Austria has been a very famous tourist attraction for visitors over the years because of its food, music, artists, exotic locations, architecture and skiing. It has some amazing cities Vienna, Graz, Linz Salzburg, and Villach but there is a city which is quite underrated but a hell of a tourist place. That city is Innsbruck, capital of federal state of Tyrol in Western Austria. Innsbruck is fifth most populous city in Austria and has hosted the Winter Olympics twice and hosted some matches of 2008 European Football Championship. This city is marvelously designed with its historic structures, amazing scenery and snowy mountains which make it one of the most suitable places to visit in entire Europe. Innsbruck is also famous for its festivals like Igls Bobsleigh rides, New Year’s concert, Air and Style Snowboard Contest and many more.
Innsbruck has a continental climate because of its altitude. The summers are warm with no dry seasons. The winters go cold and snowy and coldest month is July. The humidity makes its mark during July and goes to a maximum of 96%. The best time to visit the city is from May to September when the temperature is little cooler and atmosphere remains pleasant.
How to get here?
Innsbruck Airport is just 17 minutes away from the main bus stand of Innsbruck and receives flights from all around the world. Its main airlines are Air Berlin, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Easy Jet and NIKI bringing flights from Berlin, Hamburg, London, Bristol, Liverpool, London and many more cities. Outside the airport you will have a lot of options to reach downtown like Mein Fernbus, Airport shuttles, cabs, limos and Gangl Transfers.
Accommodation and Food
A long range of hotels, hostels, apartments, inns, villas ensures that your stay is pleasant in Innsbruck. You can also take the Guest Card right on the arrival which gives you access to holiday villages of the city along with free sightseeing tours. You will also be able to enjoy Golf, Tennis, cable rides and some evening Tyrolean shows at reduced prices thanks to the Guest Card. Best hotels in Innsbruck include Grand Hotel Europa, Romantikhotel Schwarzer Adler, Alphotel, Austria Classic Hotel and Austria Trend Hotel Congress. You can also find some budget accommodation around the city like Pension Amraserhof, Apartment Nice & Central, Apartement im Zentrum, Boardinghouse Innsbruck, Elisabeth Wild and more.
Your dining & wining experience in Innsbruck is not going to be disappointing because it has abundance of restaurants, bars and cafes around the city. Some of the popular restaurants are Lichtblick Gastro GmbH famous for its risotto, creamy polenta and duck breast, Schwarzer Adler Restaurant for its potato soup, filler of salmon and perch on herb rice and Europastuberl famous for its Warm Bacon salad, Thyme sauce and cheese and Cheese Terrine. You also can enjoy some great range of cocktails at Babalon, Bar Plateau, Block 7 Diner, Boxernstopp, Café Bar Ischia, Café Bar Lounge Republica, Café Grand Prix and Café Piazza Bar.
Goldenes Dachl, also known as the Golden Roof, is one of the greatest tourist attractions of Innsbruck located right in the heart of the city. It was built in the early 15th century by Archduke Friedrich. It is a three story balcony on the central plaza with Gothic oriels capped with 2657 golden tiles. In 2003, International Alpine Convention’s Office was transferred to Golden Roof. There are some mural paintings and flags of the Province of Tirol are famous attractions of the Golden Roof.
Patscherkofel is a ski resort with 1 gondola, 3 chair lifts and 3 surface lifts with 1067 metres of vertical descent. It is also known as Home Mountain of Innsbruck which hosted the Winter Olympics for third time in 2012. Patscherkofel has a great sports history and famous for providing a unique panorama scene of the city from its top. It is located just 7 km from Innsbruck and can be reached by car, train or bus. You can directly reach Patscherkofel cable car from Innsbruck by the J Bus.
Hofkirche, which means Court Church, is a Gothic church, built in 1553, which features the tomb of Emperor Maximilian and Silver Chapel. You will see Emperor Maximilian’s black marble tomb which glorifies the Roman Empire right on the entrance and 24 marble reliefs surrounding the tomb. There are 28 large statues of the ancestors of Emperor Maximilan including King Arthur. When you reach upstairs, you will see the Silver Chapel, built in 1578, which has an altar with a silver wood Madonna.
Tivoli Neu Stadium
Tivoli New Stadium is a sports stadium, mainly used for football matches, located at 1B area of Innsbruck. The ground was built in 2000 and is home ground of FC Wacker Innsbruck. The stadium has seating capacity of 17,400 persons which was once extended to 30000 to host some matches of Euro Cup in 2008. It is one of the famous landmarks in the city as it is always crowded with tourists taking the official tour of the stadium.
Herzsee is a beautiful lake located in the village of Aldrans in Innsbruck. It is 200m long and 50m wide and was once used for bathing by the local people. Today, the lake is used for hiking because it leads to many hiking paths around the place. It is a perfect place to relax and enjoy some scenic miracles of nature. It has proved to be a paradise for fishermen as there are a lot of fishes of many species in the lake but only the members of Fischerverein Tyrol Association are allowed to fish in Herzsee.
There are many other places to visit in Innsbruck like Brikkarspitze, Armoury, Arnspitze Group, Grand Pond and many others.