Cheap flights to Innsbruck
For incredible mountain views, fairytale-style buildings and some of Europe’s best ski resorts then look no further than Innsbruck. Nestled in the Tyrolean Alps of Western Austria, Innsbruck is a city where activity rules. The locals here like nothing better than a spot of mountain climbing, trekking, snowboarding or skiing. Hardly surprising given that this city has twice hosted the Winter Olympics in the past. And when they’re not on the piste trying out the latest jumps they’re likely to be wandering the cobbled streets of their beautiful medieval city enjoying the breathtaking Alpine views. Now that’s what we call good living!
This century-old, family-run shop produces delicate, wonderfully scented, 100% natural, handmade soaps. Check out the Tiroler Reine line made with Alpine rose, elder, and birch extracts (Walde, 23 Innstrasse, walde.at).
Few passers by with an eye for aesthetics will be able to resist popping in to concept store Resort, which combines organic cosmetics, home accessories and confectionery with regularly changing photography exhibitions (10 Erlerstrasse).
Innsbruck celebrates its rich heritage every year with the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music. Music of the Renaissiance and Baroque era is performed by outstanding musicians and vocalists in beautiful historical locations such as the Ambras castle (14 July till 28 August, altemusik.at).
The Hofgarten is a true oasis in the middle of the city. Built by archduke Ferdinand II in the 16th century it has changed style a few times, but has been an English landscape garden since the 19th century. It's the perfect place for a quiet Autumn stroll.
If you get hungry after sightseeing in the city, head to the Rathaus Galerien. Whether you're looking for a bite at a traditional bakery or a refined dinner, or fancy doing some shopping or catching a cultural event, you'll find it all here (18 Maria-Theresien-Strasse, rathausgalerien.at).
It's not all about skiing... If you are looking for an alternative to the slopes, Lake Lans is a great area for recreation during the winter months. Hop on the bus (line J) and go ice skating or walk around the frozen lake overlooking snow-covered mountains. tyrol.tl
Zirbenweg is one of the most beautiful trails on the Patscherkofel mountain, not far from Innsbruck. Named after the Swiss pines which grace the trail, this seven kilometre walk takes is a wonderful way to spend a few hours, and once you've finished the view of the Inn valley is spectacular.
Jump on the train and take a day trip to the beautiful mountain village of Pertisau and Lake Achensee. Go hiking or take a relaxing walk around the lake and treat yourself to some homemade dumplings afterwards at one of the small, family-run cafes in the village.