Innsbruck – Tirol’s capital Innsbruck impresses with a beautiful medieval Old Town paired with stunning contemporary architecture, all surrounded by the majestic Alps. A place where the mountains meet the valley and the city is one with nature.
Innsbruck everything a vibrant city needs, and yet it’s just ten minutes from the towering mountains that dominate its skyline. The city’s historic downtown is small enough to explore on foot.
Things to do – Here are our top picks
360 Bar at Hotel Adlers – The bar 360 is an elegant and luxuriously styled wine bar located in the heart of Innsbruck’s quaint Old Town. The bar serves a variety of quality vintages to be enjoyed with its spectacular panoramic views of Innsbruck city and the Tyrolean Mountains in the background. This is the perfect location to sit back and relax as you drink some good wine in style.
An absolute must on every visit to Innsbruck is a Gondola ride up Seegrube (2000m) from where you enjoy spectacular views of the Inn valley and the surrounding mountains.
Goldenes Dachl Museum – Innsbruck’s golden wonder and most distinctive landmark is this Gothic oriel, built for Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I (1459–1519), lavishly festooned with murals and glittering with 2657 fire-gilt copper tiles. It is most impressive from the exterior, but the museum is worth a look – especially if you have the Innsbruck Card – with an audio guide whisking you through the history. Keep an eye out for the grotesque tournament helmets designed to resemble the Turks of the rival Ottoman Empire.
The Hungerburgbahn – a hybrid funicular railway connecting Innsbruck to Hungerburg. From up here, you have one beautiful view of the city.
The Imperial Palace, rabbing attention with its pearly white facade and cupolas, the Hofburg was built as a castle for Archduke Sigmund the Rich in the 15th century, expanded by Emperor Maximilian I in the 16th century and given a baroque makeover by Empress Maria Theresia in the 18th century. The centrepiece of the lavish rococo state apartments is the 31m-long Riesensaal (Giant’s Hall).
Ambras Palace – Schloss Ambras is 4.5km southeast of the centre. The Sightseer bus runs every half-hour between the castle and central stops including the Hauptbahnhof and Hofburg.
Swarovski’s Crystal World – The complex designed by the famous Austrian performer – artist Andre Heller, takes you on a interesting journey into the world of crystals. At Swarovski’s Crystal World you will find the world’s biggest crystal which weighs 137 pounds (62 kilograms) and the largest Kaleidoscope in the world.
Innsbruck is a place you can arrive at as a side trip from Salzburg. It can be done as a self drive which takes approximately 3.5 hours from Salzburg, other wise, we recommend booking a train from Salzburg which drops you at Innsbruck train station which is around 800m from the town center.
The best part is that you can incorporate this town in your Swiss itinerary as well given the towns close proximity to Zurich.
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