A Complete Travel Guide to Innsbruck, Austria: 12 Best Things to Do in the Charming Old City

A Complete Travel Guide to Innsbruck, Austria: 12 Best Things to Do in the Charming Old City

The capital of the mountains.

Innsbruck is the sophisticated, bustling small-town  capital of Tyrol  in western Austria holding everything you might need while giving you access to  endless adventures  in the great outdoors.

The Nordkette Range with its tall,  dramatic spires  looms high over the  soothing river  running through the city, perfectly capturing the vast range of experiences on offer here.

Not only is Innsbruck incredibly tourist-friendly with world-class attractions for all tastes, it’s also simply very  liveable .

Be careful not to get stuck here if you have anywhere else you need to be!

We  really enjoyed our time  in Innsbruck and hope this travel guide gives you an overview of why you might like it, too.

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Why visit Innsbruck

Where to stay in innsbruck, 12 best things to do in innsbruck, where to eat in innsbruck, how to get around innsbruck, how to get to innsbruck, when to visit innsbruck, 6 budget tips for travelling in innsbruck, what to bring to innsbruck, minimise your impact.

Innsbruck by the river with mountain views

Being the main transport hub of the larger Tyrol region in Austria, Innsbruck is  perfectly located  to explore the vast expanse of stunning mountains, alpine lakes and peaceful meadows.

Innsbruck by itself is large enough to warrant a  few days of city exploring  with all of its cultural attractions and great food, but most people go here to at least pair their city break with some  outdoor activities .

It’s quite rare to find a town of this size and service level so close to  raw nature .

Hiking  is accessible at all levels and  cable cars  can help everyone enjoy the majestic views from up high.

Daredevils  might try their hand at mountain biking or climbing, and in winter the whole region transforms into a  skiers paradise  with an almost endless amount of prepared slopes.

Victoria at Nordkette

Innsbruck takes its name from the  river Inn  which splits the city in two. “Bruck” means bridge.

Geographically, Innsbruck is located at  574 metres above sea level  with mountain ranges to both the north and the south.

Innsbruck is a relatively small “big” city, so as long as you base yourself  in  Innsbruck, you can  probably walk mostly everywhere  or use public transport to quickly get around.

With that said, almost all of the city’s attractions are  centred around the Old Town , so basing yourself here can make for a lot less time getting to and from where you want to go.

Especially so if you’re only in Innsbruck for a  few short days .

We  personally  chose to stay near the central station to still be within walking distance to everything while saving a little bit of money compared to staying  in  the Old City – although the area arguably isn’t  as  nice.

Search for the best value accommodation in Innsbruck here (adlink) .

Morning Innsbruck

Luxury: AC Hotel by Marriott Innsbruck

Located next to the Triumphal Arc, AC Hotel by Marriott is just on the outskirts of the  Old Town . For walking around Innsbruck, this is  ideal .

There are other 4-star hotels in the city, but we think this looks like the  best one .

The rooms are  beautifully designed , people rave about the quality of the breakfast buffet and the service level is consistently high.

AC Hotel by Marriott in Innsbruck also offers a  fitness room  and a  sauna .

Check prices and availability at AC Hotel by Marriott (adlink) .

AC Hotel by Marriott

Value for money: Nala Individuellhotel

Nala Individuellhotel is an oasis in the  middle of the city .

The  green garden  looks incredibly inviting and the whole hotel is designed to be relaxing.

Most of the rooms aren’t huge, but they have all the amenities you expect including bonuses like soundproofing, allergy-friendly furniture and  unique designs .

If you’re looking for a value-for-money place to stay in Innsbruck in walking distance to everything, Nala Individuellhotel is a great option.

Check prices and availability at Nala Individuellhotel (adlink) .

Nala Individuellhotel

Budget: Haidegger Appartements

For travelling on a budget to Innsbruck, consider staying at Haidegger Appartements.

There is  free parking  on the street as well as a  free bus  at the doorstop that takes you into central Innsbruck in just 15 minutes.

The location outside the city gives you  amazing views  towards the mountains.

Each studio apartment comes with a  well-equipped kitchen , further helping you to reduce the price of your stay, as well as a private bathroom and a  balcony .

Check prices and availability at Haidegger Appartements (adlink) .

Haidegger Appartements

Here are the 12 best things to do in Innsbruck, Austria.

  • The Golden Roof
  • Maria-Theresien Strasse
  • Triumphal Arch
  • Imperial Palace
  • Tyrol Panorama Museum
  • Other museums in Innsbruck
  • Bergisel Ski Jump
  • Parks and walks
  • Stubai Valley

1. Old Town (Altstadt)

A UNESCO World Heritage site, the old town of Innsbruck, which is also known as the  Altstadt , is a must-visit.

Being the cultural and geographical  heart of Innsbruck , it’s impossible to miss.

The Old Town has been  beautifully preserved  with buildings that date back to medieval times, giving it a very cosy, authentic feel.

The Old Town of Innsbruck

2. The Golden Roof

The  Goldenes Dachl  (“little golden roof”) is probably Innsbruck’s  most famous attraction .

2,657 fire-gilt copper tiles adorn the roof making it exceptionally  shiny .

Don’t just come here for the roof. Make sure to also look up around you as some of the most charming buildings and  lovely old streets  are in its vicinity.

Golden Roof

3. Maria-Theresien-Strasse

Maria-Theresien-Straße is the  commercial centre  of Innsbruck and also a must-visit while in Innsbruck.

The  baroque architecture  is revered and makes for a stunning foreground to the mountains.

Do some shopping, sit at an outdoor café or simply get a feel for the small-town hustle and bustle of Innsbruck here.

Maria-Theresien-Straße

4. Triumphal Arch

Located just south of the Old Town of Innsbruck, the Triumphal Arch from 1765 used to be the southern entrance to the city.

There’s not much to “do” here exactly, but it’s a  cool photo spot .

The Triumphal Arch in Innsbruck with the Nordkette Range behind it

5. Imperial Palace

The  Imperial Palace  ( Kaiserliche Hofburg ) has returned to its former glamour after extensive restoration work and now gives a unique insight into the lives of Innsbruck’s former emperors and empresses.

A must-visit if you (like Victoria) are into tv shows like The Crown and Bridgerton – or if you just enjoy sumptuous luxury in general ( just take a look at that main hall !)

Imperial Palace

6. Tyrol Panorama Museum

We also visited the  Tyrol Panorama Museum , located within walking distance just south of town with stunning views over the roofs of Innsbruck as well as the mountains.

The museum is mainly famous for the  Innsbruck Giant Panorama Painting  taking up the whole 360 degrees in a round room with a total size of more than 1,000 square metres of canvas. Quite impressive.

Innsbruck Giant Panorama Painting

7. Other museums in Innsbruck

For the culturally inclined (or for those rainy days) there are lots of  other museums  to visit in Innsbruck.

Here are a few of them:

  • Ambras Castle  is a Renaissance castle showcasing past decadence, located on a hill about an hour of walking or a 20-minute tram ride from the Old Town.
  • In  The Audioversum , it’s all about science and wonder. The interactive museum lets guests experiment with new ways of listening.
  • Museum of Tyrolean Folk Art  is just that – a museum collecting and showcasing the most important cultural treasures from Tyrol. It’s considered one of the finest heritage museums with a regional focus in Europe.
  • For glitter, head to  Swarowski World . Several crystal rooms showcase different artists’ interpretations. The Giant at the entrance is a sort of landmark for the attractions of Innsbruck.

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8. Nordkette

The mountain range of Nordkette (also called the jewel of the alps ) stands tall above Innsbruck and can be reached directly from the city centre.

The Hungerburg funicular takes you from the river to  Hungerburg  in just 8 minutes. From here you can take the  Seegrube  to an altitude of 1,905 metres and from there go all the way to the top of the line with the  Hafelekar  to 2,256 metres.

It’s a lot easier than it probably sounds.

Up here the  views really open up on both sides , allowing you to see across Austria’s largest nature park, the Karwendel Nature Park, to the north, and the city including the Stubai Valley to the south.

In  October , it was quite warm on the lower two levels, but we were glad we had brought warm clothes for the top where the wind was quite fierce.

Even in  summer,  we imagine packing layers is a good idea.

We used our Innsbruck City Card (adlink) to get to the top. You can also buy a roundtrip cable car ticket in advance (adlink) .

Nordkette views

9. Bergisel Ski Jump

Home to one of the 4 ski-jumping competitions of the 4 Hills Tournament every year, the  Bergiselschanze ski jumping facility  in Innsbruck is a must to visit for ski-jumping enthusiasts.

Open daily, you can tour the entire facility, including the funicular, the tower lift, the panoramic café and the terrace on the jumping tower with great views over the city.

The Bergisel Ski Jump seen from below

10. Parks and walks

For a more  down-to-earth experience  than ski jumping, head to one of Innsbruck’s many parks and gardens.

Rapoldi Park , for example, is centrally located by the river and offers plenty of opportunities for having a relaxing time.

Simply  walking along the river  on both sides is also a favourite pastime for locals and visitors alike which we also personally enjoyed.

River Inn

11. Churches

For an even more spiritual experience, head to one of Innsbruck’s fine  churches .

The  Hofkirche  (Court Church) is centrally located and just as lavish as the name suggests.

Innsbruck Cathedral  (Dom zu St. Jakob) is also very pretty, as is the  Wilten Abbey Basilica .

Wilten Abbey Basilica

The Innsbruck City Card

If you intend to experience just a few of Innsbruck’s attractions, the Innsbruck City Card will quickly become your friend.

Valid from 24 to 72 hours, with prices from €53 to €73 per adult (half for children aged 6-15), the card gives you  free entrance to pretty much every attraction  you might be interested in visiting including public transport in Innsbruck and entrance to the Nordkettenbahnen (which is €42 by itself).

In other words, the card will  pay for itself  in no time.

Read more about the sights, attractions and transport included in the Innsbruck City Card (adlink) .

12. Stubai Valley

While we visited Tyrol, we also spent a few days in the Stubai Valley, located very close to Innsbruck.

Getting here is easy and in no time a  whole world of mountain adventures  open up. It’s wonderful.

Hiking  is probably the most popular activity here, and there are trails for all seasons and levels. The views are gorgeous everywhere here.

In winter,  skiing  is the name of the game and on the Stubai Glacier, you can usually ski all the way from October to June.

Read more about what to do in Stubai in our guide to visiting the valley here .

Alex hiking Stubai

Though the alp region’s traditional fare is not particularly famous for its use of vegetables (quite the opposite…), there are plenty of healthy, green meals  to be had in Innsbruck.

You’ll find most restaurants and cafés in or near the  Old Town .

Here are our 4 favourite places to eat in Innsbruck:

  • Green Flamingo  – 100% vegan, 100% tasty.
  • Verenas  – Breakfast, vegan cakes & coffee.
  • Vapiano  – Italian dining with vegan options.
  • Cigköftem  – All-vegetarian Turkish snacks.

Read more about where to eat in Innsbruck in our vegan eating guide here  for the best restaurants and cafés.

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Being a small and compact city, Innsbruck is very  walkable . There are sidewalks everywhere.

Public transport is also readily available.

The  tram  is the vehicle of choice for getting around quickly. Using the tram system to get to the mountain village of Igls or to Fulpmes in the Stubai Valley are popular, cheap excursions.

The  bus system  is also easy to navigate and runs all night.

Waling in Innsbruck

Innsbruck Airport  (Kranebitten Airport) is located just a few kilometres west of the city and serves both regional and international flights with connections to the rest of Europe.

The  central train station  (Innsbruck Hauptbahnhof) is one of Austria’s busiest train stations and from here you can also travel all over Austria and Europe by train. OBB is the national railway company of Austria.

Long-distance busses  also tend to stop near the central station.

If you stay centrally in Innsbruck and travel in your own car,  parking  can be expensive. We parked our car in the  car park below the central station . Here you’ll also find a free charging station for your EV.

Street parking Innsbruck

Innsbruck can be visited in all seasons. But what’s the best season?

It’s up to your needs and wants. There are four distinct seasons in the alps, each with its own pros and cons.

Summer  is ideal for hiking with warmer temperatures, but can also get crowded.

Winter  is a beautiful time to visit and optimal for skiing in the region.

In between  in the low seasons, you get less snow or sun, but you can easily get lucky with both (as we have written about in our travel guide to visiting Tyrol in Autumn ) as well as deal with fewer crowds. Prices are also lower.

  • Summer  (high season): July & August.
  • Autumn  (low season): September & October.
  • Winter  (high season): November, December, January, February, March & April.
  • Spring  (low season): May & June.

Innsbruck in autumn foliage

  • Travel in low season  (September, October, May and June). Accommodation prices are lower, offers might be had and there are fewer tourists.
  • Book your hotel well in advance . Even in the low season, the best accommodation offers tend to get snatched up quickly.
  • Consider renting a small studio apartment with a kitchen . Eating out in Innsbruck is delicious but can also quickly eat into your budget.
  • Drink tap water . Not only is it better for the planet, it’s also better for your wallet. The tap water in Innsbruck is  perfectly safe . So bring a refillable bottle.
  • Walk, walk and walk some more . Walking around Innsbruck is free, easy and good for your soul. You’ll find many hidden gems along your path.
  • Consider getting the Innsbruck Card  if you intend to visit more than one attraction and use public transport to get around. The savings  can  be considerable.
  • Travel insurance (adlink) . Never travel without it!
  • A good  camera  –  here’s a guide to the gear we use .
  • Sunscreen (adlink) . Even with cold air, the sun can be strong at altitude. Especially if it’s reflected in the snow.
  • A refillable water bottle  and  snacks  for active excursions.
  • Sturdy hiking shoes .

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To minimise your impact during your visit, follow these guidelines:

  • Avoid single-use plastics , including straws.
  • Dispose of waste properly .
  • Bring your own drinking water  in a refillable bottle.
  • Take only photos, leave only footprints . Let everything stay in its natural place. No stone-throwing or stacking.
  • Be considerate of other visitors .
  • Respect wildlife.

Thanks for reading

Thanks for getting all the way to the end.

We hope this city guide has been useful for your travel planning! What do you think about Innsbruck?

If you’ve been to the Tyrolean capital, it would be awesome to hear your best tips in the comments. Any hidden gems we missed?

If you haven’t been yet, please don’t hesitate to ask us anything. We’re only glad to help.

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Everything you need to know about Innsbruck including what to do, when to visit, where to eat and where to stay

Our favourite travel resources:

  • Booking.com for cheap hotels.
  • Momondo for the best flight deals.
  • SafetyWing for travel insurance. We also like World Nomads and True Traveller . All three compared here .

Our camera gear:

  • Panasonic GH5 . Used for all of our photos and videos.
  • DJI Mavic 2 Pro . Best drone out there!
  • Sirui Tripod . Lightweight and strong.
  • See all of our camera gear here .

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One Day in Innsbruck Itinerary – Top things to do in Innsbruck, Austria

Located in the heart of the Alps, Innsbruck is a small, picturesque town in Austria. Its late-medieval architectural marvels are heart-stirring, while its majestic peaks take your breath away. Innsbruck is famous for its fascinating nature and world-famous monuments, as well as its well-known province, Tirol. The Old Town mixes Gothic and Baroque architectural styles into a sweet cultural blend, while the town’s smaller districts serve as a student meeting hub. In short, spending one day in Innsbruck is well worth it!

One day in Innsbruck Itinerary

Plan your trip to Innsbruck

1. What’s the best time to visit Innsbruck? 2. A few facts about Innsbruck 3. One Day in Innsbruck Itinerary 3.1. Morning in Old Town 3.2. Lunch at the Markthalle 3.3. The Nordpark Cable Ride 3.4. The Ambras Castle 3.5. Get drinks in Innsbruck 3.6. Dinner 4. Where to stay in Innsbruck, Austria? 5. Day trips from Innsbruck 6. Extra tips for visiting Innsbruck

What’s the best time to visit Innsbruck?

The best times to visit this charming little town are the summer and winter seasons . For those passionate about skiing or snowboarding, a winter season spent in Innsbruck is the perfect Christmas gift.

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During the summer, the temperature can reach the mid-70s (mid-20s in Celsius), so even if it’s hot during the day, you might need to use a light jacket at night. The months of June-August are rated the best months to visit Innsbruck. College students are out of town during this time, so the town is quieter and more enjoyable.

Some tourists rated the months of March-May great for visiting Innsbruck. Remember that during the spring season, the temperature can hit the mid-40s (below 10 degrees Celsius).

Street of Innsbruck

If you’re aiming for better offers, prices go down during the fall season; this might also be something to consider. However, most attractions close between the months of September and November, so if you’re choosing to visit Innsbruck in the fall, you might miss out on some of them.

A few facts about Innsbruck

Innsbruck, the capital of the Tirol province, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. Its story began in the year 1180, when it was declared a small market town owned by the Bavarian counts of Andech. Due to its strategic geographical position and surrounded by Germany, Switzerland and Italy, the region has developed into what it’s become today – a wonder of the Alps.

Innsbruck Details

Located at the intersection of Central European roads and having hosted the Olympic Games in 1964 and 1976, this town’s activity grew quite rapidly. Today, Innsbruck is the home of renowned Austrian colleges, tasty beer, and a quickly expanding textile market.

If you’ve decided to spend at least one day in Innsbruck, your stay must include a visit to the Golden Roof , the city’s landmark. You should also check out the Ambras Castle’s beautiful gardens and tiny waterfalls and include the Imperial Palace on your walking tour.

The Golden Roof, Innsbruck

If you’re here during the upcoming Christmas season, don’t forget to pay a visit to the famous Christmas Market . There are also a bunch of concerts and shows to check out, if you’re an art lover. One last thing – don’t forget to include the Nordpark Cable ride in your itinerary.

One Day in Innsbruck Itinerary

In case you can’t afford to spend more than one day in Innsbruck, here are your top activities to consider. This one-day itinerary includes the town’s best sights and delicious food options, as well as all of the must-see attractions. Transportation between sites might be omitted, as Innsbruck is best tasted when explored on foot.

TIP:  Check out the best tours Innsbruck has to offer!

Morning in Old Town

Your morning visit to the Old Town cannot be short. Plan to spend at least two to three hours here, taking pictures and admiring the incredible views. The city center’s architecture is one of a kind, so leave enough time to take it in. The must-sees:

The Golden Roof and Museum , as mentioned. Very informative, important for a better understanding of Innsbruck’s history.

The Golden Roof and Museum, Innsbruck

The Imperial Palace , a must-see for its Baroque-like décor and elegance.

The City Tower , the town’s landmark. A former prison with amazing views featuring a small museum.

The City Tower View, Innsbruck

The Court Church , where Maximillian I is buried. Essential to better understand Innsbruck’s history.

The Tyrolean Folk Museum , worth it for its festivals and pretty costumes.

Hofgarten , a great park to spend some quality time in nature. It features a music pavilion, a museum, a playground, and other small buildings worth seeing.

Innsbruck Old Town

You’ll also find a bunch of coffee shops, tourist shops, and souvenirs to bring back home with you. So, explore the Old Town as long as you wish before heading to lunch.

Lunch at the Markthalle

Having explored so much of the city, you’ll be veeeery hungry. So, it’s high time you explored the Markthalle. This food hall will make you consider moving to Austria forever because this huge space is dedicated to food only. You’ll find lots of fresh pastries, produce, meat, and wine to taste. One of my favorite dishes is the Italian ravioli at one of the stands.

Markthalle, Innsbruck

Don’t forget to take some pictures while you’re here. This place is located on top of a massive building, facing the Colorful Houses of Innsbruck and the Inn River. The view is breathtaking once again.

The Nordpark Cable Ride

After lunch, it’s time for a beautiful cable ride . The Alps are worth exploring, even from afar. You’ll be visiting the Nordkette mountain range if you take this route. It’s worth mentioning that the cable ride is divided into two portions, so you must leave enough time for this activity as well. The first leg goes from Hungerburg to Seegrube, and the second one from Seegrube to Hafelekar. You can choose either one, they’re both worth exploring.

Nordpark Cable Car, Innsbruck

If you plan on spending more time in the air, you could check out the Hungerburgbahn funicular just to visit the Alpine Zoo and the famous Congress Station.

Hungerburgbahn funicular station, Innsbruck

At the top of each peak you’ll find nice restaurants and coffee shops and will be able to enjoy some outstanding views.

Hungerburgbahn funicular, Innsbruck

The Ambras Castle

The Ambras Castle, Innsbruck

Your next stop is the Ambras Castle , a 16 th -century castle renowned for its art collection. The castle’s grounds are worth exploring and, if visiting between November and December, check out the castle’s Christmas festivities. They’re amazing!

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Get drinks in Innsbruck

Austrian beer is quite exquisite, so you cannot leave Innsbruck without a trip to Tribaun or the Café Bar Galerie . Get yourself some crafted beer and head to dinner.

Cafe Galerie, Innsbruck

Check out a traditional Austrian folk performance right before dinner. The costumes, the songs, the dancing, the instruments, the energy, the people will amaze you. The Tyrolean Evenings Family Gundolf events are located just outside the city, so take a cab if needed.

Austrian folk performance, Innsbruck

For dinner, try Fischerhausl . This is a very popular option for locals, so you’ll enjoy the best and most traditional dinner in the city. Make a reservation in advance as it can get crowded quickly.

Where to stay in Innsbruck, Austria?

AC Hotel by Marriott Innsbruck

AC Hotel by Mariott Innsbruck

Salurner Strasse 15, Innenstadt, 6020 Innsbruck

AC Hotel by Mariott in Innsbruck is probably the most luxurious stay around. A panoramic view of the Alps, an excellent restaurant, a casino right next to it… Honestly, you’ll feel a bit like James Bond here. AND you’re in the city center. The rooms are awesome, naturally, with huge TVs and AC, plus the building has 14 floors, so you may want to pick a room up high for an amazing view.

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Hotel Zach, Innsbruck

Wilhelm-Greil-Straße 11, Innenstadt, 6020 Innsbruck

Hotel Zach is a great choice for your stay because it offers an impeccable service at an affordable price. It is close to the historic city center, was fully renovated in 2016 and has very comfortable and well-equipped rooms that come with free WiFi, a private bathroom and a desk.  Oh, and the breakfast here is very, very good, too!

Astoria Resort, Innsbruck

Astoria Resort

Geigenbühelstraße 185, 6100 Seefeld in Tirol

Now, if you REALLY want to live it up, Astoria Resort is the place you need to visit. It has an enormous and exceptionally beautiful park surrounding it, a huge spa center and boasts an incredible view. Everything you could ever want from a five-star hotel is here, and you will be thoroughly pampered in this amazing resort.

Montagu Hostel, Innsbruck

Montagu Hostel

7 Höttinger Gasse John Montagu, 6020 Innsbruck

Montagu Hostel   is a great budget option for a night or two, but the best thing about it is its great location – you are right in the city center in an amazingly picturesque part of the town. Plus you can enjoy a bar and an incredible view of the mountain, so the stay here will be quite memorable.

Day trips from Innsbruck

If you’re planning to extend your trip and check out the surroundings, here are some of the most interesting day trips from Innsbruck.

Crystal world

All things here SHINE! The Swarovski Crystal Worlds is an experience attraction, consisting of a park, art museum, retail area, and restaurant. A very special day trip from Innsbruck indeed.

Full of fascinating history. It is home to a local history museum and the huge, open-air Heroes Organ.

It’s like you’re in heaven. The lake can be reached by Streetcar Line 6 from the city. The lake is popular due to its green environment, so this is a day trip from Innsbruck where you just take it easy.

Check out the Tyrolean Sea (is Tirol’s largest lake and is surrounded by five small villages),

…and there are other options available if you’re planning on staying even more.

Extra tips for visiting Innsbruck

Here’s what I wish I knew before visiting Innsbruck.

– Learn a bit of German before heading to Austria – it’ll help!

– Ride the bus if you don’t want to explore the whole city on foot.

– Try to explore the whole city on foot – it’s inspiring!

– Don’t say no to cable rides, even if you’re afraid of heights. You’ll regret it.

– Visit Innsbruck between April and October to have access to everything.

– Pack a jacket and some winter boots!

– Plan on spending more than one day here to get the whole Innsbruck experience.

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What to pack for your next trip.

Make your next trip as simple and as enjoyable as possible by packing smart. It’s amazing how much stress top travel items can save you, so choose carefully. Things like lightweight travel backpacks, for example, are ideal for short trips and allow you to move around with ease, and a passport holder will make sure you keep your documents safe at all times. Check our travel checklist guide for 2021 to make sure you haven’t missed anything, and travel to your next destination in style and with maximum comfort.

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The Perfect 1, 2 or 3 Days in Innsbruck Itinerary

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Innsbruck, the picturesque capital of Tyrol in western Austria, is a charming alpine city nestled in the heart of the snowcapped Austrian Alps. With plenty of unique experiences to discover, spending 1, 2 or 3 days in Innsbruck is a must for any trip to Austria. Use this Innsbruck itinerary to discover this city’s rich history, natural splendour and cosy Austrian cuisine. 

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How Many Days in Innsbruck?

Innsbruck may be much smaller than the likes of Vienna or Salzburg , but there is plenty to see and do in the city itself, as well as exploring the surrounding Austrian Alps. With so much to discover, it can be tricky to work out how many days to spend in Innsbruck.

With just one day in Innsbruck, you’ll want to focus on the heart of the city. Explore the Old Town with its colourful medieval buildings and cobblestone streets, and majestic Imperial Palace. You’ll have time to visit a selection of museums and galleries, but if you want to explore more of the surrounding mountains, it’s best to extend your stay. 

If you have a little longer, with 2 days in Innsbruck, you’ll have plenty of time to get to know the city and explore the nearby attractions such as the Swarovski Kristallwelten Museum or the ‘Top of Europe’ the Nordkette Mountain. Discover hiking trails or simply take in the incredible views – on a clear day, you can see Italy in the south and Germany to the north. 

Ideally, you will want to dedicate a full 3 days. This way, you can explore the city and take a day trip to the surrounding attractions without feeling rushed. Visit more of the captivating museums and galleries, experience the endless hiking trails, go on a guided tour or even take to the skies in a glider plane.  

City of Innsbruck

Getting To & Around Innsbruck

Reaching Innsbruck by plane is quick and easy, whether you are already in Europe or are flying in from further afield. Innsbruck Airport (INN) is the closest airport to the city and offers both domestic and international flights.

From the airport, it’s just a short distance of about 4 kilometres to the city centre. You can choose to take a short taxi ride, airport shuttle or public bus into the city centre.

In some cases, if you are flying in from further afield, it may be more convenient to fly into a major airport such as Munich or Vienna . From there, it’s quick and easy to get to Innsbruck by train. 

Innsbruck is a major railway hub with excellent train connections from just about anywhere in Europe. The city is served by regional, national, and international trains, with direct trains from Vienna, Zurich , Cologne and even Amsterdam . You can view train schedules here.

The main train station, Innsbruck Hauptbahnhof, is centrally located and well-connected. Travelling by train is the more environmentally friendly option but also offers incredible scenic views of the alpine landscapes along the way, including the Alberg Pass.

Another more affordable option is to travel by bus. Innsbruck has a reliable bus network, both domestically and internationally. Several bus companies operate services to and from Innsbruck, connecting it with various European cities. The bus station, Innsbruck Hauptbahnhof, is conveniently located next to the train station. You can view bus schedules here.

Innsbruck is also easily accessible by car. The A12 and A13 motorways link Innsbruck with neighbouring countries and cities like Munich, Salzburg , and Verona . Austria , like Switzerland , has its own vignette system, so make sure to purchase an annual pass to drive on the motorways if you are planning on bringing your own car. 

Also, be aware the A12 motorway is now part of the Low Emission zone in Tyrol, so you will need a sticker on your windscreen displaying your vehicle’s emission status. If you don’t have one of these, avoid using this particular motorway and use the more minor 171 road, as the fines can be hefty.  

If you need to rent a car for your trip, you can browse Rentalcars.com which compares prices across major companies.

Once you have arrived in this alpine city, getting around is easy. The best way to explore the centre is on foot. This way, you get to fully immerse yourself in the culture and discover back streets and local craft shops along the way.

If you are spending only one day in Innsbruck or want to really make the most of your time here, familiarising yourself with the bus and tram network is best.

Purchasing an Innsbruck Card will provide you with free travel on public transport around the city, entry to 22 attractions (10 of which are included in this Innsbruck itinerary) and a 3-hour pass for one of the city bikes. These cards are valid for 24, 48 or 72 hours.

The Golden Roof in Innsbruck

1, 2 or 3 Days in Innsbruck Itinerary

Day 1 – innsbruck old town highlights.

Innsbruck’s charming old town is the perfect place to kick off your visit to this historic city. Over 500 years old, Innsbruck is packed full of culture and history. Wandering the pedestrianised cobbled streets of the old town, you’ll be transported back to mediaeval times.

Taking in the colourful buildings, painted facades, intricate architecture and local craft stores along the way. Don’t miss Maria Theresian Strasse, the street that offers the most breathtaking views with historic buildings framed by the majestic Alps.

Here you will find plenty of shops and cafes where you can spend the morning enjoying some retail therapy – don’t forget to pick up some souvenirs to take home.   

Golden Roof

One of the most iconic landmarks in Innsbruck is the ‘Golden Roof’. Completed in 1500, the golden roof was commissioned by Emperor Maximilian. 2,657 gilded copper shingles were added to the roof to mark his wedding to Bianca Maria Sforza.

You can visit the embellished roof with its dazzling copper tiles from the main square of the Old Town, but for a unique view of the roof and across the city, climb the 148 steps to reach the top of the City Tower (Stadtturm) – tickets can be purchased here.

Imperial Palace/Hofberg

Just a short walk away from the City Tower and the Golden Roof, the Hofburg is a historic landmark and former imperial palace nestled in the heart of the city.

With roots dating back to the 15th century, this grand architectural marvel once served as the residence of the Habsburgs, one of Europe’s most influential royal families, whenever they visited the city. The Hofburg showcases a variety of architectural styles, including Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque. 

