The winter sports capital of Europe, Innsbruck is a town most famous for its Olympic heritage. Twice hosting the Winter Olympics, the slopes are steeped in winter sport achievement and heritage. Futuristic monuments, buildings and travel systems effortlessly blend with the alpine scenery and surrounding heritage. Away from the wintery slopes, Innsbruck’s streets are home to a diverse culture of clubbing, cuisine and crafts that makes for wild nights and laid-back days. Whatever the season, there’s plenty of life in this resort. Snow-lovers will adore the premium winter sports location where the deep snows make perfect pistes. And for those who prefer to enjoy their holidays in the sun, there are miles of stunning Alpine terrain to explore. Flowering meadows, quirky mountain huts, mountain lakes and the Austrian wildlife are here in abundance.
A calendar of events sees Innsbruck’s streets come to life throughout the year. If you’re travelling in November, don’t miss the festive Christmas markets and if you’re lucky enough to be in town on New Year’s Eve you might well find yourself part of the legendary annual party. Live music, dancing and an impressive firework display see in the New Year in style.
The glistening snow covered peaks make Innsbruck the ideal destination for an Austrian skiing or snowboarding holiday. If pristine pistes aren’t for you, Austrian summer’s deliver green escapes filled with well-known hiking routes. Whether you’re carving up the slopes, enjoying a sedate lakeside stroll or delving into Olympic sporting history, Innsbruck gets the gold medal from us, every time.
Austria’s smallest town manages to cram in some pretty impressive sights. Home to just 400 residents, Rattenburg is a quaint slice of medieval history. Shop for locally made glassware in the craft shops, scan the religious artwork at the Augustinian Museum or enjoy a stroll through the streets. With free Wifi available throughout the entire town, it’s a great stop to catch up with friends and family back home.Seefeld
Just a short ride from Innsbruck’s best ski slopes, this small village shouldn’t be overlooked. In the summer months, you can enjoy the shoreline beaches at Wildsee lake, take a dip in the waters or enjoy the heated lakeside pool. Pick wild cranberries in the nearby nature reserve or kayak on the lake’s waters. The charming campsite is the best place to base your stay while you enjoy Seefeld’s attraction.Kufstein
Kufstein is classic Austria. Historic buildings, a beautiful ancient castle and a scenic lake all spill out in front of the impressive alpine backdrop. Stop off in one of the picturesque town squares to sample Austrian cafe culture at its local best.
Exploring InnsbruckEnjoy the après-ski
Every après-ski venue in town is trying to carve its name on the slopes and be remembered. Making a reputation in this bustling city with over 300 restaurants means being different. This means Innsbruck’s après-ski scene is as diverse as can be. A Brazilian night out in a snowy alpine setting? Sure. How about a Guinness in an Irish pub? Anything you can imagine is here for the taking. Party ’til the ski lifts reopen or sip chic cocktails in a grass skirt. Anything is possible in Innsbruck.Grab a piste of the action
You don’t get to host two winter Olympics without having some pretty perfect ski slopes. Alpine skiing, pristine pistes and snowboarding slopes earn Innsbruck the title of the winter sports capital. Once you’re done with the deep snow on the powdery peaks, there’s a glacier to explore. Intense trails on the Stubai Glacier will test your mettle. 50kms of icy ski runs are waiting for you.Travel in style
The old funicular system was the way to see Innsbruck for almost 100 years. Now retired, something magical has taken its place. With futuristic stations built by the late architect Zaha Hadid, the new system is a feast for the eyes. Hailed as the new way to climb a mountain, people are flocking to travel on this tiny system. Spacious gondolas ferry you up the mountain, delivering panoramic views on the way.Visit Ambras Castle
Set high above Innsbruck, this imposing structure was built by a renaissance prince in the 1500s. Ever since, it has been home to priceless art and artefacts. Over 200 works of art are on display inside the castle, but the views outside are just as stunning.
There’s a burgeoning food movement taking place in Austria. Proud of their country’s produce, restaurants and chefs are championing home grown ingredients. Farm-to-fork events showcase recipes made using local produce. Artisan products feature on menus and chefs take things a step further. Farm-to-fork was once a rustic affair, but now it’s getting the gourmet touch. If you see Bewusst Tirol next to a recipe on the menu, you know it’s part of this food revolution and is a local treat.Innsbruck restaurants
With over 300 restaurants to choose from on the streets of Innsbruck, almost every taste is catered for. We recommend tracking down some authentic Austrian eats to make the most of your stay. Stiftskeller is one of the best spots to sample the Tyrolean flavours. Expect Austrian classics and local specialities. Wash them down with an ale in the beautiful beer garden.
Holidays in Innsbruck are ideal for snow-seeking holidaymakers. From black run skiers to beginners learning to snow plough. With trips to Rattenburg and Seefeld as well as snow-capped peaks, alpine summers, lakeside villages, and the dramatic Alpine scenery, this is a haven in the mountains at any time of year.
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