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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.
1. 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.
2. 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.
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.
4. 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!
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
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Planning Your 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.
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.
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- Best time to visit
- Late spring through early fall (May - September) is lovely for sightseeing in Austria, though the winter snows are equally charming!
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What people are saying about Innsbruck
If you are in Innsbruck you cannot miss the top of the mountain tour. Take the funicular and then 2 gondolas to the top for the most picturesque view of the Dolomites. If you decide to hike part way down, HAVE A PLAN, I did get a little lost on the way down using the roads and paths instead of the funicular. Was worth getting lost, but avoid the highway !!
Amazing experience and worth trying. Peter - the owner is very helpful. He even offered us a pick up to the site and shared lots of information about the area. Will definitely do the flight again
Beautiful ride on Innsbruck’s hills and amazing architecture and engineering masterpiece. Really recommended for anyone visiting the city to be able to see it from a different view.
A climb above the pines An arrival at the top and an extraordinary point of view on Innsbruck Our great luck is that the weather was very very beautiful
Train journey simply an experience You have to have done it