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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  • Maria Theresien Strasse

    like what I've said, there are two famous Streets in Innsbruck, the Herzog Friedrich Strasse, where the famed Golden Roof is located and the Maria Theresian Strasse, which starts just after the Herzog Friedrich Strasse, after you crossed the Marktgraben street. Maria Theresien Strasse is a 490 meter long street renamed after the famous Hapsburg...

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  • Swarovski Crystal - Temporarily Closed...

    this will be my things to do tips of the Swarovski Crystal Store in Herzog Friedrich Strasse in Innsbruck (they actually have two outlets, a larger one and a smaller one). Unless you are living under a rock for ages, you would know that Swarovski is a world known brand of Crystals and their main factory and headquarters is at Watens, which is just...

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Innsbruck Restaurants

  • Cafe im Turm (Panorama Cafe)

    4 out of 5 stars

    Panorama restaurant in located on the top of Bergisel ski jump and can be reached by lift. The food is tasty and the service is fast and polite. I liked mostly the view of Alps and panorama city. The best to reach to Bergisel ski jump is to take the touristic bus. Gulasch and the red wine of the house

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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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  • McDonalds

    4 out of 5 stars

    McDonalds's??? Well, yes, and what is it doing on the ground floor of this lovely baroque main street building? I'm just kidding. I collect pictures of McDonald's in bizarre places in Europe. Enjoy the anomaly. You don't have to eat there, and neither do I!!!

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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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  • 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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  • Casino

    On 4 December 1992, Austria’s youngest casino opened its doors after 19 months of construction at the Innsbruck Hilton (then Scandic Crown). It took the form of a modern glass and steel annex to the hotel and was officially opened by the Italian film star Ornella Muti, who rolled the first ball in the roulette wheel. (wow! Great Star!) A Jackpot...

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Innsbruck Transportation

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

    Being a Major Tourist Destination in the Western Part of Austria, you would expect and find a large number of souvenir shops and stores in and around Innsbruck, particularly along the area near the area of the Golden Roof, Maria Teresa Strasse, Herzog Friedrich Strasse, Domplatz, Markt Graben and more. These souvenir stores and shops sell...

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  • Swarovski Crystal

    this will be my shopping tips of the Swarovski Crystal Store in Herzog Friedrich Strasse in Innsbruck (they actually have two outlets, a larger one and a smaller one). Unless you are living under a rock for ages, you would know that Swarovski is a world known brand of Crystals and their main factory and headquarters is at Watens, which is just 20...

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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

  • Food and Drink

    North Tyrol is part of Austrian while South Tyrol is part of Italy, The food in both areas are mostly similar and you can buy many kinds of Tyrolean Foods in Innsbruck from the souvenir stores and the market and supermarkets such as assorted tyrolean sausages of which you can buy fresh or vacuum packed and also various cheeses (fresh and also...

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 a very interesting and funny place. Unfortunately it turned out to be a real tourist trap for me. I was given a map of the...

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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

  • Mountains around Innsbruck

    The Austrian Alps is also called the Central Alps and in the Western Part of Austria, the famous Sections are the Klostertal - Arlberg - Inn areas, between the States of Voralberg and Tyrol about 100 kilometers west from Innsbruck. The area host more than 100 ski resorts and lifts in between the towns in both states lying above the famous Alberg...

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  • Outside Innsbruck

    Rattenberg is a peacefull and carfree town, with only about 900 inhabitants. Only some local people are allowed to drive to their own houses in the towncentre of Rattenberg, so walking and exploring the old town is really very easy. So you park your car ouside of the village and take a walk of just a few minutes and will get into a completely...

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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 General

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  • Useful Information

    If you are part of generation x or part of the baby boom generation, you can still do it the old fashion way via getting various pull up maps and brochures of the Innsbruck attractions so that you would not get lost or disoriented and the best deal here is that the maps are free and you can get them at the various souvenir shops around innbruck and...

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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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