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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. It is in a valley of the river Inn between mountain ranges of above 2000 m above sea level, halfway between Bavaria and northern Italy, and 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 offers the traveler an intriguing mix of contemporary and imperialist history, culture and architecture with a variety of architectural styles waiting to be discovered in every street.

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Understand[edit]

The first mention of Innsbruck was during the reign of Augustus, when the Romans established the army station Veldidena (the name survives in today's urban district Wilten) at the locality named Oeni Pontum or Oeni Pons, which is Latin for bridge (pons) over the Inn (Oenus), the important crossing point over the Inn river, to protect Via Claudia Augusta, the economically important commercial road from Verona-Brenner-Augsburg.

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.

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Climate[edit]

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Innsbruck's distance from the coast and altitude lead to a continental climate. Winters are cold and snowy; summers are generally warmer and wetter, 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. Summer nights are cool and temperature often drop quickly after sunset - sometimes falling below 10°C in early morning.

Get in[edit]

Innsbruck Airport

By plane[edit]

  • 1 Innsbruck Airport (Flughafen Innsbruck (INN IATA), also known as Kranebitten Airport). The largest airport in Tyrol. Innsbruck Airport on Wikipedia Innsbruck Airport (Q694434) on Wikidata

Regular scheduled flights are available from:

  • 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, 2½ 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 [dead link], LimoLo, etc. The price of a transfer with a sedan is €290-300, with a minibus - €330-350.

Other nearby airports include Memmingen (FMM IATA, 175 km), Salzburg (SZG IATA, 185 km), St. Gallen-Altenrhein (ACH IATA, 190 km) and Friedrichshafen (FDH IATA, 215 km).

By train[edit]

Regular (direct) trains operate from Venice, Bolzano/Bozen, Zürich, Munich, Graz, Vienna (via Linz and Salzburg) and many other destinations.

Despite being a smaller city, Innsbruck has fantastic train connections to all major cities in its region. The main station, Innsbruck Hauptbahnhof, is at Südtiroler Platz (South-tyrolean square) in the east of the city center. There are several stations which serve suburban and regional train connections.

Discounts[edit]

See Austria#Discounts

By car[edit]

Innsbruck is reachable through both of Tyrol's motorways: Inntalautobahn (A 12) and Brennerautobahn (A 13).

By bike[edit]

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.

Get around[edit]

Most one-day visitors don't use any transport: all of the major Old Town sites are within a reasonable walking time.

On foot[edit]

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.

By car[edit]

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[edit]

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.

Sometimes bus lines are 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 €2.70 in the city fare zone if paid by the driver or €2.00 if purchased at ticket machines. 5-trip tickets are available for €8.00 or €10.00, respectively. Regardless of the door you enter, go to the driver and pay, exact change not necessary. daily 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. See [1] for all available tickets. A route map is available via [2].

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 km 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.

By S-Bahn[edit]

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 [3].

By bike[edit]

Cycling is common in Innsbruck and especially popular among students. Innsbruck has some bicycle paths, but they are not very well interlinked within the city. A map of all bicycle ways/lanes is available here. In 2012, Innsbruck was awarded Fahrradhauptstadt (cycling capital) by VCÖ (an Austrian traffic advocacy group).

Innsbruck offers short-term shared bike system Stadtrad. It is subject to compulsory registration via this page or machines standing next to the bikes, and requires a credit card number. The registration costs €1 and yields a credit of €1 on the account. A ride less than 30 minutes costs €1, less than 1 hour €3, and for every additional hour €3 (see their fare overview). The locations are displayed on a map on this site.

See[edit]

Map of Innsbruck
Mariahilf quarter of Innsbruck

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 latest Innsbruck card fare can be found here (2017: €39/€48/€55 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, there is always a cheaper public transport line going to the same destination, though it might take you more time.

Churches and cathedrals[edit]

  • 1 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.
St Jacob cathedral
  • 2 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.
  • 3 Wiltener Basilika, Haymongasse/Pastorstraße. Baroque styled church with Rokkoko-stucco, built from 1751-1756. Free entrance.
  • 4 Stift Wilten, Klostergasse. Premonstratensian monastery with a baroque collegiate church, not far from Wiltener Basilika. Free entrance.

