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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!
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).
The internationally acclaimed Tyrolean dance festival Tanzsommer is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Performances will be held in locations all over town and will include renowned companies such as Dance Theatre of Harlem and the São Paulo Dance Company. Until 12 July. tanzsommer.at/en
The Tyrolean State Museum Ferdinandeum is showing an exhibition of rarely seen works of Bosnian artists famous for their abstract paintings from the 70s and 80s, which originally evolved as a protest against realist painting fostered by the socialist regime. Until 18 May (15 Museumstrasse, tiroler-landesmuseen.at).
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).
Whether you prefer poached eggs and Austrian ham or croissants and jam, the Breakfast Club Innsbruck is a great place in which to begin or round off a city break. Come for its great people-watching opportunities, friendly staff, chilled-out atmosphere, great cocktails and delicious brunch. You're sure to leave with a smile on your face (49 Maria-Theresien-Strasse, breakfast-club.at).
To get some fresh air, jump on the bus at the Innsbruck Central Station (line 4142) and in 30 minutes you will reach Natters, one of the picturesque villages that surround the city. There are plenty of hiking routes that start from the village centre but you can also laze away the day sunbathing at the local lake.