In fact, Innsbruck is well-known for its winter sports and hosted both the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics. If you’re more interested in culture, the city’s imperial history, stunning architecture, and upbeat social lifestyle make it the perfect place to visit.
Things to See and Do
Visitors to Innsbruck are spoilt for choice when it comes to sightseeing and attractions. The most common is the range of winter sports on offer, from skiing to tobogganing.
If visiting in the summer months, the mountains are perfect for hiking. You’ll discover medieval villages scattered through mountain valleys. Don’t forget to sample a range of Alpine dishes such as Käsespätzle, a macaroni cheese type dish or Gulasch Suppe. There are some fantastic restaurants to choose from in this area.
Head to the city’s medieval Altstadt (Old Town). Dominated by the grand Habsburg Palace and baroque cathedral, it offers wonderful views of the mountains. It is the perfect place to stop for a coffee or schnapps.
Be sure to visit the undercover farmers market which dates from 1406. Try the traditional local treats such as Zillertal beer, venison sausages, or any number of different strudels!
Exploring the Tyrol and Austria
If you fancy seeing more stunning Austrian scenery, the Salzkammergut Lakes are only a couple of hours drive away and offer breathtaking views.
Stop off in the historic village of Hallstatt. Enjoy an unadulterated taste of the local traditions and customs that still feature prominently in the village’s modern day life.
Alternatively, head towards Hohe Tauern National Park. One of Europe’s largest nature reserves, the Hohe Tauern Park is home to Austria’s highest mountain, the Grossglockner (3,798m). It offers stereotypical views of snow capped mountains.