Innsbruck is the fifth-largest city in Austria and the provincial capital of Tyrol, as well as one of the largest cities in the Alps. Located in a valley of the river Inn between mountain ranges of above 2000 m above sea level, halfway between Bavaria and northern Italy, it is a hub of a region popular for skiing and other mountain-related activities and a busy tourist destination. Its popularity as a winter sports resort was underscored by its hosting the Winter Olympic Games twice.
Innsbruck became the capital of Tyrol in 1429 and in the 15th century the city became a centre of European politics and culture as emperor Maximilian I moved the imperial court to Innsbruck in the 1490s. Many old buildings from the Middle Ages and modern times survived in the heart of old town.
The city is well known for its sporting opportunities, especially alpine sports, as it is in the Alps and surrounded by mountains. Several ski resorts are situated inside the city territory or within short distance. Innsbruck was one of the centers of snowboard boom in the 1990s and the derived distinct subculture endured until today. The population of skateboarders, snowboarders and people alike is therefore above average and nothing unusual to the people. This culture is also celebrated by a lot of events in and around Innsbruck especially in the winter season, attracting (predominantly young) people from all around the world.
There are two universities and several colleges in Innsbruck, with over 25,000 students altogether, (including a significant Italian population) making the city's nightlife very lively.
Innsbruck's fair distance from the coast and altitude lead to a continental climate. Winters are cold and snowy; summers are generally warm, with highly variable weather. Hot and dry days, with temperatures hitting 30°C, are quite common; but can be followed by a cool and rainy spell, with temperatures only around 17°C in the day. Be warned, however, at any time, summer nights are cool and temperature often drop quickly after sunset, sometimes falling below 10°C in early morning.
- Austrian Airlines from Vienna
- EasyJet from London-Gatwick
- Lufthansa from Frankfurt and Berlin-Tegel
- Thomson Airways from London-Gatwick and Manchester
- Transavia from Amsterdam
Seasonal flights (mostly active during skiing season) are available from many more destinations including the UK, the Netherlands, Greece, and Scandinavia, as well as from Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Kiev and Moscow. There are also charter flights to several German cities - especially in winter.
The bus line F will take you to the city center (every 15 minutes / on Sunday it departs every 30 minutes).
Munich International Airport, 2.5 hours away, is another alternative. There are vans, such as those run by Four Seasons Travel that will meet you at the Munich Airport and take you directly to your lodging in or around Innsbruck for the price of a comparable intercity train ticket (~€49). If you prefer not to share a vehicle with other people, you can book a private airport transfer. There are a lot of companies, which offer this service, such as: Holiday Taxi Innsbruck, Resorthoppa, Holiday Taxis, Airport Private Transfer, LimoLo, etc. The approximate price of a transfer with a Sedan is 290-300€, with a Minibus - 330-350€.
Despite being a smaller city Innsbruck has fantastic train connections to all major cities in its neighborhood. The main station, Innsbruck Hauptbahnhof, is located at Südtiroler Platz (South-tyrolean square) in the east of the city center. In addition there are several stations which serve suburban and regional train connections.
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Innsbruck is reachable through both of Tyrol's motorways: Inntalautobahn (A 12) and Brennerautobahn (A 13).
Innsbruck can be reached on the Inntalradweg from Passau to St. Moritz. Even in the city this bicycle trail is signposted with small green road signs.
Most one-day visitors don't use any transport: all of the major Old Town sites are within a reasonable walking time.
The classic walk into old Innsbruck follows.
From the main station (Hauptbahnhof) to the city center is a relatively short and enjoyable 10 to 15 minute walk. Walk out of the Hauptbahnhof, cross the street at the train station cross walk, turn to your right, and go down to the next street to your left. Walk on this street until Maria-Theresien Strasse, then turn right toward the city center. Taking this street all the way leads to the pedestrian zone and the Golden Roof.
Big parts of the downtown area are declared (fee-based) short-term parking zones. For longer visits, it is highly recommended to park off-site and use public transportation.