Now, you can enter the building to explore its opulent rooms, admire intricate frescoes and delve into the rich history of the Habsburg dynasty. The palace also houses several museums, including the Imperial Apartments and the Treasury, displaying a collection of royal artefacts and regalia.

Outside, the former private gardens are open to the public and are well worth wandering through on your way out. 

The Imperial Palace

After a busy morning exploring the heart of Innsbruck, it’s time to head into the hustle and bustle of the central covered market to pick up some local delights. Just a short walk from the Hofburg and the public park, you’ll find the permanent Market Hall.

Inside, there are plenty of discoveries to be made – from farm-fresh artisan foods to vibrant flowers, This is the perfect place to pick up some lunch and stop for a coffee before heading on to Ambras Castle.  

Ambras Castle

On the outskirts of the city centre, perched on a ridge, Ambras Castle is a magnificent Renaissance castle that stands as a testament to history and cultural heritage.

Built in the 16th century by Archduke Ferdinand II, the castle boasts stunning architecture, beautiful gardens, and breathtaking views of the surrounding Alps.

Ambras Castle is renowned for its remarkable art collections, including the world’s oldest collection of portraits, the Habsburg Portrait Gallery.

As well as the cabinet of curiosities, an armoury room, an old musical instrument museum and the intricately decorated 43-metre Spanish Hall. You can pre-book tickets here.

Ambras Castle

Bergisel Ski Jump

Whether you are a winter sports enthusiast or not, it’s well worth visiting the Bergisel Ski Jump, located just to the south of the city.

Hosting the Winter Olympic ski jump in 1964, 1976 and 2012, here you can discover the history of this adrenaline-fuelled sport in the multimedia room and watch live demonstrations as the team trains from May to October (depending on weather conditions). You can book tickets here.

You can also head up two lifts into the modern tower to enjoy panoramic views of the city and the Innsbruck Valley. Here you will also find a modern restaurant offering a delightful culinary experience with breathtaking views of the Tyrol Panorama.

1809’s menu showcases a range of creative and flavourful dishes, highlighting regional and seasonal ingredients. From hearty Austrian classics to innovative international cuisine, there is something to suit every palate. 

If you would prefer to head back to Innsbruck to enjoy some regional cuisine, the old town is the best place to find authentic Tyrolean dishes. Try Stiftskeller located in the cellar of St. Jacob’s Cathedral. This is one of the oldest restaurants in Europe. Alternatively, consider taking a food tour of the city.

Bergisel Ski Jump

Day 2 – Top of Innsbruck, Alpenzoo, Swarovski Kristallwelten Museum & More!

Top of innsbruck/nordkette.

“The Top of Innsbruck” refers to the stunning viewing platform located at the summit of the Nordkette mountain range, offering breathtaking panoramic views of Innsbruck and the surrounding alpine landscapes. Visiting here is absolutely one of the best things to do in Innsbruck. 

To reach the summit from the city centre, walk over to Innsbruck Congress. From there, you take a funicular to the Hungerburg stop. Next, you will take two cable cars, the first to Seegrube and then the next up to Hafelekar. You can pre-book tickets here.

It may seem like a complicated journey, but it is a popular, well-signposted route that only takes around 30 minutes. As you ascend into the mountains, the views across the valley are truly breathtaking.

Arriving at the summit, you’ll be treated to far-reaching views across Italy and Germany. There are plenty of hiking trails to explore from the top, so make sure you wear appropriate footwear, put together a picnic and pack warm clothing (even in the summer).  

Cable Car in Nordkette

Seegrube hike/restaurant

After taking in the summit, the first stop on your descent is Seegrube. This is where you change cable cars, but it is worth spending some time here before continuing back down to Innsbruck.

If you are hoping to find a bite to eat, there is a great restaurant at this station, ‘Seegrube Restaurant,’ where you can enjoy Tyrolean cuisine with panoramic views.

Another stop on the descent from Nordkette is the Alpenzoo. The highest zoo in Europe, the Alpenzoo, is not your average zoo. You won’t find any tigers, lions or giraffes here.

They focus primarily on the animals native to the Alps – ibex, marmot, beaver, otter, wolves and many more in their natural habitat. They are also working on the conservation of native endangered species such as the Bavarian pine vole. You can buy tickets here that combines Alpenzoo & The Top of Innsbruck.

Brown Bear in Alpenzoo

Swarovski Kristallwelten Museum

One of the highlights of any trip to Innsbruck is the magical world of the Swarovski Kristallwelten Museum. More of a theme park than a museum, there is plenty to see and do here, so you will want to dedicate the entire afternoon to exploring the underground galleries, maze, waterfalls and countless displays of crystals. 

To reach the museum, take the shuttle bus from Innsbruck train station. There are four shuttle buses every day, you can check the timetables here . 

As you arrive, you’ll be greeted by the spectacular waterfall and outdoor displays before heading inside to discover the galleries, including crystal renderings of artwork by famous artists such as Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol.  

The museum is open until 7pm so you will have plenty of time to explore the exhibits, visit the shop and enjoy the on-site restaurant, Daniels Kristallwelten .

Enjoy the extensive menu before winding down at the bar. If you are limited to 2 days in Innsbruck, this is the perfect way to round off your stay with a touch of luxury. 

Day 3 – Neuschwanstein Castle, Achensee, Stubai Glacier or Salzburg

If you have a full 3 days in Innsbruck, you will have time to take a day trip to a nearby beauty spot, book an exciting excursion, or city hop to spend the day exploring a new city. Here are some ideas for your third and final day in this breathtaking city. 

Neuschwanstein Castle

Venture across the border into Germany to visit the iconic Neuschwanstein Castle. This fairy-tale castle, perched on a hilltop, is known for inspiring Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle. Here you can take a guided tour where you will head inside and learn all about Neuschwanstein and King Ludwig II.

The most iconic viewpoint is Marienbrücke, a 10-minute hike away. This is where you will want to take your photos of the castle perched upon its rocky outcrop. 

Head over to the stunning Achensee, the largest lake in Tyrol. Nestled between the dramatic Rofan mountains and the wild Karwendel mountains, this turquoise alpine lake is a much-loved summertime destination.

Enjoy water activities like swimming, sailing, stand-up paddleboarding, or hiking along the beautiful trails surrounding the lake. If you are visiting during the ski season, there are several resorts surrounding the lake, including Christlum, Rofan and Planberg. 

Lake Achensee

Stubai Glacier

Experience the magic of the Stubai Glacier, one of the largest glaciers in the Eastern Alps, renowned for its year-round snow and breathtaking views.

With extensive ski slopes, snowboarding terrain, and a range of winter activities, it offers an exceptional winter sports experience. In summer, you can explore hiking trails, witness glaciers, and enjoy panoramic vistas of the surrounding mountains.

If you are more of a city hopper, you can reach Salzburg in around 2 hours by train from Innsbruck. Salzburg is a captivating city with a timeless beauty, rich history, and vibrant cultural scene. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is famous as the birthplace of Mozart, and his legacy can be felt throughout the city.

With its charming Old Town, baroque architecture, and magnificent landmarks such as Hohensalzburg Fortress and Mirabell Palace, Salzburg offers a feast for history and architecture enthusiasts.

The city also hosts world-class music festivals, including the renowned Salzburg Festival, attracting classical music lovers from around the globe.

The beautiful city of Salzburg

Where to Stay in Innsbruck

Hotel Zach – Mid-range travellers to this beautiful Tyrolean city will love this 3-star hotel. Centrally located close to all of Innsbruck’s top attractions, they have a range of lovely rooms to choose from along with a nice terrace and a great breakfast each morning.

Hotel Innsbruck – Those after luxury will love this plush hotel located in the centre of the city of Innsbruck. They have a number of gorgeous rooms to choose from along with countless opulent amenities for guests to enjoy.

Marktbar Studios – If you want to have your own flat while staying in Innsbruck, then these boutique studios are a great option. Located close to all of the top attractions in Innsbruck, they have a range of fully-furnished studios available with everything you may need for your stay.

Montagu Hostel – Budget and solo travellers will love this centrally-located and highly-rated hostel. They have both dorm beds and private rooms on offer along with great common areas and self-catering facilities for guests to use.

Not quite what you’re looking for? Click here to browse more Innsbruck hotels!

Innsbruck is a truly captivating city, effortlessly combining the natural beauty of the surrounding mountains with a rich cultural heritage. A vibrant year-round destination, there is so much to see and do, planning your visit could easily become overwhelming. Using this guide, you will be able to plan the perfect itinerary to suit you.

Are you planning to visit Innsbruck? Have any questions about this itinerary? Let us know in the comments!

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Top Innsbruck Attractions: 21 Absolute Best Things to do in Innsbruck, Austria

Top Innsbruck Attractions - Best things to do in Innsbruck Austria

Innsbruck is a charming alpine city located in western Austria boasting pastel-hued houses lining the green waters of the River Inn set below the jagged snow-capped peaks of the Alps. Cross the river and you’ll find yourself in a tangle of medieval alleys full with ornate Baroque and Rococo architecture. Innsbruck is famous for its excellent skiing and resorts, its folk traditions , the nearby Swarovski Crystal Worlds , historic landmarks from the Habsburg Empire including the baroque-style Hofburg Palace and Gothic Hofkirche Church, Ambras Castle, and the Golden Roof (German: Goldenes Dachl). All this is surrounded by incredible Alpine views with countless vantage points around the city. 

From where to eat, what to see and do, where to stay, and general Innsbruck travel tips, here are the top Innsbruck attractions that will ensure you see and experience the very best things to do in Innsbruck.

Where is Innsbruck?

Innsbruck is the capital of the historical region of Tyrol (German: Tirol), in the Alps which includes Northern Italy and western Austria. Innsbruck sits just 32km south of the German border and 478 km from Austria’s capital, Vienna.

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Included in this Innsbruck city guide

  • Map of Innsbruck
  • Innsbruck language guide
  • Things to do in Innsbruck, Austria
  • Where to eat and Drink in Innsbruck

Where to stay in Innsbruck

How to get to innsbruck.

  • How to get around Innsbruck
  • Innsbruck Itinerary: How to spend 3 Days in Innsbruck

What language do they speak in Innsbruck?

Even though the state of Tyrol is small and the official language is German, there are numerous local dialects, acronyms, and phrases that may confuse visitors, even German-speaking ones! English is also widely spoken as it’s taught in schools so you’ll find that Austrian citizens speak English fluently.

In addition to the majority languages such as German and Italian, languages such as Ladin, Cimbrian and Mócheno are also spoken in Tyrol.

As with any destination you travel too, it’s a great idea to learn some basic survival phrases that will show respect towards the locals and help break the ice. So, with that in mind. Here are some Tyrolean phrases to learn and use during your trip.

  • Hallo, Grias-di (one person, informal), Grias-enk (group) – Hello!, Good Day!
  • Grüs Gott (general – welcome to, respectful) – Good Day!
  • Guten Morgen  – Good morning 
  • Guten Tag – good afternoon
  • Guten Abend – good evening
  • Gute Nacht –  good night 
  • Ciao, tschüss,auf wiedersehen/auf Wiederschaugn – Goodbye!
  • Pfiat-di, Pfiat-enk, Pfiat-eich = Goodbye!
  • Bitte – Please
  • Danke – thank you 
  • Vielen Danke – Thank you very much
  • Danke schön – polite
  • Wie viel kostet es? – How much is it?
  • Es tut mir leid , ich verstehe kein Deutsch  – I’m sorry, I don’t understand German

Want to learn more German? Get my free German travel phrase guide here.

Map of Things to do in Innsbruck, Austria

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Best things to do in Innsbruck, Austria

1. cross the innbrücke .

Best things to do in Innsbruck Austria - Innbrucke Bridge Alps Storm Clouds

There are 12 bridges that connect Innsbruck’s 20 districts, but the most important and well-known this one called, Innbrücke which also appears on the city’s coat of arms.

Another reason to visit the Innbrücke is for the wonderful views and endless photo potential with the row of colourful buildings lining the river set directly below the towering mountains.  

Tips for visiting Innbrücke

  • From the south side of the bridge, walk east along the waterfront towards Marktplatz to see all the wonderfully bridge houses. 
  • The bridge itself tends to get busy from 9 am, so the best time for photos is definitely in the early morning. Alternatively, walk further down and take a shot from a distance.
  • Address : Innbrücke,6020, Innsbruck, Austria

2. Climb the Town Tower (Stadtturm)

Best things to do in Innsbruck Austria - Panorama of Innsbruck at Sunset

For one of my favourite views of Innsbruck, head inside the Stadtturm and climb the 133 steps that lead up to the 31-metre-high viewing platform. What you’ll get are spectacular 360-degree views of the city’s medieval streets and the Nordkette Mountains. You can even see the famous Bergisel Ski Jump located to the south.

Tips for visiting Stadtturm

  • Admission: Entrance is 4,50 € or free with the Innsbruck City Card which can also be purchased on-site. 
  • Only cash is accepted. There is, however, a cash machine located a few meters down from the Stadtturm entrance. As you exit, turn right. It’s located in the wall. Here is a map reference. 
  • It can get very windy and cold at the top of the tower, so dress warm in cooler months so you can enjoy the views longer.
  • Opening times: Stadtturm is open daily: June-September 10:00 – 20:00; , October – May 10:00 – 17:00; 
  • Check for extended opening hours over the Christmas period. When I was there, they didn’t close until 8pm!
  • Address: Herzog-Friedrich-Straße 21, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
  • Check the official Innsbruck tourism website for more details

3. See the Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl) and Goldenes Dachl Museum

Best things to do in Innsbruck Austria - View of Golden Roof Goldenes Dachl

The Golden Roof was completed in 1500, to mark the wedding of Emperor Maximilian I  to Bianca Maria Sforza on 16 March 1494. The Emperor and his wife used the balcony to watch festivals, tournaments, and other events that took place in the square below.

To see the inside of the balcony, visit the Goldenes Dachl Museum which forms part of a two-storied museum documenting the era of Emperor Maximilian I.

Tips for visiting Goldenes Dachl and Goldenes Dachl Museum

  • Admission : Entrance to the Goldenes Dachl Museum is Adults: 5,00 €, Reduced tickets (senior citizens [=60+], students and children): 2,50 €; or free with the Innsbruck City Card .
  • Opening times: Goldenes Dachl Museum is open Monday to Saturday (May-September) 10:00 – 17:00; Tuesday to Sunday (October-April) 10:00 – 17:00; Closed in November.
  • You can see the Golden Roof for free with the best view from Herzog-Friedrich-Straße.  The best-elevated view is from the Stadtturm, so be sure to keep an eye out for it.
  • Address: Herzog-Friedrich-Straße 15, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria

4. Visit the Court Church (Hofkirche)

Best things to do in Innsbruck Austria - Hofkirche Court Church Cenotaph

Located to the left of the entrance is a monument of Tyrol’s national hero, Andreas Hofer. Andreas Hofer was a Tyrolean innkeeper and drover, who in 1809 became the leader of the Tyrolean Rebellion against the revolutionary Napoleonic invasion during the War of the Fifth Coalition. He was subsequently captured and executed and is still celebrated as a folk hero, freedom fighter and Austrian patriot. 

Tips for visiting Hofkirche

  • Admission : Entrance to the Hofkirche is Adult 7€; Reduced 5€; Under 19 y/o – free entry, or free with the Innsbruck City Card .
  • For a unique vantage point of the church, visit the adjoining Museum of Tyrolean Regional Heritage which will give you access to an overhead balcony. For more details, see no. 8 in this list.
  • Opening times: Hofkirche is open Monday to Saturday 09:00 – 17:00; Sundays and public holidays 12:30 – 17:00; 
  • Address : Universitätsstraße 2, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
  • Check the official Hofkirche tourism website for more details

5. See St. Anne’s Column

Best things to do in Innsbruck Austria - St. Annes Column

Tips for visiting St. Anne’s Column

  • The area around St. Anne’s Column is located in a shopping district on Maria-Theresien-Straße which can make this part of town busy. Located nearby are two large shopping centers RathausGalerien and Kaufhaus Tyrol worth visiting. 
  • Address: Maria-Theresien-Straße 18, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria

6. Take the Funicular to Hungerburg, Seegrube and the ‘Top of Innsbruck’

The best view of Innsbruck is from the Nordkette Mountains and getting there is super easy with the Innsbruck funicular and gondola (German: Nordkettenbahnen) with various stops along the way. Within 20 minutes you’ll be whisked from the city centre to the snowy mountain tops for some truly incredible views. Each stop seems to out-do the one before.

After the funicular takes you over the River Inn via a tunnel and bridge, there are four main stops along the Nordkette route worth visiting. The first is called Alpenzoo where you’ll find Alpine Zoo – one of the highest elevation zoos in Europe. See no. 7 in this list for more details. 

Best things to do in Innsbruck Austria - Hungerburg Panorama

There is a restaurant here too and outdoors seating so make sure you grab an apfelstrudel   (apple strudel) and enjoy the view.

Hafelekar, the Top of Innsbruck

Best things to do in Innsbruck Austria - Top of Innsbruck

There is another small cafe up here and an outdoor viewing area. Hafelekar is where the most experienced skiers come to join the ski run of Hafelekarrinne. This is one of the steepest ski runs in Europe with a gradient of 70%! Eek!

Tips for taking the Innsbruck Funicular and visiting Nordkette

  • Weather : Try and time your visit according to the weather. Once you reach Seegrube, the conditions will be a lot cooler due to the elevation and snow on the ground all year round. The Top of Innsbruck is cooler again and can be windy. When I visited in December the viewing area was very icy and slippery making hard to move around and see the view below. A few people even fell over. If you have these crampons or ice grippers , definitely pop them on! Ain’t no shame.
  • Funicular : Hop on the Funicular at Congress Innsbruck – a 4 minute walk from the Golden Roof located at Rennweg 3, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria. See Congress Innsbruck map reference
  • Price : The entire journey from Congress Innsbruck to the Top of Innsbruck is €38 , which means the Innsbruck City Card literally pays for itself. 
  • Innsbruck-Hungerbrug round trip is 9,90 € or free with the Innsbruck City Card . 
  • Hot tip: The Innsbruck City Card is only valid for one trip so if you decide you want to go to Hungerburg one day then to visit the Top of Innsbruck another day, your card won’t be valid for a second trip. Your best bet is to pay for the ticket to Hungerburg then use your Innsbruck City Card for your second journey which would otherwise cost €38.
  • To Hungerburg (Mon-Fri) 07.15 – 19.15; (Sat-Sun, public holidays) 08:00 – 19.15
  • To Seegrube (Mon-Sun) 08.30 – 17.30
  • To Hafelekar (Mon-Sun) 0900 – 17:00
  • Check the official Nordkette website for more details

7. Visit the Alpine Zoo (Alpenzoo Innsbruck)

Personally, I’m not into visiting Zoos as I much prefer seeing animals in the wild like going whale watching , however, for some Alpine animals this can be almost impossible. I’ve included the Alpine Zoo here as the zoo is very popular  and the highest themed zoo in Europe. 

The Alpine Zoo is home to brown bears, wolves, bearded vultures, lynx, Alpine ibex, chamois, marmots, and the golden eagle which was nearly wiped out in the 19th century. Some species in found in the zoo have now recovered thanks to breeding programmes and reintroduction into the wild, which has included animals from the Alpine Zoo.

Tips for visiting the Alpine Zoo

  • Adults € 12,00 
  • Students / retirees (+ ID) € 9,50 
  • Handicapped person (50-70%) € 6,00 
  • Children (6 – 15 years) pupils (ID) € 6,00 
  • Small children (4 – 5 years) € 2,50 
  • Opening times: The Alpine Zoo is open daily 09:00 – 18:00 (April-October); 09:00 – 17:00  (November-March)
  • Start your day early to make the most of your ticket so that you can visit the zoo before heading further up the Nordette mountains.
  • Address : Weiherburggasse 37a, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria

8. Visit the Museum of Tyrolean Regional Heritage (Tiroler Volkskunstmuseum)

Best things to do in Innsbruck Austria - Museum of Tyrolean Regional Heritage - Man in Alpine Traditional Dress

My favourite part of the museum was visiting each of its 14 carefully restored wood-panelled parlours ranging from Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo periods, and originating from all regions of Tyrol, including North Tyrol, South Tyrol and Trentino .

As I mentioned earlier, not to be missed is the unique vantage point visitors to the museum get of the Court Church located next door. The entrance to the balcony is located on the upper floor and around to the left at the back of a dark room. As you walk past, a sensor will detect your movement and a door will open out onto the balcony.  Ask the museum staff to point you in the right direction if you’re lost or unsure as it’s not clearly marked.

Tips for visiting the Museum of Tyrolean Regional Heritage

  • Admission : Entrance to the Museum of Tyrolean Regional Heritage is free with the Innsbruck City Card or you can purchase a Combi ticket Adult: € 11; Reduced: € 8; Under 19 y/o – free entry, which includes entrance to the Tyrolean State Museum, Museum of Tyrolean Regional Heritage, Tirol Panorama, Museum of the Tyrolean Imperial Infantry, and the Hofkirche.
  • Opening times: The Museum of Tyrolean Regional Heritage is open daily 09:00 – 17:00
  • Multimedia guides are in German, English, Italian, and French are included in the admission price
  • Check the official Museum of Tyrolean Regional Heritage website for more details

9. Visit the Tyrolean State Museum (Ferdinandeum)

Best things to do in Innsbruck Austria - Tyrolean State Museum Ferdinandeum Exterior

The museum contains a variety of displays and exhibits ranging including Romanesque and Gothic masterpieces, a large collection of artworks by Dutch artists such as Rembrandt and  Modern Gallery featuring a collection of Austrian and Tyrolean art.

Tips for visiting the Ferdinandeum / Tyrolean State Museum

  • Admission : Entrance to the Tyrolean State Museum is free with the Innsbruck City Card or you can purchase a Combi ticket Adult: € 11; Reduced: € 8; ; Under 19 y/o – free entry, which includes entrance to the Tyrolean State Museum, Museum of Tyrolean Regional Heritage, Tirol Panorama, Museum of the Tyrolean Imperial Infantry, and the Hofkirche.
  • Opening times: The Tyrolean State Museum is open daily 09:00 – 17:00
  • Multimedia guides are in German, English, Italian, and French are included in the admission price.
  • Address: Museumstraße 15, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
  • Check the official Tyrolean State Museum website for more details.

10. Visit the Tirol Panorama

Best things to do in Innsbruck Austria - Tirol Panorama

The Tirol Panorama is a cyclorama depicting the Third Battle of the Bergisel where the Tyrolean rebels, led by Andreas Hofer (remember him from the Hofkirche?), fought off Napoleonic invaders on August 13, 1809. 

The battles actually took place in the exact spot the Tirol Panorama is located today. The cyclorama is 1,000 square meters (10,764 square feet) and part of a museum following the history of Tirol. 

The Tirol Panorama is also linked to the Kaiserjäger Museum (Museum of the Tyrolean Imperial Infantry) by an underground passage.

Tips for visiting the Tirol Panorama

  • The best way to reach Tirol Panorama is by taking the Sightseer Hop on-Hop off bus, free with the Innsbruck City Card . Check the timetable here
  • Admission: Entrance to the Tirol Panorama is free with the Innsbruck City Card or you can purchase a Combi ticket Adult: € 11; Reduced: € 8; ; Under 19 y/o – free entry, which includes entrance to the Tyrolean State Museum, Museum of Tyrolean Regional Heritage, Tirol Panorama, Museum of the Tyrolean Imperial Infantry, and the Hofkirche.
  • Opening times: The Tirol Panorama is open Wednesday-Monday 09:00 – 17:00.
  • Multimedia guides are in German, English, Italian, French, and Spanish are included in the admission price.
  • Address : Bergisel 1-2, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria.
  • Check the official Tirol Panorama website for more details

11. Walk the Panorama Loop Trail (Panoramaweg Bergisel)

Best things to do in Innsbruck Austria - Bergisel Mountain Panorama Loop Trail Path

Tips for walking the Panoramaweg Bergisel

  • The walk isn’t very challenging and is suitable for most fitness levels.
  • I recommend wearing walking shoes with a good grip as some parts can be narrow or slippery, especially after rain.
  • The walk starts at the back of the Tirol Panorama car park. 
  • The trail is divided into two parts – one trail leads to the observation deck while the other will take you to the trail loop itself. At the very start of the walk at the car park, there is a terribly marked path that leads to the left and down the hill and winds around to the river edge, this is the panorama walk. Alternatively, you can go to the observation deck first, in which case you will take the trail that leads up the hill. Both trails do meet up later in the walk but it just means you will need to double back at some point to see both trails.
  • You’ll need roughly 2.5 hours walking at a slow-medium pace, to see both trails but this will depend on how often you want to stop to take photos.

12. Visit the Bergisel Ski Jump and restaurant

Best things to do in Innsbruck Austria - Bergisel Ski Jump Skiers View

The Bergisel Ski Jump is a spectacular ski jump designed by architect Zaha Hadid. The same architect who designed the Nordpark Railway Stations to Nordkette. The Bergisel Ski Jump stands at 47 meters tall and holds up to 28,000 spectators. On the top floor is a fine dining restaurant where you can charge and refuel after your walk through nature.

Tips for visiting the Bergisel Ski Jump

  • If you’re not already at Tirol Panorama, the best way to get to the Bergisel Ski Jump is by taking the Sightseer Hop on-Hop off bus, free with the Innsbruck City Card . Check the timetable here
  • Admission: Entrance to the Bergisel Ski Jump is free with the Innsbruck City Card or Adults: € 10; Children (6-14 years): €5
  • Opening times: The Bergisel Ski Jump is open daily (June – October) 09:00 – 18:00; Wednesday-Monday 10:00 – 17:00 (November – May). The Ski Jump is subject to closing to events, so check the official website for details.
  • Last admission half an hour beforehand.
  • Address : Bergisel 3, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
  • Check the official Bergisel Ski Jump website for more details

13. See the Triumphal Arch (Triumphpforte)

Best things to do in Innsbruck Austria - Triumphal Arch Triumphpforte Light trail

Unfortunately, the Empress’ husband, Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor, and the father of the groom died suddenly during the celebrations. The Baroque structure pays tribute to both the wedding of the young couple on its south side; with the north side commemorating the death of Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor.

Tips for visiting the Triumphal Arch 

  • The best view is from the south side with the mountains in the background.
  • Please be careful when crossing the street and avoid standing on the little traffic island. 
  • Address : Leopoldstraße 2, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria

14. See the home of Swarovski crystals at Swarovski Kristallwelten

Best things to do in Innsbruck Austria - Swarovski Kristallwelten - Crystal Cloud Mirror Pond Walkway

Swarovski Kristallwelten (Swarovski Crystal Worlds) opened in 1995 and is located in the town of Wattens where the company is still headquartered today. 

It’s not easy to explain how amazing this place is since its an audiovisual experience that must be experienced in person. What I will say though is that each room has its own theme and has been designed by internationally and nationally recognised artists, designers, and architects, such as Brian Eno, Tord Boontje, Niki de Saint Phalle, Jim Whiting, Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, Salvador Dalí, and Yayoi Kusama, who have all used crystal to create a unique experience.

Tips for visiting Swarovski Kristallwelten

Best things to do in Innsbruck Austria - Sightseer bus stop and Swarovski Kristallwelten bus stop

  • There is a free shuttle bus that departs in front of the Innsbruck main train station (Hauptbahnhof) and in front of the Hofburg Imperial Palace (Congress/Hofburg).  Check the timetable here .
  • The shuttle bus can be busy both ways so arrive at the bus stop well ahead of departure time to avoid disappointment.
  • Admission: Entrance to the Swarovski Kristallwelten is free with the Innsbruck City Card or Adults: €19; Disabled: €15; Children (0-5 years): Free
  • Opening times: The Swarovski Kristallwelten is open daily from 08:30 to 19:30
  • Last admission is one hour before closing time 
  • Address : Kristallweltenstraße 1, 6112 Wattens, Austria
  • Check the official Swarovski Kristallwelten website for more details

15. Wander around Ambras Castle (Schloss Ambras)

Best things to do in Innsbruck Austria - Ambras Castle - The Spanish Hall

Other Ambras Castle highlights include the Portrait Gallery featuring over 200 paintings, the Saint George Altar of Emperor Maximilian I, and the Spanish Hall. The Spanish Hall is a beautiful hall stretching 43 metres long and built during the Renaissance in order to host balls and other festive occasions.  The walls are covered in 27 colourful full-figure portraits of Tyrolean rulers, from Count Albrecht I of Tyrol to Archduke Ferdinand II.

Tips for visiting Ambras Castle

  • The best way to reach Ambras Castle is by taking the Sightseer Hop on-Hop off bus, free with the Innsbruck City Card .
  • Admission : Entrance to the Ambras Castle is free with the Innsbruck City Card or Adults: €8; Concessions: €6; Children (0-19 years): Free
  • Opening times: The Ambras Castle is open daily from 10:00 to 17:00. Closed in November.
  • Last admission is 30 minutes before closing time 
  • Address : Schlossstraße 20, 6020 Innsbruck
  • Check the official Ambras Castle website for more details

16. Visit the Hofburg Imperial Palace

Best things to do in Innsbruck Austria - Hofburg Palace and Alps

Museum highlights include the Giant’s Hall, Guards’ Hall, Lorraine Room and Chapel and the apartment of Empress Elisabeth which has been restored and contains mainly 18th-century furnishings, tapestries, and works of art. 

Tips for visiting the Hofburg

  • Unfortunately, photography isn’t allowed inside the palace.
  • Admission : Entrance to the Hofburg is free with the Innsbruck City Card or Adults: €9,50; Children (0-19 years): Free
  • Opening times: The Hofburg is open daily from 09:00 to 17:00. Closed in November.
  • Last admission is at 16:30
  • Address: Rennweg 1, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
  • Check the official Hofburg website for more details

17. Visit the Grassmayr Bell Foundry

The Grassmayr Bell Foundry is Austria’s oldest family-run business and one of the largest bell manufacturers in the world. Now that’s something to support! Founded by Bartlmä Grassmayr in Habichen in 1599, the Grassmayr Bell Foundry has supplied bells for eight religions to over 100 countries across every continent.