Castles and palaces[edit]

  • 5 Ambras Castle (Schloss Ambras), Schloßstraße 20 (Schloss Ambras Innsbruck  TS  or Luigenstraße  C ), +43 1 525 24 4802, e-mail: . 10:00-17:00. A castle and palace in Renaissance style that was built in 1563 on behalf of Archduke Ferdinand II of Tyrol in the hills overlooking the city, at an elevation of 587 m above sea level, and served as his private residence from 1563 until his death in 1595. It is widely considered one of the most important Renaissance era buildings of its time in Tyrol, and now among its top tourist attractions. Supplanting an earlier 10th century fortification, the castle became the seat of power for the Counts of Andechs. Hosting Ferdinand's art collection, the castle is considered the oldest museum in the world. Interesting things to see are portrait- and armour collections, art and curiosity cabinets. The Lower Castle is home to armouries featuring numerous masterpieces preserved as evidence of the armourer's art from that era. Only the Renaissance era work has been reserved at its original location, making the Chamber of Art and Curiosities an unrivaled cultural monument. The Spanish Hall will be one of the highlights of any visit, located above the Lower Castle and decorated with a wood-inlay ceiling and walls adorned with 27 portraits of historic Tyrol royals. It remains one of the best examples of German Renaissance architecture. As one of Innsbruck's most popular attractions, waiting lines at the entrance are often long. Try to arrive a bit before it opens at 10:00 to stay ahead of the crowds. April to October: €10. December to March: €7. Ambras Castle on Wikipedia Ambras Castle (Q700764) on Wikidata

Buildings[edit]

Bergisel ski jumping hill by Zaha Hadid
  • 6 Bergiselschanze (Ski jump), Bergiselweg 3 (Tirol Panorama Bergisel  TS  or Bergisel/Tirol Panorama  1  6 ). 9:00-18:00. The Bergisel jump is a design by Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid in 2001, replacing the far less glorious jump stadium that hosted the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympic Games. You can still stand beneath the Olympic rings and flame holder, and either walk 450 steps to the top or take a funicular lift. Because of its design and prominent location (on Bergisel, south of Innsbruck) it is considered a new city landmark. During sporting events, the jumping tower is not accessible, and a ticket is needed to enter the terrain. Bergisel Ski Jump on Wikipedia Bergiselschanze (Q672833) on Wikidata
  • 1 Bergisel Sky Panorama Café, Bergiselweg 3. 9:00-18:00. Café on top of the ski jump, with a great view over Innsbruck and the surrounding mountains. They have good Apfelstrudel (apple cake).
  • 7 Helbling House (Helblinghaus), Herzog-Friedrich-Strasse 10 (Congress/Hofburg  TS  or Marktplatz  W ). A 15th century house which adopted different architectural styles in later centuries until it evolved into its current amalgamation of Gothic and Baroque facade. The Rococo stucco decorations that look like icing on a cake were added in the early 18th century, and these bows, window frames, oriels, masks, sculptures and shells are what makes this building unique. The architecture helps to capture a maximum of sunlight, which is sparse in the Alps. The last major construction took place in 1732 by Anton Gigl, after which the building was renamed to Sebastian Helbling who owned it at from 1800 until 1827. Helbling House on Wikipedia Helblinghaus (Q719616) on Wikidata

Memorials[edit]

  • 8 Annasäule (St. Anna Column), Maria-Theresien-Straße. The column, which is made of Tyrolean marble, was created in 1706, in memory of the withdrawal of Bavarian troops.
  • 9 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.

Museums[edit]

A combined ticket for the Tyrolean State Museums [dead link] 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.

