Innsbruck.

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The capital of Tyrol and fifth-largest city in Austria. Innsbruck is an internationally renowned winter sports centre and offers the traveler an intriguing mix of contemporary and imperialist history, culture and architecture with a variety of architectural styles waiting to be discovered in every street.

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Due to its location between high mountains, Innsbruck serves as an ideal place for skiing in winter, ski-jumping and mountaineering in summer. There are several ski resorts around Innsbruck, with the Nordkette (map) served by a cable car and additional chair lifts further up. Other ski resorts nearby include Axamer Lizum (map), Muttereralm (map), Patscherkofel (map), Igls, Seefeld in Tirol (map), Tulfes (map) and Stubai Valley (map). The glaciated terrain in the latter makes skiing possible even in summer months.

Innsbruck’s Hofkirche (map) has the most important emperor’s tomb monument (of emperor Maximilian I) in Europe. Especially characteristic are the larger-than-life bronzes (“schwarze Mander”) that show members of different dynasties.

Cathedral at Saint Jacob (map) Baroque styled cathedral, with works of Lucas Cranach the Elder. From 1717-1724 it was rebuilt (after damage from an earthquake) according to the plans of Johann Jakob Herkomer and Johann Georg Fischer. Free entrance.

Ambras Castle (map). A castle and palace in Renaissance style that was built in 1563 on behalf of Archduke Ferdinand II of Tyrol in the hills overlooking the city. The Lower Castle is home to armouries featuring numerous masterpieces preserved as evidence of the armourer’s art from that era.

Helbling House (map). A 15th-century house which adopted different architectural styles in later centuries until it evolved into its current amalgamation of Gothic and Baroque facade. The Rococo stucco decorations that look like icing on a cake were added in the early 18th century.

A combined ticket for the Tyrolean State Museums is available for €10, or €6 discount, and offers entry to The Ferdinand, Hofkirche, Volkskunst, Zeughaus and Das Tiroler Panorama Museums until the end of the calendar year. The ticket includes a free audio guide (which is worth getting as information is otherwise only in German) at some locations.

Alpinist Association Museum (map). Museum dedicated to the history of alpinism, hosted in the Hofburg. The museum is owned and operated by the Austrian Alpine Club ÖAV, and received numerous prizes including the Tyrolean and Austrian Museum Prizes.

Anatomical Museum (map). From June to September only on appointment. Famous for its exhibition Body Worlds, the modern version of an anatomical museum. It belongs to the city’s university, hosted in the Institute of Anatomy.

Imperial Palace (map). The palace is a former Habsburg palace, and considered one of the 3 most important cultural buildings in Austria (the others being the Hofburg palace and Schönbrun palace in Vienna). The museum areas illustrate different aspects of the political and cultural history of the imperial palace under reign of the Habsburg dynasty for over 4.5 centuries.

Golden Roof (map). Most famous landmark of the city since 1500, the Golden Roof is a late-Gothic alcove balcony of which the roof is decorated with 2657 fire-gilded copper tiles. It was built to commemorate the wedding of Emperor Maximilian I with Bianca Maria Sforza.

The classic walk into old Innsbruck follows. From the main station Hauptbahnhof (map) to the city center is a relatively short and enjoyable 10 to 15 minute walk. Walk out of the Hauptbahnhof, cross the street at the train station cross walk, turn to your right, and go down to the next street to your left. Walk on this street until Maria-Theresien Strasse (map), then turn right toward the city center. Taking this street all the way leads to the pedestrian zone and the Golden Roof.

Tram line nr. 6 connects Innsbruck and the mountain village *Igls, which is worth a visit. The line passes the uplands with vast forests and gives some spectacular prospects for travellers either on Innsbruck or on the lovely landscape between Aldrans and Igls. It provides stops immediately near Schloß Ambras and the bathing-lake Lansersee (ice skating in Winter is also possible there). The terminus Igls lies within the city fare zone, so no additional ticket is needed.

 

Public transport.

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IVB • VVT – Public local traffic (4 tram-lines, and a dense network of buses) is operated by Innsbrucker Verkehrsbetriebe (IVB) and a couple of private operators. All public services are organized in Verkehrsverbund Tirol (VVT), which means that tickets are valid in every public transport line (including buses, trams and trains).

Information about bicycles: radlobby.at.

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BUS: Eurolines Austria / ÖBB postbus.at / InterCityBusFlixBus are one of the leading long-distance providers in Europe. RegioJet are a private Czech coach provider.

TRAIN: The railways are managed by the Austrian Federal Railways ÖBB. Wien Hauptbahnhof (map) – is the main railway station in Vienna.

AIRPORT: Vienna International Airport (map), located 18 km (11 mi) southeast of the city center. City Airport Train – non-stop airport transfer to Vienna. + St. Gallen-Altenrhein Airport.

FERRY: Riverboats on the Danube include connections with LinzBratislava and Budapest, but are slower and more expensive than other options.

Experience the variety | Summer Holidays in the Region Innsbruck.

One holiday, endless possibilities – the Innsbruck region provides a unique variety of offers. Here you can find nature and culture, enjoyment and challenges, city and countryside all complementing one another in an attractive overall package. Relaxed or sporty? Simple pleasures or more demanding choices? Everything is possible in and around Innsbruck: the perfect starting point where, from just one place, you can freely select and experience tailor-made activities each day – for a summer packed with variety and joie de vivre!

Go from the heart of the city straight into the surrounding natural world; or scale the lofty heights of the Nordkette, then look down on the urban hustle and bustle below. Leap back in time between modern architecture and historic buildings, indulge yourself with culinary delights and shop along narrow alleyways, all against a gigantic mountain backdrop: The Innsbruck region offers a unique variety of possibilities for recreation and relaxation – all at different altitudes, as it should be in a true Alpine metropolis.

⇒ video source: Innsbruck Tourism Official Channel / youtube.com /

Useful websites.

Links to additional resources with useful information for planning your trip.

VISAS & IMMIGRATION.

In this section, you may find information on regulations for travelling and residing in Austria. ⇒ Federal Ministry of the Interior

ÖBB TRANSPORT.

The main passenger transport operator throughout Austria. These are not only trains, but also buses. + Special offers for tourists.

Visit Vienna.

Our article about the city of Vienna. Information about the city’s attractions, culture, events, and activities. Public transport.

Events in Innsbruck – Culture meets city – in Innsbruck in a very special way. Nowhere else do mountain and city meet in such an exciting way. Innsbruck offers many great experiences for young and old, sports fans and culture enthusiasts. With this wide variety, there is something for everyone.

Austrian National Library: This is the largest library in Austria and provides information on Austria’s cultural heritage, including exhibitions and events.

Vienna Unwrapped: This website provides information on cultural events, festivals, concerts, exhibitions, and other activities taking place in Vienna and other Austrian cities throughout the year. The website is run by a local travel writer and is updated regularly with the latest information and insider tips.