Nestled within the Austrian Alps, Innsbruck is a captivating alpine city that was the centre of European culture in the 15th century as the seat of the imperial court. Today, it lures skiers and snowboarders with world-class snow sports terrain.
Things to do
Visit the Gothic royal church of Hofkirche, which dates back to 1553 and contains the tomb of Emperor Maximilian. Admire the black marble mausoleum depicting his accomplishments and climb the stairs to the Silver Chapel, which features an opulent altar with a silver-embossed wooden Madonna.
Perched atop Innsbruck is the Renaissance-style Schloss Ambras, a castle and palace built by Archduke Ferdinand II. Wander the lavish Spanish Hall adorned with portraits of Tirolean Habsburg rulers and admire the outstanding collection of armour and artwork, including pieces by Peter Paul Rubens and Diego Velázquez.
Just to the south of Innsbruck is the famous Bergisel ski jumping hill, which was redesigned in 2001 by prominent Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid. Ride the funicular up to the viewing terrace to soak up the inspiring 360-degree panoramas of Innsbruck and the Tirol mountains.
Get your adrenalin pumping while experiencing the magnificent scenery that surrounds Innsbruck from the timbered ski runs of Patscherkofel. Mountain bikers can tackle the Nordpark Singletrail, one of Europe’s most challenging free-ride routes, while hikers can explore a range of trails accessible from Seegrube and Hafelekar.
Innsbruck Kranebitten Airport is five minutes’ drive from the city centre. Regular trains connect Innsbruck to Zurich, Munich and Vienna, while the city is compact enough to explore on foot.