Take a break
Stretch your legs under the shade of old trees. Lean back on a park bench and gaze at the sky. Simply relax, snack and regain your strength. Experience this idyll during your city trip. It's easy in Innsbruck; a multitude of well-known and secret places are ready for you to spend your lunch break. Enjoy, and relish your time with us!
Lunch break in Innsbruck: Domplatz, Hofgarten, Innpromenade, Rapoldipark, Bergisel, Hungerburg, Waltherpark, Landhausplatz, Adolf Pichler Platz, Fußgängerzone Maria-Theresien-Straße
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In the city: Domplatz & Hofgarten
It couldn't be more central; the Domplatz is an oasis in the middle of the old town. As the name says, the Domplatz is the square in front of St James' Cathedral (Jakobsdom). Trees provide shade, a fountain provides water, and there are benches to take the weight off your feet. Stay as long as you want, as the peace here allows you to forget the time.
The clocks also go slower in the Hofgarten. Intertwined garden paths, green lawns, old trees and colourful flowers await you. The lush green begins next to the Landestheater (state theatre), across from the imperial palace (Kaiserliche Hofburg). This garden, measuring 10 hectares, has existed for 600 years, and it is rumoured that Empress Maria Theresia herself even personally gardened here. The Hofgarten is an especially refreshing place in the height of summer, and perfect for a siesta on the grass.
Popular with the locals are the Inn Promenade and Rapoldi Park
The Inn and the city's inhabitants - a love affair. On the banks of the Inn, young and old come together; students and youngsters sit together in the sun, older ladies chat away on the benches, and the city's athletes train. Many even cycle alongside the green water. Pure relaxation. Rapoldi Park is another favourite spot to relax, hidden behind the Sillpark shopping centre at the end of Museumstraße. Here, ducks swim and quack in the pond, and trees offer plenty of shade. Innsbruck's second river, the Sill, flows noisily and effervescently by. Enticed by this noisy alpine setting, one can be forgiven for feeling a long, long way from the hustle of the city.
Places with a view
As it happens, just outside the city's hustle and bustle, the Tyrolean freedom fighter Andreas Hofer overlooks the setting of his battle at the Bergisel. A densely-grown park borders the Tirol Panorama, the venue for the giant panoramic painting of the battle. Whoever takes a break here, does so in the hero's shadow and allows themselves a couple more metres of uninterrupted view over Innsbruck.
Those who prefer to look at the city from another side, can take a trip on a city bus or the Hungerburgbahn funicular up the Nordkette. Directly next to the station is a viewing platform which transforms into a small Christmas market in winter. Here, the noise of the city is far away, and the view could hardly be more beautiful.
Our tip: the Botanic Gardens.
Just a short walk separates Innsbruck University's Botanic Gardens from the city centre. Despite this, the gardens remain a secret oasis for those seeking a little peace and quiet, surrounded by carefully-tended plants. A scent and touch garden sharpens the senses, and lovers of exotic plants will adore the contents of the glasshouses.