Innsbruck Travel Guide

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Innsbruck Things to Do

  • Old Town

    Located in the TIROLER VOLKSKUNSTMUSEUM is the Tyrolean Folk Art displays of traditional dress and arts and crafts, nativity sets and historic panelled rooms. I loved the display of the 'GOSPEL IN MINIATURE,' a display of various Nativity scenes. Nativity scenes play a big part at Christmas time in the Tyrol, in the past and the present. The...

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  • Swarovski Crystal - Temporarily Closed...

    I went to the information office inside the main train station. Got the voucher for the bus trip and entrance to Swarovski. That saved me time from buying the tickets in Swarovski and I highly recommend to do the same to avoid queues at the entrance. True, you pay for the entrance but your senses will be pleased with what awaits you inside....

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  • Maria Theresien Strasse

    Innsbruck's main street was named after the Austrian Empress Maria Theresa (1717 – 1780). The street is equitably shared by pedestrians, trams and cyclists, and I'm glad to say there are quite a number of good, serviceable bicycle stands. The church in the photo is the Spitalkirche, which was built in its present form from 1701 to 1705, though...

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Innsbruck Restaurants

  • Cafe im Turm (Panorama Cafe)

    4 out of 5 stars

    There we were, with our 10 months old baby and my in-laws (senior citizens), requesting a table for four. The waitress goes to her colleague, whispers something, both grinning and giggling looking at us. We wait, wait, and wait ! I ask directly if they have a problem with our skin colour (we are wheatish btw) ! The waitress blabbers something and...

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  • Restaurant Seegrube-Hafelekar

    5 out of 5 stars

    This popular spot and the restaurant at the seegrube: can offer you the perfect place to relax you on the terrace, soak up the sun and take in the fabulous panorama or pamper yourself with a grand cuisine meal. This is the preferred address of gourmets, with culinary delicacies delighting your palate and the most beautiful view down to nocturnal...

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  • Cafe Central

    4 out of 5 stars

    I had half board package. It's cheap and I could eat anything they cooked :) It was a great idea. After a hiking day very often you won't feel like to go out for dinner, and eating in your hotel is a simple way if it happens to be a good restaurant - like mine I went crazy with any of their dishes with mushroom - just exquisite

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Innsbruck Nightlife

  • Irish Pubs

    Well kept and clean, grab a book to read from the bookcases, watch the four plasma tvs or enjoy the live music at night Mon - Friday 5pm - 1am Saturday 4pm - 2am Sunday and Public Holidays 4pm - 12pm

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  • Viaduktbogen

    when out in Innsbruck and it's getting late, make sure you don't miss the Plateau which is is located on the "Viaduktbögen" street. people usually don't go there before 3.30 and if you hit Plateau around 4.30 you can be sure you'll have an amazing time of partying there!

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  • Couch Club

    We went to Couch Club with a bunch of friends on a thursday night ,that is the hip hop night and I had the greatest party of the season!!! First of all there were several DJ's , mixing and scratching with turntables ,than there was 1 or 2 life bands - I think they were 2 . And the crowd was the cooled ever!!! You should be crazy to miss the...

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Innsbruck Transportation

  • Trains

    I arrived in Innsbruck on a EuroCity train from Verona, and left twenty-four hours later on the same train bound for Munich. The journey took three and a half hours from Verona to Innsbruck, over the Brenner Pass, and not quite two hours from Innsbruck to Munich, going down the Inn Valley most of the way. These are not the most modern trains in...

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  • Public Transport

    As our Hotel was located 4.5kms from the city centre and we didn't want to drive into Innsbruck, we caught a Bus. The bus stop was near our Hotel. We bought our ticket from the Bus driver, which is a little more expensive than buying it from the ticket machine. The ticket must be validated in the ticket machine on the Bus. The 4.5km trip cost us 2...

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  • Driving

    In this vicinity of Austria is the wonderful E60 autobahn, that means fast travel from Innsbruck to Brengenz on the border of Switzerland. This is great and we did use it sometimes. The problem of the Autobahn is taking photos, no where to stop, and fast traffic. You really don't want to miss this incredibly scenic drive that takes you through the...

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Innsbruck Shopping

  • Souvenirs

    Where to buy a souvenir? I really don't know the best place to buy one, but I do know there are many shops in the Altstadt that sell all kinds of souvenirs. You can buy Traditional clothing for men and women, or T Shirts, the latter I found to be quite expensive. We did manage to buy a good quality winter jacket for a price better than what we...

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  • Swarovski Crystal

    As Swarovski stores become part of the chain store globalization that encompasses the world, it’s not something I would normally seek out. To be honest, I didn’t know much of anything about it aside from it was crystal and fairly expensive at that for what’d call cut class. I was, however, traveling with my sister and she was interested in getting...

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  • Opening Times

    The hours of operation of stores in Innsbruck were a lot shorter than what I am used to here....a city that never sleeps, N.Y.C. Stores will close around 5pm-6pm...plus they have longer lunch time hours. Don't take grocery stores for granted either because they close around 6ish also. There are enough grocery stores that you can find necessities....

