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Innsbruck – the capital city of Tyrol in Western Austria




Innsbruck is the capital city of the federal state of Tyrol in western Austria.

Overview of Innsbruck

• It is located in the Inn Valley at the junction with the Wipptal (Sill River).
• This city provides access to the Brenner Pass which is some 30 km (18.6 mi) south of Innsbruck.
• It is located in the broad valley between high mountains, the Nordkette (Hafelekar, 2,334 metres or 7,657 feet) in the north, Patscherkofel (2,246 m or 7,369 ft) and Serles (2,718 m or 8,917 ft) in the south.
• It is an internationally renowned winter sports center.
• It hosted the1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics as well as the 1984 and 1988 Winter Paralympics.
• Innsbruck hosted the first Winter Youth Olympics in 2012.
• The word bruck comes from the German word Brücke meaning “bridge” which leads to “the bridge over the Inn”.
• Innsbruck is a beautiful city not only famous for its natural scenery but also as a cultural capital of Tyrol in Austria.
• There are two famous tourist attractions in the city, which cannot be missed out even during short vacations.
• They are Golden roof and Imperial Palace.
• This city is a home to the world-class art collections, museums, castles, churches, galleries, and boutiques.
• Besides being a cultural city, it is a best place to enjoy the winter sports.
• They are like skiers, free riders, snowboarders, ice sports, winter hiking, and snowshoeing along with the summer sports.

Places of interest in Innsbruck

Buildings
• Golden Roof
• Kaiserliche Hofburg (Imperial Court)
• Hofkirche (Imperial Church) with the cenotaph of Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor
• Altes Landhaus (old federal state parliament)
• Alte Innbrücke
• Altstadt (Old Town)
• Annasaule
• Helblinghaus
• Maria-Theresien-Straße (Main Street)
• Tyrolean State Theatre, Innsbruck (Theatre)
• Triumphpforte
• Bergiselschanze, designed by Zaha Hadid.
• New Hungerburgbahn, designed by Zaha Hadid.
• Stadtturm (City Tower)
• Ambras Castle
• Casino Innsbruck
• Leopold Brunnen (Leopold’s fountain)
• Buchsenhausen Castle

Museums
• Riesenrundgemalde
• Ambras Castle
• Tyrolean State Museum
• Tyrolean Museum of Popular Art
• The Armoury
• Tyrolean Museum Railways (Tiroler Museumsbahnen)
• Stubaital station
• Kaiserjäger Museum
• City Archives
• Alpine Club Museum
• Bell Museum

Churches
• Ursulinenkirche
• Dom zu St. Jakob
• Hofkirche
• Stift Wilten
• Wiltener basilika
• Spitalskirche
• Liebfrauenkirche
• Jesuit Church

Parks and Gardens
• Alpenzoo (Alpine Zoo)
• Innsbruck University Botanic Garden
• Hofgarten
• Rapoldipark
• Schlosspark Ambras

Innsbruck organizes the following events every year:
• Innsbrucker Tanzsommer
• Bergsilvester (New Year’s Eve)
• Festwochen der Alten Musik (Weeks of Ancient Music)
• Christkindlmarkt (Christmas fair)
• Tyrolean Evenings with the Gundolf Family at the Sandwirt Restaurant

Festivals of Innsbruck
There are a plenty of events and festivals happening throughout the year almost everywhere in Innsbruck.
• The Tirol Speed Marathon held in May
• The Tanzsommer held in June
• The Festwochen der Alten Musik held in August
• The various winter sport festivals held in winter

Different Festivals and Events

January
• New Year’s Concert
• Igls Bobsleigh Rides
February
• Air and Style Snowboard Contest
– This is a European snowboard contest first held in Innsbruck.
– In February, this contest takes place at Seefeld, which is outside Innsbruck.
– It features boat skateboarding and snowboarding followed by an open-air concert.
March
• Osterfestival Tirol (Easter Festival).
– This festival is celebrated from mid-March to early April.
– The Osterfestival is marked by various concerts and choirs in different churches and other places around the city.
April
• Maibaumaufstellen der Brauchtumsgruppe
– This festival is celebrated in the end of April or in the start of May.
– There are parties held in different towns and villages of the city.
– People dance around the Maypole on May 1st.
May
• Tirol Speed Marathon
– This marathon is marked by various races taking place throughout Europe.
– Tirol Speed Marathon is held at the end of May or at the start of June.
June
• Tanzsommer International Dance Festival
– This festival is held in the mid of June.
– This is a popular event all over Austria.
– Tanzsommer attracts a lot of people.
July
• Fruhschoppenkonzert
– It is a free Outdoor concert held from July to September.
– Fruhschoppenkonzert features different concerts conducted every Sunday morning at 11 am in the resort of Igls.
August
• Festwochen der Alten Musik
– Festwochen der Alten Musik is the biggest festival of Innsbruck that is held throughout August.
– It is marked by performances on different compositions written in between 14th and 18th centuries.
September
• Alpenlandischer Volksmusikwettbewerb (Alpine Folk Music Festival)
– Alpenlandischer Volksmusikwettbewerb features traditional folk music that is enjoyed throughout September.
– There are performances by different folk musicians and singers followed by parties and plenty of food.
October
• Jeunesse Children’s Concerts
– Jeunesse Children’s Concerts are concerts hosted for the families that is held at the end of October.
– There are theatrical performances and concerts generally played at the Congress and the Conservatory Music Hall.
November
• Christkindlmarkt (Christmas Market)
– Christkindlmarkt is held from mid November to mid December.
– There are traditional markets set up at the Landhausplatz and Herzog Friedrich Strasse.
– In addition to the market there are puppet shows and a lot of other entertainment.
December
• Innsbruck Mountain New Year’s Eve.
– It is an event taking place in the Old Town’s Market Square on 31st December.
– The event is enjoyed with live music and midnight fireworks.