  • 10 Alpinist Association Museum, Wilhelm-Greil-Straße, +43 512 587186 12, fax: +43(512)587 18613, e-mail: . 09:00-17:00. Museum dedicated to the history of alpinism, hosted in the Hofburg. The museum is owned and operated by the Austrian Alpine Club ÖAV, and received numerous prizes including the Tyrolean and Austrian Museum Prizes, as well as being nominated for the European Museum Prize in 2010. The original museum opened in 1911 in a former villa on the Isar river side, but was destroyed by shelling in 1944 during the Second World War. It was rebuilt and reopened in 1977 in its current location. Since 1996 there are regular exhibitions on various mountaineering related topics. The collection currently covers over 700 m² of exhibits. €1.10-5.50; free with Innsbruck Card. Alpine Club Museum on Wikipedia Alpine Club Museum (Q2650841) on Wikidata
  • 11 Anatomical Museum, Müllerstraße 59, +43 512 9003 71111, fax: +43 512 9003 73112. Fridays only, 14:00-16:00 (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.
Cross section of a bell cast in the Graßmayr Bell Museum.
  • 12 Graßmayr Bell Museum (Glockengießerei Grassmayr), Leopoldstraße 53 (tram lines 1, 3 and TS), +43 512 5941637, e-mail: . M-Sa 10:00-16:00. The Bell foundry has existed for 400 years, and been lead by the same Graßmayr family for 14 generations. The museum offers visitors the unique experience of feeling the craftsmanship involved with generations of bell making traditions. The museum was awarded with many prizes such as the Austrian Museum Prize and the Maecenas Prize. Adults €8, children €5. de:Glockengießerei_Grassmayr_(Innsbruck) on Wikipedia (Q1531870) on Wikidata
  • 13 Hofburg, Rennweg. Daily 09:00-17:00. It was modified to rococo-style by order of the empress Maria Theresia.
  • 14 Tyrol Panorama Museum (Das Tirol Panorama), Bergisel 1 (S-Bahn 1 to the Bergisel stop), +43 512 594 89, fax: +43 512 588 675, e-mail: . W-M 9:00-17:00. With construction finished in 2010 for €25 million, the museum's only attraction is the Giant Panoramic Painting, which was transferred to the building in September of the same year. The painting depicts the Tyrolean Rebellion of 1809 on 1,000 m² of canvas, a battle in which the Tyrolean people fought against the invading Bavarian army. A free audio commentary takes visitors into the heart of the battle. Adults €8, students and elderly €6, children free. Tyrol Panorama Museum on Wikipedia Tyrol Panorama Museum (Q1170557) on Wikidata
  • 15 Imperial Hunters Museum (Kaiserjägermuseum), Bergisel 1-2, +43 512 59489610, fax: +43 512 58 86 75. W-M 9:00-17:00. A small museum dedicated to the Kaiserjägern (Imperial Hunters), Emperor Franz Joseph I's battalion of guards. The name Jäger, "hunter" in German, is a reference to light infantry. The museum opened in 1878 and was maintained by the Jägers themselves under regiment commander Oberst Knöpfler. The collection features memorabilia, weapons, uniforms, photographs and personal belongings of former Jägers. The garden of the museum hosts the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, dedicated to the 20,000 Jägers who died during the First World War. The Jäger battalions were disbanded in 1918 when the Austrian Empire dissolved, but the museum was preserved. The museum was hit by a bomb during the Second World War but rebuilt in 1959 and expanded with a chapel and 2 rooms with display cases containing the 154 books in which the names of fallen Tyrolean soldiers are recorded. Adults €8, students and seniors €6, children free. de:Tiroler Kaiserjägermuseum on Wikipedia Tiroler Kaiserjägermuseum (Q2436218) on Wikidata
  • 16 Maximilianeum, Herzog-Friedrich-Straße 15, +43 512 581111. Tu-Su 10:00-17:00. Museum dedicated to Emperor Maximilian I and his wife, their significance to Tyrol and Austria, and the living conditions of the early 16th century. Maximilianeum (Q56650027) on Wikidata
The Golden Roof, the most recognizable landmark of the city.
  • 17 [formerly dead link] Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), Herzog-Friedrich-Straße 15. 24/7. Most famous landmark of the city since 1500, the Golden Roof is a late-Gothic alcove balcony of which the roof is decorated with 2657 fire-gilded copper tiles. It was built to commemorate the wedding of Emperor Maximilian I with Bianca Maria Sforza. The balcony allowed the Emperor and his wife to enjoy festivals, tournaments and other events on the square below. Free. Goldenes Dachl on Wikipedia Golden Roof (Q700208) on Wikidata
  • Riesenrundgemälde [4], Rennweg (bus lines 4, O, E). A Panorama painting of the Battle of Bergisel, August 13, 1809, over 1000 m² in size. One of the world's last 24 panoramas.
  • 18 City Tower (Stadtturm), Herzog-Friedrich-Straße.
  • 19 Tiroler Landesmuseum. Ferdinandeum, Museumstraße, Scientific collection, Feldstraße and Museum im Zeughaus, Zeughausgasse
  • 20 Folk Art Museum (Tiroler Volkskunstmuseum), Universitätsstraße 2, +43 -512 59489 510, fax: +43 512 59489 520, e-mail: . 0900-17:00 daily. Considered among the finest regional heritage museums in Europe, next to the Hofkirche and across from the Hofburg. Its collection features a remarkable selection of cultural artifacts from Tyrol, spread over four wings of a former Franciscan monastery around an arcaded Renaissance courtyard. The permanent exhibition includes handicrafts, costumes, household items, glass, pottery and ceramics, furniture, and many more. A large part is devoted to religious and secular folk art. The architecture of the museum itself is also worth visiting, with rooms outfitted in wood-paneled Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque style salvaged from noble houses in the area. Tyrolean Folk Art Museum on Wikipedia Museum of Tyrolean Folk Art (Q874539) on Wikidata
  • 21 Small Cable Railway Museum (Seilbahnmuseum), Höhenstrasse 145, Hungerburg (in the base station of the Seegrubenbahn), +43 512 293344, e-mail: . 08:30-17:30 daily. A small museum dedicated to the history of cable railways, focusing mainly on the history of the Nordkette Cable Railways. Set up in a former classroom, the museum has an authentic replica on display of the very first cable car that made the journey to the top of the Nordkette mountain. Its collection features many pictures and artifacts detailing the past and present technology involved in the construction of alpine transportation systems. Free.