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Innsbruck Local Customs

  • Old Town

    Innsbruck was where the Tyrolean sovereigns lived from 1420 until 1665, so the first fountain was built in 1485 in-front of the Golden roof. Probably the oldest preserved Innsbruck fountain is in the sacristy of the Jesuit church. It is dated 1635. Altogether there are 8 wells in the old town of Innsbruck. These are: The Memorial Fountain on the...

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  • Food and Drink

    Think of Austria - Think of Apple Strudel! Apple strudel is considered to be the national dish of Austria along with Wiener Schnitzel. Apple strudel is a traditional Viennese strudel, a popular pastry in Austria and in many countries in Europe that once belonged to the Austro-Hungarian empire. Did you know the oldest known strudel recipe is from...

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  • Music

    While we were in the Tourist information centre, we booked for a Tyrolean evening. We didn't go on a tour, but on our own. When we arrived at the establishment, the parking area was full of coaches and there wasn't any room for cars, so we parked in the street. It seems most people came as a tour group. The show is held in the evening. You can...

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Innsbruck Warnings and Dangers

  • Food and Drink

    Harly Cafe Bar in Innsbruck - REVIEW (heads up - warning!) 0 stars My husband and I used to love the burgers a couple of years ago. We never forgot and couldn't wait to return. So we made a big effort to go across town to have our favorite burger in Innsbruck. What do we get? A cold-bun, PROCESSED meat that was NOT 100% beef (I'm talking GROSS!!)...

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  • Traffic

    Due to the local scene of junkies and alcoholics that are gathering around the new main train station, the city took the decision to make it an alcohol free zone. So in all the area marked in red (see the pic) around the train and bus station also the Raiffeisen passage it is prohibited to drink alcohol. Exceptions are the cafes and resturants...

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  • Skiing/Snowboarding

    If you are not sure of your level of skiing/snowboarding ability...follow mountain signs to keep you on the right trail. There will be far more skilled snowriders that will speed past you, so stick to your mountain level. Also, keep off the areas that are blocked off, chances are, they might be prone to avalanches or huge dips/cliffs.

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Innsbruck Tourist Traps

  • Swarovski Crystal

    The best part of the visit was the trip by the public bus from Innsbruck Railway Station to The Swarovski Crystal World, as one could enjoy the beautiful Innsbruck suburbs. We took the public bus as we had just missed the free shuttle and did not have time to wait for another shuttle which was after 2 hrs. Once we got off the main road, the signs...

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  • Goldenes Dachl

    Innsbruck is a delightful town, there is no denying that. On the other hand, to pretend that the the 'golden roof' is one of the great architectural wonders of Europe is somewhat over-egging the pudding. The balcony was apparantly built by Maximillian I (boy, if ever there was an alpha male name) to celebrate the marriage to his second wife. As...

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  • Souvenirs

    Well, this is not a trap unless you are like me... I used to buy things from every countries I go but without a theme (if you know what I mean). Souvenirs are fine but when you've been to many places, a few items from each city adds up & then I ended up having to find spaces to store these souvenirs :-( Well, one way to enjoy them all is to just...

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Innsbruck What to Pack

  • Winter

    During the winters,temperature can fall down to -10 at nights. So carry a lot of warm clothes. Gloves and a cap can always be purchased at the local markets. Carry a good pair of shoes..preferably leather as you can slip on ice with the regular keds. Gets pretty cold in the night..temperature can fall upto -15 sometimes..wise to cover yourself...

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  • Skijumping

    Obviously, warm clothes if you come in winter + extra warm socks and sweaters in case you plan to attend the ski jumping competiton because you'll stand still for 4-5 hours. A Finnish flag will guarantee you lot of attention! Small Austrian flags are distributed for free.

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  • Water

    Bring water!!!!! Because you are up so high and walking so much, you should bring a bottle of water to stop you getting dehydrated. We found a water pump up around Hohenstrasse on the west bank and we were so glad to find it :)

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Innsbruck Off The Beaten Path

  • Outside Innsbruck

    If you have some spare time and happen to love medieval towns, then I would suggest taking a 10km drive to HALL IN TIROL. There is public transport available. The historic centre is wonderful, just left how it was! Most of the buildings are from the 15th century. There are many churches and they are wonderful, well worth going inside for a look....

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  • Mountains around Innsbruck

    What a place, and what a memory of climbing this particular place. OK, facts first. Sonnbendjoch is found in the Ursprungspass in the Tyrol overlooking the town of Kramsach. It's one of many stunning peaks, Sonnbendjoch being 1986metres above sea level, the highest being the Rofanspitze at 2259metres, which overlooks the Zireinersee, a small...

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  • Schloss Ambras

    and is definitely worth a visit. The park is quite big and in excellent condition. There is a pond with ducks and black swans, a children playground, mase, bakkhus cave, fountains waterfalls, brigdes.... If you want to visit the castle museum, there is an armory, a treasure chamber or called chamber of curiosities, the spanish room - a big hall...

