Introducing the city

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About Innsbruck

Innsbruck may be perfectly located as a winter sports hub, but the Tyrolean capital has plenty to offer as a destination in its own right.

The capital city of Tyrol in western Austria, Innsbruck, is a must-visit for the enthusiastic traveller. The relative youth of skiers and snowboarders, along with the 25,000 local students, gives the city an energetic buzz that contrasts with the picture postcard medieval architecture. The stunning Hungerburgbahn funicular railway, designed by Zaha Hadid, symbolises the modern Innsbruck, while the equally breathtaking Hofkirche in the Old Town stands proudly for its rich past.

By all means enjoy the wintersports or summer treking that the mountains offer, but also take a day or two to explore the many varied delights that Innsbruck calls its own.

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When Should You Visit?

The best times to visit the city are when the city is in the height of summer or the height of winter. In the summer months, visitors can stroll happily around the Old Town and enjoy the architecture and café culture for days on end. In winter, the city is a paradise for winter sports enthusiasts and the excitement across the region is palpable. Autumn is the most cost-effective time to visit Innsbruck, but this comes at the expense of the summer scenery and the winter delight.

Innsbruck has a humid continental climate with cold winters and warm summers. On average, the warmest month is August, whilst January makes for the coldest month. July sees the highest rainfall.

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Travioor top tips

The Stadtturm
Crystal Worlds
The Hofgarten

Insider Info

  • For one of the best views of the city, climb the Stadtturm (Town Tower). Completed in 1450, the building was constructed to serve as a watch tower to keep a look-out for enemies. Today, it makes for a great place to enjoy unparalleled views of the city and the surrounding mountains.

  • Just a 20-minute drive to the east of the city are the Swarovski Crystal Worlds, where renowned artist Andre Heller has created an illusory nine-chambered world of glitter inside a water-spitting giant. It’s quirky, it’s beautiful, and undeniably enchanting – well worth a visit.

  • If you fancy a day off from the slopes or the hustle and bustle of the city, take some time to relax in The Hofgarten. The protected park covers an area of 10 hectares and is a perfect place to while away an afternoon in picturesque surroundings.

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Food and drink

Main Course £8.40 | 10.00 €

3-Course Meal £44.49 | 53.00 €

Cappuccino £2.26 | 2.69 €

Beer £2.94 | 3.50 €

The Scene

The many guesthouses, restaurants and gourmet temples are the perfect way to enjoy genuine, Tyrolean cuisine at the end of a great day in Innsbruck. Alternatively, you can taste just how close Innsbruck is to its southern neighbours with the delicious variety of antipasti, authentic pasta dishes, wood-fired pizzas and fish specialties in the many Italian restaurants.

Being a multicultural city, Innsbruck offers a little bit of everything. We recommend Stadtcafe for a lively summer lunch spot, Riesengasse for a stylish, world-class dinner, and Lichtblick for a delicious meal alongside 360 degree views of the city and mountains.

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History

Innsbruck’s Story

The earliest traces of inhabitation in the Innsbruck area suggest that there were settlers from the early Stone Age, while surviving pre-Roman place names show that the area has been populated continuously.

In the 15th century BC, the stepsons of Augustus - Tiberius and Drusus - built a road across the Brenner Pass, helping the settlement become more connected. During the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD, it became an important supply base for the Romans.

In 1187, the Inn Bridge was constructed, along with the establishment of a market in the Inn valley. The name Innsbruck started to become used around this time.

In 1248, Count Albert III took over Tyrol, unifying the counties around Brenner Pass. And in 1429, Innsbruck became the capital of Tyrol under the ruling of Maximilion I; Ferdinand II, Archduke of Austria took over Tyrol in 1564.

Fast forward to 1938 and Austria was taken over by Nazi Germany. From 1943 to 1945, Innsbruck was bombed around 21 times by the Allies in World War II and suffered heavy damages.

Later in 1964, the city hosted the Winter Olympics and regained its popularity. In 1976, Innsbruck again served as the host for the Winter Olympics.

Language

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Danke | Thank you

German

LANGUAGE

The primary language of Innsbruck is German, though many residents have a basic command of the English language too. With plenty of visitors from across the world visiting the city, you certainly won’t feel out of place. Here are some basic German phrases to see you through your stay:

  • Goodbye/Bye: Auf Widersehen/Tschuss
  • Good Morning: Guten Morgen
  • Good Evening: Guten Abend
  • Good Night: Guten Nacht
  • Do you speak English?: Sprechen Sie Englisch?
  • Yes/No: Ja/Nein
  • Please: Bitte

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Need to know

+43 Dialling Code
144 | 133 Emergency Services

Get The Low-Down

  • For the fire brigade, call 122.
  • Innsbruck is easily accessible to other key parts of Austria, with direct roads and train connections linking to Vienna (5 hours by train), to Italy (Milan is 4 hours by train), Germany (Munich is 2 hours by train) and Switzerland (Zurich is 5 hours by train).
  • Innsbruck Airport is located about 5km from the city centre. A ride on bus line F takes approximately 20 minutes and there are also taxis readily available.
  • Innsbruck city centre is compact and easy to walk around, but it is worth getting an Innsbruck card from the tourist office so you can get out of the centre to villages and other places of interest. The card gives you free transport on the trams, cable cars and buses, as well as entrance to many of the attractions.

 

VISA INFORMATION

Find out about the visa requirements for Austria here.

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Travioor Recommends

1. Ambras Castle

Spend some time at the beautiful Ambras Castle, one of the most important sights in the capital, situated in the heart of the Alpine mountain range, high above Innsbruck.

2. The Cathedral

Marvel at the 18th century, Baroque design of the Cathedral of St. James. Its concave façade, two towers and great dome are quite something to behold.

3. Goldenes Dachl

Take some time to admire the Goldenes Dachl (Golden Roof), considered the city’s most famous symbol and dating back to 1500.

4. Hit the slopes

Innsbruck is known for its winter sports, so make the most of this and hit the slopes. We’re big fans of the Patscherkofel Alps ski area, seven kilometres south of the city.

5. The Railway

Take a ride on the architecturally incredible Hungerburgbahn funicular railway, designed by Zaha Hadid, it's a strong symbol of modern Innsbruck.


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