By public transport
Public local traffic (4 tram-lines, and a dense network of buses) is operated by Innsbrucker Verkehrsbetriebe and a couple of private operators. All public services are organized in Verkehrsverbund Tirol, which means that tickets are valid in every public transport line (including buses, trams and trains). All buses and trams are modern low-floor vehicles. A major extension of the tram network is currently carried out (it ist the line to the technical university campus, first phase to be completed in autumns 2012)
Visitors should be aware that there sometimes are bus lines that split up into different destinations (the bus line O, for example), and so it's important to pay attention to the destination displays (outside and inside) and the spoken announcements. Single-fare tickets are €2.00 in the city fare zone if paid by the driver or €1.80 if purchased at ticket machines. Regardless of the door you enter, go to the driver and pay, exact change not necessary. 24-hour tickets, weekly tickets and other sorts of tickets are only offered at multi-language ticket machines to be found at many stations. They can also be purchased at the identically looking machines for short-term parking tickets. You must validate the ticket when you get on your first bus or tram.
The special bus line "TS" ("The Sightseer" ) connects the major sights like Schloß Ambras, Bergisel and Alpenzoo to downtown. However special fares apply for this line. If you don't plan to visit every museum it might be reasonably cheaper to use the normal 24 hour ticket without this bus.
Two tram lines lead to two villages in the neighborhood of Innsbruck.
Tram line nr. 6 connects Innsbruck and the mountain village Igls, which is worth a visit. The line passes the uplands with vast forests and gives some spectacular prospects for travelers either on Innsbruck or on the lovely landscape between Aldrans and Igls. It provides stops immediately near Schloß Ambras and the bathing-lake Lansersee (ice skating in Winter is also possible there). The terminus Igls lies within the city fare zone, so no additional ticket is needed. From there it is just a fine 10 Minutes walk to the Patscherkofel Ropeway.
Tram line STB is 18 kilometers long and connects Innsbruck with several villages in the Stubaital valley. This tram provides also access to Bergisel (Tirol Panorama) at the station Sonneburgerhof. This station is also situated within die city fare zone. In Mutters, Nockhofweg access to an easy skiing area, the Mutteralm, is provided (10 Minutes walk). A beautiful hour's ride will take you at least the small town of Fulpmes. The new red liveried trams offer great scenic views on the journey. It is recommended to make a trip around Halloween, when the larch-trees on the Telfer Wiesen have got their best autumn colour.
A suburban train system called S-Bahn with five routes (S1 - S5) connects Innsbruck to villages and towns around the city, from Landeck to Kufstein or Kitzbühel and from Mittenwald to Brennero. Timetables and fares can be found at .
Innsbruck has some bicycle paths, but they are not very well interlinked within the city.
The Innsbruck-Card offers free entrance to all of Innsbruck's sights, free use of public transportation (including the TS line). It also includes a one-time ascent&descent to Nordkette, Patscherkofel and Axamer Lizum and free entrance to Swarovski Kristallwelten in Wattens. The Innsbruck-Card is valid for 24/48/72 hours and can be purchased at Innsbruck Information (Burggraben 3), the TI in Hauptbahnhof, and several museums and tourist offices. Tip: The Innsbruck card is pretty expensive, €29/€34/€39 for 1/2/3 day cards. And daily or weekly public transport cards are cheap - the "all inclusive" sales pitch is alluring to disoriented travelers, but make sure the discounts are worth the initial price. If you are not seeing these major entrance-fee sites, remember that you may buy more than one daily card at a time, as the 24 hours only starts once validated. Be sure to compare with the price of a weekly ticket too.
The bus line Sightseer (TS) connects the major sights in Innsbruck. However it there is always a cheaper public transport line going to the same destination, though it might take you more time.
Churches and Cathedrals
- Hofkirche, Universitätsstraße 2. Innsbruck's Hofkirche has the most important emperor's tomb monument (of emperor Maximilian I) in Europe. Especially characteristic are the larger-than-life bronzes ("schwarze Mander") that show members of different dynasties. Entrance: €3, reduced: €1.50, free with the Innsbruck-Card.
- Cathedral at Saint Jacob (Dom zu St. Jakob), Domplatz. Baroque styled cathedral, with works of Lucas Cranach the Elder. From 1717-1724 it was rebuilt (after damage from an earthquake) according to the plans of Johann Jakob Herkomer and Johann Georg Fischer. Free entrance.
- Wiltener Basilika, Haymongasse. Baroque styled church with Rokkoko-stucco, built from 1751-1756. Free entrance.
