Innsbruck in Tirol is the perfect place to visit if you want to experience Austrian culture. Surrounded by mountains, Innsbruck is a base for all kinds of outdoor activities. Skiing trips to the Tyrolean Alps and hiking trips in summer, there is something for every season. Innsbruck is a University city with a young and international population. As a result, there is plenty to do both day and night.
Here are a few highlights to include in your trip to Innsbruck:
Innsbruck was heavily bombed during the Second World War so unfortunately, not much of the old city center remains. A small piece has stood the test of time and it gives a lovely example of what life was like in Innsbruck during Medieval and Renaissance times.
2. Schloss Ambras
This castle sits high above Innsbruck in the hills and provides a lovely view over the city. The easiest way to reach it is by bus, either local transport or the hop on-hop off bus, or by car. The park surrounding the castle is open to the public and free, so head there for a picknick in the shade or try the excellent food at the castle restaurant.
Innsbruck museum can be visited with a combination ticket. This ticket allows a single entry to 5 museums during a full year. So even during a short stay you won’t have to cram all museums into one day as with most tourist passes. The Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum has a very good collection of art as well as archaeological artifacts. The Tiroler Volksmuseum shows the history of life in Tirol, including copies of traditional houses and dress. Next to the Volksmuseum you will find the impressive Court Church, where you can see the silver chapel and bronze statues of nobles.
4. Hall in Tirol
Most of Innsbruck is quite modern, so for an example of true Tiroler charm, hop on a train to Hall. This small town, about 30 minutes from Innsbruck, boasts a lovely historic city center, a Cathedral, several churches, a castle and a mint. It is a great place to go for a day trip or an afternoon.
Innsbruck is young, hip and very much alive. The large student population live it up in the numerous bars and clubs throughout the city and there is a vibrant cultural scene as well. Head to Tribaun for craft beer, La Copa for life music and karaoke and Hofgarten in the park on balmy summer evenings. And don’t miss out on the pizza and the atmosphere at Treibhaus.