InnsbruckA well preserved, colonnaded medieaval old town with its world renowned Golden Roof. Right next to this there's a brightly coloured, sparkling imperial palace, the Hofburg - baroque and monumental. A stone’s throw away is the Hofkirche, a court church containing larger-than-life bronze statues, the Schwarze Mander, standing guard around the (empty) tomb of Emperor Maximilian I., a truly breath-taking sight and unique in Europe. High above this superb architecture towers the Nordkette, a magnificent mountain range between 2300 and 2500 m.
The CityCowbells or Baroque tunes? Hiking boots or high heels? Making the right decision could be a bit of a struggle, as Innsbruck and its surrounding villages offer you the best of both worlds with modern city flair AND serene mountain scenery. One minute you relax in one of the many street cafés surrounded by magnificent medieval buildings in Innsbruck’s historical old town - and less than thirty minutes later you enjoy the most magnificent panoramic views from a mountain restaurant terrace located at 2,000 metres above sea level. This truly amazing experience is the result of the recent reconstruction of Inns-bruck’s Nordkettenbahnen cable railways, which allows you to board the stunning new funicular in the very heart of the city. Designed by star architect Zaha Hadid, who has passed away in 2016, the unique construction of its four station buildings and cable-stayed bridge across the river Inn not only set new standards in international architecture but are also striking landmarks reflecting the organic shapes of nature. A mere twenty-minute ride whisks you up to high-alpine terrain, where great starting points for glorious hikes and thrilling mountain-climbing adventures await you at See-grube and the Hafelekar summit station. Also ‘après-hike’ entertainment options are many and varied in the capital of the Alps. Why not start with a relaxing stroll along Maria Theresien Street with its modern ur-ban design, stop for an aperitif in one of the many charming bars before moving on to the culinary heights of Innsbruck's gourmet dining scene. While we can warmly recommend the tender and succulent Tyrolean mountain lamb, the tempting offer includes also a rich variety of internationally inspired dishes created by several award-winning chefs. While the renowned Innsbruck Festival of Early Music celebrates the masters of music from the Renaissance and Baroque eras. And as the popular Innsbruck Promenade Concerts fill the air of the Imperial Palace’s inner courtyard with beautiful waltz melodies full of nostalgia, the square by the Tyrolean State Government plays host to the New Orleans Festival, offering the happy crowd popular jazz and swing tunes as well as intoxicating soul music in a convivial atmosphere.
Innsbruck’s Christmas marketsWhen against the backdrop of the more than 2,000 m high, snow-covered Nordketten mountain range the sound of Christmas carols drifts down from the alcove balcony of the Golden Roof in Innsbruck’s Old Town, city and mountain melt into one. This fascinating urban-alpine lifestyle is also highly appreciated by visitors to Innsbruck’s individual Christmas markets – each of them proud of its very particular character.
Do & See
Anyone who comes to visit Innsbruck, the capital of the Tyrol region, will immediately notice the close coexistence of culture and nature. Located at the crossroads of Europe’s most important transport lines and nestled in the mountain ranges of the northern ‘Limestone’ Alps’ and the Central Alps, Innsbruck always was - and continues to be – a meeting point and platform for cultural exchange, commerce and science. In more recent times the city has also gained international reputation as an important sports venue.
One of the great pleasures of going on a holiday is being able to enjoy some really exceptional food. In Innsbruck you are spoilt for choice by a vast range of gourmet restaurants offering superb cuisine with regional and international flavours. Each of them is striving to provide the perfect environment for a fine dining experience, be it in traditional Tyrolean style - or in a sophisticated urban setting.
Bars & Nightlife
‘Innsbruck by night’ stands not only for concerts, plays, and festivals. Innsbruckers also adore bringing the day to a close in one of the city’s stylish bars, busy street cafés or laid-back pubs known as ‘Beisel’. Wherever you go, you’ll enjoy the congenial local atmosphere, fine drinks, tasty snacks and occasional live music.
Innsbruck’s shopping centres dazzle with splendid shops, fabulous food and service If you like to shop big time and in the one spot, this is definitely your kind of place. Having played a pioneering role in local retail history, Innsbruck is home to Austria’s very first shopping centre which remains the largest in the Tyrol region. But it’s not just about size – also attractive architecture with aesthetic, state-of-the-art design by renowned architects is a major drawcard. Explore these all-in-one shopping havens from the city centre to the outskirts of town, easily reached by car or public transport.