Grassmayr Bell Foundry is an interactive museum and perfect for families with young children. Inside the sound studio, a selection of bells of various sizes and mallets you can use to strike the bells with. Diagrams are provided to explain how to identify the tone of a bell. Very cool!

Tips for visiting Grassmayr Bell Foundry

  • Admission : Entrance to the Grassmayr Bell Foundry is free with the Innsbruck City Card or Adults: €9; Children (6-14 years): €5; Children (Under 6 years): Free
  • Opening times: The Grassmayr Bell Foundry is open Monday – Friday 10:00 – 16:00; Saturdays (May – October) 10:00 – 16:00
  • Address: Leopoldstraße 53, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
  • Check the official Grassmayr Bell Foundry website for more details

18. Visit the AUDIOVERSUM – Science Center

Use interactive work stations to understand the science behind your senses at the AUDIOVERSUM – Science Center. This unusual museum was created with the aim to increase awareness of the importance of hearing for communication, quality of life and human development. The exhibits are interactive, enable self-determined learning, and do not require any previous knowledge and have a playful component. Such a cool concept and very well executed!

Tips for visiting AUDIOVERSUM – Science Center

  • The museum isn’t very large. Allow yourself an hour to see all the exhibits.
  • Admission: Entrance to the AUDIOVERSUM – Science Center is free with the Innsbruck City Card or Adults: €9; Concession: €7; Children (< 15 years): €5,0; Children (under 6 years): Free
  • Opening times: The AUDIOVERSUM – Science Center is open Tuesday – Sunday 10:00 – 17:00; Public Holidays: Closed.
  • Address : Wilhelm-Greil-Straße 23, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
  • Check the official AUDIOVERSUM – Science Center website for more details

19. Go skiing

Best things to do in Innsbruck Austria - View of Alps from Plane with sun shining

20. Be a Guest on an Olympic Bobsled

It’s not every day you get a chance to feel the rush of being a passenger in an Olympic Bobsled. Hold on tight as you race down the 800-metre-long ice track in an original guest bobsleigh and experience first hand what makes this winter sport so incredible. The guest bobsleigh reaching up to 90 kilometres per hour and zips around ten curves and one “Kreisel” corner. 

Tips for Guest Bobsledding

  • Admission : € 35 per person
  • Anyone over the age of 12 years and at least 1.30 metres tall can take part in a guest bobsleigh ride. 
  • Bobsleighs hold one pilot and five guests making it ideal for large groups.
  • Visit  the official website for more details

21. Take a day trip or join a tour

Experience traditional Austrian folk music culture as the Gundolf Family entertains you with a 1.5-hour program. Listen to authentic folk music, see Tyrolean dance and “shoe-slapping,” and hear traditional yodeling while enjoying a drink or 3-course meal.

Go paragliding in Stubai Valley with transportation and soar above the Stubai Valley in this short excursion from Innsbruck to the Stubai Valley.

Let a local guide bring the city to life and join the Innsbruck highlights walking tour 

Feeling hungry? Get to know and love the Tyrolean capital from the culinary side. Accompanied by a local, enjoy typical delicacies and specialties on this Innsbruck food tour.

Escape the city and get back to nature with a Patscherkofel Mountain Winter Hike where you’ll see mountain peaks for miles.

Where to eat and drink in Innsbruck

360° cafe  / restaurant lichtblick.

Best things to do in Innsbruck Austria - View from 360 Cafe and Restaurant Lichtblick Balcony

Breakfast Club

Who said breakfast should only be eaten in the morning? The Breakfast Club serves everything from Norwegian omelets to waffles and rice pudding – all day, every day. This cozy and friendly restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy your morning coffee or catch up with friends.

Ludwig Das Burger Restaurant

This popular burger joint serves up some of the best burgers in town. Service is speedy and they offer both vegetarian and vegan options. This place is always busy to arrive early or book ahead.

my Indigo am Rathaus

Best things to do in Innsbruck Austria - my Indigo am Rathaus

Restaurant Oniriq

Restaurant Oniriq offers a fine dining experience with seven creative and loving courses in a casual, family atmosphere. The menu changes every 6-8 weeks, guaranteeing a unique experience every time.

Café Sacher Innsbruck

Treat yourself with the original Sacher-Torte in the Hofburg Imperial Palace. This elegant café exudes old-world Habsburg charm.

Adlers Hotel

Enjoy a rooftop dinner at Adlers Hotel, one of Innsbruck’s world-class restaurants. Located on the 12th floor and a rooftop bar on the 13th, this restaurant has  amazing city and mountain views.

Blackhome Innsbruck City Centre

For an excellent location at an affordable price, Blackhome Innsbruck City Centre is a great option. It’s located on the River Inn and right in front of the famous Innbrücke. I stayed here for the week and loved it. The room was large and came with a table and chair, sofa, a kitchenette with a microwave and a huge bathroom. The only downside was that these are unmanned serviced apartment, which meant I had to leave my bags at the luggage lockers at the train station on my last day (Note: you’ll need coins for the machine). Check in was easy and the reception was very responsive to email. Check prices and availability here

If you’re travelling alone or as a couple, there are plenty of other Airbnb options all over the city at very affordable prices. Airbnb has numerous convenient options to choose from. If it’s your first time get US$65 OFF here or get £50 OFF your first stay here , when you sign up using my unique reader referral link.

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Innsbruck is easily reached via international trains (1h 45 min direct from Munich) as well as directly from Salzburg (1 h 45 min) and Vienna (4 h 15 min). Book your train tickets here

  • From Vienna: A12 motorway.
  • From Switzerland: A12 motorway. Through the Arlberg Road Tunnel or toll-free via the Arlberg region.

How to Get around Innsbruck

From the airport to the city centre.

Best things to do in Innsbruck Austria - Airport Shuttle Bus Stop F to Innsbruck centre

From Innsbruck train station (Hauptbahnhof):

The F bus runs every 15m from the station and costs €2,50. The bus stop is located in front of the station. You will need to cross the road and look for stop H then catch the F (Flughaven) bus. 

If you’re based closer to the Old Town, get bus M from Marktplatz which heads towards ‘Stadion’ and alight at the train station. The bus comes every 10-15min.

Around Innsbruck city

Best things to do in Innsbruck Austria - Sightseer bus stop sign

Alternatively, you can buy a 24-hour ticket for the Sightseer Hop on-Hop off bus either form the drive or at the Tourist Information located at Burggraben 3 and in most hotels. The ticket is valid within the Innsbruck public transportation network (IVB) which includes local trams and buses.

Innsbruck Itinerary: How to Spend 3 Days in Innsbruck

If you’re only in Innsbruck for a couple of days or on a long romantic weekend, here is a suggested 3-day itinerary to ensure you see the very best of Innsbruck:

Day 1: Innsbruck’s Altstadt (Old Town) 

Best things to do in Innsbruck Austria - Hospital Church of the Holy Spirit Innsbruck

Head to the Hofburg Imperial Palace to learn more about the Habsburg Dynasty before taking a stroll along the charming Maria-Theresien-Strasse for an afternoon of shopping. Have dinner in any of the recommended spots listed above.

Day 2: Crystals and Castles 

Best things to do in Innsbruck Austria - Swarovski Crystals

Day 3: Mountain Views

Best things to do in Innsbruck Austria - View from Seegrube at sunset

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Budget Guide to Innsbruck

Innsbruck, Austria - Aerial view of Innsbruck old town shows the famous Goldenes Dachi and beatiful snow mountain ranges in the background

Known as the capital of the mountains, Innsbruck, in the Tyrol, is a bustling small city nestled in the valley well below the towering snowy peaks of the Austrian Alps.

With the stunning mountains as a backdrop, the nearby alpine lakes, and the river running through the centre, this historic, charming town offers a perfect blend of city life and nature.

This guide is perfect for those who are travelling to Innsbruck on a budget. We will show you what to do in Innsbruck , where to stay, what to eat and how to get around, whether it’s a weekend in Innsbruck or a long term stay.

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The best time to visit Innsbruck

For anyone asking, is Innsbruck worth visiting? Whether you prefer skiing, hiking, or a simple city-style break, Innsbruck is somewhere to be enjoyed all year.

In the winter, snow sports enthusiasts can be seen clinging to the Nordkette mountain range, enjoying the endless runs available across the vast slopes.

While in the summer months, hiking and mountain-biking trails are accessible via cable cars for anyone wanting to capture the view from high above Innsbruck.

The summer months are quieter for those looking to flee the crowds while sightseeing, as people tend to flock to the beaches. In comparison, for those wishing to travel on a budget during winter, February is best avoided if you want to keep costs down.

March is still an excellent time to visit if you want to participate in winter sports. The cheapest month is November, but be warned, this is also the time of year that many establishments close for a break ahead of the busy winter months that follow.

The Nordkette, the Karwendel Nature Park, Innsbruck, Austria on daytime in summer

How to get around Innsbruck on a budget

From Innsbruck airport to the city, it is a 20-minute bus ride which costs around 2 euros, a budget traveller’s dream.

When in Innsbruck itself, it is compact enough to navigate on foot. If you wish, there are buses, trams, and funiculars to help you quickly move around the old town and the surrounding areas.

On top of this, by taking advantage of the Innsbruck card, all your travel around the city and the sightseeing bus are included.

Without the pass, you can buy bus tickets at machines at bus stops, from a tobacco shop, or at the Innsbruck Information Centre.

In addition, when you purchase at any shop in the city centre, if you ask for an Innenstadkarte, you will receive one free ride on any bus or tram.

Where to stay in Innsbruck on a budget

While the old town is likely to cost more, unless booked far in advance, the downtown area adjacent to the historical centre is a fantastic area to base yourself. From here, it is a short walk to the centre and close to plenty of restaurants, cafes, and modern bars, including some that specialise in craft beers.

If you are after a basic hotel in Innsbruck old town close to the Triumphal Arch, then Hotel Goldene Krone , on Maria Theresa Strasse, is a 3-star property traditionally designed with everything on your doorstep.

If you are after something more modern, consider staying in the area of Pradl, just a couple of blocks east of the city across the train tracks.

Here you will be further away from the touristy areas and therefore will find prices are more favourable. There are expensive hotels in this area also, but when travelling on a budget, consider heading to Binders Budget Hotel , which offers modern decor with views out across the mountains.

If you are heading out for the winter sports scene, when prices can increase significantly, if you don’t fancy a hostel or rent an apartment, consider staying at Pension Sonnenheim in Schönberg, not far from Innsbruck and a 5-minute drive to the ski lifts.

Innsbruck hostels are also relatively cheap and therefore appealing to those on a budget, with many, like Montagu Hostel and Hostel Marmota , offering first-class, modern facilities.

INNSBRUCK AUSTRIA - - People in Innsbruck city center with typical colorful houses. It is capital city of Tyrol in western Austria Europe.

Budget things to do in Innsbruck

Spend a morning exploring the local markthalle.

With more than 40 stalls, this daily market offers visitors the opportunity to purchase from local people.

Whether you are staying in self-catering accommodation in Innsbruck and looking to pick up some dinner supplies or are hoping to try some local cuisine from one of the many pop-up cafes, this is the perfect place to wander around, enjoying the local alpine-urban culture.

Christmas tree in the city centre of Innsbruck - Austria

Go shopping along Maria Theresien Strasse

Named after Maria Theresa, who ruled the Habsburg dynasty for 40 years, this large pedestrianised street named in her honour is home to large department stores, small boutiques, and plenty of cafes and restaurants.

A highlight of Innsbruck city, with the fantastic Triumphal Arch at one end and the now very famous Golden Roof at the other, this area is wholly unavoidable, even for those who are not a fan of shopping.

INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA - Street in historical part of Innsbruck in a summer day

Eat Strudel

Many consider Austria’s national dish, with the oldest recipe dating back to 1697, no trip to Innsbruck would be complete without a taste of this sweet dish.

Considered an institution in Innsbruck, if you only intend to try this classic dish once, a trip to Kröll Strudel Café is a must.

With both sweet and savoury options available, this cafe pushes the boundaries on the traditional strudel version. So, whether you prefer a chicken curry strudel, an asparagus strudel, a mango curd strudel, or a traditional apple strudel, you are destined to find your perfect slice here.

Homemade sliced puff pastry apple strudel pie on cooling rack served with ripe fresh apples, branches, cieve and sugar powder over white marble texture background.

Stroll through the Hofgarten

Beautiful in every season, the Hofgarden imperial gardens have been considered the city’s green heart since the early 15th century.

This is the perfect place to relax, perhaps with a picnic, before visiting the music pavilion, the palm house, home to the botanical collection, or the remarkable 260-year-old spruce tree named after Maria Theresa.

At the Hofgarten Park in Innsbruck, Austria

Take a ride on the Hungerburg Funicular

Perhaps not one for those afraid of heights, a trip on this cable car will see you hitting heights of over 2000m to Innsbruck’s highest vantage point.

For those seeking out adventure, from any one of the three potential stopping points, you can don your walking boots, crampons, skis, or climbing harnesses for an adrenaline-fueled day in the mountains.

For those simply seeking the best view, head up to the highest point, Hafelekar, where you will find a restaurant and 360-degree views of the peaks.

INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA - Hungerburg station of Hungerburgbahn, hybrid funicular railway in Innsbruck, Austria. Funicular connecting the city district of nHungerburg with the city centre.

Spend a day exploring the museums

From science and wonder at the interactive Audioversum or the Museum of Tyrolean Folk art , which houses a collection of important cultural treasures from Tyrol, to the Panorama Museum, which is home to a giant 1,000-metre panoramic painting, there is something for everyone all easily located within the city centre.

Innsbruck, Tyrol, Austria Tiroler Volkskunstmuseum, the Museum of Tyrolean Folk Art Entrance and Sign in the New Abbey or Neues Stift.

Visit a traditional ale house

With more than enough seating, the Stiftskeller is home to the largest beer garden in Innsbruck, located at Franziskanerplatz.

Whether you are after a typical Bavarian veal sausage breakfast or a refreshing Augustiner beer to end your day of sightseeing, this ale house is a right of passage for anyone visiting the area.

Enjoy a pastry at the oldest cafe in Tyrol

Cafe Munding is the oldest coffee house and pastry shop in Innsbruck and Tyrol. Since 1803 this establishment has been producing the most delicate tarts and cakes, along with their own jams, preserves, and jellies mixed in with coffee using beans from their own roastery.

Take a free walking tour of the city

To gain a complete overview of the city, why not take part in a free walking tour ; it is a chance to learn new facts and strange oddities about the old town as you wander, plus it’s a great way to gain your bearings when stepping foot in a new city for the first time.

Guides local to Innsbruck will take you around the main sights while sharing interesting, often quirky, facts that you will not find in any guidebook.

While exploring the Altstadt will give you time to take in the beautiful buildings with their detailed facades, frescos, and striking colours.

You will be guided down narrow streets that open into eye-catching yet unexpected courtyards hidden away from the bustling tourist hotspots. Several tours also take in the Inn River, giving you a glimpse of the colourful houses lining the waterways.

NNSBRUCK AUSTRIA - - People in Innsbruck city center under Stadtturm tower. It is capital city of Tyrol in western Austria Europe.

Places to visit in Innsbruck on a budget 

If you are wondering, is Innsbruck expensive to visit? The simple answer is that it can be, just like any city break, if not planned right.

However, for those wanting to get the most out of your trip and to help explore Innsbruck on a budget, you may wish to consider purchasing an Innsbruck Card .

Whether you have just 24 hours or up to 72 hours to explore the city centre, this card will pay for itself in no time, especially if you intend to explore museums and attractions and hop on and off the sightseeing buses and public transport. 

Budget travellers may feel that the price of this card is highly-priced, and at 53 euros for 24 hours, it is certainly more pricey than some, but when you consider that the majority of the attractions mentioned in this guide are included, you could end up saving yourself hundreds of euros overall.

The Triumphal Arch

Built in 1765, this arch is older than the Arc de Triomphe in Paris and was commissioned by Maria Theresa to commemorate her son’s marriage.

A masterpiece of late-gothic architecture, this archway is the focal point of the Maria Theresien Strasse and is the gate marking the entrance into the old town.

Make sure to take in both sides of the gate; one of which is decorated to celebrate while the other is a memorial, marking the sudden death of the Emperor.

INNSBRUCK AUSTRIA - Triumphal Arch modeled after those in Rome on the south end of the main artery of Innsbruck Maria-Theresien Street in Innsbruck Austria.

Climb the Stadtturm Clock Tower

Located in the heart of the old town, the gothic clock tower sits at 51 metres in height. Over the years, this tower has been used as a patrol tower to inform residents of fires and potential threats and a prison. Today, an observation deck at 31 metres provides 360 degrees views of the city and the mountains. 

Old Town Hall called Altes Rathaus in Innsbruck, Tyrol, Austria, with the Gothic Tower called Stadtturm in on the Herzog Friedrich Street

The Golden Roof

Considered the city’s most famous symbol and completed in 1500, this roof in the heart of the old town is decorated with 2,657 fire-gilded copper tiles commissioned by Emperor Maximilian I to mark his wedding after rumours went around that he was struggling financially.

Along with the striking roof, many paintings also depict various historical events. At the same time, inside, the museum retells the story of the Emperor for those wanting to learn more.

While in this area, also take a moment to look directly opposite the Golden Roof to HelblingHaus, built in the 15th century, which showcases both the Baroque and Gothic influences used in architecture around the city.

Goldenes dachl (Golden roof) in Innsbruck in a beautiful summer day, Austria

St. Anne’s Column

Standing in the centre of the city, along Maria Theresa Strasse, is this column, designed by the sculptor Cristoforo Benedetti.

It was erected to commemorate the liberation of Tyrol from the Bavarian Army and has been standing since 1706. 

INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA - St. Anne's Column Innsbruck city, Austria

Hofburg Imperial Palace

Built-in 1500, this palace, classed as one of the most important in all of Austrian history, was home to many royals until the monarchy was dissolved in 1918.

Since then, it has remained a stately home that can be visited and a location for events throughout the year.

The Hofburg Imperial Palace is a former Habsburg palace in Innsbruck, Austria. Innsbruck is the capital city of Tyrol.

The Bergisel Ski Jump

A popular meeting point for winter sports fans, this is predominantly a competition facility and training centre for ski jumping. It can be used all year due to its artificial surface and hold 28,000 spectators.

For those not wanting to participate in the ski jumping experience, this is also a modern landmark towering above the city, which houses a panoramic cafe with a viewing terrace of the jump tower and therefore is well worth a visit.

INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA - The Bergisel Sprungschanze Stadion is a ski jumping hill stadium located in Bergisel in Innsbruck, Austria

Ambras Castle

Located in the hills around Innsbruck, this renaissance castle which sits on an early castle built in the 10th century, is a 16th-century masterpiece. Today it is home to art collections and antiques but is also a stunning building to explore in its own right.

Split into various sections, the upper castle was once a residence, while the lower court was intended to house the Armoury.

You also have a Spanish room to explore, many administrative buildings, extensive gardens, a chapel, and a cave.

Ambras Castle or Schloss Ambras Innsbruck is a castle and palace located in Innsbruck the capital city of Tyrol Austria

For some, this is the most important monument in Innsbruck, as it houses the tomb of Emperor Maximilian. Also, inside there are an impressive number of bronze figures and an organ dating back more than 450 years.

INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA - The Innsbruck Hofkirche or Court Church is a Gothic church located in the Altstadt Old Town in Innsbruck, Austria

Wilten Abbey Basilica

This beautiful yellow and white classical building will automatically attract your eye. It is perhaps the most striking Rococo church in Austria and is home to the famous Wilten Boys’ Choir.

Restored during the 18th century, the elegance of this building is down to the beautiful skills of fresco painter Mathias Gunther and highly skilled stucco plasterers.

Head inside to an equally delightful sight, with artwork on every wall, relics, cravings, and frescos worthy of your time.

Wilten Abbey Basilica, the beautiful Rococo church in Innsbruck of Austria

Cheap tours to do in Innsbruck

You should consider certain things if you have time to explore the surrounding area while in the Innsbruck area.

Visit the Stubai Valley

Stubai Glacier is a real treat and something not to be missed when visiting the area, regardless of the time of year. From the top, you will have the most amazing views across the Alps, and on a clear day, you can see up to 109 other peaks stretching across Austria and Italy.

During any visit to the Stubai Valley, make sure to include a stop-off at the Stubai ice grotto, a man-made tunnel located under the glacier itself and accessible via the Eisgrat Summit Station.

You can also experience the Serles Toboggan run in the summer, a track running 2.8km down the mountain range.

Waterfall in Stubai Valley, Grawa Wasserfall, North Tyrol, Austria

Innsbruck Food Tour

Accompanied by a local, this one will appeal to those who like to try all the culinary delights of a new city.

For anyone that wants to explore regional cuisines and special delicacies but doesn’t know where to start, these tours will take you on a full tour of the finest dining locations around the city.

Austrian food: fried potatoes with meat ham and eggs in a pan close-up. horizontal

Swarovski Crystal Worlds 

This famous world of crystal is close to the city and well worth an afternoon of your time . Marked by a giant waterfall at its entrance, this museum has several crystal rooms showcasing different artists, a garden full of contemporary artwork, a mirror pool, a crystal cloud, a maze, and unlimited carousel rides.

Park of Swarovski World Innsbruck - Austria

Recommended tours in Innsbruck

  • Innsbruck Self-Guided Audio Tour
  • Skip the Line: AUDIOVERSUM ScienceCenter – Entrance Ticket
  • Innsbruck – Hungerburg (Funicular Roundtrip)
  • Skip the Line: Ambras Castle in Innsbruck Entrance Ticket
  • Self-Guided 1,5-hour Tour of Innsbruck: Exciting Stories, Photo Spots & Desserts
  • Top of Innsbruck (Cable Car Roundtrip)
  • Discover Innsbruck in 60 Minutes with a Local

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Planning a visit to Innsbruck? Check out the best things to do in Innsbruck, Austria with the Innsbruck Card, plus everything you need to know to make the most of your time and money.

Innsbruck is the second-largest city in the Alps and the capital of the Austrian state of Tyrol and the historic Tyrol region (which includes the provinces of Trentino and South Tyrol, in Italy).

With a stunning mountain backdrop, magnificent architecture, and a young and lively vibe, much due to its renowned university , it’s also one of the most beautiful and pleasant cities I’ve ever been to!

I’ve spent 3 perfect days in Innsbruck during the last Easter break, 2 of them exploring with the Innsbruck Card. That was the best decision I’ve made since it allowed me to see so much more for a very affordable price.

If you’re planning your trip and would like to save some money, I definitely recommend buying this little card.

Not sure yet? In this article, I’m covering everything you need to know about the Innsbruck city card, as well as what to see in Innsbruck.

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Innsbruck Card

Whether you’re staying for 1, 2 or 3 days, the all-inclusive Innsbruck Card is the best way to explore the capital of Tyrol.

It includes admission to all museums and sights in the region, one round trip on any of Innsbruck’s cable cars, access to all public transportation and the Innsbruck hop-on-hop-off bus, as well as discounts in many shops and cultural events.

And the price is a real deal considering nothing is cheap in Austria!

You can buy it at your hotel or at the tourism office and enjoy it for 24, 48 or 72 hours. Or you can order it online here .

The period of validity starts when you use the card for the first time. You then need to write the start hour and date in the back of the card and present it when entering public transportation or the sightseeing bus.

You also need to present your card at all ticket offices in order to get an actual ticket to the attractions and museums.

That’s actually the only aspect where I think the Innsbruck city card has room for improvement: having to wait in line to get a ticket to each sight when you have already paid makes no sense to me.

But other than this small inconvenience, my 48-hour card was well worth the money. In fact, I used it extensively and saved a lot!

I had a great time exploring all of Innsbruck top attractions and really can’t recommend it enough.

If you’re looking to get the most of your time and money, read on for the best things to see in Innsbruck with your card.

Innsbruck old town - things to do with the Innsbruck Card

Best things to do in Innsbruck, Austria

#1 take the cable car to nordkette.

Easily accessible from the city center, the Nordkette is considered the jewel of the Alps for a reason.

You need to take 3 cable cars to get to the top of this mountain range, at 2,300 meters high, but the view from here is nothing less than an Alpine dream come true.

Make sure to climb to the summit, the Hafelekarspitze, for the most gorgeous sights and the mandatory picture at the top. It only takes 15 minutes and it’s well worth the extra effort!

After conquering my first Alps peak and soaking in the spectacular views of the city and mountains, I took the cable car down to Seegrube for a drink in the lively ski resort atmosphere.

Located in Austria’s largest nature park, the Karwendel, the Nordkette Mountains offer plenty of opportunities for outdoor lovers both in winter and summer, from skiing and snowboarding to hiking and rock climbing.

View from the Nordkette

#2 Explore the old town

Innsbruck is probably one of the most scenic towns ever!

Wandering through the streets of the old town, it’s impossible to lose sight of the mountains that surround it with beauty and grandeur.

And the medieval town itself could not be more charming, with its pastel-colored buildings and its magnificent Imperial Palace.

But Innsbruck most famous landmark is the Golden Roof, built in the 15 th century by Emperor Maximilian I as a royal box overlooking the square and street below.

If you’d like to learn more about the history of the city, I recommend joining a guided tour with a local guide .

Innsbruck old town

#3 Admire the views from the City Tower

The 15 th century City Tower , with its impressive 51 meters high, was used as watchtower and prison in the past.

Today you can climb to the viewing platform, at 31 meters high, to enjoy a unique perspective of the city and lovely views of the Alps.

View from the City Tower - Innsbruck things to do

#4 Stroll along the riverside

The picture-perfect riverside district was my favorite part of Innsbruck.

The pastel houses lined on the other side of the Inn River are possibly the most iconic image of Innsbruck and very Instagram worthy!

Sit in one of the many alfresco cafés and take in the views.

Or visit the Markthalle, an indoor food market where you can find fresh local products and delicacies side by side with international cuisine, street food, and bars.

Riverside district - things to see in Innsbruck

#5 Relax at the Imperial Gardens

Located in front of the Imperial Palace, the Imperial Gardens were once reserved to the royalty.

Fortunately, today these beautiful gardens are open to the general public and are a wonderful place to relax and escape the tourist crowds, or even have a picnic.

In the middle of the park, there’s also a beer garden where you can enjoy a drink amidst all the greenery.

Imperial Gardens - what to do in Innsbruck

#6 Hop on and off the Innsbruck sightseer bus

Also included in your Innsbruck Card is a day ticket to the Innsbruck hop-on-hop-of bus, which takes you to all the main sites and attractions.

I usually don’t take tourist buses, unless I have very little time to explore a new place as I prefer to walk, but I really liked this one.

The round trip includes also less touristy areas of the city, and the audio guide gives you interesting insights about each place and the history of the city.

I recommend doing the whole tour but choosing a maximum of 2 or 3 attractions that you’d like to visit.

My choice was the Ambras Castle and the Bergisel since they are far from the city center and not possible to reach by foot.

You can find more details about these 2 places below.

#7 Go back in time at Ambras Castle

The lovely Ambras Castle is one of Tyrol’s top attractions and a mandatory thing to see in Innsbruck.

This Renaissance-style castle was built in the 16 th century and is divided into the lower and upper castles.

The lower castle was designed to house the famous Ambras collections, established by the Archduke of Austria Ferdinand II, and is the oldest museum in the world.

In the upper castle, you can visit a royal portrait gallery and the remarkable Spanish Hall, which is considered one of the most important Renaissance halls worldwide and no doubt the most beautiful room in the castle.

Before you leave, don’t forget to take a walk through the pleasant park around the castle.

Ambras Castle - Innsbruck attractions

#8 Have lunch at the Bergisel ski jumping tower

If there’s a winter sport I love to watch on tv is ski jumping! There’s just something amazing about men and women defying the law of gravity that has me hooked every time.

So I couldn’t miss the chance to visit one of Innsbruck’s most peculiar attractions: the Bergisel Ski Jumping Stadium.

Designed by the architect Zaha Hadid and inaugurated in 2002, this 50-meter tower is one of the most important venues of the ski jumping world cup.

But even if you’re not a fan of the modality, it’s still worth visiting for the viewing platform and the panoramic restaurant on top serving delicious food and stunning views of Innsbruck.

Bergisel ski jumping stadium - Innsbruck Card

#9 Visit the Tyrol Panorama Museum

History buffs should not miss a visit to the Tyrol Panorama Museum.

Its main attraction is the famous Innsbruck Giant Panoramic Painting, a centenary 1,000 square meters painting depicting the Third Battle of the Bergisel, which was fought in the exact same place where the museum is located.

The permanent exhibition is dedicated to the history of the region, while the adjacent Museum of the Tyrolean Imperial Infantry documents its military past.

#10 Marvel at the Swarovski Crystal Worlds

Swarovski is one of the most popular Austrian brands. What you may not know is that it was founded and has its headquarters in the state of Tyrol, near Innsbruck, where you can marvel at the spectacular Swarovski Crystal Worlds park and museum.

Displaying works of art made entirely with crystals by artists like Brian Eno, Niki de Saint Phalle, Yayoi Kusama, Andy Warhol or Salvador Dali, this sparkling museum is what dreams are made of!

The huge complex includes one of the largest Swarovski stores in the world, a restaurant, and a playtower for kids.

Additionally, in Innsbruck old town, the Swarovski Crystal Worlds Store features a smaller exhibition of glittering artworks. Make sure to get your crystal surprise upon presentation of your Innsbruck Card.

Swarovski Crystal Worlds Store in Innsbruck old town

Where to eat in Innsbruck

Die wilderin.

Eating at Die Wilderin feels more like entering a secret society, and I suspect that’s how they want to keep it.

You need to book well in advance to get a table, there are no English menus (although the waitress was kind enough to translate everything for us), and I’m pretty sure my boyfriend and I were the only tourists there on the evening we visited.

But the classy though laid-back atmosphere and, most importantly, the exquisite food make it all worth it!

Combining the Tyrolean traditions with contemporary cuisine, the menu changes every day as all the dishes are prepared with high quality, fresh local products.

