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!
The name says it all: literally called the sausage art, this legendary place is a must-go even for vegetarians. Choose from 10 different varieties of delicious grilled sausages (including a veggie frankfurter) and 13 varieties of mustard to accompany them with. Just catch the bus line No.4 and you'll reach Hall in 15 minutes (Wurstart, 6 Salvatorgasse, Hall in Tirol).
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).
The Transparent Opacity exhibition by Arik Levy held at the Swarowski Centre is a must for crystal fans. An interesting mix of sculpture and installations, the exhibition conveys the multifaceted nature of this precious material. Until 31 March (Swarovski Kristallwelten, 1?Kristallweltenstrasse, Wattens, +5224 51080).
It's not all about skiing: the Innsbruck Olympia World is a great place for ice-skating, both indoors and in the open. Alternatively, you can book a bobsledding tour on Olympic tracks with professional pilots. Adrenaline rush guaranteed (10 Olympiastrasse, +512 338 380, olympiaworld.at).
Use the last sunny days in October to discover the scenic landscape the Goethe trail offers. You can start the hiking tour directly from the underground Congress Station in the city centre.
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.