- Stift Wilten, Klostergasse. Premonstratensian monastery with a baroque collegiate church, not far from Wiltener Basilika. Free entrance.
Castles and Palaces
- Schloss Ambras, Schloß Straße 20 (Tramlines 6 (nearest stop) and 3, Bus: C (Stop: Luigenstraße)), ☎ , fax: +43 1 525 24 4899. Open 10AM - 5PM. A renaissance style castle that was built on behalf of archduke Ferdinand II of Tyrol. Interesting things to see are portrait- and armor-collections, art and curiosity cabinets, the Spanish hall and the palace garden. April to October: €8. December to March: €4.50.
- Bergiselschanze (ski jump by Zaha Hadid), Bergiselweg 3 (frp, the train station, walk 30 minutes to South. Or take the tram lines 1, 6, STB or the bus line TS). The Bergisel jump was replaced according to plans of the Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid in 2001. Because of its design and prominent location (on Bergisel, south of Innsbruck) it is considered a new city landmark. There is a cafe on top, which offers views of Innsbruck and the surrounding mountains. During sporting events, the jumping tower is not accessible, and a ticket is needed to enter the terrain.
- Goldenes Dachl (Golden Roof), Herzog-Friedrich-Straße. Late-gothic alcove balcony, with 2657 fire-gilded cupreous shingles. It was built on behalf of emperor Maximilian I.
- Annasäule (St. Anna Column), Maria-Theresien-Straße. The column, which is made of Tyrolean marble, was created in 1706, in memory of the drawback of Bavarian troops.
- Triumphpforte (Triumphal Arch), Maria-Theresien-Straße (Southen end of Maria-Theresien-Straße). It was built in 1765 to mark the marriage of archduke Leopold and the Spanish princess Maria Ludovica. The north side displays mourning themes on the occasion of Franz Stephan of Lothringen.
A combined ticket for the Tyrolean Sate Museums is available for €10, or €6 discount, and offers entry to The Ferdinand, Hofkirche, Volkskunst, Zeughaus and Das Tiroler Panorama Museums until the end of the calendar year. The ticket includes a free audio guide (which is worth getting as information is otherwise only in German) at some locations.
- Alpinist Association Museum, Wilhelm-Greil-Straße, ☎ , fax: +43(512)587 18613, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 9AM-5PM. €1.10..5.50; free with Innsbruck Card.
- Anatomical Museum, Müllerstraße 59, ☎ , fax: +43 (0)512 9003 73112. Fridays only, 2-4PM (and on reservation), Oct-May. June through September it is only open on advance notification. Objects from human preparations, to history of development and old anatomical devices.
- Bell Museum, Graßmayr, Leopoldstraße (tram lines 1, 3 and TS). The Bell foundry has existed for 400 years, and been lead by the same family for 14 generations.
- Hofburg, Rennweg. 9AM - 5PM daily. It was modified to rokoko-style by order of the empress Maria Theresia.
- Das Tiroler Panorama, Bergisel 1 (S-Bahn 1 to the Bergisel stop), fax: +43 (0/512) 588 675. Incorporating the Kaiserjägermuseum (Imperial Hunting Museum)
- Maximilianeum Goldenes Dachl, Herzog-Friedrich-Straße. Information on the impressive life of emperor Maximilian I.
- Riesenrundgemälde , Rennweg (bus lines 4, O, E). A Panorama painting of the Battle of Bergisel, August 13, 1809, over 1000 square meters in size. One of the world's last 24 panoramas.
- Stadtturm Innsbruck (City Tower). Herzog-Friedrich-Straße.
- Tiroler Landesmuseum. Ferdinandeum, Museumstraße, Scientific collection, Feldstraße and Museum im Zeughaus, Zeughausgasse
- Tiroler Volkskunstmuseum (Folk Art Museum), Universitätsstraße 2, ☎ +43 (0/512) 59489 510, fax: +43 (0/512) 59489 520, e-mail: email@example.com. Opened after reconstruction in 2009.
Boulevards and Squares
- Maria-Theresien-Straße, Innsbruck's Boulevard and central pedestrian area. St. Anna's Column and the prominent Nordkette mountain range make popular backgrounds for holiday photos.
- Herzog-Friedrich-Straße. The Old Town's "main street" (now a pedestrian area). It expands to a square in front of the Golden Roof.
