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. Located in a valley of the river Inn between mountain ranges of above 2000 m above sea level, halfway between Bavaria and northern Italy, it is a hub of a region popular for skiing and other mountain-related activities and a busy tourist destination.
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.
The Bergisel jump was replaced according to plans of the Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid in 2001. Because of its design and prominent location (on Bergisel, south of Innsbruck) it is considered a new city landmark. There is a cafe on top, which offers views of Innsbruck and the surrounding mountains. During sporting events, the jumping tower is not accessible, and a ticket is needed to enter the terrain.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A renaissance style castle that was built on behalf of archduke Ferdinand II of Tyrol. Interesting things to see are portrait- and armor-collections, art and curiosity cabinets, the Spanish hall and the palace garden.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Innsbruck's Boulevard and central pedestrian area. St. Anna's Column and the prominent Nordkette mountain range make popular backgrounds for holiday photos.
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!
Authentic Irish pub with two large floors. Pub quizzes every Monday (except during summer), Open Mic Night every Thursday.
Walk one block, turn right, walk under a railway—and you are looking at it. All major bus and tram lines take you there.
'''Ferdinandeum''', Museumstraße, '''Scientific collection''', Feldstraße and '''Museum im Zeughaus''', Zeughausgasse
Late-gothic alcove balcony, with 2657 fire-gilded cupreous shingles. It was built on behalf of emperor Maximilian I.
Recently opened shopping mall with five levels, located right in the inner city just opposite ''Rathaus Gallerien''.
The column, which is made of Tyrolean marble, was created in 1706, in memory of the drawback of Bavarian troops.
The place looks like a 70s American diner and is usually quite populated. Great portions. €2.9 for a Pizza!
The Old Town's "main street" (now a pedestrian area). It expands to a square in front of the Golden Roof.
Excellent ''Salmon Tagliatelli''. No wifi. Walk to the 2nd floor for a more quiet and spacy seating.
Italian food. They have handmade Gnocchi but it can run out early, so go early if you want to try.
Mexican, Caribbean and Creole food. Serving sizes are very generous and the ambiance is laidback.
The Bell foundry has existed for 400 years, and been lead by the same family for 14 generations.
"Arts & Crafts" footwear in a funny plain design, not cheap, but very durable (Anichstraße 20,
Premonstratensian monastery with a baroque collegiate church, not far from Wiltener Basilika.
Objects from human preparations, to history of development and old anatomical devices.
2 minutes walk from the Old Town, main entrance via Maria-Theresien-Straße
Traditional cuisine; known for "Eiterbeule" (alike Wiener Schnitzel)
Baroque styled church with Rokkoko-stucco, built from 1751-1756.
Also has discounts in early January, with a decent selection.
Information on the impressive life of emperor Maximilian I.
Opened after reconstruction in 2009.
The first mention of Innsbruck dates back to 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.