Highly recommended!

Bergisel Sky

Located on top of the Bergisel ski jumping tower, this restaurant would be worth it just for the fabulous views of Innsbruck, but the food is very good too.

I had the Tiroler Gröstl (a typical Tyrolean dish) and the homemade Apfelstrudel and everything was delicious!

Unfortunately, the service was a bit slow and unfriendly, but hey, you come here for the views and these do not let you down.

Food at Bergisel Sky restaurant - where to eat in Innsbruck

If you’re craving some Mediterranean cuisine, the Akropolis is the right choice for you.

I was surprised to see a Greek restaurant rated as one of the best places to eat in Innsbruck but decided to give it a try. I was not disappointed!

Although the place itself is a bit old-fashioned, all the food was very good, and I would happily eat here again.

Where to stay in Innsbruck

I didn’t really like the hotel I stayed at in Innsbruck, so I won’t recommend it here. Based on my research, I would probably stay at one of these 2 options if returning to Innsbruck:

A great choice if you want to stay right in the old town.

Stage 12 is a 4-star elegant city hotel featuring a spa and fitness center, a terrace with views of the Alps, and a cocktail bar.

Click here for more info and booking.

Ibis Innsbruck

Located next to Innsbruck’s train station and just a short 5-minute walk from the old town, Ibis Innsbruck is a modern and stylish 3-star hotel with affordable prices.

So there you have it. All the best things to do in Innsbruck, Austria with the Innsbruck Card to help you plan your trip to the capital of Tyrol.

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Cheap flights

Looking for the best airfare deals?  Skyscanner  is my favorite travel search engine for finding cheap flights around the world. They also offer  price tracking and alerts  to help you secure the best deals.

Accommodation

When it comes to accommodation,  Booking.com  is the best site out there. From hotels to apartments, resorts, villas, B&B, and guest houses, it offers the best prices for accommodation all over the world. I book the majority of my stays through them.

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GetYourGuide  is my favorite platform for local tours, unique experiences, and skip-the-line tickets to attractions all around the world.

Klook  is another great resource for tours and activities, especially if you’re looking for things to do in Asia.

Car Rentals

Rentalcars.com  is a car rental search engine that compares the biggest brands in car hire and allows you to find the cheapest deals all around the world.

* I paid full price for my Innsbruck Card and received no compensation for this review. As always, all opinions are my own.

Have you visited Innsbruck? What would you add to this list of what to do in Innsbruck? Share in the comments section below!

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September 9, 2019 at 11:11 am

Love reading your post about Innsbruck. Where did you get your Innsbruck card and can we pay using credit card or just cash?

September 13, 2019 at 11:42 am

Thank you, Nurul! We got it at our hotel. You can buy it at most hotels, at the tourism office, or online.

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If you’re using my How to See Italy and Austria in 2 Weeks Solo you’re ready to venture into Austria and find out how to spend an amazing 1 day in Innsbruck itinerary that’s full of amazing food and beer, outdoor activities, scenic Alps, history and beautiful architecture, and ideal for those traveling Innsbruck on a budget.

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Here are all of the sites you need to successfully book this perfect short-stay Innsbruck itinerary. I even give you my Innsbruck hotel pick and an Innsbruck budget hotel pick as conveniently located city center accommodations for a day in Innsbruck.

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Innsbruck on a Budget (or Not)

It is possible to see Innsbruck on a budget as a single traveler. To help provide more Innsbruck budgeting options, peruse my Guide to Budget European Accommodations for additional accommodation-planning.

Let me state here that when I say “budget”, I mean your daily travel expenses could total €150 or less, which is possible. It’s up to you on where you wish to budget (accommodations, excursions, etc.), and how far in advance you book. Some attractions can be seen without a tour, which will save you money, of course.

This 1 day in Innsbruck itinerary and Innsbruck travel guide can work for anyone, however, budget or not.

Ok, now let’s get you to Innsbruck.

Innsbruck is the capital of the Tyrol region of Austria. Nestled in the Inn Valley on the Inn and Sill Rivers, between the Alps and the Nordkette mountain range, Innsbruck is surrounded by jaw-dropping, beautiful scenery. It is no wonder the Hapsburg Royal family chose Innsbruck as the location for their summer home, the Imperial Palace . 

Visiting Innsbruck in one day offers indoor and outdoor activities in and surrounding the town to enjoy at any time of year, especially in winter with skiing and ski jumping being very popular. In fact, Innsbruck hosted the Olympic Winter Games in 1964 and 1976.

Arriving Innsbruck

You could fly into the Innsbruck Airport , but since you’re using my 2 week Italy and Austria itinerary , you’re arriving by train into Innsbruck Hauptbahnhof (Innsbruck Central Station) from Verona .

If you’re using my 14 day Austria and Germany itinerary , you’ll still be arriving by train into Innsbruck Hauptbahnhof but from Salzburg .

Innsbruck is Walkable

The Innsbruck Hauptbahnhof is on the east side of Innsbruck’s city center, from which you can easily walk to your city center hotel or hostel, or take a hotel shuttle if your hotel offers one.

Innsbruck’s historic center rests between the Sill River on the east and the larger, Inn River on the west side. The Innestadt (Downtown) and Altstadt (Old Town) sections of the city center holds Innsbruck’s main activities and attractions, all of which are doable on foot.

If are doing Innsbruck on a budget, don’t worry because you do not need a car rental. Walk, rent a bike, or take Innsbruck public transportation for activities within and outside the city. These are budget and eco-friendly modes of transportation.

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To save time on your one day in Innsbruck, I recommend staying within the circled area on the Innsbruck map:

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Innsbruck Hotels and More

Innsbruck city center is not very large, so Innsbruck accommodations across all budget types may book quickly. Going in the off season, or booking well in advance, will get you the best Innsbruck accommodation choices and prices.

Many accommodations may not let you check in until 2-4pm, but if available, have them store your luggage until your room is ready so you can get out and enjoy 1 day Innsbruck itinerary.

Book a Travel Sustainable-rated property in Innsbruck , or at least employs these methods into their business to reduce your travel carbon footprint.

Innsbruck Hotels

For location, price, breakfast, amenities (including free-cancellation), eco-friendly and sustainable operations, and customer reviews and ratings, here are my best hotels in Innsbruck recommendations ideal for your 1 day in Innsbruck over 50 (i.e., where I would stay):

  • Hotel Central
  • BEST WESTERN Plus Hotel Goldener Adler
  • The PENZ Hotel

For budget purposes, but not as eco-friendly, my hotel recommendation with breakfast and taxes included at €65 per night is Hotel Goldene Krone Innsbruck . It is in a fabulous location – walking distance to the train station and Innsbruck attractions – with a very nice breakfast, friendly staff, and includes all of the amenities you would need as a mature single traveler.

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In addition to Booking.com’s Innsbruck’s Travel Sustainable properties , Green Globe and Green Key Global also have eco-friendly certified lodging options.

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Innsbruck Hostels

Innsbruck hostels can be where to stay in Innsbruck on a budget on over 50 single travel. Using the same conditions, with the ability to get a private room, however, I cannot find a suitable hostel to recommend that employ many sustainability initiatives.

The closest recommendation for a hostel in Innsbruck would be Montagu Hostel .

Budget Travel Tips

Hostels in Innsbruck could start from around €35-40/night, depending on what amenities and location you want. Note, these are usually for a bed in a dorm room.

A private room with a private or shared bathroom in an Innsbruck city center hostel may be hard to find and could cost the same, if not more, than a budget hotel.

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Much of the top Innsbruck attractions can be done in a one day itinerary should you be able to start early. Most attractions will open at 9 to 10am and close by 5pm, so the earlier you can start your day in Innsbruck the better.

To save time, it may help to get the Innsbruck City Card , which includes public transportation and access to museums, attractions, cable cars, and the hop-on hop-off bus. Get the Innsbruck Card in advance and you’re off.

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Keep in mind that some of these are also free things to do in Innsbruck. Bonus if you’re on a budget.

  • Innsbrucker Nordkettenbahnen  – take the Hungerburgbahn funicular from the city center up the mountain, and in 8 minutes you’ll have great views. Then switch to the to a cable car for a ride to the top for spectacular views of Innsbruck.
  • Schloss Ambras  (Ambras Castle) – 4.5km southeast of the city center and perched on the hill, this fortress was acquired by Archduke Ferdinand II in 16 th century, which he changed to a palace complete with beautiful gardens and the Spanish Hall (Spanische Saal) as its centerpiece. The gallery also hosts van Dyck and Velázquez original works.
  • Innenstadt (Downtown) – stroll the Maria-Theresien Strasse, Innsbruck’s main shopping street filled with quaint shops and outdoor dining. In December to early January the Christmas Market is famous for drawing crowds with its holiday splendor.
  • Innsbruck Aldstadt (Old Town) – Just west of the Innenstadt, Aldstadt is filled with more shops and restaurants in centuries old buildings.
  • Annasaule (St. Anna’s Column)   – on Maria-Theresien-Strasse, St. Anne’s Column, one of the iconic Innsbruck landmarks, was erected in 1703 and named for St. Anne’s Day when the Bavarian troops were driven from the region at the end of the War of the Spanish Succession.
  • Hofburg Imperial Palace  – originally built as a castle for Archduke Sigmund the Rich in the 15th century, it was expanded and upgraded by Emperor Maximilian I in the 16 th century and Empress Maria Theresia in the 18 th century where you can still see her baroque final touches and the Giant’s Hall done in the rococo style.
  • Hofgarten  – the adjoining, sprawling gardens idyllic for fresh air and natural beauty at the base of the Alps.

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  • Hofkirche Cathedral  (Court Church) – a beautiful, 16 th century Gothic structure built as a mausoleum for Maximilian I by Ferdinand I. You can see Maximilian I’s tomb housed in the Silver Chapel.
  • Dom zu St. Jakob  (Cathedral of St. James) – 18th century Baroque cathedral dedicated to the apostle Saint James.
  • Stadtturm (Innsbruck City Tower)   – Landmark watchtower built in the 1400s with an observation deck & a copper-clad onion dome. Offers amazing views of the Innsbruck skyline and Alps.
  • Goldenes Dachl & Museum (The Golden Roof) – Gothic building built for Emperor Maximilian I showcasing 2657 fire-gilt copper tiles. You can tour yourself or purchase an audio guide.

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Other Innsbruck Attractions

Here are other great attractions to see that you can see during your day in Innsbruck or on a second day should you have extra time.

  • Bergisel Ski Jump
  • Swarovski Kristallwelten
  • Tyrol Panorama
  • Tyrolean Folk Art Museum

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Innsbruck events calendar.

If it helps in planning what you would like to see, here is a list of annual events held in Innsbruck and the Tyrol region .

Make Sure to Do This on your Day in Innsbruck

If you need some help on trying to find out where to dine, you cannot go wrong with meandering along the Maria-Theresien Strasse restaurants and bars.  Here are also some additional helpful dining and drinking suggestions:

  • Like beer? Do a self-guided Innsbruck beer route to see and sample beers in Innsbruck’s breweries and taverns. Alternatively, make one stop into Tribaun for pizza and a wide selection of craft beers on tap.
  • My recommendation for a solid, Austrian meal at a reasonable price is Stiftskeller Innsbruck . Try their warm cheesecake-strudel with vanilla sauce.  Yum .
  • Innsbruck also has cheap eats if you’re doing Innsbruck on a budget.

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Here is my suggested Innsbruck 1 day itinerary that is bound to keep you busy and completely entertained – from arriving early to after dinner – while enjoying the culture without sacrificing on comfort or activities.

Innsbruck on a Budget Tip

The itinerary below includes staying at the suggested Innsbruck budget hotel , but does not include lunch, dinner, or using the Innsbruck City Card , which could possibly save more money.

This itinerary is an example of how single travelers can see Innsbruck on a budget with top Innsbruck attractions, for possibly at   €150 a day, if booked well in advance and the right tour or entry tickets are chosen.

  • Maria-Theresien Strasse/ Anne’s Column / Innestadt exploring
  • Innsbruck City Tower
  • Goldenes Dachl & Museum
  • Innsbruck Aldstadt exploring, shopping, and lunch
  • Dom zu St. Jakob
  • Hofburg Imperial Palace (free on Sundays)
  • Schloss Ambras (with Sightseer Bus ticket) OR Innsbrucker Nordkettenbahnen
  • Hotel, freshen up
  • Dinner in Aldstadt or Innestadt restaurant of your choice

For a full 24 hours in Innsbruck, try catching any of the above that you may have missed, or just keep wandering within Innsbruck, to expand your Innsbruck experience before hotel check out.

Save a ton of time planning . Download my has it all has it all at your fingertips Innsbruck 1 Day Itinerary & Guide PDF . A solo female traveler of 28 years, you know I did this Innsbruck solo travel. This Innsbruck Itinerary is from my actual, tried and true self-created and traveled Innsbruck itinerary, not AI-generated with stock photos, so you know it’s an itinerary you can trust.

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We loved visiting Innsbruck and, yes, it's absolutely a city that any traveler should visit. By the end of our time here, it felt like a second home. We first visited in the summer of 2022 and have returned several times. During our time here, we fell in love with its nearby hikes and character-filled old town.

Whether you're a traveling as a family, a couple, or a backpacker, this city has a lot to offer. Any local will tell you what makes it special is the terrific historical sights and great skiing.

Innsbruck is a beautiful city to visit any time of the year. When the weather is warm, you can lounge outside and people watch it the beautiful old town. During the winter months it offers access to world class winter sports. Innsbruck is the perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts and laid back travelers.

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With its large student population and wide range of young visitors who enjoy high energy activities, there's plenty to do here when the sunsets. There are bars and dance clubs that stay active late into the night.

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Why would you recommend Innsbruck to budget travelers? Or, why not?

It's not a cheap destination, but it was one of our favorite towns so still worth visiting.

There are plenty of hostels here, so while it wasn't particularly affordable, there were ways to save money if you want to.

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We save money by staying a bit outside of the old town and spending most of our time hiking nearby.

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The restaurants weren't as expensive as we thought they'd be, but the hotel was pretty pricey.

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Lots of Tourists Innsbruck sees a high number of visitors every year, which means you might have to wait in line and deal with large crowds during your visit.

The Cost Depending on your budget, schedule, and travel style, Innsbruck might be an expensive destination for you. You can find out the travel costs for Innsbruck here or see if Innsbruck is expensive here .

Innsbruck is most famous for its mountain hiking, skiing, and winter sports. The city is very popular for its historical sights. It's also known for skiing, food, nightlife, and hiking. It is often described as adventurous, high energy, outdoorsy, mountainous, scenic, and youthful .

The most popular sight in Innsbruck is The Golden Roof in the old town . You can see prices and costs for this and other sights in Innsbruck on our travel costs page .

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Innsbruck is a very touristy city that attracts travelers from around the globe. Here are some of the most popular activities and tours. (Prices in US Dollars)

  • Scenic Innsbruck City and Mountain eBike Tour Viator $ 111
  • Scenic Innsbruck City and Mountain eBike Tour: $111
  • Innsbruck Unveiled: A Timeless Tour: $156
  • Private Tour of Swarovski Crystal World from Innsbruck: $161
  • Full day small group Tour in Neuschwanstein from Innsbruck: $217
  • Paragliding adventure including video in Neustift in the Stubaital: $161
  • Two hours Nordkette scenic E-Bike Tour: $167
  • Cultural and culinary pleasure tour through Innsbruck's old town: $183
  • Innsbruck Scenic eBike Tours: $122

The ideal length of time for a trip to Innsbruck is two to four days. Since Innsbruck has a variety of activities such as historical sights, most people need this much time to see and do everything here.

If you have a specific amount of time for your trip, see our advice about how much time to spend here: Should I spend 1, 2, or 3 days in Innsbruck? , Should I spend 3, 4, or 5 days in Innsbruck? , and Should I spend 1 or 2 weeks in Innsbruck? .

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Nestled in the Alps and encircled by ski resorts, Innsbruck is a compact city cradled by towering mountains. It has a rich history: Maximilian I based his imperial court here in the 1490s, placing the city at the heart of European politics for a century and a half. This combination of historical pedigree and proximity to the mountains has put Innsbruck firmly on the tourist trail.

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Standing on Domplatz, the ostentatious Domkirche St Jakob (Mon–Sat 10.15am–6.30/7.30pm, Sun 12.30–6.30/7.30pm) is home to a valuable Madonna and Child by German master Lucas Cranach the Elder, although it’s buried in the fussy Baroque detail of the altar.

The adjacent Hofburg , entered around the corner, has late medieval roots but was remodelled in the eighteenth century. Its Rococo state apartments are crammed with opulent furniture (daily 9am–5pm; €9).

At the head of Rennweg is the Hofkirche (Mon–Sat 9am–5pm, Sun 12.30–5pm; €7), which contains the imposing (but empty) mausoleum of Emperor Maximilian . This extraordinary project was originally envisaged as a series of 40 larger-than-life statues, 100 statuettes and 32 busts of Roman emperors, but in the end only 28 of the statues were completed.

Housed in the same complex, the Tiroler Volkskunstmuseum (daily 9am–5pm; €11 including entry to Hofkirche and Landesmuseum), features a huge collection of folk art and objects including re-creations of traditional wood-panelled Tyrolean interiors.

A good starting point for hikes is the Nordpark , on the slopes of the Nordkette range, accessible from the swish Hungerburgbahn cable railway. Looking like a funky spaceship, the Zaha Hadid-designed Congress station is opposite the Hofgarten; take it to Hungerburg, then continue on a two-stage sequence of cable cars to just below the summit (daily 8.30am–5pm, Fri also 6–11.30pm; €27.20 return). The rewards are stupendous views of the high Alps and access to all sorts of hikes.

A short walk south, the Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum , Museumstr. 15 (Tues–Sun 9am–5pm; €11, including Hofkirche and Volkskunstmuseum), contains one of the best collections of Gothic paintings in Austria; most originate from the churches of the South Tyrol (now in Italy).

Innsbruck’s main artery is Maria-Theresien-Strasse , famed for the view north towards the great Nordkette, the mountain range that dominates the city. At its southern end the triumphal arch, Triumphpforte , was built for the marriage of Maria Theresa’s son Leopold in 1756. Halfway along, the Annasäule , a column supporting a statue of the Virgin, commemorates the retreat of the Bavarians, who had been menacing Tyrol in 1703. Herzog-Friedrich-Strasse leads on into the centre, opening out into a plaza lined with arcaded medieval buildings. At the plaza’s southern end is the Goldenes Dachl , or “Golden Roof” (though the tiles are really copper), built in the 1490s to cover an oriel window from which the court of Emperor Maximilian could observe the square below. The Goldenes Dachl Museum (May–Sept daily 10am–5pm; Oct & Dec–April Tues–Sun 10am–5pm; €4.80) has engrossing displays on the city’s history, though it offers only a brief glimpse of the balcony.

Set in attractive grounds 2km southeast of the centre, Schloss Ambras (daily 10am–5pm, closed Nov; €10; tram #6 or bus #C from the train station) was the home of Archduke Ferdinand of Tyrol. It features the impressive Spanish Hall, built from 1569–71, and exhibitions of armour and curios amassed from around the globe. Don’t miss the inner courtyard covered in sixteenth-century frescoes, including depictions of the triumph of Bacchus.

Innsbruck is great for outdoor activities; the tourist office has a wide range of brochures. Of Innsbruck’s ski areas the closest to the city is Nordpark , accessible via the Hungerburgbahn, with its fabulous panoramas, snow park for skiers and snowboarders and taxing expert-level runs. The other ski areas – including the Patscherkofel, Axamer Lizum, Glungezer, Muttereralm, Schlick 2000, Kühtai and Rangger Köpfl. – are all on the opposite, southern, side of the valley and offer mellower terrain ideal for relaxed, wide-turn skiing. At Stubai Gletscher glacier skiing is possible from October to June.

In winter, lift passes cover all these ski regions: the Stubaier Gletscher, for example, has day-passes for €46 (less for part of the day), while the Olympia SkiWorld pass covers the whole Innsbruck area, including ski buses from the town centre, and costs €132 for three days. Passes are available from all lift stations or the Innsbruck tourist office.

Many cycling and mountain-bike routes are accessible from central Innsbruck, though some of the trails are for experts only: for bike rental try Die Böerse , Leopoldstr 4 (Mon–Sat 9am–6/6.30pm). Innsbruck’s tourist office runs an extensive programme of free guided walks – including sunrise and night-time hikes – from late May to late October.

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When I told people that I would be in Western Austria for a conference, most told me that I had to visit the country’s most popular cities for tourists: Vienna and Salzburg. But after seeing beautiful photos of Innsbruck, I knew I had to visit. This 3 days in Innsbruck itinerary is the best way to see one of Austria’s charming towns. 

If you’re wondering if Innsbruck is worth visiting , I can say it absolutely is! It’s small enough to see the best attractions in Innsbruck in a few days but large enough that there’s no shortage of things to do.

It’s affordable and easy to get around, and it’s a little off the beaten path – all with great scenic views of the Alps. It doesn’t get much better than that! 

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Arrival in Innsbruck / How to Get to Innsbruck

Innsbruck is located in Western Austria and is easy to get to from just about anywhere in Europe. 

Innsbruck has an international airport located just 10 minutes from the center of town. I definitely recommend booking flights into Innsbruck if you’re already in Europe – it’s super easy to catch a bus or taxi into town from here. Best of all, it’s a smallish airport, so check-in is fast and easy when it’s time to leave. Psst: Book your airport transfer ahead of time here . 

It’s also easy to get to Innsbruck by flying into a larger international airport like Munich or Salzburg. Getting to Innsbruck from Munich  or Salzburg  takes about 2 hours by train once you get from the airport to the main train station in either city. This is the best option if you’re coming from the United States, as well. 

Getting to Innsbruck by train is easy from just about anywhere in Europe. Innsbruck is a major hub with lots of connections from Munich, Vienna, Salzburg, Venice, and Zurich, but the travel time is going to vary a lot depending on where you start and what route you take.

When booking a train to Innsbruck, don’t be so quick to book the fastest option. The scenic route from Munich winds through the Alps and passes by a ton of storybook towns. It’s absolutely gorgeous and well worth the extra time.

Pro Tip: I recommend buying tickets ahead of time using Omio . They get more expensive the more you procrastinate and Omio shows you all the route options available via various rail companies. 

Best Time to Visit Innsbruck 

Innsbruck is a well-known destination for winter sports (it hosted the Winter Olympics twice – in 1964 and 1976!), and if skiing is your jam, there are over 301 miles of trail through the Alps.

I’m not a huge fan of the cold though, so I prefer the warmer weather between May and September. There’s still going to be snow on some of the peaks, and I’m not sure I’d call it warm even in the middle of summer, but it’s a good time to get out and hike those trails and admire the pretty flowers that are everywhere!

Another great time to visit is from late November to December . Though I don’t celebrate Christmas, there’s something even more magical about Innsbruck all decked out for the holiday season. Plus, Innsbruck has some of the most charming Christmas markets anywhere. Christmas markets in Europe – particularly Austria and Germany – are worth being a little cold for.

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Innsbruck Transportation: How to get around Innsbruck

My favorite way to explore Innsbruck is on foot. You really get a good feel for the old city that way, plus you can pop in and out of shops and cafes and museums as you want. That said, if you want to make the most of your 3 days in Innsbruck Austria, it’ll help to get familiar with the bus and tram system .

If you purchase the Innsbruck card , most of the tram routes will be included, but when in doubt, just ask. There’s a tourist information office in the city center where you can buy the card, get transportation maps, and get help with figuring out the bus and tram routes.

Another fun option for transportation in Innsbruck is bike rental. A 3-hour city bike rental is included in the cost of the Innsbruck card so if you’re a cyclist, this can be a really fun way to get a sense of what to see in Innsbruck on your first day. And if you like biking around, there are several places around town to rent bikes for longer.

Should I get an Innsbruck Card?

There’s a lot to love about Innsbruck, but one unexpected highlight is how easy planning is with the Innsbruck Card . I don’t always think cards like this are worth it, but the Innsbruck card covers almost all of the best places to visit in Innsbruck, Austria.

The prices and attractions are subject to change, so be sure to verify that it makes sense before you purchase one. It comes in options for 24 hours, 48 hours, and 72 hours in Innsbruck. I got the 72 hour Innsbruck card and it covered all the attractions I visited. It gave me free admission to museums, the cable cars to Nordkette Mountain, and public transportation. Talk about a bargain!

I can’t recommend it enough and every attraction in this Innsbruck itinerary is included on the Innsbruck card. Purchase it here .

3 days in Innsbruck Itinerary: Best Things to Do in Innsbruck

There are so many Innsbruck attractions that it can feel overwhelming to plan what to do in Innsbruck in 3 days. But don’t worry – I’ve got you. This Innsbruck 3 day itinerary will help you see all the top attractions in Innsbruck without feeling rushed.

Innsbruck Itinerary: Day 1 in Innsbruck

Breakfast at strudel-cafe kroell.

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I typically eat breakfast at my hotel if they provide it, but you can’t go wrong by starting your Innsbruck trip with breakfast at the incredible Strudel-Cafe Kroell .

This café specializes in strudels , and I definitely won’t judge you for eating their famous apple strudel for breakfast! They’ve also got a range of savory strudels – the vegetarian strudel might actually be better than the apple version – plus a full breakfast menu.

Walk the Streets of Alstadt von Innsburg (Old Town)

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Innsbruck’s Old Town is a pedestrian-only area of cobblestone streets and medieval buildings . This part of the city is over 500 years old and it’s the place to start your visit to one of the best cities in Austria. 

While walking through Old Town, don’t miss Maria Theresien Strasse . Of all the pedestrian streets in Old Town, Maria Theresian Strasse is the most breathtaking. It’s lined with gorgeous buildings and incredible views. It can get a little crowded at times and a lot of the shops are familiar chains, but there’s a really vibrant atmosphere here that will help you get a feel for what Innsbruck is all about.

Visit the Golden Roof

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The Golden Roof is part of Old Town, but it’s one of the most unique things to see in Innsbruck and is considered an attraction all on its own. Built by Emperor Maximillian, it gets its name from the nearly 2,700 copper tiles that adorn the roof.

Inside is a small interactive museum about Austria that won’t take a ton of time and gives a good overview of the area. Even if you’re not into museums, it’s a really cool sight from the outside. 

Catch the View from City Tower (Stadtturm)

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Now that you’ve gotten acquainted with Innsbruck from the ground, it’s time to take in the views from above . A relatively short climb of 148 steps will take you to the top of City Tower , and it’s well worth it once you get to the viewing deck. It’s so beautiful from up there, it’s hard to believe it’s real! Bonus: it’s a 2-minute walk from The Golden Roof.

Lunch at Gasthof Weisses Rossl

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Don’t miss out on the local fare at Gasthof Weisses Ross ! T heir pancakes with plum sauce are a popular menu item, but everything here is a classic Tyrolean dish that you’ll be glad you tried. 

Learn about the History of Bells at Grassmayr Bell Foundry 

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After lunch, take a short stroll (or public transport) to the Grassmayr Bell Foundry . It’s a really unusual museum about the history of bells (which is actually a lot cooler than it sounds). They’ve been making bells here since 1599 . Today, you can find Grassmayr Bells in over 100 countries. Wild!

The “tour” is more of a self-guided, interactive experience, but there’s always someone available to answer any of your questions. The museum is small, but trust me – it’s worth the visit! 

Tour the Hofburg

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The Hofburg, also known as the Imperial Palace , is one of Austria’s most famous landmarks and a stunningly gorgeous palace . It takes about 1-2 hours to tour on your own or with an audio guide, which I recommend for anyone who isn’t familiar with Austrian history.

The painted ceilings were some of my favorite sights inside the palace – at least they were until I saw the Silver Chapel. Definitely don’t miss that!

When you leave, be sure to stop by the Hofkirche (Court Church). It’s a really unique church full of art and lined with a ton of massive statues. It might actually be more impressive than the palace. Plus, you can take pictures here (unlike inside the Hofburg). It’s interesting and definitely photo-worthy.

Dinner at Café Sacher

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There are a lot of great regional foods to try in Innsbruck, but if there’s one thing you can’t leave without trying, it’s got to be a piece of Sacher Torte. And where better to have one than at Café Sacher Innsbruck , the place the cake was created .

Café Sacher also has a full menu of delicious Austrian food. I recommend the Rindsgulasch – a Hungarian-style goulash served with bread dumplings.

Innsbruck Itinerary: Day 2 in Innsbruck

Explore nordkette mountain.

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Nordkette Mountain is a great half-day trip, and the journey there is half the fun. There’s a funicular across from Innsbruck Congress that will take you to the Hungerburg stop. From there, you’ll catch the first of two cable cars , first to Seegrube and then to Hafelekar. It takes about 45 minutes each way but it’s a really fun way to travel.

Since I visited in October, I witnessed the weather change from autumn to winter as we made our way up. So pretty! If you aren’t getting the Innsbruck Card, you can get your cable car ticket ahead of time here .

There are a few stops on the way that you might want to take advantage of (either going or coming):

  • Alpenzoo : I don’t usually love zoos. I’d rather see animals out in nature. But the Alpenzoo is unique in that it showcases Alpine animals in a somewhat realistic environment. They even have viewing windows that allow you to see the animals if they’re snuggled up in their winter dens. And yes – the entry ticket is included in the Innsbruck card.
  • Small Cable Railway Museum : There’s a small museum in the Hungerburg station called the Small Cable Railway Museum that’s pretty interesting (it’s so small, I almost missed it! ). My favorite thing was looking at all the pictures and seeing how much Innsbruck has changed over the years.
  • Hungerburg Christmas Market : If you’re spending the holidays in Innsbruck, don’t miss the Christmas Market in Hungerburg. Each market is a little different with different souvenirs and food options.
  • Seegrube Hiking Trail : There’s a short hiking trail that surrounds the Seegrube cable car station. It takes about 30 minutes in total and takes you past a really huge rock and a ton of panoramic views.