- Sparkassenplatz and BTV Forum. Innsbrucks modern urban center, accessible from Maria-Theresien-Straße and close to the Old Town. Has a range of cafés and restaurants, as well as shops. Farmers' market on Fridays and free concerts, film screenings and concerts in summer.
- Alpengarten (Alpine Garden). Open June until September from 9AM to 5PM.
- Botanischer Garten (Botanical Garden), Sternwartesstraße 15 (Bus A will take you just outside of the main entrance), ☎ +43 (0/512) 507 5910, e-mail: Botanischer-Garten@uibk.ac.at. Open daily from 7:30AM until 7PM. In the winter, the garden is open until 4:30PM. Adults: €2, Children, students, and seniors: €1.
- Hofgarten (Imperial Court Park), Two minutes away from the Old Town (Entrances at Rennweg and Kaiserjägerstraße).
- Alpenzoo, Weiherburggasse 37 (accessible using the Hungerburgbahn - short footway - or by bus, line TS). The alpine zoo is Europe's highest situated zoo (727 m), and is specializing in alpine animals. It contains outdoor enclosures, terrariums, aviaries, aquariums (world's biggest collection of alpine fish species) and a barnyard with old farm animal races. The zoo is in hillside situation, so there's a certain altitude difference to cover. Free entrance with the Innsbruck-Card.
There is a substantial number of ski resorts located in the mountains surrounding Innsbruck, many of which offer free ski buses from the city center so long as you have ski gear and/or a valid ski pass, making it a great place to base one's self. Below is an overview of notable ski areas easily accessible from Innsbruck. For full information about resorts around Innsbruck and Tirol, see Bergfex.com .
Name Tel. Altitude / / / / Seegrube – Nordkette +43(0)512 / 29 33 44 860 - 2.260m 4 Lifts: 2 / 2 / - 14 km Pistes: 1 / 8 / 5 Igls – Patscherkofel +43 (0)512 / 377234 900 - 1.960m 8 Lifts: 1 / 2 / 5 18 km Pistes: 10 / 8 / - Axamer - Lizum +43 (0)5234 / 68240 (Kasse) 1.583 - 2.340m 10 Lifts: 1 / 6 / 3 41 km Pistes: 4 / 27 / 10 Kühtai +43 (0)5239 5222 2.020 - 2.520m 11 Lifts: 1 / 4 / 6 44 km Pistes: 7 / 29 / 8 Schlick-2000 +43 (0)5225 62270 1.000 - 2.230m 10 Lifts: 2 / 1 / 7 25 km Pistes: 18 / 8 / 1
- Nordpark is accessible via the tram line 1, the bus lines 1, 4, A, D, E, J and T. The Nordkettenbahn goes up to Seegrube and Hafelekar, where many hiking routes and trip routes start. In August 2004, the Nordpark Singletrail, one of the most ambitious mountain bike freeride routes of Europe, was opened (more information: ).
- In winter, the Nordpark can offer several ski routes. They are steep and offer a great view of the nearby mountains and the city itself.
- One ascent&descent is free with the Innsbruck-Card.
- It is possible to walk/hike all the way up to the summit without taking the cable cars. It is vigorous but doesn't require special equipment. There are places where it is not completely clear which way to go (even with local hiking.
- Patscherkofelbahn. Is accessible via bus line J, destination "Patscherkofelbahn" or "Olympiaexpreß" and tram line 6 to Igls. Tram line 6 is particularly worth taking - a beautiful meandering route up the mountain and included in the city zone of Innsbruck's public transport. Much better value than the Hungerburgbahn on the Nordkette. The Patscherkofel is a skiing region south of Innsbruck, that has a number of timbered ski-runs of the former olympia-routes. In summer it is a great region for hiking along the forestline.
- One ascent&descent is free with the Innsbruck-Card.
- Stubaital. Offers several ski resorts in the winter.
- Casino Innsbruck. Gaming enjoyment in Tyrol.
- Tiroler Abend with the Gundolf Family. For almost half a century this show is visited by travellers and gives good insight on traditional Tyrolean culture— everybody who likes everything stereotypical about the alpine culture will be served the full menu: Yodeling, traditional dances, plays, music and clothing are mixed with typical surroundings.
