Diversity between nature and the city
Alpine holiday experiences begin in the city centre - from here, it takes just 20 minutes to climb 2,000 metres with the Nordkette cable cars. Some visitors like to go on foot or by bike to the next peak. Many sport areas are reachable with the free Welcome Card, and a gratis ski-bus in winter, and a hiking bus in summer, take you directly to the pistes, toboggan runs, cross-county ski runs and mountain bike trails. Experienced mountain guides accompany you on the free mountain-hiking programme through the alpine region. There are enticing bathing lakes for hot days, and plenty of sights and museums await the visitor. In addition, culture abounds with jazz at the New Orleans Festival and the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music. Only in Innsbruck can such opposites attract. Historic rows of houses border modern architecture, the student scene contrasts with distinguished history, and green summer paradises as an antithesis to snow-covered pistes.
Sightseeing and shopping in Innsbruck
Historic sights line up together in Innsbruck's old town. The Middle Ages meet the 21st century and charming little alleys meet the broad promenade of Maria-Theresien-Straße. The Golden Roof, the Hofkirche, traditional inns and the Imperial Palace bring history to life. The Nordkette, Patscherkofel, Serles and other impressive mountains ensure a commanding backdrop. Small, stylish shops and modern architecture ensure a contemporary focus, while charming boutiques, lovingly-run handicraft shops, retail centres and speciality stores provide an enjoyable shopping experience.
Summer sport in Innsbruck
Innsbruck's natives love 'their' mountains and spend every free minute there, whether hiking, biking or at an alpine inn, where traditional Tyrolean food tastes twice as good. Maybe it's due to the altitude! In Innsbruck, the mountains are omnipresent, and because the locals spend so much of their time there, there is a multitude of well-developed free time activities for everyone. What would you like to experience? If you wish to try a long mountain hike, you've come to the right place. Put on your climbing shoes and go! Bike tours, climbing and downhill adventures are also on the agenda.
Winter in Innsbruck
Skiing, tobogganing, cross-country skiing, ski tours and more - all within easy reach of the city centre. Our winter sport activities are extremely diverse: snowboarding and freeriding on the Nordkette, winter hiking, or just enjoying the sun on an alpine hut's terrace. With just one ticket, the whole Olympia SkiWorld is at your disposal, with nine ski areas where the world's best have all tested themselves. Innsbruck is also a freeriding hotspot and will take you to the best snow-parks. Only in Innsbruck is the winter so versatile.
Restaurants, events and nightlife
Experience the culinary delights of Innsbruck! Traditional inns and sunny alpine huts serve typical foods such as 'Kaiserschmarren' and 'Kaspressknödel', while scores of restaurants serve delights from around the world. Whether it's cocktails or beer, 'Tiroler Gröstl' or something international, Innsbruck's bar and restaurant scene fulfils every desire. Particularly beautiful is a stroll through the city at Christmas time, when the Christmas markets and their lights enchant the old town and the smell of hot punch competes with that of delicious 'Kiachln'. Innsbruck offers a holiday experience for every taste, even for those with reduced mobility, as most sights, museums and attractions are easily accessible. The evenings are filled with events; for example, the Festival of Early Music, the Promenade Concerts and the New Orleans Festival, topped off by the diverse nightlife of our university city.