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23 Photos To Inspire A Visit To Innsbruck

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.

Maria Theresien Straße

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.

Buildings on the river Inn
River Inn with cloudy alps in the background

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!

Panoramic view of Innsbruck
Golden roof, Innsbruck
Alps over Innsbruck
Innsbruck cathedral in front of the alps

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.

Nordkette Ticket
Rocks on Riegelsteig
Riegelsteig pathway
Inside Wallfahrtskirche zur hl. Theresia vom Kinde Jesu, Innsbruck
Austrian house in the mountains
Innsbruck sun above the mountains 3
Innsbruck sun above the mountains 1
Innsbruck as seen from the mountain

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!

Innsbruck sunset
Innsbruck cathedral and mountains at sunset
Triumphpforte, Innsbruck

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  • Reply
    September 15, 2020 at 2:38 pm

    Another of my favorite cities. Also recommend side trips to the Stubai glacier and Achensee, and the train ride south to Italy.

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      September 15, 2020 at 5:13 pm

      Ooh I’ll keep a note for when I go back! I passed through Innsbruck when I took a train from Verona to Munich and had a second glimpse at the city…I just love the mountains so much!

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    Linda K
    September 18, 2020 at 4:24 am

    Love the photo of the mountains peeking out between the church tower and the building! Looks like a lovely city to visit.

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      September 20, 2020 at 12:26 am

      It’s really charming and having been there in winter I’d definitely recommend it as a winter spot 🙂 That photo is one of my favourites too!

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