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).
Feinheiten, or Fine Things, is a welcoming boutique that sells everything from one-off pieces of jewellery to beautiful clothes and pottery (8 Feinheiten, Pfarrgasse, feinheiten-innsbruck.at).
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).
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
October and November is Törggelen time! Practised across the whole of the Tyrol region, the ritual consists of hitting the trails for an energetic hike only to consume double the number of calories burned at a hearty dinner in a local hut afterwards. Roasted chestnuts always feature on the menu. Axams is a great area for hiking and the restaurant in the Hotel Kögele is the place to eat (34 Georg-Bucher Strasse, Axams, 34koegele.com).
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.