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Innsbruck Sports & Outdoors

  • Skijumping

    Vierschanzen Tournee (Four Hills) is the second best-known ski jumping competition after the Winter Olympics. It was created in 1953 and has since been taking place every year. As the name suggests, Four Hills are made up of 4 individual competitions - Oberstdorf (29.12.), Garmisch-Partenkirchen (1.1.), Innsbruck (4.1.) & Bischofshofen (6.1.)....

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  • Hiking

    Hike or take the air tram from Seegrube to Hafelekarspitze (2334 m) from where you enjoy a wonderful sight over the valleys into the mountains surrounding Innsbruck. In wintertime this is also a very steep downhill. It's alpine district so wear very good shoes

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  • Skiing/Snowboarding

    Located under the Patscherkofel summit is the Olympic track for bobsleigh and skeleton. Built for the winter olympics of 1964 and1976 in Innsbruck - Igls. It is the host of intenational and world competitions for Bob ,sledge and Skeleton. Open both in summer and winter. When you see the Patcherkofel, It's easely recognisable as it is the only round...

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Innsbruck Favorites

  • Useful Information

    At last we were in a city and I was hopeful that I would find a self-service laundry. Wasn't it great that our accommodation knew what people wanted and in their tourist brochure racks was a brochure for a Laundry! Wow, this was a first for me, usually they are hard to find and the locals don't know where they are. This one was easy to find, as...

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  • Mountains around Innsbruck

    There are several cable cars up into the mountains on either side of Innsbruck. At least two have cafes at the top. We walked up from this cable car to a viewing area and from it we could see the mountain deer, called chamois, but I have to admit that I needed the help of other tourists on the top of the mountain to spot them because they blend...

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  • Old Town (Altstadt)

    Later in the day, we came back to the Altstadt looking for somewhere to have lunch. How the area had changed! There were throngs of people and those tables that were being put out on the cobblestones were now partially filled with people. The streets were much busier and packed with tourists, and now tour groups are being show through the Altstadt....

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Top 10 Former Olympic Cities: Innsbruck

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

More than 295 miles (475 km) west of Vienna, the town of Innsbruck has recently gained notoriety as the second town to hold three Olympics: in addition to the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics, it held the first ever Winter Youth Olympic Games this past January. One rare characteristic of Innsbruck is all nine ski resorts that encompass the Olympia SkiWorld Innsbruck are accessible on just one ski pass, including Olympic venues Patscherkofel and Axamer Lizum. In the non-winter months, the area has the Top of the Tyrol lookout at the summit of the Stubai Glacier, where visitors can see over one hundred 3000-meter peaks around them. While the old town is filled with magnificent medieval buildings, there are also modern wonders such as the Nordkette cable railway, a funicular that takes you from the city center to the top of the mountain in only 20 minutes. Along the way, passengers can marvel at the various railway stations, designed by Zaha Hadid, built to resemble natural ice formations along the mountainside.

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  • Aug 14, 2014 at 6:09 AM

    I love Innsbruck city and love to give some good trip tips for you:) You should definitely see:

    Hafelekarspitz(it is a mountain that can be reach by the cable car(called Nordkette).It is a bit pricy,but definitely worth it.The cheapest way how to get there is to take a bus to the Alpen zoo and then buy ticket to the Hafelekar(about 25euros).Or if you will be there in Semtember,I think the weather would be good for hiking as well.From the Alpen zoo to the Seegrube(the middle station to the top) is the hiking trail really pleasant.Than you would buy a ticket to cable car from Seegrube to Hafelekarspitz really cheap.I love the view of the other side of Alpes.

    Then the Altstadt is beautiful(Golden Dachl,Ottoberg restaurant,The view from the Markplatz,Dom St.Jacob,Landentheater,Hofburg,Horgarten..) But it is not so big,so you would walk one afternoon and see it all.If you´d be in Gothenburg also when I come,I can give you the map and show you(doesnt matter if I get the room of not,I am happy to help).

    The other very nice place is Schloss Ambras(very beautiful also from outside),where is a really interesting exposition inside.My friends studying medicine found it really interesting,since there is written about illnesses of the aristocracy that lived in the castle.

    The Silberwerk in Schwaz(about 30min from Inn by train) was a nice experience for me.It is an old silver mine,visitors get a silver jacket and a helm and you are riding with a small,tiny and old but quick mine trolley to the deepness where is a exposition and videos how miners worked in the past.

    Yes,then there is a Swarowski exibition in Wattens(20min from Inn),that is quite unusual from outside,but noting special inside.I think that is more valuable for kids.

    The important thing to know is that Austria has a law that on Sunday all shops must be closed.And banks are opened just until 15 or so. The single ticket on bus costs 2euros when you are buying it from the bus driver and 1,80euro in a ticketmachine.Oh and yes,the most important thing to know- they sell a really tasty frozen pizza in Hofer supermarket just for 75cents:D

    I love the city very much,I am sure you would like it and have a great time there.And if you know some german,you wouldn´t understand them,because they talking in Tirol dialect and pronounce ´sh´ sound everywhere:)

    Hope I helped a little,
    Kindly,

    Dasa

 
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