Winter activities in Innsbruck
• Innsbruck is the best place to enjoy skiing.
• The city offers a large ski arena for the ski lovers.
• It is well connected with the resorts of Seefeld, Tulfes, Igles, Axamer, Lizum and Stubai.
• Innsbruck is well equipped with cable car and lift transport system.
• Winter sport enthusiasts of all ages can enjoy skiing and snowboarding throughout winter.
• Igls and Mutter Alm offer night skiing.

Summer activities in Innsbruck
• Summer in Innsbruck are enjoyed by skydiving, climbing, hiking, rafting, biking etc.
• There is a lot to explore in the city.
• A trip to Seegrube or Muttereralm reflects the marvelous landscape of the city.

Cycling
Cycling is generally enjoyed on the “Inntal bicycle way” that goes in the direction of Landeck.
Walking
• Walking around the city is one of the best ways to explore Innsbruck.
• The beautiful landscape and the scenic atmosphere of Innsbruck can be best enjoyed by just strolling round the city.

Best time to visit / climate

– Austria has a temperate continental climate.
– Summers last from early June to mid-September.
– It can be hot in some years and rainy in others.
– Winters are cold in the lowlands and very harsh in the Alpine region.
– In alpine region the temperatures often drop below -10° C (14° F).
– Winters last from December to March.
– In the Alpine region large temperature fluctuations occur all year round and nights are chilly even in high summer.
– The area around Vienna often experiences strong easterly winds.
– The high season is August.

Location on Google Maps


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How to get to Innsbruck?

1. By Bus/Car/Bike
• Innsbruck is located along the A12/A13 corridor, providing freeway access to Verona, Italy and Munich, Germany.
• The A12 and A13 converge near Innsbruck, at which point the A13 terminates.
2. By plane
Innsbruck Kranebitten Airport is the largest airport in Tyrol.
Currently regular scheduled flights are available from:
• Austrian Airlines from Vienna
• Lufthansa from Frankfurt
3. By Train
Regular (direct) trains operate from Venice, Bolzano/Bozen, Zurich, Munich, Graz, Vienna (via Linz andSalzburg) and many other destinations.

How to get to Austria?

1. By plane
• There are 6 airports in Austria with scheduled flights.
• The most important international airport is Vienna.
• This has connection to all major airports of the world.
• Other international airports include Graz, Innsbruck, Klagenfurt, Linz, and Salzburg.
• They provide domestic flights as well as connections to some European countries.
• Those airports are particularly popular with cheap airlines such as Ryanair.
• For traveling to the western states it is recommended to use the very close Munich airport.
• The most common airports to visit Vorarlberg are Altenrhein (Austrian), Friedrichshafen (Ryanair, Intersky) and Zurich (Swiss).
• If visiting Austria for winter sports, choose airport considering cost and duration for the whole trip (plane+transfer).

2. By Bus
Eurolines Austria has bus schedules from Austria to all major European countries and back.

3. By Car
From Germany
– Motorway A8 from Munich to Salzburg.
– Motorway A93 from Rosenheim via Kufstein to Innsbruck, Tyrol.
– E43 (A96) from Leutkirch via Wangen to Bregenz, Vorarlberg.
– E56 from Regensburg via Passau to Linz, Upper Austria.
From Italy
– Motorway A23 to Villach, Carinthia.
– E54 via Brenner to Innsbruck, Tyrol.
From Slovenia
– E652 to Villach,Carinthia.
– E57 via Spielfeld to Graz, Styria.

4. By Train
• The OBB (Austrian Railways) operate high-speed ICE and RailJet trains from cities like Zurich,Munich,Frankfurt, Passau, and Budapest.
• Eurocity trains are the next fastest trains.
• Regional trains called EURegio and simplyRegionalzug are also avialible from all 8 of Austria’s neighbors.

Austria & the Alps 2000 – 2007 DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Austria Frommer’s Austria

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at wikitravel.org
Hotels at lodgingaustria.com
Hotels at venere.com

Blogs / Sites about Austria – Innsbruck

Blogs at tripadvisor.com
Blogs at lonelyplanet.com
Blogs at wikitravel.org
Blogs and reviews at Innsbruck.com

Images and photos of Austria – Innsbruck

Images at google.com
Images at tripadvisor.com
Images at Innsbruck.com
Images at trekearth.com

Videos of Austria – Innsbruck






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