Make Innsbruck your base camp!
Three hours to Verona or less than two hours to the cities of Munich and Salzburg. Thanks to Innsbruck’s great location near Italy, Germany and South Tyrol, it is the perfect place to stay for anyone who wants to see as much of Europe as possible. Numerous cities, sights, landmarks and destinations are easily accessible as a day trip. If you stay in a hotel in Innsbruck during this time, you save yourself the constant packing, unpacking and hassle of transporting heavy bags. In the evening, you can simply return to your comfortable room and look back over a busy day full of lots of great experiences.
90 minutes from Innsbruck
The following experiences and activities are just a short drive away from Innsbruck. Culture, sport, relaxation – all that is an hour and a half away at most. Perfect for a day trip from Innsbruck.
A place that has been filled with history, concerts and enjoyment for 800 years. Organ concerts are held here, and there are beautiful rooms, paintings and historical artefacts to admire. Stams Abbey is a real jewel, and also has a few delicacies to offer. For example, the local schnapps distilled on site at the abbey distillery. The Glaubensbrüder (brothers in faith) have been perfecting their craft since the 16th century and it is therefore no wonder that they produce such heavenly spirits! However, they also move with the times, especially in terms of sustainability. Stams Abbey produces its own clean energy with two hydroelectric power plants.
Action and adventure are the order of the day at this mega outdoor park. Canyoning, rafting and the giant "Valley Swing" provide adrenaline-pumping fun. In the Water Area, you can enjoy blobbing, the cannonball and spectacular water slides. You can even go wakeboarding! So much fun can really work up an appetite: the on-site restaurants, cafe and beach bar are the ideal place to replenish your energy levels.
Admission to Area 47 is included with the Welcome Card upgrade.
Feel good, unwind and relax: the Aqua Dome in Längenfeld is a real spa oasis. Relax in wonderfully warm thermal water in the seemingly weightless floating water bowls. Soft music plays as you swim, and you can let your gaze wander over the surrounding mountains. If you wish, you can also visit the sauna and the fitness area or treat yourself to a luxurious beauty treatment.
Admission to the Aqua Dome is included with the Welcome Card upgrade.
© Aqua Dome
Very cool and absolutely worthy of James Bond. 007 Elements is the catchy name of a cinematic installation in Sölden. It is perched up in a spectacular spot at an altitude of 3,000 metres above sea level and is only accessible by cable car. A Bond film really was shot at this location: the actor Daniel Craig stood in front of the camera here during the filming of Spectre. The building that houses 007 Elements is set inside Gaislachkogl mountain. The cool Nordic charm and incomparable location are just as good a reason to visit this destination as the amazing James Bond exhibit itself.
Admission to 007 Elements is included with the Welcome Card upgrade.
A truly breathtaking view: stand at over 3,200 metres above sea level and look out over the Stubai Alps all the way to the Dolomites. 109 three-thousand-metre-high peaks make the panorama absolutely unforgettable. Top of Tyrol is the ideal viewing platform for the ultimate mountain experience with the ultimate alpine skyline.
© Andre Schönherr
Sparkling chambers of wonder whisk you away to an imaginatively designed, glamorous world of sparkling crystal. Swarovski Crystal Worlds is a museum, art gallery and interactive experience in one, making it a great destination for a day trip. Events such as circus attractions and light festivals create a varied programme of events. A visit is worthwhile at any time of year. In summer, for example, the spacious outdoor area with its shimmering crystal cloud makes for a beautiful stroll.
This impressive castle stands high up on a mountainside roughly 30 kilometres east of Innsbruck. Here, you can really dream of princes and princesses. The lovingly restored building is a real gem of historical architecture. The castle tours, children's tours and 3D virtual reality experience really make history come alive.
A visit to Tratzberg Castle is included with the Welcome Card upgrade.
© Schloss Tratzberg
The crystal-clear water of Lake Achensee entices you in for a swim, to go boating or simply to relax and enjoy. An ideal destination for the whole family. The area around the lake is also home to many hikes. One particular highlight is the option to do a boat tour. Come aboard the Achensee fleet and enjoy the stunning surroundings from the water.
An Achensee boat trip is included with the Welcome Card upgrade.
© Hannes Senfter
3 hours from Innsbruck
The following destinations take up to 3 hours to reach, ideal for a day trip from Innsbruck. You can take a trip, for example, to Italy, Germany or many beautiful locations within Austria.
Enchanting and unique, Neuschwanstein was the inspiration for Walt Disney's fairytale castle. Numerous towers and bay windows soar elegantly up into the sky. The location is also spectacular: it looks as though the castle has seamlessly grown onto the side of a steep mountain. The picturesque Neuschwanstein was dreamed up by tragic King Ludwig II. The journey from Innsbruck only takes two hours by car.
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(Photo: Anton Brandl)
This rope bridge not only offers extremely good views, it is also extremely high. The bridge takes you more than 100 metres above the ground. At one end lies the impressive Ehrenberg castle ruins, at the other Fort Claudia. In between is the Fern Pass road, the B179: hence the name of the bridge. The walk is sure to give you butterflies in your stomach while, of course, meeting high safety standards.
Verona, the city of Romeo and Juliet, lies south-east of Lake Garda in Italy. Juliet's house with its famous balcony is a real visitor magnet. You can also enjoy the wonderful Italian atmosphere on the Piazza delle Erbe and visit the big highlight in the centre of town, the Arena di Verona. This ancient Roman theatre forms the majestic backdrop for operas and concerts. When travelling by car, the city is three hours away from Innsbruck.
Courtesy of the Municipality of Verona
Three peaks stretch majestically up towards the sky and have enchanted generation after generation. Yet these mountains are only a small part of the impressive Dolomites, which are a coveted destination for hikers and mountaineers, and a dream come true for anyone who loves panoramic alpine landscapes. The rock formation is the only one of its kind in the world and this is why parts of the Dolomites have been named a UNESCO natural World Heritage site.
IDM Südtirol-Alto Adige/Andreas Mierswa
The city where Mozart was born is always worth a visit. In summer, for example, when the Salzburg Festival presents its long-running hit "Jedermann" (Everyman). Or to walk in the footsteps of the Von Trapp family on a "Sound of Music" tour. The city is also an attraction in itself. Special highlights include the Getreidegasse, the Mirabell Gardens, the proud Hohensalzburg Fortress and the bold and playful water palace Hellbrunn. Trains from Innsbruck run almost hourly, the journey takes less than two hours.
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Oktoberfest, football, art and culture: Munich offers the full city experience. Drop by the Allianz Arena, for example, or visit the central Viktualien market. From Innsbruck, you are just a stone's throw away, be it by bus, train or car. The journey by car takes roughly two hours.
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