Tucked away in the Austrian region of Tyrol, Innsbruck is a city nestled in the Alps. It’s compact, charming and an absolute must for anyone who loves a mountain view.
Innsbruck is perfect for a laid back weekend break, or for those seeking a winter sports thrill. We’re talking the usual skiing and snowboarding, but also tobogganing, bobsleigh and ice climbing. If it’s a more relaxed break on the cards, walks along the river go alongside a visit to a number of museums, including the famous Swarovski Kristallwelten which is just a 20-minute drive away.
The old town is easy to walk around, and has a few sights within easy reach of each other, including the crying house, colourful buildings on the main street and dazzling golden roof.
Innsbruck actually means bridge over the Inn – the river running through the city is called the River Inn – and if there’s one thing that makes a river amazing it’s the pretty riverside buildings and mountain backdrop.
Panoramic views are easy to come by in Innsbruck. Cafe 360° offers the chance to stay in the warm, enjoy a drink and soak up the views from the comfort of your chair. But if you’re looking to pair up experiences, head up the Stadtturm – city tower – where a narrow walkway wraps around the tower. From here the views are, you guessed it, stunning!
Although the panoramic views from the city are stunning, for the absolute best views it’s time to head up the mountain. Nordkette is easily accessible from with the city, and a quick funicular ride takes you to Hungerburg, with a stop at the Alpine Zoo on the way. The views from Hungerburg are breathtaking, but if you want to head higher you can jump in a cable car up to Seegrube or Hafelekar at the top.
Come evening, the golden hour sunlight on the mountains is so pretty. And as the city is surrounded by mountains, you get to enjoy the sun setting behind the mountain too!