One of the first things you’ll see when you reach the top of Nordkette Mountain is a giant cross. From here you can see Italy to the south and Germany to the north!

If you visit in the summer, there are miles of hiking trails and breathtaking views of the city below and the mountains surrounding you. Just be sure to pack warm clothes in case of cold weather. You can check the weather on top of the mountain via a   live webcam . It never hurts to be prepared!

Lunch at Restaurant Seegrube

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After a morning spent hiking, take the time to enjoy some authentic Tyrolean food at Restaurant Seegrube . When people think of Austrian food, they usually think of schnitzel. I don’t eat pork but was delightfully surprised to find that Austrian food easily caters to a wide variety of dietary restrictions . 

Kasspatzln is a popular dish here and it’s perfect after a day of hiking! The dish consists of soft egg noodles, grated cheese, and fried onions on top. It’s basically an Austrian version of mac and cheese, and who doesn’t love mac and cheese?

Other delicious dishes here are the Kasspressknödel, a potato and cheese dumpling that is also highly popular in this region, and Erdäpfelgulasch, a potato goulash.

Marvel at the Bergisel Ski Jump

The Bergisel Ski Jump is located on the south side of Innsbruck. It was used for ski jumping in the Olympics and in various competitions since. You can watch people skiing here and practicing their jumps . It’s really fascinating to see in person – I was in awe and watched them for a while. Watch the video above for a little snippet!

While there, climb to the top or take the funicular for more amazing views of Innsbruck from the Bergisel Sprungschanze & Sky Restaurant . It’s a good place to grab a coffee and an apple strudel while enjoying a panoramic view, especially if you need a caffeine pick-me-up after a heavy lunch.

Dinner at Stiftskeller

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After a long day of hiking, head back to Old Town Innsbruck and look for the Stiftskeller . It’s a big, Biergarten-style restaurant that’s popular with locals and tourists . The tables are long and get shared by various groups of people so it’s a fun way to meet people.

But it’s the garden that makes the Stiftskeller one of the best places to eat in Innsbruck, even in winter when they transform it with holiday decorations. They’ve got an extensive menu with options for everyone, but don’t miss out on the Bavarian pretzels and the graukäse, a Tyrolean sour milk cheese that’s best eaten with vinegar, fresh peppers, and rye bread.

Innsbruck Itinerary: Day 3 in Innsbruck

Tour swarovski kristallwelten  .

The Swarovski Kristallwelten is located 15 minutes outside of Innsbruck via a private bus that leaves from the train station. Not going to lie, this was one of my favorite things to do in Innsbruck. It feels more like a theme park than a museum (which is probably why I loved it so much). 

The outside of the Swarovski Kristallwelten Museum is a spectacular sight, with a maze, waterfall, and beautiful outdoor displays of crystals. Inside, there are seven underground galleries featuring crystal renderings of artwork by artists like Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali, and outside is a stunning garden. There’s even a 3D light show called “Planet of Crystals” that’s a must-do. Get your ticket here .

Lunch at Daniels Kristallwelten

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Your visit to the museum will take about 2 hours, and I highly recommend making lunch reservations at the onsite restaurant, Daniels Kristallwelten (reservations aren’t required but it can get really crowded with long wait times).

The vibe of this place is really cool, and they offer an extensive menu that provides a few lighter alternatives to the typical Tyrolean dishes – including a really good vegetarian pita sandwich and a wide selection of teas.

Soak up History at Ambras Palace

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One of the best things to do in Innsbruck is to see the spectacular architecture, and Ambras Palace is the best place in Innsbruck for this. It’s a Renaissance castle with topiary gardens, a pond, and Europe’s oldest collection of art, armories, and books.

It is a great palace to visit on a sunny day, but if you go in the winter, make sure to bundle up with a hat and scarf!  Get your ticket here .

Dinner at Restaurant Bierwirt

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You couldn’t pick a better place for your last dinner in Innsbruck than Restaurant Bierwirt . Only a ten-minute walk from Ambras Palace, it’s the place to go for traditional Tyrolean cuisine : roasts, venison, cheese, potatoes, and dumplings. So good!

What to do in Innsbruck Austria in 4 days and beyond

If you find yourself with more time to spend in Innsbruck, lucky you! There’s a lot more to do and see in this area. Here are some recommendations for what to do in Innsbruck with a little extra time. 

Go on an Outdoor Adventure

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You can go “upstream surfing” in the heart of Innsbruck, but the winter season also offers plenty to do if you’re an adrenaline junkie. Maybe try paragliding   or taking a ski tour through the mountains . Or better yet, see what it’s like to be an Olympian and ride the bobsled at Olympiaworld ! Side note – I went bobsledding in Sigulda, Latvia , and loved it!

Channel Cinderella at Neuschwanstein Castle

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Just a short trip from Innsbruck is Neuschwanstein Castle , the castle that inspired Disney’s Cinderella castle . The journey and tour will take a full day, but it’s well worth the money and time to visit, especially if you aren’t visiting Munich.

There’s no good way to get there from Innsbruck if you don’t have a car, so booking a tour is a good idea . If you’re driving, make sure you don’t miss Hohenschwangau Castle when you’re there. A lot of people skip it, but I think it’s actually my favorite of the two. Check them both out and let me know what you think.

Eat Your Way Through Innsbruck

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Food is one of my favorite parts of traveling, and Austria has some of the most hearty, delicious dishes. A food tour is a wonderful way to sample the best dishes Innsbruck has to offer. It includes a trip to Markthalle Innsbruck, a farmer’s market where you can sample meat, cheese, and other delights. Book it here .

Take a Day Trip to Feldkirch

Feldkirch is the  second-largest town in the Vorarlberg region of Austria – with an incredible history that dates back to the 1200s! The little town celebrated its 800th birthday in 2018, and the Rathaus Feldkirch has been the town hall for over 500 years. I loved seeing the Schattenburg Castle, where I learned that Feldkirch has seen many battles, including the Battle of Feldkirch in 1799.

Some of the coolest things to do in Feldkirch are touring the castle (now a museum), an animal wild park, a superb hiking mountain, incredible historical architecture at the Regional Courthouse, and the Marktgasse Marketplace. Plus, it’s only a couple of hours by train from Innsbruck, so it’s easy to do in a single day.

Where to Stay in Innsbruck

There are great options for hotels in Innsbruck at any budget. I recommend booking a hotel close to the Old Town . This way, you’re close to a ton of attractions and have lots of options for places to eat in Innsbruck. It’s also worth noting that hotels are generally affordable here, so it’s a great city to splurge a little!

Below are my top recommendations for places to stay in Innsbruck Austria:

Montagu Hostel (Backpacker)

I’ve stayed in a lot of hostels on my travels but the Montagu Hostel is one of the coolest. There’s a big common room and kitchen that are great for meeting new people. But my favorite thing about this Innsbruck hostel has got to be the dormitories. The beds are cozy little cubbies that are super comfortable and feel really private , plus they have secure storage for your belongings. If shared sleeping spaces aren’t your thing, they also offer a private room with a double bed and a female-only room with three beds.

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Meininger Hotel Innsbruck Zentrum (Budget-Friendly)

The Meininger Hotel is a great option for travelers on a budget. You have the option of booking a private room with single or multiple beds or even snagging a bed in one of the dormitories. The common areas are great for meeting people and the pop-art vibe makes the place feel really fun and funky. Plus, the hotel has views for days over the Nordkette mountains!

Hotel Mondschein (Mid-Range)

You’ll feel like you’re staying in the Tyrol region the minute you step into the Hotel Mondschein. It’s got warm tile and lots of wood in the common areas, even an actual vaulted ceiling over the breakfast area. Because it’s across the river from the old town, it tends to be a little quieter at night , which I really like. I recommend requesting a room that looks out over the river, if possible. 

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Altstadthotel Weißes Kreuz (Splurge)

Located drop-dead in the center of the Old Town on a pedestrian-only street, this historic hotel was built in 1465 and renovated in 2020, combining the best of traditional-meets-modern . Not only is the hotel a work of art, but it also boasts ultra-comfortable beds, luxe amenities, and epic views of the city. The staff is amazing, the breakfast options are vast and prices are reasonable, making this an excellent place to splurge. 

So there you have it: a 3-day Innsbruck itinerary that I think will convince you that Innsbruck really is one of (if not the) best cities to visit in Austria. And if you’re lucky enough to add more time to your Innsbruck itinerary, you have plenty of additional recommendations for things to do. 

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Innsbruck in 24 hours – the perfect itinerary.

One Day in Innsbruck: Itinerary

Innsbruck is a beautiful little city in Tyrol, Austria, with only about 120,000 people.

Its size, though, doesn’t betray the magnitude of visual charm and cultural delight it offers.

This is the perfect Innsbruck itinerary to plan your visit. This guide has all you need to know about things to do in Innsbruck in 24 hours.

HOW MANY DAYS IN INNSBRUCK SHOULD YOU SPEND?

Innsbruck is a fairly small city, and its center is even smaller.

You can easily cover the top things to do in Innsbruck in one day, as most of the city attractions lie within the Old Town.

That nothwithstanding, there is quite a lot to do in the city.

From exploring the Old Town and playing street chess to getting closer to the Alps in Nordkette, Innsbruck has enough to keep you busy for at least 3 days.

This guide attempts to list the best things you can do, if you are in Innsbruck for a day.

Of course, you might need a bit longer to soak in everything the city offers!

WHAT IS INNSBRUCK KNOWN FOR?

Innsbruck is famously known as the ‘Capital of the Alps’ due to its scenic location.

A quintessentially Austrian city with the hills in the background, Innsbruck reminds you of Switzerland in a way. It offers a diverse Alpine experience for travelers.

Innsbruck is also a popular ski destination. If you’re visiting in the winter, and are looking at activities like skiing and snowboarding, you should set aside a few more days as there are a lot of opportunities for winter sports in Innsbruck.

In fact, the Winter Olympic Games have been held there twice.

By all means, summer is also a great time to visit as the weather is abundant, and you can see the snow glistening on the mountains in the distance.

Lastly, Innsbruck is a great choice of day trip from bigger neighboring cities like Munich and Salzburg.

IS THE INNSBRUCK CARD WORTH IT?

Visitors can buy the Innsbruck card , which offers unlimited access to public transport, including buses, trams and funiculars. It also includes free entry to various attractions in Innsbruck.

The card is available for 24, 48 and 72 hours in Innsbruck.

The cost of the Innsbruck card for 1 day in Innsbruck is EUR 49, which I feel is rather expensive.

So it might be better worth for your money to buy the card for  48 hours at EUR 55.

ONE DAY IN INNSBRUCK ITINERARY/CHECKLIST

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ONE DAY IN INNSBRUCK: THINGS TO DO

Morning in old town.

You would want to aim at getting to the city a bit early, as there is a lot to see and we just have 24 hours in Innsbruck!

For me, food always comes first. So, if you’re like me, start your day with breakfast at the Breakfast Club.

BREAKFAST IN BREAKFAST CLUB

True to their name, Breakfast Club has an all-day breakfast menu. It is located really close to the Old Town in Innsbruck.

There are options to accomodate all kinds of preferences, from vegan dishes to a full English breakfast spread.

Breakfast Club Address: Maria-Theresien-Straße 49 & 49a, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria

After you’ve fuelled up for the day, wander around the Innsbruck Old Town and take in the views.

Most of the important sights and monuments are within this area, and it is compact and walkable. Make sure you have comfortable shoes on.

Things to do in Innsbruck Old Town

The Old Town in Innsbruck is replete with inspiring architecture and colourful, whimsical facades watching over you as you walk through cobblestoned lanes.

All the attractions are in close proximity to each other, so you can cover most of them even if you are in Innsbruck for a day.

Some of the most prominent things to do in Innsbruck old town are listed below.

Goldenes Dachl (Golden Roof)

Perhaps the most popular item in the list of things to do in Innsbruck: The Old Town expands into a square in front of this sparkling golden landmark.

Commonly called The Golden Roof, it was built in 1500 and decorated with 2,657 fire-gilded copper tiles for Emperor Maximilian I to mark his wedding to Bianca Maria Sforza.

The Emperor and his wife used the balcony to observe tournaments, festivals and other events that took place in the square below.

Innsbruck Golden Roof

It also has a museum where you can find vibrant exhibits, games, and books about the Late Middle Ages.

A royal jester accompanies visitors throughout the museum.

In all fairness, I would recommend admiring the Goldenes Dachl from the outside. The interiors are a tad underwhelming inside and can be missed.

Dom Zu St. Jacob (Innsbruck Cathedral)

Next, head to the Cathedral of St. Jacob, or Innsbruck Cathedral.

This beautiful church is only a two-minute walk away from the Golden Roof.

Innsbruck Cathedral

The interior is enclosed by three domed vaults spanning the aisle.

The make of the cathedral is in lavish baroque, while the entire vaulting is adorned with life-sized frescos. All the colors are accentuated by the abundance of natural light coming in through the windows.

There is a painting of the Virgin Mary, a piece by Lucas Cranach the Elder, which is displayed above the main altar and is considered amongst the most venerated Marian images in Christianity.

Entry here is free, however you are expected to pay EUR 1 to use your phones or cameras for clicking pictures inside.

Spend some time here, and admire the finesse with which the entire structure has been built. Absorb the enormous sense of calm there is.

Innsbruck Hofgarten (Court Garden)

A-10 minute walk away from the Innsbruck Cathedral, at the edge of the Old Town, is the Hofgarten sprawling over an area of 10 hectares.

The expanse is dotted with lush foliage, and you’ll see more greenery than you might have seen in a long time.

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A walk through The Innsbruck Hofgarten is worth every minute you spend here.

Don’t miss the garden chess boards, a unique and ubiquitous sight in Austria. We spotted a group of men playing floor chess, despite the heavy and relentless rain. What dedication!

Not to mention, the entry to the garden is free.

The perfect way to spend an afternoon in Innsbruck.

LUNCH IN MARKTHALLE

By now those hunger pangs will most likely start to kick in, so head to Markthalle for lunch.

A short walk from the Old Town, Markthalle is an indoor market with a huge collection of fresh and local produce, from bread and cheese to fruits, vegetables, pickles and jams.

There are also a number of cafes, restaurants, diners and bars within the complex.

Fancy a glass of wine at 10 am? No one’s judging!

Grab a table and pick up lunch from the many options inside the market.

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Once you’ve eaten, Walk down to the bridge running over the River Inn , or the Inns , as it is more commonly referred to.

You’ll see hurrying waters on either side, a cyclist passing by, and pastel-colored houses across the river. The view here makes for great photo ops. Definitely recommended for your Innsbruck itinerary.

The colorful houses stacked together on the other side of the river make for the most popular postcard picture of Innsbruck.

Innsbruck things to do

EVENING IN NORDKETTE

Nordkette (north chain mountain range).

Next, head to Innsbruck Congress, just 300 meters from the Old Town pedestrian zone.

From the station here, you can catch a train to explore the Nordkette range . The tickets are available until 5:30 pm daily.

There is a funicular that will take you from downtown Innsbruck to the heart of the Alps.

The Nordkettenbahn , or the route you’ll be taking has three separate sections: 1 – Innsbruck Congress Station to Hungerburg via funicular. 2- Hungerburg to the Seegrube station via cable car. 3- Seegrube station to Hafelekar via another cable car.

You can pay for just part 1, part 1 and 2, or all 3 parts. The price details are here.

In the interest of time, you could buy a pass only to Hungerburg, and if the views there make you change your mind, you can always buy a new ticket to the top.

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As soon as you step out of the train, you’ll know you’re literally in the heart of the Alps.

You’ll find yourself surrounded by splendid views, so give yourself some time to appreciate the grandeur of the place.

Catching the view here is one of the non-negotiably mandatory things to do in Innsbruck. Of course, there’s a small café here so you could also grab a hot cuppa.

Annasäule (St. Anne’s Column)

On your way back to the city center, stop by at Maria-Theresien-Straße, Innsbruck’s main shopping street. Here you will find St. Anne’s Column conspicuously propped in the middle.

Annasäule is a strategic monument made of Tyrolean marble. It was built in 1706, to commemorate the retreat of the last of the Bavarian troops after their failed attempt to capture Tyrol.

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Triumphpforte (Triumphal Arch)

Move to Leopoldstraße 300m away to see the Triumphal Arch.

Triumphpforte was built in 1765 to mark the marriage of Archduke Leopold with the Spanish princess Maria Ludovica. Contrary to normal practice, it was built from stone rather than wood. The Arch has carvings of various state symbols, with a prominent image of the married couple.

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EVENING AND NIGHT :

The busy touristying will get you exhausted, so let’s get dinner before you call it a day.

The Innsbruck Old Town is dotted with amazing food joints and bars, and you can enjoy a nice meal, followed or accompanied by great Tyrolean beer.

No trip is complete without trying local delicacies, which is why you should choose Austrian cuisine from the menu.

Enjoy a bowl of crispy Gröstl (they also have a vegan version) and sauerkraut at Restaurant Olive .

If you’re in the mood for dessert, try the Kaiserschmarren, a yummy scrambled pancake that you can’t stop eating!

WHERE TO EAT IN INNSBRUCK

Ask me what my favorite part about travel is, and I’ll tell you, without batting an eye, that it’s all the food you get to eat.

If you are looking for places to eat in Innsbruck, here are some recommendations I bet you’ll love. You can also check out this list of Austrian must-try dishes .

Stiftskeller

This is a beer garden in the heart of the Old Town and serves Tyrolean cuisine.

The servers are dressed in quintessential clothing of the Alps – the Dirndl for women and the lederhosen for men. The ambiance only adds to the whole Tyrolean flavor.

Di Wilderin

The perfect place to have a candlelit dinner, whilst savoring the local delicacies.

All the food here is sourced from farms within Innsbruck or from the outskirts, hence you can be certain that every bite on your plate will be fresh.

This is also why the menu here changes every day depending on the produce available. There’s a comfortable atmosphere and very friendly service. The food options are limited, however, you can ask the servers to make recommendations and they’ll happily oblige.

Der bäcker ruetz

If you’re in Germany or Austria, and you don’t try the local breads, you’re SERIOUSLY missing out.

This part of the world takes their bread pretty darn seriously, and with a bakery around (literally) every corner, there’s no excuse for not dropping in at one.

One of the oldest bakeries in Innsbruck, the family has kept Der Bäcker Ruetz running since five generations! And the legacy reflects in the freshness of their products as much as in the promptness and efficiency of service.

Every item on the menu is made with pure love and soul. The food is great and the staff is pleasant and really friendly.

The chain has  multiple locations across Innsbruck .

HAVE MORE THAN 24 HOURS IN INNSBRUCK?

If you are spending longer than one day in Innsbruck, below are some more attractions that are well worth visiting. See if you can squeeze them into your itinerary:

More Things to Do in Innsbruck Old Town:

  • Innsbruck City Tower (Stadtturm):  A visit to the city tower is included in the Innsbruck card. The stairs take you up top to a 31m high viewing point where you can enjoy a view of the Innsbruck Old Town, with the Alps in the backdrop.
  • Imperial Palace (Hofburg): Hofburg has served as the residence of some of the most prominent names in Innsbruck’s political past. The palace has flambouyant interiors, paintings and sculptures that give a peek into the royal life of Innsbruck.
  • Innsbruck Court Church (Hofkirche):  The church was built as a memorial for Emperor Maximilian I. Upon entering the church, you will notice 28 life-sized bronze statues standing guard to protect the tomb of the emperor. The church also serves as a resting place for many of Innsbruck’s local heroes.
  • Tylorean Folk Museum:  A glimpse into the Tyrolean way of life, the folk museum has an interesting collection of handicrafts, artisanry and costumes from a bygone era. By all means worth a visit if you have more than a day in Innsbruck.

Innsbruck Bergiselschanze (Bergisel Ski Jump)

Walk down or take a bus from the Old Town to Bergisel, which is a ski jumping hill in a stadium that hosts annual events.

There’s an entry fee of EUR 9, and you can board the funicular or take the stairs to go up.

From the top, you can see of the whole of Tyrol, and, believe you me, it is spectacular. Definitely one of the top things to do in Innsbruck.

Even though it might seem a tad redundant after the Nordkette, but then again, there is no such thing as too many views!

You feel me, don’t you?

There is also a restaurant at the top where you can get lunch while admiring the vantage views.

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Ambras Castle (Schloss Ambras)

Sitting in the hills above Innsbruck, Ambras Castle is a paradigm of romantic Rennaisance architecture.

The castle houses some of Europe’s oldest collections of relics, arts, paintings and books.

Especially popular is the Spanish Hall which was built for balls and celebratory occasions, and is one of the finest works of the Rennaisance period.

There is also a portrait gallery featuring over 200 paintings, weaponry and stunning armor on display, and a garden to enjoy a stroll in the sun.

Many city festivals and concerts are also held in the Ambras Castle garden.

Schloss Ambras Innsbruck

WHAT TO DO IN INNSBRUCK AT NIGHT

Get drinks in innsbruck old town.

Innsbruck is a university town, hence it has a lively and diverse nightlife. Check out this list of the most recommended bars and clubs in the city. There’s also a casino you could visit, perhaps if you have more than one day in Innsbruck.

Attend an Innsbruck Music Festival

Despite stiff competition from its neighbor and Mozart’s home, Salzburg, Innsbruck has contributed in a big way to the Tyrolean music legacy.

The city presently hosts an array of annual musical events like the International Festival of Early Music, International Choral Festival, and Summer Dance Festival.

Most of these events run through the day but they really get into action at night. Entry is mostly free!

Depending on what time in the year you visit, make sure to attend a music festival in Innsbruck during your stay if you can.

Enjoy a Show at Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck

If you’re a theater-geek, or are simply looking to do something more dialed down in Innsbruck at night, head to the Tiroler Landestheater (Tyrolean State Theater).

Located in the Old Town, the theater has a whole range of dance performances, opera, dramatic ensembles and orchestral music.

PROTIP: The shows at the theater are often sold out so don’t forget to book in advance.

HOW TO GET TO INNSBRUCK

Innsbruck is quite easy to reach from other parts of Austria, as well as Southern Germany, Italy and Switzerland, by making a short drive/taking the train or bus for just a few hours.

The main train station (Hauptbahnhof) and bus station (Busparkplatz am Hofgarten) are both a comfortable 10-minute walk away from the Old Town.

Innsbruck Kranebitten Airport,  Tyrol’s largest airport, has regular scheduled flights from Vienna (Austrian Airlines) and Germany (Lufthansa), as well as seasonal flights running from other cities in Europe.

You can also catch a shuttle or train from Munich international airport to Innsbruck.

Also write about airport – international or not, else connecting flight from Vienna.

WHERE TO STAY IN INNSBRUCK

If you’re spending longer than one day in Innsbruck, or plan to stay overnight in the city, I recommend staying at Hotel Zach , a super cozy and comfortable hotel located in the Innsbruck city center, with free breakfast.

EDIT:  We recently visited Innsbruck again and stayed at a homestay called Vintage Apartments in the Center ! It has vintage decor and is extremely cute. They’ve opened recently but I can absolutely vouch for it. Besides, the name suggests it’s in the center and really close to the Old Town. BONUS points for the balcony view of the Alps… I mean, could it BE any better? * insert awkward Chandler dance move *

HOW TO GET AROUND INNSBRUCK

Most visitors taking a day trip to Innsbruck don’t need transport; the city is largely walkable, thanks to its small size. It is also pretty flat.

Most of the attractions in Innsbruck lie within the Old Town.

For some places like Nordkette which are a bit farther outside the city center, there is an elaborate tram network and local bus system.

If you’re driving, it is best to park outside the Old Town and walk/take the tram or bus from there. Parking is extremely hard to find in the downtown area and can often turn out to be pricey.

Are you visiting soon? Got any questions about things to do in one day in Innsbruck? Feel free to drop a line below!

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Discover More Attractions In Innsbruck

When travelers dream of European adventures in Austria, they think of monumental Vienna, picturesque Hallstatt, or even lovely Salzburg. One of Europe's undiscovered gems , they often forget to include Innsbruck: the fifth-largest city in Austria and the capital of the mountainous Tyrol region. Charming Innsbruck has imposing architecture, breathtaking views, and thrilling outdoor activities in the surrounding Alps.

Stretching over the River Inn, the name Innsbruck means bridge over the Inn . The city's history stretches back millennia, but Innsbruck was notably a crossroads along an imperial Roman road, the easiest path for crossing the Alps. Emperor Maximilian I lived in Innsbruck and put the city on the map as a hub of politics and culture. The powerful Hapsburg dynasty resided in Innsbruck, bringing some of Austria's most significant castles, palaces, and artwork.

Today, Innsbruck is an excellent travel destination for museumgoers, history buffs, and art lovers. Surrounded by mountains, Innsbruck has hosted two Winter Olympics and is also a paradise for hikers, bikers, and skiers.

Discover all the Old World charm and outdoor attractions of Innsbruck in the ultimate guide here.

UPDATE: 2023/08/28 18:01 EST BY NICHOLAS MAYAMBA

The capital of Austria's Tyrol region is a beautiful city with a treasure trove of historical landmarks worth seeing. In this refreshed article, find out more top sights that shed light on the storied past of Innsbruck

Top Things To Do In Innsbruck

Nestled in the foothills of the Alps and as a prominent seat of power throughout the European past, Innsbruck offers tourists unlimited things to do. The Tyrolese offers several reasons why tourists travel to Austria , from splendid architecture, cultural museums, and historical palaces to scenic outlooks, outdoor activities, and zoos, Innsbruck has an attraction for everyone.

1 Enjoy The Heart Of Innsbruck At The Altstadt (Old Town)

The best way to embark on an adventure in any European city is to start in the old town center. Not only can tourists get a taste of the city's source of history and culture, but it's also an excellent starting point to dive deeper into other attractions.

Decorated with stately Baroque buildings, some over 500 years old, The Altstadt in Innsbruck is impressively well-maintained. In the Old Town, travelers can shop for souvenirs, find traditional restaurants, people-watch while enjoying a coffee, or have drinks at a bar.

Visitors should explore the Old Town by getting lost among its cobblestone streets and charming alleyways. Tourists can enter the Altstadt by strolling down Maria-Theresien Strasse : a fully pedestrianized street with beautiful architecture and impressive monuments like The Triumphal Arc and St. Anne's Column .

The Old Town is also a spectacular source of information. Travelers should visit Innsbruck Tourismus , a tourism office, for current advice, city maps, and guidance organizing everything to do in the city.

  • Hours Of Operation: Monday - Saturday, 9 AM - 6 PM | Sundays, 9 AM - 3 PM

There are so many historical landmarks to see and experience in Innbruck's Old Town. The best way to explore all the top spots is to take a guided tour with a local who understands the area well.

2 Marvel At The Golden Roof

Innsbruck's most iconic landmark is the Goldenes Dachl : The Golden Roof. The brilliantly gilded awning dazzles guests in the Old Town.

Adorned with 2,657 golden shingles, the Gothic-style roof was built in the late 15th century for Emperor Maximilian I. Tourists can admire the sparkling canopy from one of the many restaurant or coffee shop patios in the town square below.

If a selfie doesn't suffice, history buffs should visit the Golden Roof Museum inside. Visitors can view the Old Town from one of the balconies and browse relics from the Middle Ages. In addition, the museum showcases historical photographs and both centuries-old and multimedia exhibits on Emperor Maximilian, Tyrol's transformative figure.

  • Hours Of Operation: Tuesday - Sunday, 10 AM - 5 PM | Closed Mondays
  • Cost Of Admission: $6 per adult | $3 for seniors and students | Free for children under

The Golden Roof Museum offers exhibits for children.

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3 Experience The Cathedral Of St. James

Cathedrals are often dramatic sites in European cities, towering above rooftops and revealing stunning historical and cultural treasures. The Cathedral of St. James, also known as the Innsbruck Cathedral , is no exception.

Built in the early 1700s in Innsbruck's Old Town, the elegant stone facade impresses with two majestic bell towers and a dome. Eight working bells ring from the towers and echo through the streets. More importantly, the lavish Baroque interior will amaze visitors.

Colossal marble pillars support vaulted ceilings decorated with frescoes illuminated by abundant natural light. The sweeping interior is guarded by a stunning altar at the front and a marvelous organ above the main entrance.

Guests will also find the tomb of Archduke Maximilian III (Grandmaster of the Teutonic Knights).

  • Hours Of Operation: Monday - Saturday, 10:15 AM - 6:30 PM | Sundays, 12:30 PM - 6:30 PM
  • Cost Of Admission: Free

Watch out for regular concerts held at the Cathedral of St. James that the public can freely attend and target noon to hear the peace bells ringing.

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4 Visit The Mystifying Hofkirche

Another imposing centerpiece of Innsbruck's Old Town is the Hofkirche , German for the Court Church.

The church houses Tyrol's most important artistic monument: the cenotaph of Maximilian I , surrounded by 28 larger-than-life bronze statues. A jewel of European craft skills, the ornate tomb is encircled by reliefs and red marble columns.

Known locally as The Black Men, although they include eight women, the bronze statues represent royal power and consciousness passed down through the ages, protecting the tomb. The figures depict heroes such as King Arthur or Joanna The Mad.

Visitors can admire the cenotaph and statues with the magical sense that they are peering at history's ancestors straight in the eye.

  • Visiting Hours: Monday - Saturday, 9 AM - 5 PM | Sundays & Holidays, 12:30 PM - 5 PM
  • Cost Of Admission: $9 per adult | $7 discounted ticket | Free for 19 & under
  • Notes: Last entry 4:30 PM | Entrance through Museum of Tyrolean Regional Heritage

An especially mystifying experience is attending a nighttime mass at the Hofkirche.

5 Explore The Ambras Castle

A trip to Tyrol wouldn't be complete without visiting the Ambras Castle and Palace ​​​​​.

The region's most popular tourist attraction, the castle was famously home to the historical figure Archduke Ferdinand II. In the 1500s, the Archduke ordered that the 10th-century Ambras fortress be converted into a fine Renaissance castle as a gift for his wife. A prominent collector of art, the palace continues the tradition of Ferdinand II as a present-day museum.