Boulevards and squares[edit]

  • 22 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.
  • 23 Herzog-Friedrich-Straße. The Old Town's "main street" (now a pedestrian area). It expands to a square in front of the Golden Roof.
  • 24 Sparkassenplatz. and BTV Forum. Innsbruck's 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.

Parks[edit]

  • 25 Alpengarten (Alpine Garden). Open June until September 09:00-17:00.
  • 27 Hofgarten (Imperial Court Park), Two minutes away from the Old Town (Entrances at Rennweg and Kaiserjägerstraße).

Zoos[edit]

  • 28 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.

Wattens[edit]

  • 29 Swarovski Crystal Worlds (Swarovski Kristallwelten), Kristallweltenstrasse 1, 6112 Wattens, +43 5224 51080, e-mail: . 8:30-19:30 daily. Museum and park dedicated to Daniel Swarovski, founder of the company that bears his name, specialized in the manufacturing of lead glass (also called crystal) which still has its headquarters in Wattens. The museums features 16 rooms, each featuring artwork made with Swarovski crystals, and each with different themes. Adults €19, children €7.50. Swarovski Kristallwelten (Crystal Worlds) on Wikipedia Swarovski Kristallwelten (Q672751) on Wikidata

Do[edit]

Wintersports[edit]

There are a lot of ski resorts 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 Sym CableCar.png / Sym SkiLift.png / Sym DragLift.png Sym Skil-L.png / Sym Ski-M.png / Sym Ski-S.png
Seegrube – Nordkette +43 512 29 33 44 860 - 2.260m 4 Lifts: 2 / 2 / - 14 km Pistes: 1 / 8 / 5
IglsPatscherkofel +43 512 377234 900 - 1.960m 8 Lifts: 1 / 2 / 5 18 km Pistes: 10 / 8 / -
Axamer - Lizum +43 5234 68240 (Kasse) 1.583 - 2.340m 10 Lifts: 1 / 6 / 3 41 km Pistes: 4 / 27 / 10
Kühtai [formerly dead link] +43 5239 5222 2.020 - 2.520m 11 Lifts: 1 / 4 / 6 44 km Pistes: 7 / 29 / 8
Schlick-2000 +43 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. The Nordpark Singletrail is one of the most ambitious mountain bike freeride routes of Europe.
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 or 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.

