Discover nature in a whole new way
Be it inhaling the scent of freshly fallen snow or seeing your own breath rising into the crystal-clear air, winter nature has the ability to awaken all of our senses. Even a brief jaunt in the great outdoors is the perfect way to strengthen the body – and above all the mind and soul – and feel a new burst of energy.
The Innsbruck region features a multitude of unspoiled natural retreats and idyllic alpine meadows – from the sunny Mieming Plateau right through to the southern mountains. Let certified guides show you the way on one of the region's free winter hikes or embark on your own independent journey of discovery. Nature offers us the perfect opportunity to switch off and recharge our batteries.
Discover nature by yourself
Get "back to the roots" in the truest sense of the word and explore unspoiled winter landscapes in the most natural way possible: on your own two feet. Regardless of whether you choose to follow picturesque paths or well-signposted winter hiking routes, your legs will carry you wherever you want to go. Feeling the forest floor beneath your feet is the perfect opportunity for you to re-stabilise both your body and mind.
Be it enjoying breathtaking views from the "Drachenfelsen" observation deck on Bergisel hill, stopping off for culinary delicacies during a mountain hut tour or letting your mind run free on the Path of Reflection in Ranggen, winter hiking in the Innsbruck region boasts a wide range of highlights.
Or take the forest tram from Innsbruck to Igls – discover new views and stunning scenery after every turn. At the weekend it runs every hour.
A more active approach to enjoying nature
Are you looking for winter fun with plenty of entertainment? If so, you're sure to find the ideal solution in our wide variety of sports activities. Release your inner child and have the time of your life racing down snow-covered toboggan runs, gliding across glistening ice rinks or exploring immaculately groomed cross-country ski trails. If you want to take a short break from the action, simply pop into one of the local mountain huts or guesthouses for a change of scenery and enjoy a mug of hot chocolate with your fellow winter sports enthusiasts.
Nature: more than just forests and fields
Have you ever stared a wildcat directly in the eye? If not, head to Europe's highest zoo and tick this unique experience off your bucket list. The Alpine Zoo in Innsbruck is not only home to lynx but also contains a multitude of other fascinating creatures. What's more, you can visit it for free with the Innsbruck Card. In Praxmar, you can experience red deer up close as they enjoy one of their daily feeds. If you want to get even closer to animals, why not take a llama out on a hike? When was the last time you looked down on the world from above? When winter covers the land in its beautiful white blanket and the treetops are adorned with snow, it's the perfect time to soar high above the Alps in a hot-air balloon. Enjoy unbeatable views without a strenuous climb.