Innsbruck in Austria is a popular European ski destination and with resorts that reach well above 3,000m and enough snow right through to Easter. But there’s also plenty to discover away from the slopes. Innsbruck is a city of vibrant nightlife, medieval castles, churches and modern architecture surrounded by stunning mountains scenery.
Our Top 5 attractions:
Old Town and Golden Roof
Herzog Friedrich Street in the centre of Innsbruck is the ideal starting point for exciting adventures in the Capital of the Alps. Admire Innsbruck’s famous shining landmark, the Golden Roof. Completed in 1500, the roof was decorated with 2,657 gilded copper tiles for Emperor Maximilian I to mark his wedding to Bianca Maria Sforza.
Swarovski Crystal Worlds
Only 20 minutes drive east of Innsbruck is Swarovski Crystal Worlds, an excellent museum and art gallery designed to showcase the world famous company founded by Daniel Swarovski in 1895. The centerpiece of the attraction, is probably the fascinating Giant, a large landscaped waterfall in the shape of a human head that spews water from its mouth.
Bergisel ski jump
To the south of Innsbruck rises the 746-meter-tall hill known as Bergisel, famous the world over for its superb winter sports facilities. Highlights include the new Olympia ski-jump (Bergiselschanze) – constructed to replace the earlier Olympic structure – along with its stunning new tower, built in 2003, offering superb views over the city.
The fascinating city of Innsbruck is even more special in Christmas time. About four weeks before Christmas, Innsbruck opens its Christmas Markets – the start of the festive season: stalls invite to stroll around, have a drink of hot tea or the stronger “Glühwein” (hot spicy wine).
Eating Sacher Torte
Technically Sache torte was invented in Vienna, but Cafe Sacher has a sister cafe in Innsbruck and it’s a mecca for chocolate lovers. This rich, dense chocolate cake goes perfectly with an espresso or a glass of schnapps, and if you’re tired after a day of sightseeing or skiing, it’s the ideal pick-me-up.