The capital of Tyrol and fifth-largest city in Austria. Innsbruck is an internationally renowned winter sports centre and offers the traveler an intriguing mix of contemporary and imperialist history, culture and architecture with a variety of architectural styles waiting to be discovered in every street.
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Due to its location between high mountains, Innsbruck serves as an ideal place for skiing in winter, ski-jumping and mountaineering in summer. There are several ski resorts around Innsbruck, with the Nordkette (map) served by a cable car and additional chair lifts further up. Other ski resorts nearby include Axamer Lizum (map), Muttereralm (map), Patscherkofel (map), Igls, Seefeld in Tirol (map), Tulfes (map) and Stubai Valley (map). The glaciated terrain in the latter makes skiing possible even in summer months.
Innsbruck’s Hofkirche (map) has the most important emperor’s tomb monument (of emperor Maximilian I) in Europe. Especially characteristic are the larger-than-life bronzes (“schwarze Mander”) that show members of different dynasties.
Cathedral at Saint Jacob (map) Baroque styled cathedral, with works of Lucas Cranach the Elder. From 1717-1724 it was rebuilt (after damage from an earthquake) according to the plans of Johann Jakob Herkomer and Johann Georg Fischer. Free entrance.
Ambras Castle (map). A castle and palace in Renaissance style that was built in 1563 on behalf of Archduke Ferdinand II of Tyrol in the hills overlooking the city. The Lower Castle is home to armouries featuring numerous masterpieces preserved as evidence of the armourer’s art from that era.
Helbling House (map). A 15th-century house which adopted different architectural styles in later centuries until it evolved into its current amalgamation of Gothic and Baroque facade. The Rococo stucco decorations that look like icing on a cake were added in the early 18th century.
The classic walk into old Innsbruck follows. From the main station Hauptbahnhof (map) to the city center is a relatively short and enjoyable 10 to 15 minute walk. Walk out of the Hauptbahnhof, cross the street at the train station cross walk, turn to your right, and go down to the next street to your left. Walk on this street until Maria-Theresien Strasse (map), then turn right toward the city center. Taking this street all the way leads to the pedestrian zone and the Golden Roof.
Tram line nr. 6 connects Innsbruck and the mountain village *Igls, which is worth a visit. The line passes the uplands with vast forests and gives some spectacular prospects for travellers either on Innsbruck or on the lovely landscape between Aldrans and Igls. It provides stops immediately near Schloß Ambras and the bathing-lake Lansersee (ice skating in Winter is also possible there). The terminus Igls lies within the city fare zone, so no additional ticket is needed.