien Street, for example, or at one of the numerous cafés, bars and restaurants in the centre of Innsbruck. 2 pm marks the start of the exciting Per Pedes guided city tour followed by the enchanting City Tower – where 148 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 the Norkettenbahnen cable cars. And the Alpine Zoo with its diverse wildlife is an exciting place to stop on your way back down into town.
Day 2: culture, architecture and history
Experience the rich history of the Capital of the Alps: at Ambras Castle, for example, with its beautiful castle gardens, Emperor Ferdinand II’s substantial collection, the chamber of art & curiosities and the armoury. The Bergisel and its impressive ski jump are also located nearby. The jump is one of the regular venues for the Four Hills Tournament and hosted the Winter Olympic Games in 1964 and 1976. The Bergisel also has a rich history, which can be seen at the Tirol Panorama Museum with its Imperial Infantry Museum and unique Giant Panoramic Painting, the largest painting in Tyrol. In the afternoon, surround yourself with magical sparkle: Swarovski Crystal Worlds invites you to discover the mystical world of light, crystals and music as it has never been seen before. Stop off in the town of Hall en route for an insight into the history of coinage. Hasegg Castle was home to an important mint and is considered to be the birthplace of the dollar.
Day 3: Between splendour and the mountains
The Imperial Palace beckons with 400 impressive rooms and sumptuous State Apartments. The wonderful Court Church is also open for visitors. These splendid facilities were built by the Habsburgs as a hub of imperial life in Innsbruck and have lost none of their magnificence and splendour today. In the afternoon, experience the world from above on one of the various lifts and cable cars. The lifts in Kühtai or Oberperfuss, for example, will take you soaring up to impressive peaks where you can experience unforgettable panoramic moments and relaxed hikes. If the sun isn’t shining, instead explore one of the numerous museums, the Audioversum or the historic Grassmayr Bell Foundry.