Exhibits include manicured grounds, an armory, the Hapsburg Portrait Gallery, the Chamber of Art and Wonders, and most importantly, the spectacular Spanish Hall: a famous site for classical concerts.

The Ambras Castle is located on the southern edge of Innsbruck, and visitors can conveniently arrive by tram or bus.

  • Hours Of Operation: Daily, 10 AM - 5 PM
  • Cost Of Admission: $13 per adult | $10 for senior citizens and students

Book an entry ticket online in advance to skip the long queues waiting to enter Ambras Castle. Also, visitors with the Innsbruck card don't need a ticket to access the castle.

6 Wander Through The Imperial Palace

The Hofburg , or Imperial Palace, is the former residence of the Hapsburgs, one of Europe's most important dynasties. With its original elements constructed in 1460, tourists can find the Hofburg in Innsbruck's Old Town, on a larger residential complex that includes attractions like the Hofkirche, the Innsbruck Cathedral, the Tyrolean Folk Art Museum , and the lush Hofgarten (court gardens).

One of Austria's most significant cultural buildings, the Imperial Palace welcomes guests with a spotless white facade and an elegant royal interior. The palace museums showcase the life and times of the Hapsburgs, who lived at the Hofburg for over 450 years.

The five themed museums include Empress' Rooms and Apartments, a Furniture Museum, a Paintings Gallery, and an Ancestral Exhibit.

  • Hours Of Operation: Daily, 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Cost Of Admission: $10 per adult | $8 for senior citizens and students | Free for 19 & under

Some must-see rooms in the sprawling palace include the State Rooms, the Chapel, the Imperial Apartments, the Hall of Giants, and the Court of Arms Tower.

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7 Be Amazed By The Swarovski Kristallwelten

A popular tourist attraction in Innsbruck is the Swarovski Kristallwelten .

Just fifteen minutes east of Innsbruck by car, the peculiar and wondrous museum was created for the Swarovski crystal glass manufacturer. The complex contains gardens, a restaurant, a store, and exhibits.

The Giant , a landscaped bejeweled head, ushers visitors into the Chambers of Wonder, with several galleries showcasing famous artists' interpretations of glass artwork, including Andy Warhol and Salvador Dalí.

Museumgoers can also find a labyrinth and carousel on the grounds.

  • Hours Of Operation: Daily, 9 AM - 7 PM
  • Cost Of Admission: $25 per adult | $8 for children 6 - 17

Last admission is 6 PM | Tickets can be purchased online or at the front desk | Various discounted prices offered

8 Catch Stunning Views At The Bergisel Ski Jump

A tourist attraction in Innsbruck with incredible views is the Bergisel Ski Jump .

The hill has been used since the 1920s for ski jumping competitions, most notably for the Winter Olympics in 1964 and 1976. The ski jump tower soars 453 feet in the air with a stomach-churning drop. Visitors can take elevators to a viewing terrace overlooking the ski jump, with a restaurant and coffee shop.

Thrill seekers will want to climb the additional 455 steps to the top of the ski tower for breathtaking views and a taste of the ski jumpers' anticipation.

The Bergisel Ski Tower offers travelers magnificent views and a chance to watch skiers practicing their sport.

  • Hours Of Operation: Daily, June - October, 9 AM - 6 PM | Wednesday - Monday, November - May, 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Cost Of Admission: $12 per adult | $11 for senior citizens and students | $6 for children 6 - 14

Next to the Bergisel Ski Jump is the Patscherkofel observation point, where tourists can head for more panoramas of the city and the entire Inn Valley.

9 Rise To The Top Of The World On The Nordkette Cable Car

The Nordkette Mountain Range looms over Innsbruck and offers incredible tourist activities any season of the year.

Perhaps some of the cheapest skiing in Europe , skiers can hit the slopes at Nordkette from summer to winter. With beginner to advanced ski routes, adventurists can find the ski station just north of Innsbruck.

  • Hours Of Operation: Daily, 9 AM - 4 PM
  • Ski Tickets: from $29 per adult per day

Families and warm-weather travelers can instead opt for several different cable car experiences at Nordkette . The journey takes only twenty minutes but offers a lifetime of jaw-dropping views of Innsbruck and the surrounding mountains.

The cable car makes several stops throughout its climb in the Karwendel National Park . Each station provides riders something different, from scenic outlooks to hiking and biking . The trails cater to everyone, from beginners to advanced.

  • Cable Car Hours Of Operation: Vary by line | Daily, from as early as 7:15 AM - 7:15 PM
  • Cost Of Round-Trip Ride: from $12 per adult

The wait to enter the cable cars at Nordkette can be frustrating, but visitors can skip the lines by booking a ticket online before getting to the site.

10 See Indigenous Animals At The Alpine Zoo

What could be one of the world's best zoos , animal lovers will enjoy a visit to the Alpenzoo in Innsbruck.

Just north of the city near the Nordkette Ski Station, the Alpine Zoo in Innsbruck specializes in housing and protecting native and endangered species of the Austrian Alps. With over 2,000 animals, guests can marvel at the daring Alpine ibex, mighty brown bears, playful otters, and many majestic birds.

  • Hours Of Operation: Daily, April - October, 9 AM - 6 PM | November - March, 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Cost Of Admission: $13 per adult | $10 for senior citizens and students | $6 for children 6 - 15 | $3 for children 4 - 6

Just a short drive from the zoo and farther downstream, tourists will encounter the historic neighborhood of Muhlau, famous for its gorgeous 1748 Baroque church.

11 Schedule A Day Trip To Feste Kufstein

Located about an hour from downtown, the old border town of Kufstein presents a nice escape for explorers looking to venture beyond the city limits. It is renowned as an idyllic holiday destination, thanks to the beautiful lake scenery and exciting climbing and hiking opportunities in Kaisergebirge.

Visitors will enjoy walking along the town's peaceful streets, which host relics of moated towers, ancient walls, several squares with fountains, and interesting historical buildings. Be sure to check out the Feste Kufstein , or Kufstein Fortress, with a rich history dating back to 1205.

Its notable features include the Emperor's Tower, which rises to a 90-meter height, and the glorious Heroes' Organ with over 4000 pipes and 46 stops.

For deeper insight into the history of Kufstein, enthusiasts should visit Heimatmeuseum, which also doubles up as a concert and festival venue.

12 Admire The Wilten Parish Church And Basilica

The majestic Wilten Parish in the district of Wilten delights first-timers with its twin towers and stands among the best Rococo-style churches in the north of the Tyrol region.

Although constructed in 1755, the building has never lost its charm through the years, a credit to the magnificently decorated interior, which features intricate ceiling frescos and unparalleled stonework.

Just across from the church is a sprawling building complex with structures established in 1138. Here, visitors can marvel at the architecture of the 17th-century church and its gigantic Gothic figure of Haymon.

  • Admission : Free
  • Hours : 7:30 am - 6 pm

13 Stroll Through Maria Theresien Street

Maria Theresien Street is among the more famous areas in Innsbruck, boasting a history of almost seven centuries. The prominent street just outside the Old Town offers a glimpse into the city's Baroque past, lined with medieval palaces belonging to the aristocrats and historical landmarks like the Triumphal Arch and St. Anne's Column.

The area also features several quaint restaurants and cafes, making it a popular townfolk meeting point. Maria Theresien Street also hosts a popular Christmas market, among the most festive ways to celebrate Christmas in Austria .

Maria Theresien Street is just a 10-minute walk from Innsbruck's main train station and will be a cool site for a lazy afternoon walk to unwind or people-watch after a long day.

14 Soak In The Views Atop The Town Tower (Stradtturm)

For just a few dollars, guests can scale the 51-meter-high Innsbruck City Tower for a unique birds-eye perspective of the city. Located next to the iconic Golden Roof, the historical landmark was built in 1450 and used as a point of relaying alarms to the public in the event of attacks and other dangers.

It also served as a vantage point patrolled by guards looking out for any signs of distress. Today, the tower is a popular observation station and attracts many tourists. The short climb to the top includes about 130 steps, where stunning views of Innsbruck, Nordkette, and the Bergisel await.

  • Hours : September (10 am - 8 pm), October to May (10 am - 5 pm)

Visitors pay around $5 to access the lookout at the top of Innsbruck City Tower, but those with an Innsbruck card can access it freely.

15 Where To Eat In Innsbruck

Austria is marked by rolling green pastures and the rocky snow-capped Alps. The rural yet mountainous landscape has shaped its cuisine, defined by heavy carbs and meats or dense bread and pastries.

Tourists can find the best of traditional Austrian cuisine on the streets of Innsbruck alongside international flavors. Typical Austrian dishes everyone should try include:

  • Apfelstrudel (apple strudel, Austria's national food)
  • Wiener Schnitzel (a fried delight, another national plate)
  • Tiroler Gröstl (pan-fried potatoes with chopped meat and lots of butter and onion, a hearty regional favorite)
  • Gulasch (goulash, a popular Austrian dish)

Influenced by their neighbors to the south, travelers can also eat at traditional Italian trattorias in Innsbruck. Additionally, there are hamburger joints, Asian-inspired restaurants, and lively bars and beer gardens.

Breakfast Spots In Innsbruck

Café Central

  • Hours: Monday - Friday, 7 AM - 8 PM | Closed Sundays
  • Address: Gilmstraße 5, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
  • Recommended: Apfelstrudel (apple strudel, a traditional Austrian favorite)

Breakfast Club

  • Hours: Daily 7:45 AM - 4 PM
  • Address: Maria-Theresien-Straße 49/& 49a, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
  • Customers Love: Brunch | Waffles | French Toast | Omelets

Lunch Locations In Innsbruck

Gasthaus Anich

  • Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 AM - 10 PM | Closed Saturdays & Sundays
  • Address: Anichstraße 15, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
  • Recommended: Wiener Schnitzel | Gröstl (pan-fried potatoes with chopped meat and lots of butter and onion, a regional classic)
  • Hours: Monday - Saturday, 11 AM - 10 PM | Closed Sundays
  • Address: Museumstraße 3, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
  • Customers Love: Hamburgers | Vegan options | Mac & cheese | Peppermint-mango iced tea

Dinner Restaurants In Innsbruck

Stiftskeller

  • Hours: Daily, 10 AM - 11 PM | Closed Wednesdays
  • Address: Stiftgasse 1/7, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
  • Recommended: Gulasch (traditional Austrian dish) | Beer garden | Roast pork | Speck ham

Trattoria-Pizzeria Due Sicilie

  • Hours: Daily, 5 PM - 10 PM | Sunday lunches, noon - 2 PM
  • Address: Höttinger G. 15, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
  • Customers Love: Traditional Neapolitan-style pizzas

Drinks In Innsbruck

360° Cafe

  • Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10 AM - 1 AM | Mondays, 10 PM-midnight | Closed Sundays
  • Address: Rathaus Galerien, Maria-Theresien-Straße 18, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
  • Customers love: Stunning rooftop views of Innsbruck rooftops and Alps | Full bar
  • Hours: Monday - Thursday, 6 PM - 1 AM | Fridays & Saturdays, 6 PM - 2 AM | Closed Sundays
  • Address: Museumstraße 5, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
  • Recommended: Artisanal beers | Draught beers | IPAs

16 Where To Stay In Innsbruck

The best place to stay while vacationing in Innsbruck is in the center. The small city offers plenty of luxury to budget stays in the center, placing guests in the heart of the history, culture, and wonder of Innsbruck.

A hotel in the center conveniently keeps travelers at walking distance from bars, restaurants, and attractions, perfect for leisurely exploring the city and escaping back for a midday nap to recharge.

If visitors are road-tripping through Austria or prefer a quieter stay, they will find several hotels outside the city center. These hotels offer easy parking and scenic views of the Austrian countryside and Alps.

Keeping Innsbruck's timely public transportation in mind, tourists can always quickly reach the city center.

Luxury Stays In Innsbruck

Weisses Rössl

  • Prices From: $178 per night
  • Why You Should Book: Historic building | Central location | Delicious restaurant | Bar & Lounge

The Penz Hotel

  • Prices From: $191 per night
  • Why You Should Book: Four-star hotel | Central location | Bar & Lounge | Underground parking

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Mid-tier Stays In Innsbruck

Hotel Central

  • Prices From: $141 per night
  • Why You Should Book: Four-star hotel | Bar & Restaurant | Spa & Wellness center | Fitness center

Hotel Mondschein

  • Prices From: $112 per night
  • Why You Should Book: Four-star hotel | Parking | Bar & Lounge | 24-hour front desk

Budget-friendly Stays In Innsbruck

B&B Hotel Heimgartl

  • Prices From: $99 per night
  • Why You Should Book: Three-star hotel | Multilingual staff | Free parking

Haus Hubertus

  • Prices From: $83
  • Why You Should Book: Free parking | Scenic location | Balconies in every room | Apartments available

17 Best Time To Go To Innsbruck

Innsbruck experiences the best of all seasons and is an excellent year-round travel destination. While each season offers something slightly different, tourists can generally expect sightseeing in the city to be warmer than recreational activities in the mountains. In addition, the city is known for its strong Alpine winds.

  • Best Time To Visit Innsbruck: June - August | December - February
  • Temperatures: 50° - 80° | 20° - 40°

Summer is one of the best times to visit Innsbruck because of the warm days and cool nights. The weather is perfect for hiking in the nearby mountains or strolling through city streets. Innsbruck is generally quieter in the summer, devoid of university students and skiing crowds. July does pose the highest chance of rain, however.

As an Alpine city, winter is also one of the best times to visit Innsbruck. The city is one of many things that show how beautiful Austria is in the winter . Snow-capped mountains and white rooftops welcome winter travelers eager to experience the city's many skiing and snowboarding opportunities.

Tourists should prepare for cold days and freezing nights. Accommodation rates are the most expensive in February due to the skiing crowds.

On the other end, fall is the lowest tourist season in Innsbruck. Travelers can score better deals but should plan for cooler weather, a chance for snow, and certain attractions closing or shortening hours.

Finally, there are many things to do in Austria in the springtime . Tourists can enjoy attractions opening up and warmer city weather. The Alps are still snowy, so visitors can ski in the mountains without the inflated winter prices.

18 Best Ways To Get Around Innsbruck

There are many convenient ways to get around in Innsbruck.

On Foot Or By Bike In Innsbruck

The best way to get around Innsbruck is on foot . With little traffic and all the main attractions close to one another, walking is the most comfortable way to experience the city.

The small amount of traffic also makes Innsbruck bike-friendly . Dedicated bike lanes lead to popular destinations like the airport, shopping centers, and universities. Many bike shops throughout the city offer rentals.

Public Transportation In Innsbruck

For a small city, Innsbruck has a dense network of trams, buses, and funiculars to get tourists around to more distant attractions, nearby towns, and mountain destinations. The bus and tram routes run around the clock and offer single-use tickets, multi-trip passes, and day cards.

Tourists will enjoy the hop-on-hop-off Sightseer bus, and partygoers can use the Nightliner buses .

  • Prices: starting from $6.50 for a 24-hour unlimited day pass

Tickets are cheaper purchased at tram and bus stop machines, compared to paying the driver.

By Car In Innsbruck

Driving around Innsbruck is generally not recommended for tourists. Parking spaces are tight and limited in the city center. The best option is to leave the car at a Park & Ride facility or the hotel lot and use the efficient public transportation system. Avoid parking next to dotted white lines because these are designated for residents.

How To Get To Innsbruck

The central train station in Innsbruck connects travelers to destinations all across Europe. The ÖBB train lines service Innsbruck and offer trips from as low as $10.50 to cities like Vienna or Berlin. The WESTbahn train lines provide daily connections to the eastern side of Austria.

Innsbruck Airport lies just to the west and offers convenient flights to other European countries. Munich International Airport is a two-hour drive north of Innsbruck.

Innsbruck is easily accessible by car along several major highways. Travelers can rent a car from major European companies like Avis, Budget, or Europcar from nearby airports.

Road trippers should carry their national license and an International Driver's Permit to drive in Austria. All cars must have the Austrian Toll Sticker . Ten-day vignettes can conveniently be purchased at gas stations for about $10.50.

19 Tips To Know When Visiting Innsbruck

With so many sites and attractions in Innsbruck, tourists can feel overwhelmed planning their trip and deciding what to see or where to spend their money. Travelers should know that The Innsbruck Card takes a lot of the organizing and planning off their hands.

Visitors can choose between a 24, 48, or 72-hour card, including entrance to 22 museums and attractions, free public transportation, one round-trip cable car ride, and free use of the Sightseer hop-on-hop-off bus.

  • Cost Of Card: from $58 per adult for a 24-hour card | from $29 for children 15 & under
  • Note: Can be purchased online or at several tourist spots throughout Innsbruck

What Language Do They Speak In Innsbruck?

  • The official language in Austria is German . While the Austrian German dialects spoken around Innsbruck may vary, the languages are mutually intelligible. About 40% of Austrians know English , and as tourism increases, this percentage is even higher for Austrians who understand and speak English. After English, French is the third most commonly understood language in Austria.

Is Innsbruck Safe?

  • Innsbruck is a very safe travel destination, one of the safest cities in the world . While tourists should exercise precautions, Innsbruck has a low crime rate and is an excellent destination for families, couples, or solo travelers.

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20 How To Spend The Perfect Day In Innsbruck

Innsbruck is one of Europe's lesser-known destinations that should nevertheless be on every traveler's bucket list.

The small city is an excellent day trip near castles in southern Germany or stunning Austrian towns like Hallstatt and Salzburg.

The perfect day in Innsbruck begins in the Old Town (Altstadt). Tourists can try the Apfelstrudel , Austria's national pastry, for breakfast and explore the marvelous streets and architecture. Iconic sites include the brilliant Goldenes Dachl (Golden Roof), the imposing Innsbruck Cathedral , and the mystifying Hofkirche (Court Church).

Later, culturally inclined tourists should peruse one of Innsbruck's many museums, palaces, and castles, like the Ambras Castle , Imperial Palace , or the bizarre and bejeweled Swarovski Kristallwelten museum. Outdoor enthusiasts can instead spend the perfect afternoon in Innsbruck going up the looming Nordkette mountain range by cable car for hiking, biking, or skiing.

Regardless, all visitors should catch jaw-dropping sunset views at the Bergisel Ski Jump before returning to the lively Old Town for dinner and drinks.

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When I first thought of Innsbruck, I pictured it as just another alpine resort, filled with thrilling adventures and incredible outdoor activities. But after exploring the city, I realized my initial impression was off the mark. Between its breathtaking views, charming spots , and beautiful cultural treasures , Innsbruck offers a well-rounded travel experience .

Compared to other Austrian cities like Vienna and Salzburg , Innsbruck is relatively small. So, at first, I also thought a quick day trip would be enough unless I planned on multi-day hiking. But I was pleasantly surprised! Innsbruck indeed boasts a wealth of attractions and activities . In fact, you’d need a couple of days in Innsbruck just to fully immerse yourself in all the highlights and must-see places that this city has to offer.

Anyhow, just because you’re on a one-day trip to Innsbruck and you can’t see all of its must-see attractions doesn’t mean you won’t feel like you’ve truly experienced the city. Truth be told, there’s no need to see every single attraction . At the end of your day, it’s all about choosing the spots that genuinely fascinate you! Yes, spending a day in Innsbruck can be enjoyable in a variety of ways .

In my view, there are three optimal ways to spend a day in Innsbruck, each offering a unique experience of the city.

  • First, you can focus on Innsbruck’s top attractions : a morning visit to the Old Town, followed by an afternoon at Nordkette.
  • Second, you can immerse yourself in the culture, art, and architecture of Innsbruck : start with the Old Town in the morning, then head to Ambras Castle in the afternoon.
  • Lastly, you can dedicate the entire day in taking in Innsbruck ’s scenic beauty : Nordkette in the morning, the Old Town in the early afternoon, and the Innsbruck Panorama Painting in the late afternoon.

Remember , exploring the Old Town Innsbruck should be a top priority , as it’s home to many of the city’s most notable landmarks! Also, as a wanderer, the narrow streets of the Old Town are already a delight to explore. Here, you can catch sight of the city’s most iconic landmarks set against a backdrop of mountains. The alleys themselves offer dramatic scenes , with the mountains visible through the gaps between buildings. Seilergaße, Keibachgaße, Herzog-Friedrich-Straße, and Maria-Theresien-Straße are definitely my top picks!

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Above provides a visual overview of all the experiences, discoveries, and sights you can enjoy during your one-day trip to Innsbruck.

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Recommended Things to Do

As mentioned earlier, several places of interest and different types of attractions await you in Innsbruck. These include museums, heritage sites, churches, viewpoints, and of course, mountain outdoor attractions. However, if you’re planning a one-day trip to this city, I suggest prioritizing any of the following : Nordkette, Ambras Castle, Tirol Panorama Museum, and Old Town Innsbruck . In the Old Town, you can find picturesque streets, the Innsbruck Cathedral, the Golden Roof, Stadtturm, Hofkirche, and Hofburg .

Based on what I’ve discovered, visiting these attractions allows you to experience the unique charm of Innsbruck as a travel destination . What’s great about these attractions is that you only need one ‘golden ticket’ to access and explore them — the Innsbruck City Card . This card also provides you with unlimited use of Innsbruck’s public transportation , including the funicular and cable cars in Nordkette. We’ll talk about more benefits of the Innsbruck City Card later on.

Allow me to provide an introduction and a brief overview of each attraction and activity I recommend in Innsbruck.

Innsbruck Cathedral

Don’t be fooled by its simple facade, Innsbruck Cathedral is one of the city’s most astonishing landmarks . Step inside and you’ll be greeted by the city’s most remarkable frescoes and stucco works.

Saint James Cathedral, also known as Innsbruck Cathedral, is an 18th-century Baroque Roman Catholic Church in the historic center of Innsbruck. It’s a primary city landmark, housing two cultural treasures: the 16th-century Mary of Succor painting and the 17th-century canopied tomb of Archduke Maximilian III, the Grand Master of the Teutonic Knights. The cathedral’s interior, designed by the renowned Asam Brothers from Bavaria, is breathtaking. The Asam Brothers’ stuccoes and frescoes, particularly the ones creating optical illusions, are marvels that make the cathedral a must-see in Innsbruck. A visit of 15 to 30 minutes is sufficient to appreciate its beauty, unless attending a mass service or concert.

  • Golden Roof

This is the crown jewel of Innsbruck. When you visit the Golden Roof , make sure to take in the stunning facade, explore the museum, and catch the view from the balcony. And don’t leave without snapping a selfie!

Innsbruck is home to many impressive structures, but the Golden Roof stands out. It’s not just a symbol of the city, but its main attraction. Built in the 1500s by Emperor Maximilian I to celebrate his marriage to Bianca Maria Sforza, it’s a balcony from which they would watch city festivities. The Golden Roof is known for its 2,657 fire-gilded copper tiles that dazzle spectators. It also features murals and reliefs depicting Maximilian I’s life. Located on Herzog-Friedrich-Strasse, the city’s main street, it’s a must-see for its historical significance. Don’t miss the museum inside for a deeper understanding of this landmark. Plan for about 30 minutes to fully appreciate the Golden Roof and its museum.

Stadtturm (City Tower)

This is one of the best viewpoints in Old Town Innsbruck. Climb Stadtturm to see 360-degree views of the city with the mountains in the backdrop. A unique view of the Golden Roof awaits on top.

The Stadtturm, or City Tower, is a 15th-century landmark in Innsbruck’s historic center, near the Golden Roof on Herzog-Friedrich-Straße. It was once a lookout post for city guards. Its Renaissance-style roof and upper tower are distinctive features of Innsbruck’s skyline. The Stadtturm offers 360-degree views of Innsbruck from a 31-meter high deck. To reach the deck, you’ll need to climb 148 steps. From there, you can see landmarks like the Golden Roof, Hölblinghaus, local churches, and the Nordkette mountains. Plan for about 30 minutes to climb, enjoy the view, and read about the Stadtturm’s history near the tower’s turnstile.

Within this church, the hidden treasures of Innsbruck are securely housed. Visit Hofkirche to witness the grandeur of Maximilian’s Cenotaph and marvel at the spectacular Black Men statues that encircle the cenotaph.

The Hofkirche, or Court Church, is a must-see in Innsbruck. This 16th-century Gothic church houses significant treasures, including the cenotaph of Emperor Maximilian I and the statues of the Black Men. The cenotaph features intricate ironwork and marble carvings that depict key events from Maximilian I’s reign. The Black Men statues, slightly larger than life, represent various members of the House of Habsburg, including legendary figures like King Arthur. A visit to the Hofkirche, located within the Tyrolean Folk Art Museum and a short walk from the Golden Roof, offers a captivating half-hour exploration of Innsbruck’s cultural heritage and artistry.

Tirol Panorama Museum

Located on the outskirts of the city in Bergisel, the Tirol Panorama Museum is one of Innsbruck’s most significant cultural institutions. A visit to the museum offers a chance to see the Innsbruck Giant Panorama Painting — a fascinating insight into the city’s rich history.

The Tirol Panorama Museum is known for the Innsbruck Giant Panorama Painting, a 1,000 square meter artwork that depicts the Tyroleans’ bravery during Napoleon’s invasion. This immersive piece transports visitors back to the Battle of Bergisel. In addition to the panorama, the museum houses the “Tyrolean Stage,” a permanent exhibition showcasing the region’s nature, religion, and politics. It’s also home to the Museum of the Imperial Infantry. Visitors typically spend 1 to 2 hours exploring, but those planning to relax at the scenic pavilion behind the Museum of the Imperial Infantry should allocate additional time. This spot offers a beautiful view of Innsbruck and Nordkette.

This landmark stands as a tribute to Innsbruck’s rich past as a former capital of the Holy Roman Empire. Visit Hofburg to admire stunning architecture and explore interactive exhibits about its emperors and archdukes.

The Hofburg, or the Imperial Palace, is a significant landmark in Old Town Innsbruck. It was the Habsburgs’ home for years and underwent extensive renovations during Emperor Maximilian I’s reign, making it a notable late Gothic period building. The palace gained further architectural interest from renovations by Empress Maria Theresa in the 18th century, which introduced Baroque elements. Today, the Hofburg is a museum with five themed areas, including Maria Theresa’s Rooms and Empress Elisabeth’s Apartment. It also features an Ancestral Gallery, a Painting Gallery, and a Furniture Museum. Visitors can expect to see stunning interiors, royal artworks, and learn about the palace’s political and cultural history. It’s recommended to spend at least an hour or two to fully appreciate the Hofburg. The Giants’ Hall, with its Austrian Rococo frescoes by Franz Anton Maulbertsch, is a must-see.

Old Town Innsbruck

Make sure to wander the streets of Old Town Innsbruck . You’ll find it packed with scenes so picturesque , you’ll be inspired to capture countless photos with your camera.

Innsbruck’s Old Town is a tourist attraction in its own right, and exploring it is a must-do for any visitor. This area is the city’s most beautiful part, filled with narrow alleys, colorful houses, elaborate landmarks, and scenic views. It’s suggested that you add an extra two hours to your itinerary for this area. This allows time to photograph landmarks, enjoy a meal with a view, or take a leisurely stroll. These additional two hours are on top of the time you’ll spend visiting Saint James Cathedral, Golden Roof, Stadtturm, Hofburg, and Hofkirche.

Ambras Castle

Ambras Castle, Innsbruck’s very own, is nestled in the city’s hilly outskirts. A visit to Ambras Castle offers a glimpse into the love story of Archduke Ferdinand II and Philippine Welser, an opportunity to admire more stunning architecture, and a chance to explore the “world’s oldest museum.”

Ambras Castle in Innsbruck has a unique history, rooted in the love story of Archduke Ferdinand II and Philippine Welser. This 16th-century Renaissance castle, now one of the top attractions in Innsbruck, was a gift of love from Ferdinand II to Philippine. Today, it’s an inspiration for various works of art worldwide. The castle, one of the world’s oldest museums, houses armors of renowned knights from the era of Emperor Maximilian I to Emperor Leopold I. Visitors can explore the castle gardens and intricately designed halls, including the Spanish Hall, a showcase of German Renaissance architecture. This hall features an intricate wood-inlay ceiling and walls adorned with 27 full-length portraits of the Tyrolean rulers. A visit to Ambras Castle is a captivating experience, sure to leave you inspired.

Innsbruck’s own Nordkette mountain range is the epicenter of outdoor activities in the city. With its spectacular scenery and its proximity to the city, it’s an experience you shouldn’t miss. Going to Nordkette from Innsbruck is straightforward.

Nordkette, located north of Innsbruck, offers stunning viewpoints, amazing restaurants, and thrilling outdoor activities. It’s an ideal destination for nature lovers and is home to Europe’s highest zoo, the Alpine-Zoo. Nordkette’s easy access from the city and its unique offerings make Innsbruck a must-visit. The funicular in Old Town Innsbruck takes you to Hungerburg for panoramic city views. But the journey doesn’t stop there. A cable car ride takes you to Hafelekar, Innsbruck’s highest viewpoint, known as the “Top of Innsbruck.” Here, you can enjoy views of the Alps and the rugged peaks of the Karwendel Mountains. On clear days, you might see a sea of clouds over the Inn Valley. Plan for 3 to 4 hours to visit Nordkette, but you may want to stay longer to fully enjoy all it has to offer.

Did you know? You could technically visit all the recommended tourist spots in Innsbruck in a single day using the hop-on-hop-off Sightseer Bus. But, if you’re planning to thoroughly explore each of them, doing it all in one day is practically impossible. You can buy 24-hour tickets for the Sightseer directly on the bus, at the Tourist Information on Burggraben street, and at many hotels. If you have the Innsbruck City Card , your Sightseer tour is on the house!

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Ways to Spend a Day in Innsbruck

As I’ve mentioned earlier, I’ve got three great options for you to spend one day in Innsbruck.

