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The 7 Best Things to Do in Innsbruck

Charming Innsbruck looks as if a child had plucked it from a picture book and placed it here in the region of Tyrol in the Austrian Alps. Its Old Town boasts wonderful attractions reminiscent of a fairytale, set against a striking backdrop of alpine nature.

Old Town

Though there are many stunning examples of Baroque and Gothic architecture, the Goldenes Dachl (Golden Roof) certainly stands out, with its 2,657 gold-plated copper tiles.

The Hofburg

The Giant's Hall is a remarkable highlight in this former Habsburg palace. A painting of Marie Antoinette, the 15th child of Empress Maria Theresia, hangs in the portrait room.

Hofkirche

Though Maximilian I, an emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, lies buried in the town of Wiener Neustadt, the Court Church here holds his ornate cenotaph, courtesy of his grandson.

St. James Cathedral

A prominent feature in the old town, the Baroque structure dates to the early 18th century. The interior boasts stunning frescos and stucco work, plus soaring pink marble columns!

Ambras Castle

Located in the hills above the city, the Spanish Hall in the Lower Castle contains 27 portraits of Tyrolian rulers, while 300 paintings of Habsburg rulers are in the Upper Castle.

Alpenzoo Innsbruck

Take the city's hybrid funicular to Europe's highest zoo. The park highlights alpine flora and fauna, with 2,000 animals that include bears and lynx, as well as 200 bird species.

The Bergisel's Olympic Legacy

The Bergisel Ski Jump affords breathtaking views 820 feet above the city. The location was a venue in the 1964 Winter Olympics and continues to host yearly competitions.

Planning Your Innsbruck Visit

How many days to spend in Innsbruck?

A full four days, including a day at the zoo, will allow you to see Innsbruck's top attractions at a leisurely pace.

Getting around

Though there is a bus and tram system, exploring Innsbruck's center on your own two feet is the best way to go sightseeing. To reach the Bergisel Ski Jump, take tram line 1 to Stift Wilten, where it's only a few minutes away by foot.

Where to stay in Innsbruck

You'll find accommodations within the compact city center, south of the Inn River, making it easy to reach the main attractions. Finding accommodation in a residential area just north of the river is also a viable option and just as convenient for visiting the sights.

Good to Know

  • Language
    German
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +43
  • Best time to visit
    Late spring through early fall (May - September) is lovely for sightseeing in Austria, though the winter snows are equally charming!

Things to Do in Innsbruck

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What People Are Saying About Innsbruck

The whole experience amazing, the meal, excellent show, lovely people

I was grateful to be picked up near my hotel by a member of the cast to be taken to the show. She was a lovely talented lady as were all the cast members. The show was very enjoyable, a selection of traditional music, songs and dancing. The meal was very good which I enjoyed whilst watching the show. Afterwards they were kind enough to take me back to my hotel which was great.

Tyrolean Evenings Family Gundolf in Innsbruck Reviewed by Pauline, 08/10/2015

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