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Innsbruck City Breaks

An Alpine gem steeped in cultural heritage

Boasting a rare blend of idyllic Alpine scenery, rich cultural heritage, resplendent architecture and a buzzing nightlife scene, Innsbruck is a remarkably versatile year-round city break destination. One moment you can be meandering through the cobbled streets of the medieval Altstadt or admiring the row of picture perfect, pastel-coloured houses along the Inn River, and the next you can be hiking or skiing through the Nordkette mountains, or swimming in the pristine Lake Lans. 

Easy access to nearby nature is undoubtedly one of Innsbruck’s strongest pull factors, but the city is a delightful place to explore in its own right, replete with an array of Gothic and Baroque masterpieces, a grand palace dating back to the 15th century, and a Renaissance-style castle (Schloss Ambras) housing an impressive art collection from the Habsburg dynasty era. Pair that with a plethora of intriguing museums, excellent restaurants, cosy cafes and a beautiful park (Hofgarten), and it’s easy to see why the Tyrolean capital is so much more than just a convenient transit hub for ski holidays in the Austrian Alps. 

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Your Innsbruck questions, answered

Innsbruck airport is only around five kilometres to the west of the city centre, so it’s a very easy journey – around 10-15 minutes by train or by bus. 
For Christmas markets, aim for late November or December. This is also when snow starts to settle in Innsbruck, usually lasting until late April or early May. At this time of year, Innsbruck is mainly a hub for winter sports, but it’s still a charming place to visit. Summer and autumn are better suited if you fancy fitting in some hiking, cycling and wild swimming into your city break. 
Tyrolean cuisine is best described as rich and hearty. Local specialities include käsespätzle (egg noodles with melted cheese and crispy onions), gröstl (a bacon, onion and potato fry-up), speckknödel (bread and bacon dumplings in a meaty broth) and moosbeernocken (fluffy pancakes with wild Alpine bilberries), while ubiquitous Alpine dishes goulash soup, Wiener schnitzel and apfelstrudel are also readily available. Of course, you’ll also be able to find all kinds of international cuisines in Innsbruck as well. 
Yes, Innsbruck is a very easy place to explore on foot. In fact, it only takes around 10 minutes to stroll from one side of the Old Town to the other – not including plenty of cafe and photo stops along the way. If you’re looking to venture beyond the historic centre, perhaps to visit the Bergisel Ski Jump or Schloss Ambras castle, the local tram and bus network will serve you well.
Three nights would be an ideal amount of time to get a good feel for Innsbruck and possibly squeeze in a trip or two in the surrounding area. You can cover the Old Town itself in a few hours, but there’s plenty more to see and do – particularly if you want to get a taste of the stunning Alpine scenery that’s on the city’s doorstep.
If hiking is high up on your agenda, aim for Nordkette or Patscherkofel – both have lots of superb trails within easy reach of the city. The Alpine Zoo, meanwhile, is an ideal option if you’re visiting with children – it’s home to wolves, bears, eagles and plenty more. For lake swimming, Baggersee and Lansersee are two of the most popular local spots. 

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