Innsbruck is the fifth largest city in Austria, by the measure of population. It is a city set against the backdrop of the Alps, and holds a host of historic buildings, alongside the scenery.
It is close to both Munich, Germany and Northern Italy, and is a must-see location on any trip to this region.
There is an airport located to the west of the city, with Lufthansa offering a regular flight, serving the airport, from Frankfurt, Germany. You will find seasonal flights from the UK, when the popularity of the region increases, so be sure to check when you wish to fly, to secure the best route.
Train connections are good, leading to the city station, Innsbruck Hauptbahnhof.
Once there, hiring a car, and experiencing the roads for yourself is always my best pick (see car hire guide here), as it enables you to go where you wish without the constraints of public transport. You will find plenty to explore in the area, and can really appreciate the great scenery on offer.
The Innsbruck Card (see more here) allows for you to select a timeframe (24, 48, or 72 hours) and is worth a look to enable some free entry, discounts, and use of transport (including one return trip on each cable car in the region).
An important cultural landmark in Austria, this palace was built around 1460. You can view the staterooms, hall, chambers, and tower during the day, with guided tours providing a good insight (you will need to place a reservation for an English speaking tour).
A 15th-century town tower, the Stadtturm is located in the Old Town district of Innsbruck. It was completed in 1450 as a watchtower, and today provides from the 31-metre viewing platform, a good view across the city rooftops, with the Nordkette mountain range in the distance.
The Ambras Castle is located in the hills of Innsbruck, and holds a range of art collections, in a link to Archduke Ferdinand II, who resided in the upper castle.
Museum of Tyrolean Folk Art
Home to a significant collection of cultural items from the regions past, you can gain an insight into some of the history of the area.
You cannot make a trip to Innsbruck without venturing into the mountain range to the north of the city. The Nordkettenbahnen lifts provide a ride into the mountains, and you can progress up to over 2,000 metres with minimal hiking.
The view from the top is well-worth the lift ride, and you can either stay here and progress down when ready or embark on a hike to locate some mountain huts in the area.
The highest zoo in Europe, the Alpenzoo holds a host of animals you would find in the Alps.
The city itself is well-known for Alpine sports, with several ski resorts close by. A culture within the city has been built around such sports and activities, as skiing, snowboarding, and mountaineering are prominent.
Ski resorts include Nordkette and Olympia SkiWorld, and there are many opportunities to experience this kind of activity.
Being in the Alps, take advantage of the mountains and discover some of the trekking trails in the area.
Whilst a lot will visit for the winter sports experience, summer holds the ability to partake in a variety of water sports, with swimming, sailing, and surfing all options.
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