  • If it’s your first time in the city, I recommend using the itinerary to the main attractions of the Innsbruck , exploring the Old Town and visiting Nordkette. This will give you a taste of what Innsbruck is all about: a stunning city nestled among breathtaking mountains — a well rounded approach .
  • However, if the weather isn’t cooperating, don’t worry. Use the itinerary about immersing yourself in the culture, art, and architecture of Innsbruck . Since the mountains might not be as enjoyable in the rain or if the clouds obscure the views in Nordkette, it’s a good idea to explore more of the city’s attractions.
  • On the other hand, if the weather is perfect or if you’re already familiar with Innsbruck, why not try the full appreciation of the city’s beautiful natural scenery itinerary?

The three one-day itineraries I’ve prepared for you can be followed at a leisurely pace . Ideally, they can all be completed in more or less eight-hour visit to the city . Before you set off, though, I recommend double-checking for any updates or announcements about the specific tourist attractions to ensure a smooth journey in Innsbruck. Make sure to check the opening hours for any changes, and keep an eye on your weather app and the webcams in Nordkette’s viewpoints!

Option 1: Visit the Main Attractions

To fully appreciate Innsbruck, visit a variety of points of interest that encompass all the city has to offer: iconic structures, picturesque landscapes, historical locations, and artistic wonders. Below is the itinerary that will help you accomplish that.

  • Triumphpforte
  • Golden Roof (and museum): 30 minutes
  • Stadtturm : 30 minutes
  • Hofkirche : 30 minutes
  • Innsbruck Cathedral : 30 minutes
  • Helblinghaus
  • Goldener Adler
  • Marktplatz & the colorful houses of Innsbruck
  • Emile-Béthouart-Steg (optional)
  • Nordkette : 4 Hours (afternoon and dinner)

On the morning of this one-day journey to Innsbruck, we’ll primarily explore the Old Town. This area allows you to immerse yourself in the city’s unique, artistic, and historic charm.

  • Begin at Triumphpforte , located at the southern end of Maria-Theresien-Straße, just a five to seven-minute walk from the train station. Adorned with stuccoes and reliefs depicting Innsbruck’s historical royals, Triumphpforte serves as a beautiful introduction to the city’s rich heritage that awaits you.
  • Head north along Maria-Theresien-Straße , ensuring your camera is at the ready to capture the lovely architecture that awaits you at the intersection of Maria-Theresien-Straße and Meraner Straße, just a few moments into your stroll. Keep an eye out for the following magnificent buildings: Altes Landhaus (No. 43), Palais Troyer-Spaur (No. 39), Palais Fugger-Taxis (No. 45), and Palais Trapp (No. 38) .
  • Keep heading north to explore further until you reach Annasäule (Anna’s Column), situated in the heart of the pedestrianized section of Maria-Theresien-Straße. Take a moment to admire the column and soak in the lively atmosphere of the square or street, experiencing its vibrant vibes.
  • If you’re interested, consider entering Spitalkirche to marvel at its exquisite stucco work adorning the ceilings.
  • Enter the historic center of Innsbruck by following Herzog-Friedrich-Straße , which seamlessly continues northwards from Maria-Theresien-Straße. Keep walking along this charming street until you reach two iconic landmarks: the Golden Roof and Stadtturm.
  • Take a moment to admire the Golden Roof and feel free to capture some memorable photos if you wish. As you face the Golden Roof, you’ll notice Hölblinghaus , a truly exquisite building, located on your left. It stands as one of the most elaborate structures in Innsbruck.
  • Step inside the Golden Roof and explore the museum within its walls. Uncover details about the history of the Golden Roof and its connection to Emperor Maximilian I. Lastly, ascend to the balcony area and enjoy an overlooking view of Old Town Innsbruck, just as Emperor Maximilian I did during the 1500s.
  • Leave the Golden Roof and make your way to Stadtturm . Ascend its 148-step staircase to enjoy a breathtaking view overlooking Herzog-Friedrich-Straße, as well as a panoramic 360-degree vista of Old Town Innsbruck. Consider reading the information boards located beside the turnstile for a more enriching and insightful visit to the tower.
  • Descend from the viewing deck of Stadtturm and continue your journey towards the Tyrolean Folk Art Museum , which serves as the entrance to Hofkirche . To reach Hofkirche/Tyrolean Folk Art Museum efficiently, take Hofgasse, the street situated to the east of the Golden Roof (on your right side if you are facing the landmark). A leisurely stroll of approximately 5-7 minutes will lead you there promptly.
  • Upon reaching the Tyrolean Folk Art Museum , you can proceed directly to Hofkirche by passing through the courtyard. However, if you have a penchant for uncovering unique art and feel that you have covered the previous attractions relatively quickly, I highly recommend taking the time to explore the museum. It’s a wonderful opportunity to discover remarkable artwork and further enhance your visit.
  • Immerse yourself in the magnificence of Maximilian I’s cenotaph , marvel at the striking statue of the Black Men , and admire the grandeur of Hofkirche’s interior. Take a moment to appreciate the beauty and historical significance that these features offer during your visit to Hofkirche.
  • Following your visit to Hofkirche, continue your leisurely stroll northwards (towards the Nordkette) along Rennweg , the road is perpendicular to the facade of Hofkirche. As you make your way, be sure to take in the breathtaking sight of the elegant east facade of Hofburg , which graces the road and offers a stunning display of architectural beauty.
  • Turn onto Herrengaße , the street located directly across from Landestheater . Proceed along this street, and after passing through the arches, keep an eye out for a small pedestrian path to your left. Follow this path as it will guide you to Domplatz , the location of Innsbruck Cathedral . 
  • I recommend taking a moment to pause and enjoy a brief respite at the quaint square in front of Innsbruck Cathedral. As far as I know, there are benches available where you can sit and unwind , immersing yourself in this serene oasis.
  • Afterward, venture inside Innsbruck Cathedral to behold its magnificent interior, filled with awe-inspiring beauty and craftsmanship.
  • After your visit to Innsbruck Cathedral, make your way back to Herzog-Friedrich-Straße by taking the route through Pfarrgasse . Once you reach Herzog-Friedrich-Straße, continue along its remaining stretch to discover more splendid buildings in the heart of the historic center.
  • Keep an eye out for notable landmarks such as Ottoburg, Altes Regierungsgebäude, and Goldener Adler , each showcasing their unique appearance and architectural beauty.
  • Before making your way to Herzog-Otto-Straße, which runs alongside the Inn River, from Herzog-Friedrich-Straße, I recommend taking a slight detour to Keibachgasse . This street is located beside Goldener Adler and leads to Seilergasse — a delightful and picturesque street. Along Seilergasse, you can capture remarkable photos of Stadtturm framed by the buildings that line this narrow and charming street. It’s a wonderful opportunity to capture the essence of Innsbruck’s architecture and charm.
  • Head towards Marktplatz to bask in the visually captivating scenery of the Colorful Houses of Innsbruck and the majestic Nordkette mountain range. This location stands as one of the city’s most iconic spots, so be sure to capture some memorable photos!
  • You’ll find a few restaurants in Marktplatz where you can enjoy a delicious lunch. Take your time to savor the atmosphere and culinary delights before continuing your exploration of Innsbruck.

The historic center of Innsbruck is relatively compact , and it is indeed possible to explore it fully within an hour, particularly if you maintain a brisk pace and quickly discover its highlights. However, I would advise against rushing through it. Instead, I encourage you to take your time and appreciate even the smallest beautiful details that abound .

Notice the plaque of Andreas Hofer on the wall of the artistic Goldener Adler, or the delightful cake-like embellishments of Helblinghaus . There are plenty of hidden gems waiting to be discovered, particularly along Herzog-Friedrich-Straße, Seilergaße, and Keibachgaße. Don’t miss the opportunity to uncover these little gems.

While dining at the scenic restaurants in Nordkette is undoubtedly a fantastic experience, I highly recommend considering lunch within the historic center of Old Town Innsbruck for a potentially memorable culinary and visual delight . To satisfy both your taste buds and your eyes, I suggest trying the restaurants and cafes located in Marktplatz . From the alfresco seats in the square, you can savor your meal while indulging in the iconic view of Innsbruck’s colorful houses, with the majestic mountains serving as a breathtaking backdrop.

The Old Town of Innsbruck encompasses nearly every aspect that makes Innsbruck a wander-worthy tourist destination. While you can already enjoy the pleasant mountain scenery from this area, it’s easy to see why Nordkette is an unmissable destination for an awe-inspiring nature experience in Innsbruck. Nordkette offers experiences that are sure to leave you breathless. Also, if you are traveling with your kids, the zoo in Nordkette is an opportunity to enjoy further yur afternoon in Innsbruck.

So, to ensure a well-rounded experience in Innsbruck, I recommend making Nordkette your afternoon destination.

If you happen to find yourself in Marktplatz after exploring the Old Town, you can take a leisurely stroll along the scenic riverside path parallel to Herzog-Otto-Straße , heading downstream. Before reaching the riverside garden (Innsbrucker Hofgarten), take a right turn, and you will arrive at the Congress Hungerburgbahn station . This station serves as the gateway to the various tourist attractions in Nordkette, allowing you to embark on your captivating adventure in the mountains all afternoon. 

Option 2: Discover the Culture, Art, and Architecture

Innsbruck, nestled amidst towering mountains, is a paradise for mountain lovers. What if there is a bad weather? Don’t let it spoil your fun. If there is rain and the peaks are shrouded in clouds, pivot to plan B – dive into the city’s vibrant culture. Explore landmarks, marvel at architectural wonders, and immerse yourself in art at local museums. Here’s a one-day itinerary that puts Innsbruck’s rich heritage front and center.

  • Keibachgaße
  • Innsbruck Cathedral (30 minutes)
  • Hofburg (2 hours)
  • Hofkirche (30 minutes)
  • Ambras Castle (3 hours, afternoon)

Since Ambras Castle doesn’t open until later in the morning, I recommend spending the first part of your day in Innsbruck exploring the delightful Old Town. This area is filled with museums, churches, and quaint palaces. Your focus will be on soaking up the culture, art, and architecture of this city. Naturally, you’ll stumble upon a wealth of fascinating historical treasures along the way! Here’s a rundown of how you can make the most of a day in Old Town Innsbruck.

  • The best place to start your morning in Innsbruck’s Old Town is at the southern end of Maria-Theresien-Straße . It is only a short walk from the station, and it is home to the Triumphpforte , or Triumphal Arch. This landmark, which is decorated with historical figures from Innsbruck’s past, is an excellent introduction to the city’s rich history.
  • After marveling at the Triumphpforte, stroll northwards into Maria-Theresien-Straße to begin immersing yourself in the timeless charm of Innsbruck. You can admire the architecture, people-watch, or simply enjoy the atmosphere .
  • Just a 3-minute walk to the north from Triumphpforte, around the intersection of Maria-Theresien-Straße and Meraner Straße , you’ll find a cluster of beautiful buildings. Prepare to be wowed by Altes Landhaus (No. 43), Palais Troyer-Spaur (No. 39), Palais Fugger-Taxis (No. 45), and Palais Trapp (No. 38) .
  • Keep walking north until you reach the pedestrianized section of Maria-Theresien-Straße. It’s one of the most beautiful and vibrant parts of Innsbruck, with colorful buildings and a bustling atmosphere. Take your time to stroll along the street and admire the unique facades of the buildings. Don’t miss the graceful and unique-looking buildings on the west side of Maria-Theresien-Straße, especially near its intersection with Anichstraße .
  • While you’re in Maria-Theresien-Straße, be sure to check out Annasäule (Anna’s Column) and Spitalkirche . The latter is a great place to get a preview of the stunning architecture you’ll find in other attractions around Innsbruck.
  • After exploring Maria-Theresien-Straße, head north into the historic center of Old Town Innsbruck. Cross Marktgraben road to reach Herzog-Friedrich-Straße , the main street in Old Town’s historic center.
  • The Golden Roof gleaming at the end of Herzog-Friedrich-Straße will undoubtedly tempt you to walk straight to it. However, instead, you should first turn left onto Schlossergaße to see some hidden gems. Schlossergaße leads to Keibachgaße and Seilergaße , where you will find picturesque scenes.
  • Just a few steps down Schlossergaße, you will immediately see Kolbenturm , one of the medieval towers in the historic center of Innsbruck. It is one of the city’s hidden gems , charming for its Trompe-l’œil-decorated façades.
  • After passing through Kolbenturm, you will arrive at a small square where Schlossergaße and Keibachgaße meet . If you look towards Keibachgaße, you will see a picture-perfect view of the Nordkette mountain range between the colorful houses that line both sides of the street.
  • Keep walking down Keibachgaße until you reach its intersection with Seilergaße . When you reach the corner, turn east and you will see another picturesque view: the Stadtturm towering over the narrow street.
  • Continue strolling along Keibachgaße to return to Herzog-Friedrich-Straße. When you reach Herzog-Friedrich-Straße, you will see the Goldener Adler restaurant , which is decorated with colorful murals. Take a few moments to wander around Goldener Adler for some picture-perfect shots.
  • Of course, be sure to admire the stunning appearance of the main attractions in Innsbruck, which are also located along Herzog-Friedrich-Straße: (1) the Golden Roof , the symbol of the city, and (2) the Hölblinghaus , the most beautiful building in the historic center.
  • Walk westward along Herzog-Friedrich-Straße until you reach Herzog-Otto-Straße, which runs along the Inn River. Continue to Marktplatz , where you can take in the picturesque view of the colorful houses across the river. This is one of Innsbruck’s most iconic views, so be sure to take a photo or a selfie!
  • Maria-Theresien-Straße and Herzog-Friedrich-Straße have a wide variety of restaurants, but the ones with the best views are in Marketplatz. Here you can find a few cafes and restaurants with outdoor seating that offer a stunning view of Nordkette and Innsbruck’s colorful houses . Make the most of this opportunity to satisfy both your eyes and stomachs by having brunch or lunch here!
  • After visiting Marktplatz, take a pleasant stroll along the Herzog-Otto-Straße riverside footpath . You will be rewarded with panoramic views of Nordkette. Continue walking downstream until you reach Badgaße , the street after Herzog-Friedrich-Straße.
  • Walk down Badgaße for a few minutes to reach Innsbruck Cathedral . After Badgaße, you will emerge into Pfarrgaße. Turn left onto Domplatz to reach the cathedral.
  • Step inside Innsbruck Cathedral and be amazed by the breathtaking frescoes and stuccoes on the ceiling . Explore the cathedral to find two of Innsbruck’s most important treasures: the portrait of Maria Hilf and the Tomb of Archduke Maximilian III .
  • To get to Hofburg from Innsbruck Cathedral, take the small path on the left side of the church (if facing the facade). This will take you to Herrengasse , which intersects with Rennweg to the east. Hofburg’s elegant facade & entrance can be seen on Rennweg.
  • Step inside Hofburg and wander through its stately halls and rooms. See the imperial apartments and don’t miss the incredible interiors of the Giant’s Hall .
  • If you feel that you have already explored the streets of Old Town Innsbruck too quickly, you might also want to check and enjoy the exhibition about Emperor Maximilian I in Hofburg .
  • Once you have finished visiting Hofburg, proceed to the Tyrolean Folk Art Museum , which is also the entrance to Hofkirche . The church and the museum are located at the southern end of Rennweg, so you should be able to find them quickly and visit them.
  • Visit Hofkirche and be dazzled by Innsbruck’s most prized possessions: the Cenotaph of Maximilian I and the Black Men . You can also find the tomb of Andreas Hofer, Tyrol’s national hero, inside Hofkirche.
  • After visiting Hofkirche, you can continue exploring other streets in the historic center, such as Burggraben and Riesengasse , which are located next to Hofkirche. To get to them quickly, you can pass through the tunnel next to Hofkirche. As far as I know, flea markets are sometimes held in Burggraben. Reisengasse, on the other hand, offers more opportunities for street photography.
  • It is advisable to have your lunch before visiting Ambras Castle for the second half of your one-day trip to Innsbruck.

You can tour Old Town Innsbruck faster than you might think, depending on how quickly you move from one sight to another. If you find yourself finishing the exploration of Old Town Innsbruck quickly, you might want to visit the museums in Innsbruck that showcase the city’s culture and history.

  • Museum of Tyrolean Folk Art : This museum has many cultural items that tell the story of the region’s history. You’ll see things like handmade crafts, painted chests, tools, and nativity scenes. They also have traditional costumes that show the local fashion.
  • Tyrolean State Museum : This museum has seven collections of items from different time periods, from prehistoric times to the Early Middle Ages. You’ll see a variety of arts and crafts in styles from Romanesque and Gothic to Modern.

You can find more information about these museums in the resources section .

For the afternoon part of your one-day trip to Innsbruck, you’ll be heading to Ambras Castle , which is on the city’s southern edge. You’ll need about 3 hours to fully see Ambras Castle , so make sure to get there at least 3 hours before it closes. The last time I checked, Ambras Castle closes at 5 PM, so you might want to leave Old Town Innsbruck between 2 and 2:30 PM. The bus ride from Innsbruck train station to Ambras Castle, on bus number 4134, is about 30 minutes.

I suggest downloading the castle’s smartphone app before you start exploring Ambras Castle. This handy app will be your audio guide, giving you an immersive experience where Archduke Ferdinand I and Philippine Welser virtually guide you through the castle. It’s a great way to make your visit even better. You can find the app in the resources section of this post.

Option 3: Going to Innsbruck’s Scenic Attractions 

Innsbruck’s alpine experiences are some of the city’s top highlights. It makes Innsbruck unique among European destinations. If you’re visiting Innsbruck during the dry months and haven’t yet explored the mountains, I recommend spending a day discovering the city’s mountain landscapes and picturesque spots. Here’s the itineraty outline:

  • Nordkette (4 hours, morning)
  • Stadtturm (30 minutes included in the 2 hours)
  • Colorful Houses of Innsbruck 
  • Innsbruck Panorama Museum (2 hours, late afternoon)

Remember: Before you start this one-day Innsbruck trip, it’s important to check the weather and air conditions. The mountain views are amazing on a clear day, but it’s not totally worth going when the weather is bad. I learned this when I went to the mountains in bad weather and all I saw was fog instead of beautiful views. Besides checking the weather forecast, it’s also a good idea to look at live webcam videos from the mountain areas . This can help you decide if it’s a good day to visit the mountain sights based on what you see in the videos.

Starting your journey in Innsbruck at Nordkette is a great choice. Visiting Nordkette first on your one-day Innsbruck trip has three main benefits:

  • Less crowd and quietude — Nordkette is a popular tourist destination, especially during weekends and holidays. By visiting in the morning, you can beat the crowds and enjoy a peaceful experience with nature.
  • More stunning photos — The morning light can create beautiful scenes, enhancing the natural beauty of the mountains. The soft, warm hues during the early hours can add a touch of magic to your photographs.
  • Better opportunities for personal reflection and meditation — The tranquility of the surroundings combined with the awe-inspiring mountain views can provide an ideal setting for personal reflection, meditation, or simply finding a moment of solitude.

Depending on the season of your visit, the first trip to Nordkette can start between 7 and 8 in the morning . If the view looks fantastic, head straight to the Top of Innsbruck or Hafelekar. By reaching the Top of Innsbruck early in the morning, you can enjoy the breathtaking view of Innsbruck in solitude or with fewer tourists.

At Seegrube (1905 meters), located near the Top of Innsbruck, there is a restaurant where you can enjoy a memorable dining experience surrounded by the majestic mountains. Here, travelers try the Good Morning Innsbruck meal which is a daily breakfast buffet served at Innsbruck’s highest breakfast location. The buffet includes a selection of regional products, a glass of Prosecco, fresh bread and pastries, sweet and savory spreads, sausage and cheese, smoked salmon, and much more.

While I don’t highly recommend dining in Seegrube, what I do strongly suggest are the hiking trails that provide breathtaking views of the rugged peaks of the Karwendel mountains. If there happens to be a captivating sea of clouds, it will surely enhance your desire to hike and explore the mountain top.

Innsbruck, tucked in the Inn Valley and surrounded by towering 2000-meter mountains, offers eye-pleasing alpine views that can be enjoyed even from its historic center . As you plan to see all the amazing sights in Innsbruck, don’t miss the mountain views from the city.

There are many picturesque spots in Innsbruck, but there are three places you should definitely visit after Nordkette: Stadtturm , the colorful houses of Innsbruck from Marktplatz, and Emile-Béthouart-Steg . Here are step-by-step instructions to guide you to each of these attractions.

The first hidden gem I want to share with you is Emile-Béthouart-Steg. This peaceful bridge is located along the Inn River near the northwestern corner of Innsbrucker Hofgarten. It’s a less-known destination in Innsbruck that’s worth a visit.

  • Let’s begin our journey at the Congress station , which is where you’ll arrive from Nordkette. From the Congress station, start your leisurely stroll northward (towards Nordkette) along Rennweg until you reach a quaint pedestrian bridge known as Emile-Béthouart-Steg.
  • At Emile-Béthouart-Steg, you can immerse yourself in the serene beauty of Nordkette, visible above the tranquil waters of the Inn River. Unlike other bridges in Innsbruck, this one offers a more peaceful experience, free from the noise of passing cars, with only a few people strolling by .
  • From Emile-Béthouart-Steg, start walking southwestward towards the historic center until you reach Marktplatz . Use the scenic pedestrian path along the river that goes through a small portion of Innsbrucker Hofgarten and then beside Herzog-Otto-Straße.
  • Once you arrive at Marktplatz, you’ll behold the breathtaking view of the Colorful Houses of Innsbruck , which is one of the most iconic and picturesque scenes in the city.
  • You may want to consider spending some extra time in Marktplatz to satisfy both your appetite and your eyes. The square boasts restaurants with alfresco seating , allowing you to indulge in a meal while enjoying the delightful view of the Colorful Houses of Innsbruck!
  • A few steps northeast of Marktplatz lies Herzog-Friedrich-Straße , which is one of the most charming sights in Innsbruck. Enter the street and begin meandering through it to marvel at the exquisite buildings such as Goldener Adler, Hölblinghaus, and Golden Roof , until you reach Stadtturm .
  • Enter Stadtturm and ascend to its viewing deck for another panoramic perspective of Innsbruck and the Alps. Keep in mind that you’ll need to climb 148 steps to reach the top. Don’t be discouraged though! An immensely rewarding 360-degree panorama of the city awaits you once you’re there.
  • If you wish, you can venture inside the Golden Roof and ascend to its balcony for a unique view of the city , right after descending from Stadtturm.
  • After admiring these views in the historic center, it’s time to explore the remainder of Old Town Innsbruck. Our first stop is Maria-Theresien-Straße , a pedestrianized street located parallel to Herzog-Friedrich-Straße, just across Marktgraben.
  • Maria-Theresien-Straße also serves as a spacious open square , creating a simply picturesque place at the heart of the city. Within Maria-Theresien-Straße, you’ll discover a couple of renowned landmarks, namely Annasäule and Spitalkirche , which you can capture in photographs with Nordkette as a stunning backdrop.
  • To remain conveniently close to transportation options, I recommend staying in the vicinity of Maria-Theresien-Straße, particularly near the intersection of Maria-Theresien-Straße and Marktgraben. Here, you’ll find buses and trains that will take you to Bergisel. Bergisel is a hill that houses the Tirol Panorama Museum, which serves as your final destination for this one-day trip in Innsbruck.

While there are many other fascinating spots in Old Town Innsbruck worth exploring, it’s a good idea to go directly to Bergisel (situated south of the city) after your visit to Maria-Theresien-Straße. This way, you’ll have plenty of time to fully enjoy the Tirol Panorama Museum and see other attractions near Bergisel. If you’re interested, you can find more information on the official Bergisel website, which is linked in the resources section of this post.

Getting to the Innsbruck Panorama Painting takes about 20 minutes , whether you choose to use the buses or trams from Maria-Theresien-Straße, or if you prefer to walk. If you decide to walk, just head south along Leopoldstraße from Maria-Theresien-Straße to reach Bergisel.

On your way to Bergisel, you’ll pass by two notable landmarks, the Wilten Basilica and Wilten Monastery . These are easily visible from the Innsbruck Giant Panorama Painting , which is the main highlight of the Tirol Panorama Museum. Inside the panorama, you’ll also enjoy a wide, sweeping view of Innsbruck, which complements your goal of experiencing the city’s scenic beauty.

For the best ‘real’ view of Innsbruck, however, go to the pavilion behind the Museum of Imperial Infantry, located right next to the Tirol Panorama Museum building. Ideally, stay in the area until dusk to witness the lovely sunset in Innsbruck from the pavilion . To make the most of your time while waiting for the sunset, you could either take a short hike nearby or explore other sections of the museum .

If you want more breathtaking views, explore the Panorama Trail , which ends at the Bergisel Ski Jump . However, I don’t recommend climbing the Bergisel Ski Jump, as the view is quite similar to what you can see from the pavilion near the museums.

Lastly, the Tirol Panorama Museum has a restaurant next to it called Restaurant 1809. It’s a great place to enjoy your afternoon snacks or dinner, especially since the restaurant offers scenic views of Innsbruck.

That’s all! I hope my one-day itinerary for Innsbruck helps you plan your visit to this amazing city. With the three suggested activities, you can dive into the city’s fascinating history, soak up its stunning natural beauty, and tap into the spirit of adventure that Innsbruck offers. Check out my Innsbruck Archive for all my Innsbruck articles to help you get the most out of your trip to Innsbruck. If you want to learn more about Innsbruck and the places I mentioned, the resources linked below should be useful.

  • Official website of Innsbruck Tourism Office
  • Museum of Tyrolean Folk Art
  • Tyrolean State Museum
  • Ambras Castle Smartphone App (Virtual Guide)
  • Nordkette Panoramic Breakfast
  • Official website of Bergisel 
  • Live Camera View of Innsbruck

Tip: Get Innsbruck City Card

If you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck on your Innsbruck trip, you’ve got to check out the Innsbruck City Card (as mentioned earlier!). It’s your all-access pass to the city. You get one-time entry to loads of museums and attractions, free rides on buses and trams, access to a super convenient hop-on hop-off bus service, and even cable car rides. If you’re planning to follow my one-day itinerary that includes Nordkette , this card is a total game-changer. You’ll save a bunch of money, and who doesn’t love that?

Check out how much you could potentially save by using Innsbruck City Card + my one-day Innsbruck itinerary that highlights the city’s best spots.

On the flip side, check out the rough estimate of how much you could save by following my one-day itinerary that spotlights Innsbruck’s picturesque spots + Innsbruck City Card.

Get your Innsbruck City Card now.

After Innsbruck, consider visiting Mittenwald and Garmisch Partenkirchen in Germany, or the Dolomites in Italy. But if you’re seeking an exceptional experience in Austria, Salzburg is the place to be . It’s packed with so many fantastic attractions (a blend of music, scenery, architecture, history, and more) that you might want to plan a two or three-day trip to fully explore the area! If you’re short on time, you can still enjoy Salzburg. Take a look at my 1-day Salzburg budget itinerary .

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Cable Cars, Castles and Cake: 24 hours with an Innsbruck Card

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Cable cars, Castles and Cake: 24 Hrs with an Innsbruck Card

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Innsbruck is a compact mix of old and new, city and mountain, perfect for a family city break

What to see in Innsbruck, Austria in 24 hours with an Innsbruck City Card

Innsbruck is one of those rare cities that manages to feel uncrowded and unpolluted. This is possibly down to its healthy mix of culture and the outdoors, and its open vista with easily accessible mountains and the pretty river Inn that runs through the valley. As a tourist you can pretty much cover the main monuments on foot. But with a long imperial history, an established museum route and plenty of outdoor trails, there’s a lot to do. That’s where the Innsbruck Card came into its own for us. Unlike some other European city passes that only offer discounted experiences, once you’ve bought it the Innsbruck City Card gives you free transport and free entry to selected attractions, including some big ticket items. Here’s our Innsbruck itinerary for 24 hours in this Austrian city.

Nordkettenbahn, Innsbruck

The Hungerberg funicular takes you from the city centre of Innsbruck up to the high mountains and Nordkette in twenty minutes

Day 1 5pm: Nordkettenbahn cable car

The crack of lightning is so loud I jump and squeal like a five year old. A storm is always so much more intense when you are right in the middle of it. Innsbruck, the pastel shaded Austrian City that earlier spread itself before us like a baby blanket, is now obliterated by layers of dark cloud, woven through tightly with rain. I wonder how the creatures are coping in the Alpine zoo just above us; the highest altitude zoo in Europe. They’re probably more used to this changing feast of weather than I am. Tirol is one of those places where you think the rain will never stop and then an hour later you are sitting under a sun shade with an ice cream.

Looking down on Innsbruck from the Seegrube Cable Car on Nordkette

Looking down on Innsbruck from the Seegrube Cable Car on Nordkette

Ride from the city to mountain top in twenty minutes

We are part way up the Nordkette Cable Car route . Two cable cars and a funicular take you from downtown Innsbruck onto the mountain above the city. It’s a “must do” – not only do you get a spectacular view of the city (as we did before the rain set in) you also get to wander in nature park Karwendel, Austria’s biggest mountaintop nature park. If the weather changes, you can take shelter in the cafes scattered at every stage including restaurant Seegrube, near the summit (at 1905 metres altitude) or the tiny cafe at Hafelekar, the top station (2256 metres). At Hungerburg (300m up) you can hang out in the space age funicular station, designed for the city by the late architect Zaha Hadid. (More about her later.)

The cable car is one of two things that makes the City Card such great value as it is a high price item. The other is Swarovski Crystal World and Museum with combined shuttle bus. Do one of these and you’ve almost made your money back on the card in your first couple of hours.

Karwendelblick Karwendel View from Nordkette, Innsbruck at summit of Hafelekar Cable Railway

The Nordkettebahn gives access to nature park Karwendel, Austria’s biggest mountaintop nature park.

Day 1 7pm: Imperial Palace Courtyard

The courtyard of Innsbruck’s elegant Imperial Palace is full of people and the air is electric. But not with a storm this time. The evening has dried up the rain and there is silence and anticipation as we’re about to welcome on stage the conductor of the city’s Philharmonic Orchestra. Tonight, and every night in July, there is a free promenade concert in the courtyard. And even better we watch it eating Wiener Schnitzel and Sachertorte chocolate cake in the courtyard restaurant as the final notes of Wagner flutter up into the diminishing night. From high mountain to high culture in a couple of hours; that’s Innsbruck.