Nordkettenbahnen[edit]

The Nordkette mountain with Seegrubenspitze (2350 m) and Hafelekarspitze (2334 m).

The Nordkettenbahnen are 3 alpine vehicles bringing visitors from the historic centre of the city all the way up to the top of the Nordkette mountain, from where the summit at an altitude of 2334 m can be reached by foot. The first section is the Hungerburgbahn  HBB , a funicular departing in 1 Congress station. The middle section is the Seegrubenbahn cable car, and the top section is the Hafelekar chairlift.

The futuristic Alpenzoo station of the Hungerburgbahn funicular.
  • 1 Hungerburgbahn, Rennweg 3 (Congress/Hofburg  TS ), +43 512 293344, fax: +43 512 293344-523, e-mail: . Funicular taking visitors from the heart of the city to the Hungerburg station at the foot of the Nordkette mountain. The first section of the journey is underground and follows the Rennweg, emerging to the surface next to the Inn a few metres short of 2 Löwenhaus station. It then proceeds on an elevated track to the 3 Alpenzoo, crossing the Inn over a bridge, with final stop 4 Hungerburg station after a few more tunnels and bridges. The journey takes 8 minutes, covering a difference in altitude of 288 m with a speed of 36 km/h. The funicular replaces the previous Hungerburgbahn, which had been in operation for a century since 1906. The 30 Hungerburgbahn base station of the original one can still be visited. Tickets can be purchased in the ticket office, but are much cheaper online (€20 vs. €35 for a round trip). €20.70 for a round trip. Hungerburgbahn on Wikipedia Hungerburgbahn (Q1370993) on Wikidata
  • 2 Seegrubenbahn (Nordkette Cable Car), Höhenstrasse 145, Mulhau (Nordkette  J  or Hungerburg  HBB ), +43 512 293344, e-mail: . 8:30-17:30 daily. The Seegrubenbahn is a cable car with 2 gondolas, taking visitors from the valley station in Hungerburg up the Nordkette mountain. Completely reconstructed in 2004, the Seegrubenbahn connects the Hungerburgbahn with the Nordkette ski area in the Karwendel Nature Park. Nordkette Cable Car on Wikipedia Nordkettenbahn (Q1635786) on Wikidata
  • 3 Hafelekar. 09:00-16:00. The highest section of the Nordkettenbahn, the Hafelekar chairlift takes visitors to the top of the highest point of the Nordkette moutain, from which the 31 Hafelekarspitze can be reached by foot in approx. 10 - 15 min. Halfway to the summit is the 32 Cosmic Radiation Research Station of the University of Innsbruck, and an amateur radio outpost. Hafelekarspitze (Q875071) on Wikidata

Spectator Sports[edit]

  • The Tirol Raiders (as of 2015 they bear the sponsored name Swarco Raiders) play American Football in the first division Austrian Football League (that's the actual name). They have been among the top contenders for the championship for most of the 2010s. They played in the big six in 2014 and 2015. The big six is the top American Football competition for club teams in Europe.

Events[edit]

  • 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 [formerly dead link] 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 of more than 10,000. 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 [dead link], 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 DJs 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.

