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!
Looming above the Tyrolean capital are the mind-blowing peaks that have long made Innsbruck a favourite with the ski crowd. However, wander up boutique-strewn Maria-Theresien-Strasse, into the bustling Old Town and, as well as winter-sports junkies, you’ll find bar hoppers, food fanatics and architecture nuts.
Located at the very heart of the city, Töpferstudio Kathrein is a charming ceramics studio that offers a wide range of hand made products including tableware, vases, decorative items and even jewellery. Töpferstudio Kathrein, Viaduktbogen, tel. 0512 573218.
Held in both Innsbruck and Hall in Tirol, the Easter Festival encompasses concerts, cinema and dance performances by Austrian and international artists. This years' programme includes the works of renowned Egyptian filmmaker Amal Ramsis, as well as Cantori Gregoriani, a vocal ensemble from Cremona, Italy. 1 to 16 April.
Starting in mid November, Innsbruck hosts three picturesque Christmas markets. Whether you choose to just dawdle around and enjoy the atmosphere, taste the local specialties or shop for presents, the markets are definitely worth a visit. (Held at Maria Theresien Street, Marktplatz, Old Town and Hungerburg).
The contemporary Galerie Augustin is always a great place to check out while strolling around the city on a Saturday morning. The monthly changing exhibitions usually focus on Pop Art and post-impressionism, and have included the likes of Ekaterina Moré and James Rizzi in the past. Galerie Augustin, Seilergasse 17, tel. 512 570770.
The perfect destination for a day trip is the lovely town of Bolzano, located at only 1.5 hours away by train from the Innsbruck central station. Stroll around the beautiful medieval city centre, along the river promenade and don't forget to taste the best ice cream in the world at the Gelateria Avalon.
Get up at a decent time on Saturday to explore the farmers' market at the Wiltener Platz square: unique local delis include home made jams, cheese, sausage and ham specialties, the best kind of souvenirs!
Located in the city centre, the Markthalle is a temple for gourmets. From wine to handmade pasta, typical sausage specialties or organic dandelion honey, the place is great for both deli shopping and lunching.
Located at only 3km from the city centre, the Natterer See lake is a real oasis where you can take extended walks enjoying the excellent mountain air, go ice skating or cross country skiing while enjoying the picturesque landscape.