Innsbruck Travel Guide

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    sabsi says…

     Great town full of nice old buildings, great bars and a wonderful skijumping event 

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    iris2002 says…

     getting VERY expensive --- too many tourists 

  • In a nutshell
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     Although Innsbruck is a rather small town it has some nice things to offer. Not to mention the nature around it... 

Innsbruck Things to Do

  • Swarovski Crystal

    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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  • Old Town

    "The Old Town"'s centerpiece is the Goldenes Dachl, a glittering Gothic oriel built for Emperor Maximilian I dappled with copper tiles. Nearby, wallow in Hapsburg majesty in the Hofburg imperial palace and the Hofkirche where Dürer's King Arthur statue solemnly guards the emperor's empty tomb. The works of Paul Troger, Klimt and Kokoschka draw...

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  • Maria Theresien Strasse

    Maria-Theresien Strasse is Innsbruck's main street and a wonderful place to stroll around or sit at one of the side cafes and whatch the people go by. When we were there, they were getting ready for UAFA cup and seeing the soccer balls up along the street was lovely.

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Innsbruck Restaurants

  • Cafe im Turm (Panorama Cafe)

    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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  • Cafe Sacher

    Cafe Sacher was the favorite cafe of the emperor and mine as well, and so it was built just behind the Hofburg of Innsbruck with a garden-cafe in the innercourt of the Hofburg that you may see on my picture ! This cafe and restaurant is open daily 08.30a.m. - midnight warm meals available all day long untill 11.30p.m. Sacher Torte and Sacher Kaffee...

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  • Ottoburg

    Ottoburg is a nice restaurant in the historic centre of Innsbruck, at the end of Herzog Friedrichstrasse, almost at the river Inn. I was once invited to attend a friend's wedding there and have to say this is a really great great place and they also serve excellent food !! Ottoburg is open tuesday to sunday 11.00am to 2.30pm and from 6.00pm to...

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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

    We did this trip some time ago (and actually contined on through to Switzerland; Zurich, I think). Our daughter was 5 at the time. Room for some luggage by the doors of the train. So it is certainly something that can be done with a younger child - just don't expect them to enjoy the scenery, so take some things along for the child to play with or...

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  • Public Transport

    The Sightseer is a small, red tourist bus that stops near the main sights in Innsbruck. Once you bought your ticket you can hop on and off this bus as many times as you like. On the sightseer there is a pair of headphones per persons to listen to some information in various languages about the places you see passing by. Tickets are sold on the...

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  • Driving

    Driving by car in Innsbruck is not a big problem. The local drivers are, like all Austrians, fairly civilized drivers :-) There are the typical "rush hours" but they never really get bad. You han hire a car at the airport of Innsbruck. PARKING in Innsbruck: there are many park houses in Innsbruck, but they are quite expensive. In the city center...

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Innsbruck Shopping

  • Souvenirs

    typical souvenirs of the tryol region, however the prices are killer and their return policy is not listed on their recipts. found them to be hostile and rude and particularly money grubbing sweaters are market up as you might expect in that sort of store where a tourist does not get value for money nor quality goods

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  • Swarovski Crystal

    This Swarvoski shop is well worth a visit. The winter wonderland is full of sparkling crystals. The jewellery and trinkets are beautiful and although most of the things are expensive, they do have some competitive priced items Earrings are a good buy.

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  • Food and Drink

    This large covered market houses lots of stalls, a small supermarket and several cafes. It is opened from monday to friday; from 7 a. m. to 6.30 p. m. Saturday; from 7 a. m to 1 a. m. Here you can buy almost every kind of food you like.

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Innsbruck Local Customs

  • Food and Drink

    ... is another well-established Cafe-Konditorei in Innsbruck (the oldest in Innsbruck/Tyrol). Konditorei means pastry shop and you can expect self-made cakes and pastries. The Munding can be found in the old part of the town, leaving the Golden Roof behind you, heading to the Maria-Theresien-street, the last little street of the Old Town will lead...

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  • Old Town

    Cafe Munding is the oldest Coffee-House in Innsbruck. Founded in 1803 as 'Damencafé Konditorei Munding' (Ladies pastry shop) it was the first pastry shop in the world using a mechanical dough-kneading machine.

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  • Music

    As I was saying, we followed the sounds of the music into the park. Where we came upon a small bandstand in which there were about 12 - 15 people playing. I swear one of the songs they played was the tune to the Harry Potter films!

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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

    OK OK OK you can stop laughing now..... We had the best parking anyone could ever get in Innsbruck and it only cost me 21.00 euros. When we returned to our A-Class Mercedes it had a “Welcome to Austria” parking ticket on the window. Guess it was not too bad to pay 10.00 euros an hour to park in front of the Innsbruck Congress Building. When you...

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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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  • Alpenzoo

    This zoo is built on and around a mountain. It has only animals that live in alpine habitats. I couldn't find the time to visit it on my first visit to Innsbruck. I had read lots of info about this zoo and I thought it was very interesting and funny. Unfortunately it turned out to be a real tourist trap for me. I was given a map of the zoo. I...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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Innsbruck Off The Beaten Path

  • Outside Innsbruck

    Pronounced Hell im Tirol, the town is just 10kms east of Innsbruck. It's one of my favourite places in Tyrol. First settled in the 9th century, it developed as an important trading town in the 13th century due to the rise in the demand of salt/industries related to servicing salt works etc as well as becoming the city for the Royal Mint...

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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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  • Dom zu St. Jakob

    In the rest of the 'off-the-beaten-path' tips I want to give you an impression of the beautiful interior of this cathedral. In this picture you can see the altar of the Dom zu St. Jakob.

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Innsbruck Sports & Outdoors

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

  • Personal Memories and Impressions

    This park was originally founded as a hunting ground. Later it was declared a public garden. There are various plants and a small lake here. At one of the entrances of the park there is a cafe-restaurant. The Hofgarten is open from 9 a. m. to sunset. It is located very near the Imperial Palace.

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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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  • Triumphpforte

    This is a picture of the arch at the end of the Maria Thereisenstrasse. It was quite weird to see all the traffic going around it and even through the arch. Hahaha, add to that a little bit of rain, and the arch looked more like a traffic obstacle than a monument. History of the arch : Empress Maria Theresia had the Triumphal Arch built to...

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Top 10 Former Olympic Cities: Innsbruck

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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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