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City of Innsbruck

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Innsbruck

The capital of Tyrol and fifth-largest city in Austria. Innsbruck is an internationally renowned winter sports centre.

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.

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Innsbruck 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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Innsbruck became the capital of Tyrol in 1429 and in the 15th century the city became a centre of European politics and culture as emperor Maximilian I moved the imperial court to Innsbruck in the 1490s. Many old buildings from the Middle Ages and modern times survived in the heart of old town.

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.

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.

A combined ticket for the Tyrolean State Museums is available for €10, or €6 discount, and offers entry to The Ferdinand, Hofkirche, Volkskunst, Zeughaus and Das Tiroler Panorama Museums until the end of the calendar year. The ticket includes a free audio guide (which is worth getting as information is otherwise only in German) at some locations.

Alpinist Association Museum (map). Museum dedicated to the history of alpinism, hosted in the Hofburg. The museum is owned and operated by the Austrian Alpine Club ÖAV, and received numerous prizes including the Tyrolean and Austrian Museum Prizes.

Anatomical Museum (map). From June to September only on appointment. Famous for its exhibition Body Worlds, the modern version of an anatomical museum. It belongs to the city’s university, hosted in the Institute of Anatomy.

Imperial Palace (map). The palace is a former Habsburg palace, and considered one of the 3 most important cultural buildings in Austria (the others being the Hofburg palace and Schönbrun palace in Vienna). The museum areas illustrate different aspects of the political and cultural history of the imperial palace under reign of the Habsburg dynasty for over 4.5 centuries.

Golden Roof (map). Most famous landmark of the city since 1500, the Golden Roof is a late-Gothic alcove balcony of which the roof is decorated with 2657 fire-gilded copper tiles. It was built to commemorate the wedding of Emperor Maximilian I with Bianca Maria Sforza.

Public transport of Innsbruck

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Public local traffic (4 tram-lines, and a dense network of buses) is operated by Innsbrucker Verkehrsbetriebe (IVB) and a couple of private operators. All public services are organized in Verkehrsverbund Tirol (VVT), which means that tickets are valid in every public transport line (including buses, trams and trains).

+ Getting There & Around (austria.info)

 BUS >   Eurolines Austria – is the largest operator and organizer of bus travel in Austria though many services are not included in their schedules. Flixbus – the biggest fish in the German Intercity Bus pond and now a major player in most of Europe serves a couple of international routes through and into Austria.

 RAIL >   Innsbruck Hauptbahnhof (map), the most important railway station of Innsbruck and Tyrol, is one of the busiest railway stations in Austria. Austrian Nightjet sleeper trains run twice a week to Brussels, taking 15 hours via Munich, Cologne, Aachen and Liège.

Tickets can be purchased from certain locations to Austria via the ÖBB website. The only competitor to ÖBB is WestBahn on the Salzburg-Linz-Vienna line (the company shares the name of the line it runs on). Vienna is the largest railway hub but day and night trains from most Central European countries travel to many stops across Austria. (*Rail travel in Europe)

 AIRPORTS >   Innsbruck Airport is located in the suburb of Kranebitten, which is located in the west of the city. The most important international airport is Vienna airportSt. Gallen-Altenrhein AirportFriedrichshafen.

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