Squatting in the dramatic landscape of the Alps, Innsbruck is known to be the capital of Tyrol region and the fifth largest city in the country. Situated right above the serene river Inn, tucked amidst the broad valley in the gigantic mountains of Karwendel Alps in the northern direction and Serles to the south, Innsbruck is popular across the globe for its renowned winter sports centre. The colourful city is the biggest draw in its location as it is surrounded by numerous snow-covered mountains which bless the city with ultimate serenity and beauty.
The city is situated in close proximity to some of the most visited places in Europe such as Germany and Italy which makes Innsbruck a one time stop for all those who are looking to make their Europe trip worth reminiscing till eternity. Innsbruck has a little something for every sort of traveller out there. While the adrenaline junkies can go all gaga over the wide variety of winter sports that the city provides, one can ride cable cars to the zenith of the mountains while soaking in the magnificent view that resides. The serene seekers should wear comfy shoes as they have to climb the Town Tower to slickly escape from the Hurly-burly atmosphere to the silence of nature.
Apart from the kicking winter sports, Innsbruck also boasts the best contemporary architecture, from rustic churches to the old town to the city, the rich history dangles into its air while the Ambras Castle was home to Archduke Ferdinand II and is a must visit for every history lover out there. Make sure to spend at least 2-3 days in the city to get acquainted to its culture and explore the activities that it offers.
The mouth-watering Austrian cuisine had a profound effect over the central part of Europe, coffee is considered as water and is paired with almost every meal when it comes to Innsbruck, some of the most famous regional dishes are Tafelspitz, Wiener Schnitzel, and some dessert Apfelstrudl.
Best Time To Visit Innsbruck
When the mountains are capped with snow scrapes and the view is scenic, it marks the best time when the city calls. Innsbruck is a place known for its winter sports and attracts the tourists all round the globe majorly during the months of December to April. The maximum temperature during this month is 10 degree Celsius while the minimum temperature goes to -3 degree Celsius so make sure to pack some woolens while busing during this season.
May to August marks the summer months when the city lights up with tourists and the highest temperature that can be witnessed during this season is 21 degrees while the lowest temperature goes to 11 degree Celsius. September to November marks the fall season when nature transforms and features the best colours. This is not the peak season therefore visiting during this season would be easy on your pocket.
Altstadt von Innsbruck
The old town of Innsbruck is one of the most supreme attractions in the city. Some of the buildings in the place have resided there for the last 500 years and are still standing gloriously stunning everyone with its eternal beauty. Not to forget the fact that the minute medieval details required a lot of maintenance, the area features a lot of rustic cafes and restaurants so make sure to grab a bite before you leave.
If you want to witness the beauty of Austria’s largest natural park from the zenith of Nordkette, make sure to visit this place. You can take a cable car to ride up to the place and reach at the top in just 20 minutes and bless your eyes with the scenic view of the snow-capped mountains.
Home to Archduke Ferdinand II, this castle is one of the most important attractions in the city. Squatting at the border of the town in the southern direction, the traveller can easily reach the castle via a tram and a bus. Once you reach the castle, you might be able to explore the Spanish hall that hosts classical music concerts and is decorated with gigantic beautiful chandeliers dangling from the roof.
Imperial Palace (Hofburg)
Glory so high that it almost touches the sky, Hofburg is one of the most significant historical buildings in the country. Dating back to the 1400s when this alluring palace with white facades and green towers were embezzled with a mesmerising interior, the palace is now divided into 5 themed museums for the comfort of its visitors. If you are interested in diving into the historical culture and look at what kind of furnishings the ancient lavish mind chose, make sure to explore this palace before you leave.
As half of the city emerges amidst the mountains, the city provides various modes of transportation which connects the city centre to the underrated places in Innsbruck, the funicular is one of those vehicles. The route of a funicular goes through a bridge, passing a tunnel all over to Hungerburg which lingers at a height of 860 km above the sea level. The zenith of the place blesses you with the great views of the Central Inn Valley and gives you a peek of the Italian border.
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Bergisel Ski Jump
If you are an adventure lover, you better have a strong excuse if you’re missing out on this activity. There’s nothing more exciting than watching a set of professional skiing players speed down the 90m slopes on their skis and slickly glide off from the edge thereby making your adrenaline rush throughout your body with suspense. Bergisel Ski Jump now even hosts the Olympics and gives an impressive sight.
Known to be the second largest town in the state of Tyrol, the Kufstein Fortress has been the pride of the town, inviting tourists from all around the world to come and witness the rare baroque beauty from the 13th century. You can also spend a day out with your loved ones by the Tyron River that displays the setting sun at its best thereby rejuvenating your soul.
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Squatting at the highlands, above Innsbruck, Lanser See is a lake situated in the southern part of Austria. Wrapped amidst the arms of greenery, Lake Sans also provides the adventure lovers a chance for Ice Skating if you are visiting during the winter season. The average depth of the lake is 3 metres of 9.8 feet and the quality of water is as pure as crystal.
With a depth of 133 metres, Lake Aachen is situated to the north of Jenbach in Tyrol, Austria and is the deepest lake in the region. The amalgamation of the lake along with the Aachen Valley parts, the Karwendal mountain range from the Brandenberg. You can plan a picnic with your loved ones and spend a quality day sitting by the lake, observing its beauty.
Situated at a distance of 41 kms from Innsbruck, Mittenwald is a town nestled in between the Alpine peaks of Bavaria. If you’re a music lover, you already know the importance of this place and the rich history that it possesses in Voiling making, the colourful houses situated on the cobblestone streets along with the baroque architecture helps the city in regaining its pride.
Nestled on the banks of River Inn, Rattenberg is tucked amidst the river and the fortress situated on the hill which makes it an ideal place for nature lovers to escape. Known to be the smallest town in the country, the place displays rustic architecture and medieval art at its best, you might find numerous glassworks while strolling down the streets.
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If you are visiting Austria but missing out on the Tratzberg Castle, you better have a good reason for it. Situated in Jenbach, the castle is a presentation of Austrian culture at its best with a bit of baroque beauty thereby causing a fusion of gothic art with early renaissance period. Make sure to include this place in your itinerary if you want to explore Austria at its best.