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About Innsbruck

Innsbruck is the capital of Austria’s western state of Tyrol. It is a beauty of a city in the Alps that’s always popular for winter sports and activities. Innsbruck is also known for its blend of Imperial and modern architecture, natural surroundings and interesting culture.

Weather & Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Innsbruck is during winter or summer. Both seasons turn on delightful shows and different experiences. You might like to soak up the sun in the summer or play in the snow during winter. Either way, you will have a fabulous time.

The Christmas markets in Austria are world-famous and Innsbruck turns on a festive display of Christmas festivities. The Easter markets are quite good too.

Keep this in mind when you book your flight to Innsbruck from Toronto. There are many great Air Canada flights to Europe, including Innsbruck. You will land at Innsbruck Airport, also known locally as Kranebitten Airport.

Where to Stay

You can book hotel rooms, apartments, bed and breakfasts, and hostels for your stay in Innsbruck. There are many options in every price range. We have done some research to find some attractive places to lay your head.

Hotel Schwarzer Adler Innsbruck is a 4-star hotel with elegant rooms that are luxurious and stylish. The hotel has a long history and likes to tell guests a president or princess might have previously slept in the room reserved just for you. It is easy to walk to the significant sites from here if you can pull yourself away from the hotel with its fancy Whistle Bar and refined rooms.

Right in the old town, Stage 12 is a hotel that offers all the comforts of home. The stylish rooms and upbeat staff will make your stay memorable. 

In Lans, two kms from Innsbruck, Gasthof Walzl is a charming family-run oasis with lovely rooms and a spa area with a hot tub and steam bath. The restaurant serves organic meals with a nice selection of wines. There is a ski bus from Gasthof Walzl that goes to the Patscherkofel Ski Area in Igls.

Things to Do

Innsbruck is renowned for its world-class ski resorts and often hosts winter sports competitions and events. The Olympics has been hosted there twice, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see it happen again. Don’t miss the Bergisel Ski Jump. The speedy elevator takes you up 250 meters in just a few minutes. From the top, you can dine in the restaurant and enjoy the viewing terrace with breathtaking 360-degree views of Innsbruck and the gorgeous mountain scenery. Even if there isn’t an event happening, it is a great place to visit.

In the medieval old town, locals will direct you to see The Goldenes Dachl, which is a major landmark that was finished in 1500. The distinctive feature is the roof which was decorated with thousands of fire-gilded copper tiles for Emperor Maximilian I in honour of his wedding to Bianca Maria Sforza. During festivals and events, the couple would appear on the balcony to watch what was happening in the square below.

From the old town, you can catch a cable car that goes across Austria’s biggest natural park, Karwendel. The views are amazing from the gondola lift that stops at locations including the Alpine Zoo. You literally are in the clouds, so if you are scared of heights, you need to be brave and try this once-in-a-lifetime experience. 

There are many beautiful walking trails around Innsbruck with difficulty levels for every hiker. Schaflegerkogel Loop, Kellerjoch Loop and Kemater Alm are just a few of the scenic hikes that await.

Ambras Castle is a Renaissance castle and palace in the hills above Innsbruck. The castle was built in the 16th century, where a 10th-century castle previously sat. It also is home to one of the oldest museums in the world, with an impressive collection of armor. Nearby is St. Jacob Cathedral, the stunning Gothic church Hofkirche and the Wiltener Basilika.

Innsbruck Cathedral, or the Cathedral of St. James, is an 18-century Baroque cathedral of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Innsbruck, was dedicated to the apostle Saint James, son of Zebedee. With impressive Baroque interiors and valuable artwork, the cathedral is deemed one of the most significant Baroque buildings in Tyrol.

The nightlife in Innsbruck is pretty happening partly due to the university crowd that never rests.

Traditional Tyrolean cuisine includes speckknoedel (dumplings with bacon) and spaetzle with cheese and onions. Head to the food market called The Markthalle or dine at any traditional Austrian restaurant to try these and other delicious dishes. In winter, mulled or spiced wine (Glühwein) is great to warm you up.

More Highlights Of Innsbruck

  • Buy souvenirs including luxury chocolates and Austrian crafts
  • Roam around the many museums and don’t miss the Alpinist Association Museum
  • Go mountain biking or take a leisurely ride around the old town
  • Visit Court Church with grand imperial tombs
  • Tour The Hofburg, the official residence and office of the President of Austria 
  • Have some beers at the Brutalist-style Ambrau Brewery
  • Photograph the statue of Mary at the St Anne’s Column 
  • Go ice skating at Olympia World
  • Try your luck at the glitzy Casino Innsbruck
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