Buy[edit]

Malls: There are several shopping malls in Innsbruck:

Inner City[edit]

  • 1 Rathaus Gallerien. 2 minutes walk from the Old Town, main entrance via Maria-Theresien-Straße
  • 2 Kaufhaus Tyrol. Shopping mall with five levels in the inner city opposite Rathaus Gallerien.
  • 3 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 Downtown[edit]

  • 4 DEZ (bus lines C, R, S and T). Many stores just right around it, such as Ikea.
  • 5 Cyta (S-Bahn S1 or S2, or bus line T). in the suburb "Völs"

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[edit]

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, +43 512-582 829. "Arts & Crafts" footwear in a funny plain design, not cheap, but very durable (Anichstraße 20,

For children[edit]

  • Humanic Kids, Maria-Theresien 17-19. Also has discounts in early January, with a decent selection.

Eat[edit]

  • 2 Gasthaus Anich, Anichstraße 15 (city center, close to Maria-Theresien Strasse), +43 512 570450. M-Sa 09:00 - 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.
  • 3 Buzzihütte, Berchtoldshofweg 14 (remote; take bus H to Berchtoldshof (or O to Allerheiligen) and walk a steep street upwards), +43 512 283333. Tu-F 08:00-24:00; Sa Su 11:00-24:00. Traditional cuisine; known for "Eiterbeule" (alike Wiener Schnitzel)
  • 4 Shere Punjab, Innstraße 19 (city center, close to the Golden Roof, just cross the bridge), +43 512 282755. M-Sa 11:00 - 14:30, 17:00 - 22:00. Indian Restaurant. Great portions.
  • 5 Magic Pizza Kebab, Innrain 1 (old town, close to Ottoburg, entrance from Herzog Friedrich Str.), +43 512 560203. Daily till 24.00. The place looks like a 1970s American diner and is usually quite populated. Great portions. €2.9 for a pizza!
  • 6 Mamma Mia, Kiebachgasse 2, +43 512 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.
  • 7 FloJos (Grill, cantina and bar), Seilergasse 12 (in the old town near the Golden Roof), +43 512 583046. 10:00–02:00. Mexican, Caribbean and Creole food. Serving sizes are very generous and the ambiance is laidback. Average.

Drink[edit]

  • 1 Zappa Music Bar, Rechengasse 5 (close to clinic and university main building), +43 512 581057. M-Sa 18:00-02:00. 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.
  • 2 Limerick Bill's Irish Pub, Maria-Theresien-Strasse 9 (close to the old town), +43 512 582011. 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.
  • 3 Weekender, Tschamlerstraße 3, +43 512 570570, e-mail: . 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!
  • 4 The Galway Bay Pub, Kaiserjäger Strasse 4 (Take a right in front of the goldenes dachl and walk approx. 500m straight ahead), +43512251541. 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.
  • 5 Treibhaus, Angerzellgasse 8 (next to Old Town), +43 512 572000. café daily 17:00-01:00. 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.

Sleep[edit]

Budget[edit]

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Cope[edit]

Religious services[edit]

  • Dom St. Jakob, Domplatz 6 (Old Town). Su 10:00, 11:30; M-F 09:30; M-Th 08:00 (Unterkirche)
  • Jesuit church, Karl-Rahner-Platz [5] [dead link]. Sa 18:00 (English), 19:00; Su 11:00, 18:00, 21:30; M-Sa 07:30 (Krypta), 19:00; Th 21:30 (Krypta) The only English Mass in the city.
  • Kapuzinerkirche, Kaiserjägerstraße 6 (near the bus parking at Hofgarten). Su 10:00; M-F 06:30, 09:00
  • Alte Spitalskirche zum Hl. Geist, Maria-Theresien-Straße 2 (Old Town). Su 09:30; M-F 18:30
  • Servitenkirche, Maria-Theresienstraße. Sa 17:30; Su 06:30, 10:00, 17:30; M-F 06:30, 10:30, 17:30
  • Herz Jesu, Maximilianstraße 8 (south of Old Town). Sa 18:00; Su 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, +43512586892, e-mail: .

Go next[edit]

  • 1 Igls — between Innsbruck and the 1 Patscherkofel mountain
  • 2 Eng — the largest alm in Europe and one of the most remote settlements in the Alps
  • 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.
  • Munich.
  • Garmisch-Partenkirchen.


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