Day 2 7am: Innsbruck Old Town

Stuart and I leave the kids sleeping in Hotel Innsbruck and explore the city by foot as it is waking up. We start at the bridge, one of the most recognisable parts of the city due to the pastel rows of waterfront houses. Within minutes we tick off the Golden Roof on Herzog-Friedrich-Straße – the city’s most famous landmark. But in this city, the fourth largest in Austria, we get the most pleasure just randomly looking up. Innsbruck is an intriguing mix of modern and imperialist history and culture. There are an unbelievable number of styles of architecture within the same street and sometimes even on the same building. Gothic, Rococo, Baroque, it’s all here for the design nerd to spot. But what I love is the sketches and paintings on the walls. Delicate and fine – like a precursor to today’s street art.

Early morning in Innsbruck

Early morning in Innsbruck and the locals go about their business

Day 2 10am: Schloss Ambras

Schloss Ambras , Innsbruck’s famous castle, also bewitches me with its culture. The Renaissance castle is itself a work of art, but certain rooms grab my attention and don’t let go. The Spanish Hall, constructed for Archduke Ferdinand II in the 1500’s, is the most obvious wonder (you can also see a classical concert here sometimes.) Meanwhile the fine grey grisallie painting al fresco in the courtyard of the Upper Castle make the flat walls appear 3D. I sit for a while looking at the detail of the hero’s and heroines as the kids play on a giant board game. The Chamber of Art and Curiosities also delights us with it’s weird and wierder exhibits; tiny landscapes made entirely out of coral, portraits of a family of hairy people, (really hairy people!) and intricate locks and keys. To get the most of this castle, try and beat the coach tours in. We arrive just before 10am and just about manage to stay ahead of the crowds.

Schloss Ambras in Innsbruck

Schloss Ambras in Innsbruck, beautiful to look at, intriguing to explore.

Day 2 12pm: Tirol Panorama museum

We have decided to get around today using the Sightseeing Tour Bus. This is free on the Innsbruck City Card, along with certain tram and bus routes. After the castle we head for the Tirol Panorama . This atmospheric museum portrays a battle that took place on 13th August 1809 when the Tyrolean people fought for the freedom of Innsbruck against the Bavarian army. Before you start to snooze can I just say this is no ordinary way of presenting a story. The Tirol cyclorama is a circular work of art of 1000 square metres with a free audio commentary that takes you right into the heart of the battle.

Contemplating the Tyrolean spirit at the Tirol Panorama, Bergisel, Innsbruck

Contemplating the Tyrolean spirit at the Tirol Panorama, Bergisel, Innsbruck

Day 2 1pm: Bergisel Ski Jump Stadium

It’s a quick walk from the Panorama to another of Innsbruck’s landmarks. Zaha Hadid turned her hand to many buildings and also designed the gratifying curve of the  Bergisel Ski Jump Stadium . The panoramic building on top was allegedly built to resemble a ski jumpers knee. It wasn’t always such a futuristic complex – Bergisel Ski Jump Stadium hosted the 1964, 1976 and 2012 Winter Olympic Games; you can stand beneath the Olympic Rings and flame holder. Walk up the 450+ steps or take the funicular and lift to the top. Between 9am and 6pm you can check out the views of the city-scape from the SKY panoramic café. It does the most delicious apple strudel. It even appears looking like a ski slope!

Apple strudel at Bergisel Ski Jump Station Sky Cafe Innsbruck

Even the apfelstrudel at Bergisel appears to look like a ski jump

If you also time it right you can watch some jumping as the stadium hires athletes to keep the tourists entertained. We watch Thomas, a 22 year old former international champion,  do a show jump and I catch up with him afterwards. Now a student in economics he leaves the serious ambitions of Olympic fame to the up and coming generation of jumpers. He is one of a handful of ski jumpers the stadium employs to entertain the crowds with up to five jumps a day and to lead guided tours.

Ski jumper contemplates a jump at Bergisel Ski Jump Innsbruck, Austria

Ski jumper Thomas prepares for a jump at Bergisel Ski Jump Innsbruck, Austria

Day 2 3pm: The Bell Museum

Cameron collects bells so we feel a visit to Innsbruck’s family run bell museum and foundry is a suitable end to our day. Glockengießerei GRASSMAYR is a chance for the kids to get off the bus and let off some steam by chiming bells to their hearts content. Although it won the Austrian Museum Prize, it’s an unassuming, charming little place and you learn a little about how a bell is made too. But don’t let the kids run free in the gift shop –  a little cowbell can set you back a big amount of Euros.

Day 2 4pm: Innsbruck Old Town

The last hour of our ticket finds us back on the Sightseeing Bus heading for the Marketplatz, listening to the final parts of commentary through headphones provided. But we can’t resist hopping off and heading for one last tour of the beautiful Altsdadt. On the way we take in some of the installations in the Swarovski Crystal Store as we don’t have time to do Swarovski World.

This has been a whirlwind 24 hours of culture and sport and mountaintop adventure; a combination of things that define this outdoor oriented city. If only we had time for another 24!

The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl) at night, Innsbruck, Austria

The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl) at night, Innsbruck, Austria

Practical Information

Innsbruck city card.

The Innsbruck City Card costs €43 for 24 hours, €50 for 48 hours and €59 for 72 hours. Children from 6 to 15 years are half price. It includes free entrance into all of the attractions listed above and many more. For our family of five we calculated it cost us €136.50 for 24 hour City Cards (price at the time we visited) compared with €243.10 it would have cost for travel and entry to the attractions above we visited, a saving of €106.60. If we’d been able to pack more in we could have saved even more! The key to saving is identifying the big ticket items and careful planning to pack in as much as you can as efficiently as you can without wiping everyone out!

Getting Around

The Sightseeer hop-on hop-off bus is included in the pass and runs clockwise around the city approximately every 40 minutes from 9.15 am. Last bus depends on the season but you need to be finishing up about 5pm in order to get back downtown. The pass also includes free use of public transport on all IVB routes within Innsbruck and free travel on the IVB’s scenic tram lines to Igls and Mutters/Kreith plus use of the Crystal Worlds Shuttle. If you prefer to travel under your own steam the pass includes a guided city walk (available daily) and free city bike rental for 3 hours (rental shop: Die Börse, Leopoldstrasse 4).

Innsbruck signage - old and new

Innsbruck signage – old and new

Innsbruck Attractions

The Nordkette Cable Car route  runs every fifteen minutes. The Hungerburg funicular will take you to Hungerburg station in just under ten minutes. You can stop off at the Alpine Zoo on the way. Then it’s a short walk to the cable car station where two cable cars take you to the top. 1 return trip right to the top is included in your City Card.

Bergisel Ski Stadium is open June to October, from 9:00 to 18:00 daily and November to May, from 10:00 to 17:00, (closed on Tuesday.) You can book a 90 minute tour with Thomas or one of the other ski jumpers for €170.

Schloss Ambrass  opens 10am-5pm all year round except November.

Tirol Panorama is open 9-5 all year round with extended hours in July and August on Thursdays (till 7pm).

Glockengießerei GRASSMAYR  open all year round from 9-5pm. Guided tours are available by prior arrangement and outside normal opening hours by arrangement.

Alpine zoo  is open all year round from 9-5pm.

Morning rush hour at Triumphpforte, Innsbruck

Morning rush hour at Triumphpforte, Innsbruck

Where we stayed

We stayed at Hotel Innsbruck , just near the market place. Built on the foundations of the former city wall, this hotel is all about location. It’s a five minute walk from the Golden Roof and surrounded by lovely bars and restaurants. But it also has one of the biggest spa facilities in the city. Double and triple rooms are big and comfortable but you can book a family suite.

Room in the Hotel Innsbruck, Innsbruck

Our room in the modern yet traditional Hotel Innsbruck

Disclosure Note:  Our trip to Tirol was arranged and supported by Visit Tirol and   Innsbruck Tourism. Thanks also to DFDS Seaways who supported our crossing to Europe between Newcastle and Holland . As ever, all the riding around on buses and cable cars, mountain walking, bell ringing, cake eating and ski jump envy was our own. As are the words, opinions, experience, photography and videography.

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Kirstie Pelling

Kirstie is the Editor of The Family Adventure Project. A professional writer and poet, she's the creative and journalistic force behind many of the stories and features published here. She's a co-founder and co-director of The Family Adventure Project and also works as the #poetinmotion producing and performing poetry for print, video and live performance.

I’d never thought of Innsbruck as a weekend destination before – sounds as if there’s a huge amount to see (and plenty of cake to eat!). Will have to put it on my wish list!

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Innsbruck Travel & Transport Passes: All You Need To Know

Innsbruck is full of cultural delights and amazingly beautiful attractions but like most European cities… a holiday here might end up burning a hole in your pocket. A good way of saving money on your trip will be to invest in travel and transport passes that either offer discounts on attraction entry fees and/ or discount on transport systems and cable car networks.

The kind of pass you choose should depend on your travel goals and budget, so you should choose the Innsbruck Stubai Ski City Pass if you are looking for an Innsbruck centred skiing holiday only. Otherwise, the Welcome Card Unlimited works fine if you plan on just visiting the major points across Tirol.

For a purely Innsbruck centred holiday, the Innsbruck Card will work well. Similarly, for transport passes that cover all bus, train and tram networks around the city you should choose an option that best suits the duration of your stay and the area you will cover in your holiday.

Read: Getting around Innsbruck to know about all transport options to easily get around Innsbruck.

Travel Passes

Welcome card.

Most prominent hotels in Innsbruck and its holiday villages offer a Welcome Card with the stay of one night. If the tourist stays for 3 nights then an upgraded version of the card i.e. the Welcome Card Plus is issued.

The Benefits of welcome card/ welcome card plus are that holders get access to free Ice skating, free ski bus rides, 50% discount on cross country skiing at Seefeld Plateau and 50% discount on swimming pools.  There are also discounts on family programs, cultural festivals and climbing activities. Holders of these cards get free transport (limited) on selected bus lines. Only Holders of the Welcome Card Plus get free cable car rides on select cable networks.

The Welcome Card summer season is from May to October while the Welcome Card winter season runs from November to April and the card can be used for either entire season once issued. The tourist is required to specify the dates of arrival and departure from Innsbruck and the card will be valid for the entire stay. The card is non-transferable and it bears the first name plus first letter of the surname on it along with arrival and departure dates of the tourist. At various attraction gateways, Welcome Cardholders are asked to furnish Photo ID’s so it’s not possible to transfer the card to some other person.

You can check the list of participating hotels from this page or you can simply call up the hotel in which you intend to stay and then ask if they are a participating partner of the Welcome Card. You don’t have to pay anything to get the Welcome Card or the Welcome Card Plus….just select an accommodation which offers this card!!

The newly launched Welcome Card Unlimited offers great holiday experiences in the Tyrol region. If you are staying for 3 nights or more in Tyrol then you can buy the Welcome Card Unlimited for an added price from a participating hotel. The welcome Card Unlimited offers all the benefits of the welcome Card and in addition some other great benefits.

There is entry to the top 7 highlights of Tyrol that include Aqua Dome (biggest Thermal spa), Stubai Glacier and Ice Grotto, Achensee boat Trip, Area 47 (biggest outdoor leisure park), 007 Elements Solden, Swarovski Crystal World and Tratzberg castle. This card is valid only from 3 rd may to 31 st October and is priced at 59 euros per adult and 29.5 euros per child (age 4 to 14). The card offers good value to anyone who plans to cover different points across Tirol and not just Innsbruck. If you want to limit your experiences to just core Innsbruck then the Innsbruck Card described below offers better value.

Innsbruck Card

The Innsbruck Card is very convenient money and time-saving facility offered to tourists as it includes free entry to virtually every attraction in Innsbruck. The Innsbruck Card is available in 24/48 and 72-hour formats and is priced at 43 euros, 50 euros and 59 euros respectively. Children between the ages 6 to 15 can get the card at half price and younger kids can get it for free provided they are accompanied by a card holding adult.

There are special group Innsbruck Cards that are issued to groups of 25 or more people and they ensure more savings. There is also an Innsbruck Card Combo on offer and it has the 48 hour Innsbruck card plus coffee and cake at an Austrian café and dinner at a traditional brewery… the combo card is priced at 110 euros.

Remember that the card will be timed from the exact hour you start using it, i.e. for example, it will be valid from 10.00 to 10.00 or 2.00 to 2.00 on different dates depending upon the card version you purchase. Even an hour’s worth of extra use is not permitted.

The Card Benefits are that it gets the holder free entrance (one time only) to all museums and attractions in the Innsbruck region and also free transportation to many of these attractions on the Sightseer bus. One ascent/ descent with all cable cars or the funicular in the Innsbruck region and that includes Nordkette , Patscherkofel, Muttereralm, Axamer Lizum,), and Oberperfuss Rangger Köpfl. Also includes summer only funiculars like Glungezer and Drei-Seen-Bahn in Kühtai. Entrance (plus transport) to the Swarovski Crystal World is included with the card.

Free Public transport by IVB in Innsbruck to Rum Hall and IVB tram transport to the villages of Mutters/ Kreith and Igls is included. Visitors who hold the Innsbruck Card get discounts and a free glass of wine at the Casino Innsbruck and discounts on services like Schubert City Tour, Tyrolean evenings and Audioversum, Golfclub Innsbruck Igls, Golf Mieming. The bicycle rental for 3 hours is also included in the card pack. Innsbruck cardholders also get one free guided city walk per card.

The Innsbruck Card is one of the best value tourist cards in Europe and you should definitely get one. The savings on attractions tickets are in itself massive and if you plan on extensive use of cable cars then there are further savings as some cable rides like the Nordkette line are definitely not cheap!! There is free transport on the sightseer bus and that in itself stops at 18 points around the city (making intra city transport virtually free) and there are audio guides inside to brief you about the attractions.

If you plan on making full use of Innsbruck’s majestic cable rides then just remember that most cable cars close for almost 2 months in spring and autumn so you should check beforehand from the operator website for the updated timings. Even the Nordkettenbahn that’s open for the whole year closes for 3 weeks in November for maintenance.

You can buy the Innsbruck Card online and the card can even be couriered to your home address. This will ensure that you can immediately begin using the card as soon as you arrive in Innsbruck. Otherwise you can submit valid ID, fill up a form and get the card from the Innsbruck Information Centre on Berggraben road or the Tourist Information Centre at the main station in Innsbruck (Südtiroler Platz 7, 6020 Innsbruck). You can also call/ email to know more details about the card (Phone:  +43 512 53 56; Email: [email protected] ).

Besides this, the Innsbruck Card is also sold from ticket offices of cable cars (Nordkette route) and ticket offices of other participating attractions listed in the card. Some prominent hotels also sell the card at their reception and there is a special counter at the airport (Trafik shop) who sells these cards… even the Innsbruck train station has the Press and Books shop that sells the Innsbruck card so it’s pretty much widely available.

Ski Plus City Pass

If you are primarily focusing on skiing in your holiday then the SKI plus CITY pass (offered in partnership with Wintersport Tirol AG & CO Stubaier Bergbahnen KG) will come in handy. This card will give you the option of exploring 13 ski resorts around Innsbruck and along Stubai valley plus access to approximately 111 cable cars and grand lifts. This Tyrol Ski pass is good for anyone interested in snowboarding, skiing, winter cultural experiences and snow adventures.

The card benefits include 2 nights to 7 nights of stay in a famous holiday apartment/ resort like Patscherkofel, STUBAI Glacier Resort, Axamer Lizum resorts (list given with pass) and 22 cultural/ lifestyle experiences in and around Innsbruck.  Entry to famous attractions like Imperial Palace , Golden Roof Museum , Swarovski Crystal World , Hofkirche Court Church , Ski Jump Tower , and Ambras Castle etc. is free with the Ski Plus City pass.

There is 25% discount on night time trips organised with mountain operators. Holders have unlimited access to all 13 ski regions around Innsbruck including Kuhtai that’s Austria’s highest ski region but there are plenty of family-friendly gentle slopes too.

The SKI plus City Pass Packages are bookable from October to May and the charges start 175 euros per person depending upon the duration (2 to 7 days). The pass can be booked from Sky Plus City Pass site .

You can also buy the pass at the offices of all 13 participating cable car operators including Nordkette, Patscherkofel, Muttereralm, Axamer Lizum, Oberperfuss Rangger Köpfl, Glungezer and Drei-Seen-Bahn in Kühtai). Innsbruck tourism offices and participating hotels also sell this pass.

Transport Passes

Travelling via Innsbruck’s public transport system means that you would mostly be using buses and trams. It’s a bit confusing to buy a ticket here or locate the right transport pass as 3 different transport authorities are present and you will keep coming across 3 categories of tickets. There is IVB Innsbrucker Verkehrsbetriebe meaning Transport Authority for Innsbruck, OB / Austrian Federal Railways meaning the National Rail Company and VVT (Verkehrsverbund Tirol).

Read: Getting around Innsbruck in budget for more details.

In case your travel plans include stops all over the Tirol state, a VVT pass/ ticket would work better while if your holiday is centred only on Innsbruck then an IVB pass will work better. IVB tickets are valid on all bus and tram networks in and around the city including major attractions around the city like Igls village and Bergisel Tirol Panorama. IVB also has its own bike rental system known as Stadtrad on which you can register for free and then rent a bike for nominal charge… most public transport systems in Innsbruck will transport the bike for free too.

You can buy a 24-hour ticket (adult ticket 5.60 euros) that allow unlimited rides through the Kernzone of the city and the ticket can be brought from IVB customer centres, ticket machines or even online. If you plan on staying in Innsbruck for 6 days or more the Weekly ticket that costs 22.20 euros (approx.) is a good deal. Apart from unlimited transport across the city, there is free entry to Tyrolean Provincial Museum.

If you plan on spending the week exploring Innsbruck and some other adjacent region then the weekly ticket will cost 25 euros and if you plan on exploring the whole of Tyrol then the ticket price is 45 euros. For understanding different regions and the way they are represented in the transport system, go through the VVT Zone Plan .

If you are in a group then you can reap maximum advantages out of the tickets as they are transferable provided not bought online. For groups who are planning on extensive travel across the Tyrol region, the 2 Plus daily ticket may come in handy. This can be used by 2 adults and up to 3 kids (age 6 to 15) or 5 member children group or a single adult with up to 4 kids. Remember that this is the VVT ticket that’s valid for the whole Tirol region and not just for core Innsbruck. The 2 plus daily VVT ticket will cost around 34 euros and you can buy it online here .

If you just need a single journey or an 8 journey ticket then pick them up from your Innsbruck city bus driver. All other types of tickets need to be brought from select tobacconists, OB travel centres and booking counters of train stations. The VVT and IVB customer centres also sell these tickets and so do ticket machines at train stations (there are 4 VVT ticket machines at Innsbruck main station). Alternatively, you can download the IVB ticket shop app and book tickets from there… tickets will be cheaper but they will be non-transferable!!

For any further help on transport passes and tickets, you should directly contact the VVT customer centre in Tirol. Contact details are given below:

Customer centre at Innsbruck Main Station Sterzinger Straße 3, A-6020 Innsbruck Phone. +43 (0)512 56 16 16; Email: [email protected] The centre is open from Monday to Friday; 7.30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Note: Like most European cities, Innsbruck offers good discounts for children (till age 15), senior citizens and people with mobility issues especially on day tickets, 8 journey tickets etc. Check with the ticket seller for knowing the detailed discount list.

Read: Europe Tourism Secrets if you are planning a Europe trip that includes Austria… there are Travel Passes that help saves money all across Europe travels such as Eurorail and Euroline bus passes.

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The Innsbruck Card is one of the best value for money tourist cards I have come across. Not only does it include the popular, but pricey, Nordkette cable car , but also the Swarovski Crystal Worlds and a number of worthwhile museums. This guide will help you decide whether you need the Innsbruck Card, how to get your money’s worth, and what itineraries to consider.

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Innsbruck Card Price Overview

Unlike many other city cards, the Innsbruck Card is valid for 24, 48 or 72 hours from the time you first use it. Therefore, it can be valid from 11:00 to 11:00 or 17:00 to 17:00 on different calendar days.

The Innsbruck Card includes one free ticket for more than 20 attractions , cable cars , the hop-on-hop-off sightseer bus , a walking tour , and public transport in the city.

Popular Attractions Included in the Innsbruck Card

Find the full list of attractions and activities here .

Where to Buy the Innsbruck City Card

The Innsbruck Card is available online here or from the following places in and around Innsbruck. If you buy it online you can simply show a mobile voucher to get your Innsbruck Card in return.

  • The Innsbruck Tourism offices in the city centre and at the train station.
  • Most tourist offices in the holiday villages around Innsbruck.
  • Participating cable car stations .
  • Ticket offices of major attractions that are included on the Innsbruck Card.
  • Most hotels in the city.
  • The Trafik shop at Innsbruck Airport.
  • Press & Books shop at the Innsbruck train station.

Proposed Itinerary for 24-Hour Innsbruck Card

My proposed itinerary for 24 hours with the Innsbruck Card looks like this:

Start your day bright and early with a trip on the Nordkette cable cars to enjoy superb mountain views from an Alpine peak. To make the most of your Nordkette mountain experience and leave enough time for other attractions, you should start by no later than 09:00.  Plan at least 3 hours for this excursion.

Exploring around the Hafelekarspitze.

If you are travelling with kids or love wildlife, it’s worth getting out at the Alpine Zoo station of the Nordkettenbahnen on your way back to Innsbruck. The Alpine Zoo or Alpenzoo is the highest lying zoo in Europe , and home to Alpine fauna and flora only. You can see 20 of the 80 alpine mammal species and a number of bird, reptile, amphibian and fish species in the beautiful mountain setting.

A lynx in the Alpine Zoo Innsbruck.

Grab a lunch bite at the Alpine Zoo before starting the last cable car stretch back to Innsbruck. Or you could get out at the Löwenhaus Station in Innsbruck and have lunch at the like-named traditional restaurant next to the Inn River.

By now, it should be around 14:00 to 14:30 when you arrive back at the Congress station of the Nordkette cable car. From here, it is a 5-minute walk to either the Imperial Palace or the Museum of Tyrolean Folk Art with Court Church .

You don’t have to spend a lot of time in the palace or at the museum. However, the Giant Hall in the palace is quite impressive. So are the 28 so-called “black men” in the Court Church .

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By now, it could be as late as 15:30. You have enough time to walk down the Hofgasse to the heart of the Innsbruck old town when leaving the Court Church or the Imperial Palace. It will only take 3 minutes to reach the famous Golden Roof or Goldenes Dachl. You can just admire the 2,657 fire-gilded copper tiles from the outside, or you can visit the Golden Roof Museum .

While in the old town, I highly recommend climbing the Innsbruck city tower which is a stone’s throw away from the Golden Roof. The 133 steps aren’t that taxing and well worth the views over Innsbruck’s rooftops and the Nordkette mountains in the late afternoon sun.

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This is about as much as you will fit into 24 hours in Innsbruck. I think it’s a good mixture of nature and history that will certainly leave you with a lasting impression of the Capital of the Alps.

  • If the mountain is covered in clouds in the morning, swap your itinerary around . Start with the Innsbruck old town attractions and end with the Nordkette cable car trip and Alpine Zoo.
  • Likewise, base your itinerary on the weather if you have an afternoon and morning of the next day in Innsbruck.

Total Savings

The total cost of activities and attractions on my 24-hour Innsbruck itinerary: €85,80

Total savings: €85,80 – €43,00 = €32,80    

Itinerary for 48-Hour Innsbruck Card

If you have 48 hours to explore Innsbruck, you can use my 24-hour Innsbruck Card itinerary on day one or two – weather depending.

My suggested itinerary for the additional 24 hours is as follow:

Take the shuttle bus to Swarovski Crystal Worlds in Wattens if this is something you are interested in. The chambers of wonder and the vast crystal park landscape can keep you busy for two to three hours. Kids especially enjoy the big play tower, labyrinth and other outdoor activities.

Have lunch at Swarovski or return to Innsbruck to grab lunch at the Market Hall next to the market square.

Then catch the hop on hop off sightseer bus to Ambras Castle . On the way, you will pass other attractions and learn a lot about Innsbruck via the headphones. The castle is in a beautiful setting and boasts impressive chambers of armour.

Sightseer hop on hop off bus Innsbruck

Get back on the hop on hop off bus to visit the Bergisel next. On this historic hill, you can take the lift to the top of the Olympic ski jump and marvel at the Tirol Panorama . The latter is Tyrol’s largest oil painting depicting the historic Third Battle of Bergisel.

Read more: 3 Reasons to visit the Bergisel in Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck panorama view from the Bergisel.

Itinerary for 72-Hour Innsbruck Card

After following the itineraries for 24 and 48 hours in Innsbruck, I will recommend a 72-hour Innsbruck Card to explore some of the mountain resorts outside of Innsbruck. Most of them are worth a day trip, especially if you depend on public transport. Unless you ski or like frolicking in the snow, the 72-hour Innsbruck Card is also more suitable for summer than winter.

My best recommendation in summer is to use the extra day with the Innsbruck Card to hike the beautiful Zirbenweg trail . This easy hike offers amazing views of the Inn Valley and the Nordkette mountain range. It is easily accessible via public transport and the Patscherkofel and Glungezer cable cars . The tram to Igls where you get the Patscherkofel cable car is included in the Innsbruck Card.

On the Zirbenweg trail.

Verdict: Why You Should By the Innsbruck Card

The Innsbruck Card REALLY saves you money . The proof is in the numbers. If you like taking cable cars and exploring attractions, there is no reason not to buy the Innsbruck Card.

The Innsbruck Card takes you places . With the Innsbruck Card, travel on Innsbruck public transport is free. It includes the Innsbruck hop-on-hop-off bus or Sightseer bus , which stops at 18 strategic points throughout the city to bring you to the attractions included on your card. There are even audio guides with a special kids’ version on the Innsbruck hop on hop off bus to give you all the important facts.

Why You Shouldn’t Buy the Innsbruck Card

It’s worth buying the Innsbruck Card for at least 24 hours if you plan to go up the Nordkette and see or do one or two other listed attractions/activities .

However, if you only have a few hours in the city or don’t want to take the Nordkette cable car all the way to the top you may be better off buying individual tickets .

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Accommodation suggestion: Save time and money by staying within walking distance from all the Innsbruck old town attractions and restaurants. Hotel Zach is ideally located for this.

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Guzal Sagdullayeva

Thank you so much! Very good and useful site especially for me now because I’m first time will visit this country, city…Good luck!

Andy

Thanks for sharing this info! We’re heading there in September and this will be a big help.

Lyne

This card seems to offer really great deals to make the most of your money and trip. Very nice tip !

Valerie

This is awesome! I am always on the fence as to whether or not to but the “city card” wherever I’m visiting. I usually don’t… and then end up regretting it. I wish I had one of these blog posts to read in every big city that I visit!

weekendhaven

Yay, thanks for the tip, very helpful. I love budget cards. Would definitely consider this on my next visit. 🙂

Phoebe

I’ve used similar style cards when visiting places like Milan and New York and they can definitely save you money on attractions and sightseeing. Muttereralm looks absolutely incredible, I think I’d buy the card to get a good deal on that alone!

Danielle

Wow, this is some really useful information. It’s great how much you can get with one card! Great value!

Bonita

Value for money right there. And that you can chose the duration of that card is important. Sometimes you think you are going to stay at a place for a few days then that ends up not being the case! And you lose th money. Nice post. Thanks for the tip!

Jasmine

Too often it seems city cards aren’t worth the money, but this one actually seems worth it.

I always jot down draft itineraries for my dream trips and whenever I’ve done Austria, only planned 1-2 days for Innsbruk, but seems like it deserves much more time.

ARIANA

I do like the all inclusive city cards that most cities offer, but I don’t believe in ZOOs. Not sure it would be a worth while purchase for me. The region looks incredible though, haven’t visited Austria yet.

Megan

I feel like this kind of cards are a good idea if you’re going to stay in town for awhile. Cusco, Peru has something like this and once I bought it, I found it encouraged me to get out there and see more than I might otherwise have. THanks for sharing your insight!

Dana

Oh, I always wonder if these are worth it! I live in Vienna and my parents will be visiting for Christmas and I’m wondering if it’s worth it for them to get the Vienna Card, but it’s hard to tell where, like what restaurants/attractions, offers discounts with the card. Also thinking of getting a Budapest Card next weekend when we go. Looks like the Innsbruck one is definitely worth it so I will keep it in mind when I go!

Sreekar

Innsbruck has been on my bucket list for far toooooo long to not tick it off. Maybe your pics are just the stimulation I need to book that flight!

Monica

Very useful tips. I missed Innsbruck on my last visit to Austria but sure thing on my bucket list. 53 Euros is lot of saving. Thanks for such helpful tips

Prasad Np

I am all for saving money when I am traveling as it adds more to my kitty. Thanks for explaining in detail how the Innsbruck card actually lets you see/visit more places by planning ahead and save.. Good product info

Jenn and Ed Coleman

What I enjoy most about city cards is how they shift the travel paradigm. It forces you to go out and see everything and do everything you can instead of questioning your choices. I love that. I love that public transportation is free too. That’s huge.

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Oh wow, Tyrol looks gorgeous. I only made it to Prague. I’ve purchased a City Card a couple times, and they usually help to save loads. I think I would want to get the 72 hour option here, since I want to visit every one of those attractions, especially the Swarovski Crystal Worlds. Just another reason to return to Austria.

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As a budget traveler I’m always on the look out for tourist cards, especially ones that work for multi purpose reasons like this one, I like how you can use it for activities and for transport and that It’s not limited to just the city. This will be really great one to carry around for when I get to do an Alpine trip.

Jim

Great tips – if I’m ever in Innsbruck again, I’ll definitely pick up one of these cards. Good point on how you have to plan ahead…I’ve done that in other cities to make the most of their “city cards” as well.

Tami

I think these city passes are generally always a good deal. We just experienced a similar city card in Quebec City and also in Toronto. They are always a good round-up of the most popular attractions!

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