- New Orleans Festival - Since New Orleans is the partner city of Innsbruck a festival is held every summer featuring a lot of prominent musicians and focussing on Jazz, Blues, Gospels and other styles from the region around New Orleans.
- The Ski Jump Contest around new year at the Begisel stadium is one of the few moments when Austrians demonstrate true patriotism. As Austrians are very competitive in alpine disciplines this is one of the events that many people follow.
- For the younger generation the Air & Style Snowboard Contest is the high point of the year when the best snowboarders of the world compete in the biggest snowboard event of Europe. The event is the first snowboard competition that ever featured the straight jump, it's accompanied by international bands and a crowd beyond the 10.000's. Usually it is held either around the beginning of December or end of January.
- In late spring a lot of clubs and pubs participate in the city event Sound City, where downtown Innsbruck becomes a network of discos. Shuttle busses circulate around the city and bring the guests to various locations where a range of international DJ's play different styles.
- The Hafen, the Treibhaus and the p.m.k. are event centers downtown or a little oustide of the city. Many concerts, events and parties take place all around the year and are visited by young locals, students and travellers.
- Note: In the summer season Innsbruck is flooded by tourists from the far east and far west - predominantly older people who are mostly on a European tour - the event calendar adapts to this. The winter season is dominated by younger people, especially students and travellers from all around the world, who provide the city with a vivid nightlife.
Malls: There are several shopping malls in Innsbruck:
- Rathaus Gallerien. 2 minutes walk from the Old Town, main entrance via Maria-Theresien-Straße
- Kaufhaus Tyrol. Recently opened shopping mall with five levels, located right in the inner city just opposite Rathaus Gallerien.
- Sillpark (just outside downtown—turn right from train station (Hauptbahnhof). Walk one block, turn right, walk under a railway—and you are looking at it. All major bus and tram lines take you there.
Outside Down Town
- DEZ (bus lines C, R, S and T). Many stores just right around it, such as Ikea etc.
- Cyta (in the suburb "Völs") (S-Bahn S1 or S2, or bus line T)
Furthermore, there are several warehouses, especially in the suburb of Neu-Rum.
Shopping areas: There are numerous shops in central pedestrian areas like Maria-Theresien-Straße, the Old Town, Franziskanerplatz, Sparkassenplatz and Anichstraße as well as Museumstraße. You will also find shops/stores in quarter centers of Wilten (tram lines 1, 6 and STB) and Pradl (tram line 3).
Souvenir stores in the Old Town offer souvenirs of varying origin, but the Tiroler Heimatwerk (Meranerstraße 2) offers real Tyrolean handcraft. However most of the shops are real tourist traps and are overpriced by far. You will probably find more authentic and cheaper souvenirs in one of the surrounding villages of Innsbruck.
Clothes and footwear
Buy creative footwear:
- El Natura Lista in Salamander shop (Maria-Theresien 1; also great choice of Tomy Hilfiger shoes)
- Think! in Stiefelkater (Marktgraben str. 14, +43 512 583065)
- GEA, ☎ 0512/582 829. "Arts & Crafts" footwear in a funny plain design, not cheap, but very durable (Anichstraße 20,
- Humanic Kids, Maria-Theresien 17-19. Also has discounts in early January, with a decent selection.
- Gasthaus Anich, Anichstrasse 15 (city center, close to Maria-Theresien Strasse), ☎ . M-Sa 9:00 - 24:00, closed on Sundays. This is a real "Gasthaus" (tavern) with Austrian cuisine. Not too crowded and mostly visited by locals, it's an insider tip. Great portions. Offers separate smoking and non-smoking areas.
- Shere Punjab, Innstrasse 19 (city center, close to the Golden Roof, just cross the bridge), ☎ . M-Sa 11:00 - 14:30, 17:00 - 22:00. Indian Restaurant. Great portions.
- Magic Pizza Kebab, Innrain 1 (old town, close to Ottoburg, entrance from Herzog Friedrich Str.), ☎ . Daily till 24.00. The place looks like a 70s American diner and is usually quite populated. Great portions. €2.9 for a Pizza!
- Mamma Mia, Kiebachgasse 2, ☎ 0512 562902. Excellent Salmon Tagliatelli. No wifi. Walk to the 2nd floor for a more quiet and spacy seating. Soups €3.5; pastas €7.5-8.
- Papa Joe's (Grill, cantina and bar), Seilergasse 12 (in the old town near the Golden Roof), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Su-W 16:00 - 01:00, Th-Sa 16:00 - 2:00. Mexican, Caribbean and Creole food. Serving sizes are very generous and the ambiance is laidback. Average.
- Specialita Italiane e Pizzeria, St. Nikolausgasse 1. Tu-Su 10AM-2.30PM, 4PM-11PM. Italian food. They have handmade Gnocchi but it can run out early, so go early if you want to try.
- Zappa Music Bar, Rechengasse 5 (close to clinic and university main building), ☎ . mo-so 18.00 to 2.00. Every day of the week has special offers and events. Since it's close to the university there are a lot of students and you might need to call in and order a table.
- Limerick Bill's Irish Pub, Maria-Theresien-Strasse 9 (close to the old town), ☎ . The place is lively and usually crowded with students and visitors from all over the world, especially a lot of English speakers. Staff is bilingual, so this might be a great place for you to feel home.
- Weekender, Tschamlerstraße 3, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. 18:00 - 02:00 (cafe), club longer. Weekender is a place to both have a drink and to dance. Almost every week there are national and international live bands. A must for indie fans!
- The Galway Bay Pub, Kaiserjäger Strasse 4 (Take a right in front of the goldenes dachl and walk approx. 500m straight ahead), ☎ . Daily 17:00-01:00. Authentic Irish pub with two large floors. Pub quizzes every Monday (except during summer), Open Mic Night every Thursday. mid range.
- Treibhaus, Angerzellgasse 8 (next to Old Town), ☎ . café daily 5PM to 1AM. Almost daily events, e.g. concerts, film/tv screenings, comedy shows and dances. Every Friday free concerts. Spacious café with garden, jazz salon and two big event halls. The all-female staff ("Weiberwirtschaft") serves food and snacks (pizza, kebab) in the café till midnight. cheap.
- Campsite Innsbruck Kranebitten. Kranebitter Allee 214.
- Hotel Binders, Dr. Glatzstrasse 20, ☎ +43 (0)512/33436, fax: +43 (0)512/33436-99, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Austrotel Innsbruck, Bernhard-Höfel-Strasse 16, ☎ +43 (0)512/344 333-0, fax: +43 (0)512/344-428, e-mail: email@example.com.
- Grand Hotel Europa, Südtiroler Platz 2, ☎ +43 (0)512/5931102, fax: +43 (0)512/587800, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Hotel the PENZ, Adolf Pichler Platz 3, ☎ +43 (0)512/575657, fax: +43 (0)512/5756579, e-mail: email@example.com.
- Dom St. Jakob, Domplatz 6 (Old Town). Sun: 10:00, 11:30; M-F: 09:30; M-Th: 08:00 (Unterkirche)
- Jesuit church, Karl-Rahner-Platz . Sat: 18:00 (English), 19:00; Sun: 11:00, 18:00, 21:30; M-Sa: 07:30 (Krypta), 19:00; Thu: 21:30 (Krypta) The only English Mass in the city.
- Kapuzinerkirche, Kaiserjägerstraße 6 (near the bus parking at Hofgarten). Sun: 10:00; M-F: 06:30, 09:00
- Alte Spitalskirche zum Hl. Geist, Maria-Theresien-Straße 2 (Old Town). Sun: 09:30; M-F: 18:30
- Servitenkirche, Maria-Theresienstraße. Sat: 17:30; Sun: 06:30, 10:00, 17:30; M-F: 06:30, 10:30, 17:30
- Herz Jesu, Maximilianstraße 8 (south of Old Town). Sat: 18:00; Sun: 07:00, 09:30, 11:00 (Croat.), 18:00; M-F: 07:00, 08:00, 18:00
- Islamic Center Tirol (Islamisches Zentrum Tirol), Andreas Hoefer Str. 17 a, tel. 0043512562146
- Israelitische Kultusgemeinde Innsbruck (Jewish Community Innsbruck), Sillgasse 15, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Kaunertal glacier and a skiing resort.
- Stubaier glacier and a skiing resort.
- Natterer See lake and recreational site in Natters.
- Lanser See lake and recreational site in Lans. Take the J bus past Igls. If you are staying in a hotel you can get a "club innsbruck" card (different from the tourist Innsbruck card) and get admitted free.